Web Threats increase in the Middle East

Published August 13th, 2008 - 12:26 GMT
Al Bawaba
Al Bawaba

Web Threats increase in the Middle East 

Regional Authorities Taking Commendable Steps Towards Making More Web Sites Accessible, And Increased Web Attacks May Result

With regional efforts to open more websites to users, the need for smart web security becomes even more imperative.

The UAE’s Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA), under its ‘internet access management’ policy, is making available a thousand websites previously deemed potentially offensive.

Dubai-based Trend Micro executives believe that this is the right step forward and support this initiative. However, they wish to highlight the potential increased vulnerability of persons and organisations as a result. Web-based attacks are one of the greatest threats that are faced today and with the opening up of previously blocked sites, users need to further exercise caution.

“Cyber crime is increasing at an alarming rate, with global financial losses running in the tens of billions,” said Justin Doo, Managing Director, Trend Micro, Middle East and North Africa.

“As internet penetration in the region grows, the potential for global and locally targeted threats constantly multiplies. It is our experience that many organisations and users have not adequately protected their IT from the dangers of cyber crime.”

In order to make web interaction more exciting, regional organizations and individuals are adopting new tools by creating online user communities or opening their sites to various levels of user input. This invites new and greater risks.

“We are 100% focussed upon protecting the electronic assets of our customers in a world where there is a concerted effort by criminals to use the internet to exploit our customers assets financial gain. Our solutions are designed to identify and respond these next-generation threats that are here today,” said Samir Kirouani, Technical Manager, Trend Micro, Middle East and North Africa.

Trend Micro Incorporated is a global leader in Internet content security.

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