Cyber-attacks in the UAE are becoming more and more frequent and they threaten private and public organizations. These malicious attacks are done through computer systems and devices connected to the internet. No one is safe from these hacks because they can come from anyone, at any time, even though they usually target public infrastructures.
The UAE is not immune to cyber attacks, with incidents ranging from phishing scams to large-scale data breaches affecting businesses and individuals alike. One type of attack that is particularly prevalent is ransomware, which involves hackers encrypting a victim’s data and demanding payment in exchange for its release. Another threat is social engineering, which involves manipulating individuals into divulging sensitive information or granting access to networks.
In response, the UAE has implemented various measures to enhance its cybersecurity posture, including stricter regulations, increased investment in training and education, and collaboration with international partners. These efforts are essential to safeguarding against cyber threats and protecting the interests of the UAE’s citizens and businesses.
Hacking and the risks of cyber-attacks in the UAE in 2023
The United Arab Emirates warns the country’s residents against cyber-attacks, which are becoming more and more numerous lately. Public infrastructures are the most affected by these attacks, however private sectors are not safe either. These organizations need to be more proactive in implementing stronger security systems.
The Cyber Security Council calls for the most likely infrastructure to be targeted such as banks, finance, health, oil and gas sectors. Mohammed Hamas Al Kuwaiti, head of government cyber security says that these attacks are well received since they do not reach the affected sectors. These are nearly 50,000 strikes that are stopped every day.
The cyber security of the country is facing these digital malware by reminding the infrastructures to activate their protection response system so the country adopts the best possible protections.
UAE under attack in 2019
The United Arab Emirates was the victim of a major cyber attack in 2019, it targeted several government infrastructures as well as other public and private sector companies such as banks, some oil companies and the port of Jebel Ali.
The hackers were prepared for this cyber-attack since they had a very elaborate hacking software, they managed to steal customer banking information, sensitive data.
The Cyber Security Council was able to defend itself from this attack very quickly as experts were able to counterattack these attacks.
Strengthening cybersecurity: how the UAE is protecting its citizens and businesses
The United Arab Emirates takes cybersecurity seriously and has implemented various measures to strengthen itself against cyberattacks. The government has established a National Cyber Security Council to coordinate efforts, and companies are required to follow strict rules to ensure data protection. In addition, the UAE is investing in training and education to develop a skilled workforce capable of responding to cyber threats. These efforts demonstrate the UAE’s commitment to protecting its citizens and businesses from the growing threat of cyber attacks.