Research Reveals Gulf Organisations are a Soft Target for Cyber Attacks

A recent study conducted by YouGov on behalf BAE Systems reveals that many organisations have not made the right preparations to protect themselves against aggressive cyber-attacks.

Nearly half of those polled said their organisation lacked security controls, with the figure as high as 55 percent in Saudi Arabia. The UAE appears more cyber-savvy with two thirds believing that they had the right systems in place.

However, only 45 percent of respondents in the UAE had actually tested their procedures within the past six months and 37 percent did not know if they had ever been tested at all. Cyber-attacks in the Gulf region appear to be most prevalent in the UAE with eight percent experiencing a cyber-attack within the past four weeks and 28 per cent having endured an attack in the last year.

Bulent Teksoz, Global Cyber Security Strategist at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, Dubai said: “Cyber-attacks not only cost the organisation significant sums in lost revenues, sometimes multi-millions of dollars, but can also cause irreparable reputational damage.  The global cost of cyber-crime is estimated to be worth billions of Dirhams with increasingly sophisticated and coordinated attacks generating huge sums for criminals and other groups.”

With 34 percent of respondents stating that their organisations had suffered a cyber-attack in the past six months, this shows the Gulf region is not immune to cyber-attack. Alarmingly 43 percent didn’t know what the attack on their business had cost, directly or indirectly.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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