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A quarter of firms in MEA face dire cybersecurity skills gap

Survey by Sophos reveals the impact of ransomware on organisations

GCC countries see sharp spike in financial malware in H1 2020: report

UAE sees 42.5% increase in financial malware in the first half of the year

Bridging the cybersecurity skills gap with in-house training

Three-fifths of firms struggle with recruiting, hiring, and retaining cybersecurity talent

Building a human firewall to address insider threats

Practicing safe cyber behaviour should be built into the fabric of all job roles

Cybercrime worth $1.5 trillion a year: Thales report

Cybercrime now worth 2.8 times more than the illegal drugs trade

Huawei appoints first ever chief security officer in the GCC

Aloysius Cheang takes up role as CSO for Huawei UAE

F5 analysis reveals spikes, shift in cyberattacks following Covid-19 lockdowns

Retailers were the most targeted segment, attacks rising 27% YoY

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Israel to participate in Abu Dhabi defence exhibition IDEX in 2021

The upcoming edition of IDEX and NAVDEX is expected to feature over 1,300 companies

Brand exploitation by cyber criminals raises alarm in UAE, Saudi

Report by Mimecast finds three quarters of IT pros concerned about spoofing attacks

Covid-19 related attacks dominate threat landscape in GCC: report

Trend Micro says it blocked 8.8 million Covid-19 threats in the first half of 2020

How Covid-19 has worsened corporate cybersecurity woes

As organisations struggle to spread the security umbrella to remote workers, experts urge renewed commitment to cybersecurity best practices

Can regional firms afford cybersecurity breaches amid virus concerns?

A data breach in the region costs $6.53m on average, markedly higher than the global average of $3.86m per breach

Cybersecurity firm ThreatQuotient throws support behind Rhino conservation

ThreatQuotient has adopted four rhinos in South Africa

A CISOs guide to cybersecurity planning in 2020 and beyond

Fortinet CISOs Renee Tarun, Joe Robertson, and Courtney Radke share their advice on cybersecurity planning for the remainder of 2020 and beyond—including where to start, what to prioritise, and what to expect moving forward

Cyber criminals take aim at Linux-based workstations and servers

Kaspersky researchers have identified threat actors developing more Linux-focused tools

Cloud security training gets boost in the GCC

SANS Institute avails cloud security and certification training courses for the region

Kaspersky avails cyber security training online as Covid-19 restricts in-person instruction

Continuous education seen as essential to keep IT security teams ready and effective

Etisalat’s Help AG launches zero trust security service for remote workforce

Help AG HPA delivered in a per-user per-month subscription model

Fitbit unveils new Sense smartwatch, revamps Versa and Inspire devices

Fitbit says Sense smartwatch has sensor that can measure stress

Saudi Arabia led GCC in number of phishing attacks in Q2: Kaspersky report

There were 973,061 phishing attacks in KSA, with UAE following with 617,347 in the quarter

Dharma ransomware imperils SMBs utilising remote work due to Covid-19

Dharma is one of the most profitable ransomware families around, due to its mass-market, service-based business model

Canon data leaked by Maze ransomware group

Canon appears to have refused to pay ransom

Fortinet debuts firewall for hyperscale data centres

Capacity needs are outpacing security hardware performance capabilities

New report says 95% of Saudi businesses experienced a major cyber attack in the past year

Most Saudi organisations (61 per cent) reported that cyber attacks involved operational technology systems

DDoS attacks triple year-on-year in Q2 2020: Kaspersky

Spike attributed to Covid-19 disrupting travel plans

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FBI warns against using Microsoft Windows 7

Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 7 with any further updates in January of this year

Mimecast to offer phishing simulation training service

End-users can now learn from real-life, de-weaponised phishing campaigns

Canon suffers ransomware attack, hackers threaten data dump if not paid

Canon’s email, Microsoft Teams, US website, and other internal applications are affected

Mimecast acquires anti-phishing technology provider MessageControl

MessageControl uses machine learning to protect emails

Arrests made in Twitter hacking case, 17-year-old Florida native alleged ringleader

Tampa teenager, two others, targeted accounts of high-profile individuals in a bitcoin scam