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2023 Gcc Cybersecurity Landscape: Stay Ahead of Cyber Threats With These Insights

Last Updated on February 29, 2024 by Ameer Hamza

Cybersecurity continues to evolve, and so does the 2023 GCC cybersecurity landscape. With the growing number of cyber threats and the increasing use of technology in our daily lives, it’s more critical than ever to stay ahead of the game. The prevalence of cyberattacks has elevated cybersecurity to the top of the agenda for businesses of all sizes. According to IBM’s report, data breaches cost an average of AED15.98m worldwide and AED27.4m in the GCC nations.

The UAE consistently ranks high in global rankings of digital life quality because of its advanced ICT infrastructure. The UAE is becoming a prime target for cyber threats as the country rapidly embraces digital technology. Even government agencies and private businesses have fallen victim to the widespread wave of cyberattacks that have swept the Middle East. Security officials must focus on the following cybersecurity trends to understand the rise of cyberattacks and data breaches in 2023.

Establishing a Security Awareness Program to Stay Ahead of Cyber Threats

A security awareness program is an ongoing initiative to educate employees about cybersecurity best practices and raise their awareness of potential threats. By establishing a security awareness program, organizations in the UAE can take a proactive approach to reduce the risk of cyberattacks and stay ahead of emerging threats. E-learning, phishing scenarios, and game-based training are all viable components of awareness programs.

  • Insider Threats: The Hidden Danger in Your Organization

Insider threats refer to security incidents when an individual with authorized access to an organization’s network or systems engages in malicious activities. Insider threats remain one of the most pressing security concerns in the Middle East region. However, this issue can be avoided by implementing several different strategies, such as access controls, data loss prevention techniques, endpoint detection, etc.

  • The Future of Data Security: Implementing a Zero-Trust Model

Using a zero-trust security approach is the most effective way to ensure that no one can access your private information without your knowledge. The zero-trust security model is a security philosophy that assumes that all users, devices, and networks are inherently untrusted and must be verified before access is granted. The zero-trust model aims to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive data and systems. Today, just 20% of GCC organizations have adopted the zero-trust model, compared to 41% worldwide, according to IBM’s report.

  • Rising Concerns: Addressing the Security Challenges of Operational Technology

Operational technology (OT) environments are the systems and technologies that control and monitor industrial processes, such as manufacturing, power generation, and transportation systems. These environments are becoming increasingly connected to the internet, making them vulnerable to cyberattacks that can disrupt or manipulate critical processes. The GCC is at the forefront of efforts to improve the security of OT environments worldwide. To secure OT environments, GCC organizations can implement various measures, such as segmentation, endpoint protection, monitoring, and detection, patch management, and incident response plans.

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