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Study finds 82% of UAE organisations faced at least one cyberattack in 2019

Proofpoint, a leading cybersecurity and compliance company, has released its latest research highlighting how people-centric cyberattacks are impacting organisations in the UAE. The research revealed that a majority (82%) of CSOs and CISOs surveyed reported at least one cyberattack on their organisation in 2019, while over half (51%) reported multiple incidents. Account compromise was the leading […]


Mobile telecom industry making rapid progress towards 5G

A BPI Network survey found operators are rethinking security in light of 5G network traffic, a dramatic increase in connected devices and new mission-critical use cases. Mobile service providers say they are making substantial progress towards ushering in a new generation of 5G networks that will enable ultra-high-speed mobile connectivity and a wide variety of […]


Countering the new generation of attacks driven by COVID-19

Cyberattacks in the form of ransomwares are evolving in the global pandemic situation. Subhalakshmi Ganapathy, Product Evangelist, ManageEngine, explains how these new ransomware work. With the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) around the world, cybercriminals are leveraging the fear and uncertainty that’s prevailing around the pandemic and launching unscrupulous ransomware attacks on healthcare institutions […]


GDPR: General solutions for data protection regulation

Now that the EU’s GDPR has been in force for more than two years, Antoine Harb, Team Leader Middle East and North Africa at Kingston Technology, provides a reminder to businesses about their obligation to enforce stronger privacy protections and breach disclosure requirements. At the onset of April 2016, the European Parliament approved the General […]


COVID-19 cyberattacks are placing organisations at increased risk

Security professionals across the Middle East must educate employees about the rise in Coronavirus-related cybercrime and how to avoid placing their organisation at risk. Werno Gevers, Cybersecurity Specialist at Mimecast, explains. Organisations are already facing business challenges in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, and a rapid rise in COVID-19 related cyberattacks is causing additional […]


49% of organisations in the UAE witnessed a significant ransomware attack in the last year, according to Sophos

A new global survey reveals that more than half of organisations questioned had experienced a significant ransomware attack in the last 12 months. Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity, has announced the findings of its global survey, The State of Ransomware 2020, which reveals that paying cybercriminals to restore data encrypted during a ransomware […]


Editor’s Question: What security risks are being introduced as IT and OT networks converge?

Maher Jadallah, Regional Director – Middle East at Tenable, explains how IT/OT convergence can expose industrial environments to a much wider attack surface. The convergence of the data side of the business (traditionally the realm of IT) and the operational technology (OT) side (used to manage industrial control systems (ICS)) has revolutionised our critical infrastructure. […]


How have companies transformed their cyberdefences in response to recent events?

Amir Kanaan, Managing Director for Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Kaspersky, explains how Kaspersky is helping healthcare organisations, consumers, businesses and employees during the pandemic. These are strange times for businesses and consumers alike. Since the World Health Organisation announced that COVID-19 was to be labelled a global pandemic, drastic changes have happened to almost […]


Cybersecurity’s future in the cloud

Cybersecurity is a key concern for many as more people work from home during the pandemic. Kanaiya Vasani, Executive Vice President, Products and Corporate Development at Infoblox, explains how cloud-based security services could be the solution to many companies’ problems. The world is “social distancing” as we try to halt the spread of the novel […]


The four pillars of an enterprise data cloud

With the exponential growth of data the value of large-scale data analysis has become an important aspect of the corporate agenda. Romain Picard, Regional Vice President South EMEA at Cloudera, tells us that an enterprise data cloud can empower businesses to get actionable insights from complex data anywhere. Data has grown exponentially over the last 20 […]


Using data to deliver a ‘wow’ customer experience

We hear a lot these days about the value of data. It’s not uncommon to hear it compared to another asset that has brought wealth to the Middle East. Piyush Kumar Chowhan, Group Chief Information Officer at LuLu Group International, tells Intelligent CIO precisely how organisations can create real customer value through the use of […]


Micro Focus CEO: Technological advances are driving business change

The CEO of Micro Focus has stated that technological advances are driving the acceleration of business change and questioned why some Digital Transformations do not succeed. Stephen Murdoch, CEO of Micro Focus, told Micro Focus Virtual Universe 2020’s online audience that in today’s world the rules of business, the expectations on public sector institutions and […]


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