In recent years, there has been an increase in cybercrimes targeting Kuwait. The number and sophistication of cyber attacks is increasing at an unprecedented rate. Today, almost every organization in Kuwait is the target of cyber threats such as BEC attacks, ransomware, etc.
The COVID-19 pandemic has also played a major role in increasing cybercrime in the country. The pandemic has reduced the threat from physical crime such as home burglaries, pick-pocketing, etc. But it has allowed cybercriminals to target almost any organization that has adopted a remote work culture, exploiting their vulnerabilities.
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According to Zawya, Kuwait has seen at least 1,305 cyber attacks linked to the COVID-19 pandemic in the first half of 2020.
Existing cyber threats in Kuwait
Now if we separate the cyber attacks that target Kuwait into different categories, there are several. Some of them are:
Phishing attacks in Kuwait have increased dramatically in recent years. According to Zawya, 2,578,501 phishing attacks were detected in Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman in the second quarter of 2020. 106,245 reports were from Kuwait. Although it is lower than that of other members of the GCC, one should be aware that the threat vector still exists and that it harms both organizations and consumers.
Ransomware has always been a popular cyberattack vector around the world. According to Middle East Security Magazine, Kuwait has experienced almost 1.9 million ransomware attacks in the first quarter of 2018 alone. Additionally, with emerging ransomware services such as RaaS, the nation could witness increasingly scalable ransomware attacks.
Preparing for cybersecurity in Kuwait
To fight against these dominant cybercrimes, Kuwait has defined a series of strategies.
According to Oxford Business Group, The government of Kuwait has also released National Cyber ââSecurity Strategy 2017-20, 2017. The strategy consisted of strengthening cybersecurity in the technical, legal, regulatory and administrative dimensions.
In addition, the nation is trying to harness the full potential of technology for the benefit of communities, industries and economies. Therefore, several companies have also taken cybersecurity measures seriously to reduce the impact of cyber attacks.
Some of the best cybersecurity measures an organization should adopt are:
Analyze and strategize to create a robust IT infrastructure
An organization should always analyze the cyber threat and security posture to identify vulnerabilities in the IT infrastructure and correct them accordingly. Conduct Vulnerability assessment and penetration testing periodically help companies spot vulnerabilities in an organization. Plus, it will help you protect your organization from these cyber threats.
Securing a business from cybercriminals requires an appropriate strategy that involves planning and implementing the best cybersecurity measures. In addition, a strategy to defend any security threats that may arise in the future.
Also, as mentioned earlier, government agencies introduce laws and protocols. This is about fighting the increase in cybercrime, therefore, you have to make sure you follow and comply with them. Especially companies that process or store thousands of valuable data.
âWe often assume that small countries like Kuwait face fewer cybersecurity threats than large countries. The reality, however, is that we are often the target of sophisticated attacks, âsaid Ahmad Marouf, a cybersecurity expert. âGiven the region’s wealth, businesses and governments are prime targets for hackers,â he added.
Cyber ââsecurity awareness and training
Another important initiative that an organization should not overlook is training and educating employees. As we all know, employees are the first line of defense in a cybersecurity chain, they need to be well trained. To supply cybersecurity awareness and training to employees will help them gain the necessary knowledge about how these cyberattacks work and how they can prevent them.
Through analysis of simulation and training campaigns, an organization can also identify which employee or team is most vulnerable. Then the organization can provide them with additional training which is necessary to make them cyber-vigilant.
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Kuwait does well when it comes to implementing cybersecurity best practices. That being said, the nation is still not fully prepared to tackle existing and emerging cyber threats. Therefore, implementing a cybersecurity framework is a must for every organization.
Indeed, to secure an organization, several parameters must be taken into account. So, analyzing where your organization is in terms of cybersecurity and what needs to be done to improve it is the way to go.
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The Kuwait Against Cyber ââCrimes post first appeared on Kratikal Blogs.
*** This is a syndicated Security Bloggers Network blog from Kratikal Blogs written by Richard Singha. Read the original post at: https://www.kratikal.com/blog/kuwait-against-cyber-crimes/