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Iran behind ‘unprecedented’ cyber attacks on Middle Eastern governments, says US security firm

January 20, 2019

Iranian hackers are suspected of orchestrating an “unprecedented scale” of cyber attacks targeting Middle Eastern governments in the last two years, a study has found.

Californian-based FireEye Intelligence said a wave of DNS hijacking had affected dozens of government servers, telecommunications and internet companies across the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and North America.

The practice involves the use of malicious software to access sensitive information and data. Hacked aim to harvest and store usernames and passwords.

Read the news here | The National

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مؤسسات الإمارات الأسرع تحولاً نحو تقنيات «السحابة» بالمنطقة

January 3, 2019

أكّد محمد الحكيم، المدير الإقليمي في الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا وتركيا في شركة «نتسكوب» الأميركية، المتخصصة بأمن السحابة الإلكتروني، أنه بفضل استمرار حكومة الدولة في الاستثمار بمشاريع تحول رقمي رائدة عالمياً مثل «دبي الذكية» و«أبوظبي الذكية»، فإن التحول نحو السحابة يعزّز دخول القطاع الخاص في برامج الحكومة الإلكترونية بشكل أكبر، ويدعم الشراكة بين القطاعين العام والخاص في قطاع التكنولوجيا، وبالتالي يمكّن من تقديم خدمات أفضل للمستخدمين في القطاعين العام والخاص.

ولفت الحكيم إلى أن استطلاع «أمن السحابة الإلكترونية» الصادر مؤخراً عن الشركة كشف في المقابل عن وجود ثلاثة تحديات أمنية حددها المتخصصون في الأمن السيبراني في الشركات الراغبة بالتحول نحو السحابة في الإمارات، وهي فقدان البيانات وتسربها بنسبة 67%، وتهديدات خصوصية البيانات بنسبة 61%، واختراق السرية بنسبة 53%، وذلك بالمقارنة مع العام السابق.

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6 Strategies to keep stress low, productivity high, end 2018

December 31, 2018

Between holiday stress, distracted or vacationing employees, unusual sales patterns, and managing your year-end budget, the fourth quarter isn’t the easiest time of year for business owners – especially the small business owner. Not only is everyone looking to you for answers, but keeping your business running smoothly while also trying to grow is no easy task.

But keeping stress low and profits high doesn’t have to mean adding items to your To Do list. The following tips can help you boost efficiency and preserve your peace and sanity in Q4 and beyond.

Read the full tips | AMEinfo

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What’s happening in the world of PR today?

December 26, 2018

With IoT and the reality of our connected world today, the pressures on brands are unrelenting and their need for a PR partner and strategic content marketing consul, is a matter of necessity. Companies of all sizes, government bodies, personalities, NGOs and more all have very specific and clear objectives when it comes to gaining mind share and building a strong brand presence with their customers/audiences especially online. The art of effective storytelling is a deal breaker, as it’s not just about writing or filming/capturing content, rather the talent is in making it relevant, true to the brand and targeted.

It follows that organizations are investing more in experienced PR consultants to collaborate closely with and design a robust PR strategy with a special focus on online reputation management. As a result of this close partnership, businesses can enjoy the benefits of an expert content creation resource that enables them to be responsive to breaking news, fake news, and ongoing conversations taking place online round the clock.

Read it here | Communicate

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Active DMC promotes two senior team members

December 19, 2018

Sawsan Ghanem, Managing Partner at Active DMC, expressed confidence that “Lauren and Stanislava are ready for their extended leadership roles that include driving agency business growth and servicing clients’ diverse communication needs across Middle East. I believe the road to successful growth and expansion is to focus on nurturing the talent from within and supporting leadership opportunities.”

Read it here | Zawya

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