Cyber Security

Cybersecurity companies Starlink and Anomali have announced their partnership to improve cyber security detection and defence. This new partnership will span across both the Middle East and Africa. Starlink provides cybersecurity and cloud advisory services which will compliment Anomali, who offer intelligence-driven extended detection and response...

At the end of 2021, Group-IB uncovered a worldwide scam campaign that is targeting users in over 90 countries - including the UAE, Oman and Qatar. Deploying the tried and tested techniques of fake surveys and giveaways purporting to be from big name companies, the fraudsters...

Cisco’s latest cybersecurity report, Security Outcomes Study Volume 2, has revealed the security practices that really work. According to the study, the practices that can most impact on an organisation’s security programme are: maintaining an up-to-date and integrated architecture; investing in threat detection; and enabling timely...

Vinchin Backup & Recovery v6.5 has been launched offering next-generation, innovative data protection solutions for advanced backup and restore performance. The new release provides multi-tenant management mode for managed service providers to deliver both Backup as-a-service (BaaS) and Disaster-Recovery as-a-service (DRaaS). It features complete data protection...

Kaspersky has signed a strategic agreement with Saudi’s Technology Control Company at the @Hack Infosec Conference 2021. The managed security service provider agreement is in line with Technology Control Company’s commitment to its customers to deliver enhanced managed security services. Speaking to Arab News, Mohamad Hashem,...

A global leader in the cybersecurity industry is set to stream its annual signature event, CyberCrimeCon on December 2 2021. The event marks the 10th edition of CyberCrimeCon, and will bring together more than 5,000 global cybersecurity pros for the threat hunting and intelligence conference. As well...

Trend Micro’s mid-year security round-up report has revealed that it detected and blocked 5,435,089 email threats in Bahrain in the first half of 2021. In addition, it also prevented 670,547 malicious URL victim attacks, 1,122 URL hosts, 219,796 malware attacks and 115 online-related banking malware threats. With...

Tenable has expanded its strategic relationship with IBM Security X-Force Red so that companies can identify and disrupt attack opportunities before bad actors can leverage them. Comprehensive Active Directory security services work to continuously detect and prevent attacks against the Active Directory and connected environment in...

EDGE, the advanced technology group for defence and beyond, hosted its first workshop with the Ministry of Interior. The four-day event provided a platform for sharing insights, exchanging expertise and innovating ideas for future developments in the industry. During the course of the workshop EDGE entities...

The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates (CBUAE) has established its own cybersecurity centre to improve the protection and security of the financial system’s critical infrastructure in the region. The CBUAE Networking and Cyber Security Operations Centre will carry out operations from the bank’s...

Data protection is being prioritised in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – according to the Enterprise Security Trends in the UAE survey, from IDC and Microsoft. Nine out of 10 organisations in the UAE have said that data protection is the most important priority in...

The United Arab Emirates has announced the adoption of cybersecurity standards for government agencies. The budget for 2022-2026 has a total expenditure of 290 billion dirhams ($79 billion) and is the largest in the history of the Gulf state. Writing on Twitter, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid...

KPMG’s latest publication on industrial cyber defence has revealed that the frequency of cyberattacks on industrial operations in increasing. According to the report the cost of ransomware attacks skyrockets from a mere $8billion in 2018 to $20billion in 2020. The biggest jump in costs was...

Group-IB has signed a partnership agreement with Spire Solutions to deliver comprehensive solutions to its customers. Group-IB is dedicated to detecting and preventing cyberattacks, identifying online fraud and investigating high-term crimes. Its new partner, Spire Solutions, is a value-added distributor for the Middle East and Africa. Group-IB...

Bahrain has shown one of the biggest improvements in digital connectivity internationally, according to the Digital Quality of Life (DQL) Index published by Surfshark. The Kingdom was ranked ninth in Asia and 39th globally in the index, which is based on a range of assessments including...

The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT) has released a second set of IT service standards under the accreditation programme for IT service providers. The second phase includes standards in both Managed Security Services and Professional Security Services said the Ministry in a statement. The...

The bi-annual NETSCOUT Threat Intelligence Report has underlined the dramatic impact cyberattacks continue to have on governments and private and public organisations across the world. The first half of 2021 saw approximately 5.4million Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attacks – a figure that is 11 per...

Social media giant Facebook Inc has confirmed it has invested more than £13billion in safety and security measures since 2016. The announcement came soon after the company was accused of failing to fix ‘the platform’s ill effects’ by The Wall Street Journal. A Facebook blog post read:...

A leading provider of information protection and control solutions has highlighted how enterprises in Saudi Arabia can meet National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA) compliance with its data security solution. Saudi Arabia’s commitment to boosting cybersecurity readiness led it to establish the NCA in order to develop and...

Microsoft is now enabling its users to completely remove passwords from their Microsoft accounts and allow them to sign in to the company’s services using alternative authentication methods instead. “Passwords are highly susceptible to malicious attacks, as people simply reuse them across accounts or utilise simplistic...

Attacks on MS Exchange grew collectively by 170% during August – with Oman seeing a 78% increase in the same time period. Overall the figure jumped from 7,342 users being targeted by vulnerability in Microsoft Exchange Services that were blocked by Kaspersky products, to 19,839. The experts...

A new survey from Entrust has revealed the gap between the prioritisation of data security and training for employees. In its newest data study, Securing the New Hybrid Workplace, Entrust surveyed 1,500 business leaders across 10 countries to gain an in-depth understanding of how managers are...

Israeli cybersecurity firm XM Cyber is entering the Persian Gulf for the first time, according to Globes, Israel business news. The start-up was co-founded by former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo and will be selling its products to protect the region’s gas, oil and financial infrastructures. The...

SentinelOne, a cybersecurity solution, has announced its SentinelOne Singularity marketplace now includes integrations with Cloudflare and Zscaler. The expanding ecosystem will offer joint solutions that provide unified visibility across the entire enterprise and cloud attack surface. Cloudflare’s edge capabilities will seamlessly combine with SentinelOne’s AI-powered endpoint...

Cisco is helping to upskill 8,000 trainers from the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP) in a move that will help accelerate Saudi Arabia’s digitisation agenda. Through the Cisco Networking Academy (NetAcad), the trainers’ digital skills will be developed in the fields of...

ONVIF, the leading global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, has announced that it will end its support for Profile Q early next year since it contains certain specifications that are no longer consistent with current cybersecurity best practices. Profile Q was developed to provide...

Security and IT professionals in the Middle East are increasingly looking to secure critical application data using encryption and HSMs. This and other findings are highlighted in the Entrust 2021 Middle East Encryption Trends study, the sixteenth annual multinational survey by the Ponemon Institute. The study...