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Middle East organisations not prepared for DDoS attacks

Only half of network operators perform drills focused on cyber attacks

Middle East organisations not prepared for DDoS attacks
Organisations need to include cyber incidents in their wider business continuity planning, says Samy.

Organisations in the Middle East are ill prepared to tackle the rising threat of DDoS attacks, according to a survey from Arbor Networks.

Only half (51%) of network operators in the region perform regular preparedness drills focused on cyber attacks, despite the increase in cyber crime in the region.

Mahmoud Samy, Area Head, Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan at Arbor Networks, highlighted the growth in politically motivated hacking and DDoS in the region over the past two years, and inparticular noted the risks to government organisations and the financial sector. Potential targets are "not nearly as prepared for cyber-attacks as they could or should be," he said.

According to figures from Arbor's ATLAS network, the average size of DDoS attacks in the region is 2.376Gbps and the average duration of an attack exceeds an hour and ten minutes, which could pose serious disruption to online services.

Samy pointed out that while many organisations have business continuity plans that include policies for dealing with natural disasters, but they rarely include contingencies for IT security incidents. Organisations should wrap DDoS mitigation strategies into overall business continuity and risk management plans.

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