Fewer cy­ber­at­tacks in the UAE

So claims new TRA sta­tis­tics.

Comms MEA - - Roundup Update -

FEWER CY­BER­AT­TACKS COULD BEN­E­FIT BUSI­NESSES

Cy­ber­at­tacks in the United Arab Emi­rates are de­clin­ing, ac­cord­ing to new sta­tis­tics from the coun­try’s Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Reg­u­la­tions Au­thor­ity (TRA).

TRA stats show cy­ber­at­tacks against gov­ern­ment, semi-gov­ern­ment and pri­vate sec­tor en­ti­ties were down 39% in the first seven months of 2018 com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2017.

A to­tal of 274 ma­jor cy­ber­at­tacks were re­ported.

Much of the de­cline was at­trib­uted to ef­forts from the Com­puter Emer­gency Readi­ness Team, an or­gan­i­sa­tion re­spon­si­ble for foil­ing cy­ber­at­tacks against web­sites op­er­at­ing in the UAE.

Ac­cord­ing to the TRA’s stats, which recorded cy­ber­at­tacks from Jan­uary to July, there were 150 cy­ber­at­tacks that caused “medium” dam­age. Eighty-five were con­sid­ered “low” dam­age, while 39 were clas­si­fied as be­ing crit­i­cally harm­ful to their tar­gets.

Ac­cord­ing to the TRA, all of the at­tacks were aimed at de­fac­ing, block­ing, and/or steal­ing in­for­ma­tion from web­sites op­er­at­ing in the UAE.

A to­tal of 31 ma­jor cy­ber­at­tacks were recorded in July 2018, down from 42 in July 2017.

Twelve of the at­tacks were clas­si­fied as caus­ing medium dam­age. A fur­ther 12 caused low dam­age. Seven cy­ber­at­tacks recorded in July were clas­si­fied as se­ri­ous.

The stats come amid on­go­ing ef­forts by the TRA to ed­u­cate busi­nesses and the pub­lic about the im­por­tance of cy­ber­se­cu­rity. Ef­forts in­clud­ing sem­i­nars and work­shops aimed at ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple about cy­ber­se­cu­rity, as well as urg­ing up­grades to the lat­est se­cu­rity tools.

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