Well, according to an expert at Fortinet, which is a network security firm, it is the country that is best equipped to repel cyberthreats compared to all the other countries in the Middle East region. One of the fundamental reasons is that there are laws on cyber-security that have been put in place by the legislation to ensure that the citizens are protected.
It is a factor that has created a sense of awareness among people while outlining both the legal and illegal ways of using the internet within the country. Another reason is that there is a willingness to take up digitization to improve various sectors of the economy such as security and banking. Implementing digital security solutions especially in businesses improves security from malware as well as increasing productivity, particularly in industrial processes.
The Middle East countries that have lagged behind in digitizing their economies have experienced cases of ransomware, which is a new method of monetizing malware. It is an effective hacking tool that disguises itself as a file, and once it is downloaded, it encrypts files and prevents the owner from gaining access until a ransom is paid usually in the form of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.
In Dubai, for instance, a project dubbed Falcon Eyes which is a public welfare and security system has been rolled out successfully, to further improve sandboxing and email security while strengthening firewalls. The only challenge encountered is ensuring that there is no latency in the transmission speed from the cameras to the data centre. Despite a slight decrease in the economic growth of the region, both public and private sector companies continue to invest in security.