By Alastair Paterson, CEO and Co-Founder, Digital Shadows

 

The holiday season is in full swing and once again we can expect to see a surge in cyber attacks targeting retailers and consumers. Research from the National Retail Federation shows that spending during the winter holidays outstrips retail sales during all other holidays throughout the year – combined! From Black Friday to sales in January, this is the most wonderful time of the year for retailers, and this trend will likely continue. A survey by RetailMeNot shows that consumers are expected to spend an average of $743 holiday shopping between Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year, a 47 percent increase from 2016’s average of $505.

By Alastair Paterson, CEO and Co-Founder, Digital Shadows

 

Every year around this time all the security businesses and analysts leap for their crystal ball and attempt to predict what we should be worrying about in the coming 12 months or more. And the sad reality is that not a lot will change as there is not much need for the cybercriminal community to do anything different – it’s already working well now!

By Mechelle Buys Du Plessis, Managing Director – UAE, Dimension Data

 

2018 will see a vast change in internal security procedures moving towards what is called a zero-trust security model. IT departments of organizations are spending millions of dollars while witnessing successful breach of their defences. Increasingly, the consensus appears to be that the IT industry with its sets of sophisticated best practices, compliance and guidance directives, is in some way today, losing the game to smarter and innovative groups of dispersed threats actors.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 06:44

How Fake is our news?

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By Rick Holland, VP Strategy, Digital Shadows

 

Hardly a day goes by without media and sometimes government claims that Russia has been utilising social media tools to spread fake news and misinformation to influence everything from elections, mining approvals and even Brexit.

Thursday, 23 November 2017 12:43

MIMECAST COMMENT on the Uber Cyber attack

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By Dan Sloshberg, cyber resilience expert, Mimecast

 

Dan Sloshberg, cyber resilience expert, Mimecast, commented:

By Aaron White, Regional Director for Sage Middle East

 

From 1 January 2018, any business operating in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) group of nations that earns revenue of Dhs 375,000 or more, will be legally required to register as a value-added tax (VAT) vendor.

By Alastair Paterson, CEO and Co-Founder of Digital Shadows

 

If you’re familiar with mafia movies then you’re familiar with extortion – the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats. Extortion has been around for centuries – well before “The Godfather” or “Goodfellas.” Even cyber extortion, which extends this criminal activity into the digital world, isn’t new. What is new, however, is the wide variety of methods that are used by the bad guys to get their money.

Monday, 18 September 2017 08:08

Why Instagram Archive Is Your Brand’s Buddy

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By Rasika Thapa, Junior Account Executive, Spread Communications

 

Earlier this year, a study unraveled a staggering number of business profiles set up on Instagram – 15 million. In March 2017 alone, over 120 million Instagram users visited a linked business website, called, emailed or sent a direct message to a brand profile on the app.

By Dr. Vaqas Farooqi, Consultant of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Amana Healthcare, Abu Dhabi.

 

According to the World Health Organization, between 250,000 and 500,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury (SCI) around the world, every year.

By Rick Holland, VP Strategy at Digital Shadows

 

What we know about the Equifax breach

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