UAE, Kuwait most vulnerable for cyberattacks in the Gulf

Dubai: The UAE and Kuwait are among the most vulnerable for cyberattacks among the Gulf Cooperation Council Council countries in the first quarter, according to a report by cybersecurity firm Trend Micro.

Both these countries are rated first and second in ransomware and malware attacks, URL victims and URLs detected.

The UAE accounted for 2.4 million of the 1.7 billion ransomware attacks detected globally while Kuwait accounted for 1.9 million. Bahrain and Oman accounted for 1.2 million and 534,806 respectively of the total ransomware in the same period.

The report cited the rapid pace of digitisation among the GCC for the growing exposure to risks and vulnerabilities of cyberattacks, and Trend Micro cautions that data breaches and cybercrimes have the potential to derail the progress of these modernisation initiatives.

As GCC economies shift to digital, Cherif Djerboua, Regional Tech Leader, Trend Micro AMEA, said that securing the cyberspace becomes even more paramount as there is an increasing risk of calculated and premeditated cyberattacks.