Friday, 16 Apr 2021
Oman warded off more than 880mn cyberattacks on government networks in 2017, three times more than 2016 when the country recorded 279mn such attacks.

More than 880mn cyberattacks on govt networks thwarted in 2017: ITA

While 1.41mn attacks particularly targeting government internet sites have been effectively prevented in 2017, which came down from 1.75mn in 2016, according to Information Technology Authority’s (ITA) Annual Report 2017.

According to the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) 2017, Oman is amongst the leading 5 most cybersecure nations in the planet and very first in the Arab planet.

ITA’s two principal divisions concentrate on cybersecurity: Information Security Division (ISD), which is accountable for the safety of government entities, and the Oman Computer Emergency Readiness Team (OCERT), which is accountable for the safety of cyberspace in Oman and public awareness in the field.

ISD, which offers networks and portals protection, safe Internet access, finish-point safety, details safety operations, safety assessment and IT safety consultancies, rendered 880,843,349 cyberattacks useless against government networks whilst it thwarted 1,411,043 cyberattacks against government internet sites.

ITA additional found 1,859 spyware (six,416 in 2016) and 11,370 (7,824 in 2016) viruses and malware, with two,459 genuine cybersecurity incidents reported by government and public effectively handled.

It additional mentioned 100 per cent of familiar safety incidents have been detected inside 30 seconds and that 96.five per cent safety incidents have been detected and handled inside 5 operating days.

OCERT, which addresses the problems of cyberthreats and dangers and the provision of a secured cyber atmosphere in utilizing eServices and protection of crucial national details infrastructure, found and handled 44,340 (16,118 in 2016) attacks targeting Oman’s cyberspace.

OCERT also handled 172 (39 in 2016) digital forensic instances with 877 proof devices which includes computer systems, mobile phones, external tough disks and USBs on cybercrime instances.

“The Sultanate of Oman is top ranked among Arab states with the highest scores in the legal and capacity building pillars. Oman has a robust organisational structure, including a high-level cybersecurity strategy and masterplan and comprehensive roadmap,” the Global Cybersecurity Index stated.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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