According to experts, the GCC region is a prime target for cyber criminals.

The UAE’s spend on IT security is significantly lower than the global average, should you be worried?


A looming concern for the GCC region is the lack of cyber security, leaving opportunities for criminals to attack businesses, banks and individuals more easily than anywhere else in the world. Some of the world’s highest net worth individuals and companies call the GCC home and the rate of cyber crime has rapidly increased, with attacks on government and financial institutions.

However, the rise in attacks has been identified by the UAE and is currently being addressed; the number of people working in cyber security is significantly growing thanks to a push from the government and cyber security programmes are being developed. There are simple precautions you can take to further protect your business or personal data:

  1. Using strong passwords is one of the simplest strategies you can use to protect your information. Use a combination of capital and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols will create the hardest to crack codes. Be sure not to use any personal data, common words or well known sequences of characters or those close together on the keyboard. It is also important to change your passwords regularly – every 90 days is appropriate.
  2. Invest in a strong firewall, which protects your network by monitoring all the incoming and outgoing internet traffic.
  3. Antivirus and antimalware software should be high on your list of priorities and act as your last line of defence during attack.
  4. Many programmes supply regular updates, which patch up any faults or bugs found within the programme that could leave you open to attack. Frequently update your programmes to keep you up to date.
  5. Use encryption software on company devices such as laptops and mobile phones. Due to their much more portable nature they are more likely to be lost or stolen.
  6. Schedule regular backups to external hard drives or to the cloud to ensure that if there is a problem you won’t completely lose your data.
  7. An advanced monitoring tool can let you know as soon as any of your data has been compromised. Data-leakage prevention software can be set up to notice specific pieces of data leaving the internal network.
  8. Be web-smart. Educate your employees not to click on links or download attachments you don’t know the origin of. This is one of the main reasons malware finds its way onto computers.

 

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