UAE averts 561 cyber-attacks within six months
In the first half of 2017, the UAE stopped more than 500 cyber-attacks on public and private websites
During the first half of 2017, the UAE averted 561 cyber-attacks on both public and private websites, according to DEWA's CEO.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, unveiled this during his opening address at the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) conference. He added that the computer emergency readiness team at the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) stopped the attacks in the first half, which accounted for 53% of the total attacks in 2016.
"This reflects the high frequency of hacking attempts on public and private websites," he said.
From the 561 cyber-attacks, 284 attacks were made on government and semi-government websites and 277 attacks on private-sector websites.
The ERM conference, which was under the 'Risk and Cyber Security 2017' theme, was attended by a number of specialists in cyber security and risk management, from both public and private sectors. Al Tayer pointed out that with various emerging technologies, there is a rise in new and complex challenges, and therefore cyber security has become a key necessity for cities on a digital transformation.
DEWA launched its security strategy 2021 in line with the Dubai Cyber Security Strategy, which aims to provide integrated protection against the dangers of cyberspace and supports innovation in cyberspace.