Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait listed as top places in the region for hacks

Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait listed as top places in the region for hacks

Cyber threats in the Middle East are growing rapidly with the average attack size in 2016 in the region significantly higher than the global average, according to the latest Arbor Networks Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report.

So far this year, Saudi Arabia has been the top target for large DDoS attacks in the Middle East with 2/3rds of the region’s largest attacks having targeted the country. Large attacks are classified as anything over 10gbps. Iraq and Kuwait placed second and third on the list respectively. Middle East average attack sizes predicted to rise to over 2.5Gbps by the end of 2016.

Arbor Networks and STARLiNK discussed the new research at Gitex this week. They urged companies to ensure they protect themselves from potentially catastrophic hacks such as Denial of Service attacks where hackers and criminals will flood a system from multiple systems that in turn overloads servers.

The cost of Internet downtime was one of the questions addressed to enterprise, government and education organisations in the report. Nearly two-thirds of respondents estimate the costs to their organisation to be above $500 per minute, with 7% indicating more than $10,000 per minute. What’s more, a number of respondents elected not to answer this question because they had no idea how much a minute of downtime would cost their organisation.

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