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ISSUE # 27

Security Advisor ME May 2018


What’s Inside

Trend Micro instrumental in Scan4You conviction

0 6Trend Micro has announced details of its close cooperation with the FBI to identify, arrest and bring to trial the individuals linked to the infamous Counter Antivirus (CAV) service Scan4You.

Russian hackers infected 500,000 routers across the globe: Cisco

0 67Cisco warned that hackers have infected at least 500,000 routers and storage devices in dozens of countries with highly sophisticated malicious software, CNBC reported.

Supply chain the new weak link in business security: study

0 98Last year saw a worrying increase in ransomware and other cyber-attacks targeting the supply chain, with the business and professional services sector receiving a significant increase of attacks.

Cyber-attacks in UAE down, says TRA

0 161The cases of cyber-attacks in the UAE are down by 48 percent during the first four months of 2018, WAM reported.

Microsoft, Google disclose new chip flaws

0 143Cybersecurity researchers have reportedly found a new security flaw that affects a wide variety of modern computing chips and is related to the Spectre and Meltdown chip flaws that emerged in January.

RIP data complacency

0 196David Warburton, Senior Systems Engineer, F5 Networks, explains why the EU General Data Protection Regulation’s revolutionary intent is showing genuine teeth.

How to win the cybersecurity ‘game’

0 551Cybersecurity defenses are under unprecedented levels of attack. From old malware foes and newer types, such as ransomware, to sophisticated advanced threats and state-sponsored cyberattacks, breaches are, sadly, now an everyday reality.

The big picture: why cloud systems need a security boost

0 170The cloud is getting bigger and bigger, as a glance at the revenue figures for some of the biggest providers demonstrates vividly.
Gary Miller, Thales

How Thales Cyber Hub will create a collaborative ecosystem

0 145Gary Miller, Thales Gary Miller, vice president, Cyber Security, Middle East, Thales, on strengthening its recently announced Cyber Hub in …

Social engineering: Don’t be the weakest link

0 355Technology is not enough to keep an organisation cyber secure. Business leaders should also consider the human element as even the most tech-savvy professional can fall victim to a social engineering attack.
Kaspersky Lab appeals

Kaspersky Lab to shift key operations to Switzerland

0 184Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab recently announced that it will move some its key operations, including customer data storage and software assembly, from Moscow to Zurich, Switzerland.

GDPR: Are you ready?

0 46On 25th May the General Data Protection Regulation is set to kick in and while European businesses are the primary target of this new law, its impact will be felt by organisations in regions outside the EU bloc. Are Middle East firms ready for GDPR?
2057 plan

Abu Dhabi pushes forward with secure and intelligent city vision

0 277Abu Dhabi Monitoring and Control Centre (ADMCC) has announced a strategic collaboration with Dell EMC driven towards achieving their ambitious vision to build a secure and intelligent city.

Over 1M UAE consumers fell victim to online shopping scams

0 171More than 1 million UAE consumers were victims of online shopping scams alone in 2017, losing a total of AED 321 million according to the 2017 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report, released by Norton by Symantec.

Why having a hybrid security approach means maximum protection

0 342A hybrid approach to security is one that tightly integrates SaaS solutions with an enterprise’s existing IT infrastructure and leverages SaaS capabilities to seamlessly extend and scale on-premise solution performance.

Twitter’s Dorsey asks users to change password after glitch

0 129Twitter Inc. has urged its more than 330 million users to change their passwords after a glitch caused some to …

Why healthcare firms need a cybersecurity health check

0 790Over the last few years, the healthcare industry has become a prime target of cyber-attacks. While most healthcare organisations are committed to patient privacy no matter what it takes, some are still behind in terms of cybersecurity adoption and advancement.

What the future holds for cryptocurrency regulation

0 964One place in the world that does not lack enthusiasm for cryptocurrencies is Dubai: the emirate is home to a string of initiatives linked to the blockchain-based virtual currencies.

InfoWatch to unveil cybersecurity training centre for Middle East

0 294InfoWatch Group will unveil its international digital technology and cybersecurity training centre in the Middle East for local government officials and business executives, as well as students from field-specific universities as part of the firm’s participation at Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC).
smartphone kids

Over one million children fell victim to identity fraud

0 195A new report from Javelin Strategy & Research says that in 2017, more than 1 million children in the United States were victims of identity theft, resulting in $2.6 billion in losses.

First AI-driven security operations centre opens in Dubai

0 249Paladion has launched the first AI-driven SOC in the Middle East to protect enterprises in the region from next-generation threats.
Just how much control do you have over your data?

Abu Dhabi to strengthen cross-border data protection

0 139The Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) has approved the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) a membership, making the UAE entity the first member from an Arab country to be able to build international relationships in the data protection field.

“Data leakage up four-fold”: InfoWatch

0 122Natalya Kaspersky, president, InfoWatch Group The number of compromised data records worldwide, including social security numbers, bank card details, and …

$3 million on the line for ethical hackers in Dubai

0 135Dubai-based startup Crowdfense has launched a $10 million bug bounty programme to acquire and further develop active cyber-defense capabilities.
Careem, Pakistan

Dubai-based Careem hit by major cyber-attack

0 200Dubai-based ride hailing firm Careem was hit by a cyber-attack that compromised the data of 14 million users, the company said on Monday.
cybersecurity, SANS

Carbon Black to highlight predictive security at GISEC

0 204Carbon Black has announced its participation at the Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference (GISEC 2018) for the fourth consecutive year, which will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 1st to 3rd of May 2018 in conjunction with IoTx, under the umbrella of The Future of Technology Week.

Four billion people will be at risk to cyber-attacks by 2020

0 291The annual cost of damages caused by cybercrimes is expected to reach $6 trillion by 2021, according to a recent industry report.
Kaspersky Lab appeals

Kaspersky Lab CEO calls out Jack Dorsey over Twitter ban

0 197"You’re only shooting yourself in the foot when you cater to the geopolitical noise and start refusing to promote material on false pretences – contrary to the interests of your own business," says Eugene Kaspersky in his letter.

Dirty secrets of network firewalls uncovered

0 263IT managers lack visibility to about 45 percent of their organisation’s network traffic, creating significant security challenges. In fact, nearly a quarter of them are blind to as much as 70 percent of their network traffic.
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