Facing area Middle east A cyber pandemic as Coronavirus-related attacks have escalated this year, according to the head of UAE government cybersecurity.
And he said Muhammad Al-Kuwaiti, Head of Cybersecurity for the Government of the United Arab Emirates, at the Gulf Information Security Exhibition and Conference in Dubai: We have seen a massive increase in attacks as we move into life online.
Al-Kuwaiti explained that the UAE has witnessed at least a 250 percent increase in cyber attacks this year.
The pandemic has forced organizations around the world to reconsider how they operate and hackers and malicious actors have taken advantage of the increased digital adoption.
He said: There is an electronic pandemic, not just a biological one, and it was the United Arab Emirates The target of massive attacks after it established formal relations with Israel in August.
Al-Kuwaiti revealed that the financial sector was one of the areas most vulnerable to attack, as well as the health sector, without going into specific details about the nature of events in the UAE or whether they were successful.
The comments provide a glimpse into the challenging cybersecurity environment in the UAE and the wider Middle East region, where security breaches and attacks are widespread, often undiscovered and often state-sponsored.
Al-Kuwaiti said: There are various sources responsible for these attacks, and Iran is one of those sources, which reflects the continuing tensions in the region.
When asked about what kinds of attacks occur the most, Al-Kuwaiti explained that phishing attacks and ransomware attacks have become more complex.
New research by cybersecurity firm TrendMicro says: Hackers focus on public infrastructure and government IT systems, and ransomware attacks have been their favorites.
Al-Kuwaiti said: The UAE has established a new National Cybersecurity Council to develop policies and laws to enhance cybersecurity, and to ensure that the country is not exposed to attacks that could easily affect its society, government, or business.
Al-Kuwaiti indicated that discussions are still going on regarding lifting the ban on some VoIP services in the UAE, such as WhatsApp calls.
He said: The WhatsApp application was opened for a specific period of time and was used to perform some testing, in cooperation with the WhatsApp company itself, and there are some regulations that the company still needs to adhere to, and it is working on that.
The UAE has canceled the ban on some popular services, such as: Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Skype for Business, while WhatsApp and Facetime remain banned.