Sunday, 17 Nov 2019 | 20 Rabi Al Awwal 1441
Over 4.3bn cyberattacks thwarted

Over 4.3bn cyberattacks thwarted

The cyberattacks on government networks in 2018 have been more than 3 instances a lot more than in 2017 when the nation recorded 880mn such attacks.

While more than 900mn attacks particularly targeting government internet sites have been effectively prevented in 2018, which was also a number of instances a lot more than 2017 when such attacks have been 1.41mn, according to the Information Technology Authority’s (ITA) Annual Report 2017.

According to the United Nations eGovernment Survey 2018, Oman is amongst the best ten greatest countries in cybersecurity globally, second in the Online Service Index amongst the Arab area and 63 worldwide.

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.

ISD, which offers networks and portals protection, safe Internet access, finish-point safety, info safety operations, safety assessment and IT safety consultancies, rendered two,632,006,039 cyberattacks useless against government networks whilst it thwarted 901,569,883 cyberattacks against government internet sites and 1,726,990,120 attempts against Oman’s private space.

ITA additional detected, prevented and analysed 872 spyware (1,859 spyware in 2017) and four,051 (11,370 in 2017) viruses.

It additional stated that 100 per cent of 192 identified safety incidents have been detected inside 20 minutes and closed, whilst 93.eight per cent safety incidents have been solved and closed inside 5 enterprise days.

OCERT, which addresses the concerns of cyberthreats and dangers and the provision of a secured cyber atmosphere in utilizing eServices and protection of vital national info infrastructure, found and handled 432,978 genuine cybersecurity attempted attacks (44,340 in 2017) and 71,472 internet attacks.

In addition, 203 malware infections by means of OCERT intelligence gathering method have been thwarted. OCERT also handled 140 digital forensics instances with 828 proof devices which includes computer systems, mobile phones, external tough disk and USBs.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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