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Why businesses within the Middle East need to guard against a “new normal” wave of cyberattacks

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The Covid-19 crisis has irrefutably sparked a massive workforce transformation. Millions of people have been suddenly ushered into a work-from-home model, university students are completing their studies online, and even social life has shifted from face-to-face interactions to virtually hosted, online events.

One thing has been made certain by way of this pandemic: connectivity is absolutely essential for business, and digital security is paramount for protecting the data, networks, and clouds that keep businesses moving forward.

Simply put, our increased demand for digital during the new normal has changed the threat landscape. With so many businesses and employees going online, the surface area vulnerable to attacks has expanded, and organizations need to assess their security suites and protocols with this “new normal” in mind.

An increased reliance on the cloud, unprepared identity access management policies, unsecured networks, and unauthorized remote access have left networks exposed to both internal and external bad actors. Couple that with the ability to play on the fears sparked by a global pandemic, and it is all too unsurprising that in mid-April, Google reported that in just one week, it saw more than 18 million daily malware and phishing emails related to Covid-19 scams sent via Gmail alone.

 

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