Local internet users are at risk

Most internet users in the Middle East are considered to be in the ‘high risk of intrusion’ bracket, according to a recent research from Scanit.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  July 6, 2003

Most internet users in the region are considered to be in the ‘high risk of intrusion’ bracket, according to a recent research from Scanit. The survey, which was carried out by the network security auditing company across a number of Gulf and other Middle East countries, also placed the Middle East as one of the highest risk areas in the world.

“Out of the tests carried out by the public, 73.41% were at high risk to hackers, 24.57% were at medium risk and 2.02% at low risk of vulnerability,” says Dean Bell, managing director of Scanit Middle East.

“The results demonstrated that the Kuwaiti internet users had the highest rates of security protection while those in Oman had the lowest,” he adds.

Furthermore, the security auditing company reports that the Middle East’s high risk environment is sure to come under greater threat as the number of attacks carried out across the internet is increasing, along with their sophistication.

“International and regional trends indicate increased hacker activity using very sophiosticated technologies to penetrate networks and cause serious damage. Likewise simply technologies can be employed by hackers to directly attack users through firewalls and web browser,” says Bell.

“Enterprises in the region need to be more aware in protecing their business critical data and have to employ differing detection and defense methods to block holes in their technology infrastructure, and prevent unwelcome intruders from penetrating corporate networks,” he adds.

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