Raising security awareness

The UAE’s credit card fraud problems seem to have gotten much worse this week, with bank HSBC going as far as insisting all of its customers must change their PINs by 6pm today (which is not so convenient for any HSBC customers who might be traveling at the moment...)

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By  Mark Sutton Published  September 10, 2008

The UAE’s credit card fraud problems seem to have gotten much worse this week, with bank HSBC going as far as insisting all of its customers must change their PINs by 6pm today (which is not so convenient for any HSBC customers who might be traveling at the moment...).

The move could just be over caution on the part of HSBC, but I’d guess that the inconvenience to customers is probably matched by some pretty serious problems for the bank too, to have gone to such a drastic step.

Its good to see HSBC at least communicating with customers about fraud – given that many of the financial institutions in the region seem to be incapable of protecting their customers, awareness of security threats among end users is an even more important ‘first line of defence’ in the fight against the fraudsters.

But given how quickly the nature of security threats has changed recently, do you really know what’s what when it comes to protecting yourself? How’s your awareness of cyber threats?

One of the biggest problems with the Middle East is the lack of data on almost all issues – so gauging the security readiness of the region is difficult, to say the least. Which is why itp.net and Trend Micro have got together to launch our 2008 security survey, to find out more about what people in the UAE know about security, and what they are doing to protect themselves.

But of course, we need your help to do so – so please, check out the survey at http://www.itp.net/trend-micro-survey-2008. It will take no more than five minutes to complete, we will be announcing the results in October and you’ll be helping the security industry in the region to work out how best we can all be made safer from online threats. And there’s some great prizes on offer too!

So – don’t delay – take the survey now.

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