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Oman displays digital resilience as cyber attacks rise

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As many as 12 million cyber attacks on different social media platforms were foiled in 2021, an increasing trend triggered during the Covid-19 lockdown, work from home and learning from homes.


According to an annual cybersecurity report titled “Navigating New Frontiers,” issued by Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions on Monday, the growing rate of cyber attacks by malicious actors on digital infrastructures and individuals in the modern-day hybrid work environment is alarming as predators are seeking ways of attacking the domains and pose greater threat to cyber security. The report which highlights the increasing threats organisations must address and protect against with robust cybersecurity solutions indicates that over 4.1 million email threats were thwarted while the cyber security arm was able to break 700,607 malware attacks, and over 4.6 million URL victims’ attacks in 2021.


As part of protecting remote learning and working, Smart Home Network (SHN) solutions protected devices and networks from 12,821 SHN inbound and outbound attacks and prevented 581,119 SHN events, the report further elucidated.


“Oman’s enterprises continue to display digital resilience through the challenges of unforeseen global events and have bravely faced an evolving threat landscape with increasingly sophisticated attacks,” said Assad Arabi, Managing Director, Gulf Cluster for Trend Micro.


“The modern-day, hybrid world has made it difficult for organisations to protect their digital environment, requiring security teams to bolster their security strategies to protect employees in and out of the office, as well as remote locations with unsecured public networks,” adds Arabi.


The report states that globally Trend Micro solutions stopped over 94.2 billion threats in 2021, a 42 per cent increase in the number of detections recorded in 2020. Attacks had surged over 53 billion in the second half of 2021, blocking 41 billion threats in H1 2021.


Threat actors are getting better at exploiting human error to compromise cloud infrastructure and remote workers. Homeworkers are often prone to take more risks than those in the office, which makes phishing a greater risk.


According to the report, better readiness for security teams against emerging threats is necessary across sectors. “With these related insights, Oman seeks improvement within the movement against the threat landscape going forward,” the cyber security report adds.


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