NAVIGATING CHANGE

Security Advisor Middle East|June - July 2020

NAVIGATING CHANGE
ANAND CHOUDHA, FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE SPECIALISED SECURITY DISTRIBUTOR, SPECTRAMI, SHARES INSIGHTS INTO THE CYBERSECURITY CHALLENGES BROUGHT BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND HOW THE DISTRIBUTOR IS PLAYING A ROLE IN HELPING REGIONAL BUSINESSES NAVIGATE THEM.

What are the biggest security challenges organisations are facing today?

With cybercriminals exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic by launching an unprecedented barrage of Covid-19 themed attacks, there has been a big increase in the cyber threats in the past few months. UAE and Saudi Arabia have been among the most-affected countries in the region, accounting for bulk of the Covid-19themed attacks in the GCC.

Over the past few months, we have witnessed cybercriminals taking advantage of people’s fears over the coronavirus pandemic. Furthermore, as more people are spending more time online than ever, the has been a significant surge in phishing attacks.

Furthermore, as the current situation impact economies across the globe, many industry verticals have witnessed mass layoffs can be extremely vulnerable to such attacks. At this time and age, nobody is safe from cyber-attacks, be it large, medium, or small enterprises. Even the best of the technology companies has fallen victims to such attacks. Recently, one of the biggest IT services companies in the world, Cognizant suffered a big hit from a Maze ransomware attack.

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June - July 2020