Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Resisting cyber attacks in a virtual battlefield  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 21/05/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) With the social media dominating a large part of societal interaction nowadays resolutions to prevent the attacks from happening or at least minimise the risk are complicated.

(from left) mansour al shammari writer and academic from saudi arabia; moutaz kokash; ali al noaimi; and sabah yassin during a panel discussion at the forum. — kt photo by rahul gajjar

although humans have been accustomed to wars for many generations the world today has become a battlefield for virtual warfare and with the gulf region hit by huge financial losses as a result of cyber attacks how is the issue being challenged in a region dominated by digital interaction?

during a session titled ‘virtual warfare’ at the 14th arab media forum information technology expert moutaz kokash said online attacks on the gulf region recently resulted in financial losses reaching 11 billion. “just because it’s virtual doesn’t mean it’s any less damaging. these attacks are lethal and can turn into huge financial catastrophes for victims.”

despite this academic and media researcher sabah yassin said issues regarding legal protection against such crimes are difficult to quantify. “in the arab world there are some local procedures in place they are looking into setting up regulations to prevent cyber attacks but there are problems due to censorship.”

with the social media dominating a large part of societal interaction nowadays resolutions to prevent the attacks from happening or at least minimise the risk are complicated.

yassin said the sensitivity lies in “knowing where to stop” and said this is a huge deterrent in laying down official regulations as state-run initiatives could have oppressive knock-on effects for online users. “we need to protect peoples’ freedom and the setting up of regulations will put a stop to this.”

labeling these cyber wars as “doses of poison” the uae university’s vice chancellor ali al noaimi said the modern wars are run with no ethics or values by people merely looking to triumph in their own right. “cyber hackers often attack the infrastructure of the electronic systems of a state. they are destroying economies and countries and undermining the civil peace.”

with around 18 cyber attacks taking place per second kokash said these “electronic mercenaries” have spurred on a phenomenon where states and economies are constantly in fear of threat but like yassin said it is difficult to fix the issue without taking away peoples’ online freedom.

he said with 57 per cent of hackers noted as youths it is time to implement a mechanism to unify these youths instead of bringing in regulations to take away users’ online freedom. “microsoft goes to prisons and works with the hackers. it uses them to its advantage and deters them from being swayed by negativity.”

bringing the session to a close al noaimi said it is hard to impose sanctions to prevent virtual warfare as online interaction had become “part of our lives” but said the best way to help alleviate the issue is by making people aware of the risks.

kelly?khaleejtimes.com


 


Khaleej Times




  MENA News Headlines
 May 28 2015 - HH the Emir Meets Indonesian FMQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on Thursday met at his Emiri Diwan office with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi, and the delegation currently ...

 May 28 2015 - Yemeni President Meets U.S. Assistant Secretary of StateQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi met on Thursday with Anne Patterson, U.S. assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs. They reviewed the efforts of the Yemeni ...

 May 28 2015 - Kuwait's Foreign Minister Meets Libyan CounterpartQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Kuwait's First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah met here Thursday with the Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Aldayri on the sideline of ...

 May 28 2015 - Multiplex, CricOn register big victories in Power Horse T20 cricket tournamentKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Multiplex and CricOn put on dominating performances to register comfortable victories in the Power Horse T20 cricket tournament at the Fair Ground Oval in Dubai Men's College ...

 May 28 2015 - Abdel Gawad and Evans win Sharm El-Sheikh International ChampionshipDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Karim Abdel Gawad and Ali Farag met in an all-Egyptian final, with Abdel Gawad winning the Sharm El-Sheikh Squash International Championship title. Abdel Gawad won against ...

 May 28 2015 - Dubai to ease licensing for 'weekend doctors'Khaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Dubai health authorities have eased licensing regulations for visiting professionals so as to give patients access to international and highly qualified, 'weekend ...

 May 28 2015 - Ramadan 2015 at Sequoia: Bringing out the beauty of nature, with an exotic feelDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Over the years, Sequoia has been known for being one of the most popular restaurants in Cairo, bringing you the best of Mediterranean and oriental cuisine. Every year, ...

 May 28 2015 - Fashion designs need protection: ShayDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Shay is one of the fashion designers who was introduced to the world of fashion through the Italian Fashion Academy. She studied design and marketing, and afterwards went ...

 May 28 2015 - Cairo Airport's Terminal 2 soft opening expected in NovemberDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Cairo International Airport's Terminal 2 will witness its soft opening in November this year, with the official opening expected in March 2016.The soft opening comes as ...

 May 28 2015 - Egypt targets 20 million tourists by 2020: Tourism MinisterDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Tourism Minister Khaled Rami presented his ministry's strategy to reach 20 million tourist by 2020, according to a statement after a press conference held by the minister ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help