The UAE Cybersecurity Council called on public and private sectors to exercise the utmost caution against any cyber attacks that may target the national digital infrastructure and assets.
The Council demanded the public and private entities to activate the cyber emergency response system in cooperation with the competent authorities in order to share data so as to proactively prevent possible malicious attacks.
Recent IT Security Incidents
- Hacking: There has been a significant increase in hacking attempts targeting both individuals and businesses.
- Email Spoofing: Cybercriminals have been impersonating employees, management, or other trusted individuals in emails to trick recipients into revealing sensitive information, transferring funds, or downloading malicious files.
- User Impersonation: There have been several incidents of user impersonation in the UAE, where attackers have gained access to user accounts and posed as the legitimate user, often for financial gain or to spread misinformation. https://www.arabianbusiness.com/culture-society/uae-issues-warning-over-cyber-attacks
To safeguard your data and accounts, we recommend the following measures:
- Update software and systems: Always use Genuine Software and keep your operating system, applications, and security software up to date with the latest patches and updates.
- Use strong, unique passwords: Create strong, unique passwords for each of your accounts, and consider using a password manager to help you manage them securely. Do not reuse passwords across multiple accounts.
- Enable two-factor authentication (2FA): Enable 2FA on all your accounts that support it, such as email, financial institutions, and social media platforms.
Be cautious with email links and attachments: Verify the sender’s email address and be cautious when opening attachments or clicking on links in emails.
- Educate your team: Make sure your employees and team members are aware of these threats and know how to identify and avoid potential phishing emails or scams, as well as recognize signs of user impersonation.
- Regularly back up your data: Ensure that you have a regular backup of your data stored in a secure location, either on a physical device or in the cloud. This will help you recover from data loss due to hacking or other incidents.
- Schedule a FREE 30 min Security Consultation with our IT security experts to ensure your systems are secure and up to date with the latest best practices.
We encourage you to stay vigilant and proactive in protecting your data and accounts. If you have any questions or concerns about the information in this email or would like assistance in implementing these measures, please do not hesitate to contact our cyber security experts.UAE-Cybersecurity-Council-Advisory
Ref : Arabian Business