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One out of four employees fall for phishing attacks

One out of four employees fall for phishing attacks

According to insights from our leading Phishing simulation tool PhishGuard, 58% of users in Saudi Arabia have opened at least one phishing email. These insights reveal that at least one out of four employees have interacted with a phishing email, either by clicking on a link or downloading a malicious attachment. In some cases, employees have gone further and submitted their personal information after clicking on the phishing link which had redirected them to a fake page. “Phishing is a quite common entry point for the most successful attacks. Attackers are getting smarter; they now monitor social media activities to ...

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LinQ2’s Participation at CITC’s Digital Technology Forum 2022

LinQ2’s Participation at CITC’s Digital Technology Forum 2022

We are happy to announce that our product LinQ2, has been chosen to participate in CITC’s annual Digital Technology Forum, in addition to being nominated for the Top Technical Product award. The theme of this year’s forum is “Enabling Local Technology Products“. The Communication & Information Technology Commission (CITC) has recognized our efforts and achievements with our enterprise messaging gateway LinQ2. As our product can seamlessly and securely process messages from and to applications and systems, as well as have the ability to integrate with different channels and connection options. We at Cerebra continuously strive to become one of the ...

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Uber Suffered a Security Breach Due to an 18-year-old Hacker

Uber Suffered a Security Breach Due to an 18-year-old Hacker

Uber recently experienced a cyberattack where an 18-year-old hacker accessed their systems by launching a successful social engineering attack on an employee. The hacker used stolen employee credentials to launch an MFA (Multi-Factor authentication) Fatigue attack. It is an attack where a victim receives multiple requests from their MFA application till it bothers them out leading them to eventually accept the request. The teenage attacker did not disclose how he was able to gain the Uber employee password.  After using the stolen credentials, he sent multiple MFA requests for over an hour to the employee and then messaged them impersonating ...

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What is the role of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)? |  ECC & SAMA Compliance

What is the role of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)? | ECC & SAMA Compliance

With the world of cyber threats becoming more intense than ever, organizations need to comprehend the need for an improved cybersecurity framework. The universal goal is to protect the organization’s network from any outsider or insider threats, especially with the addition of remote work resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Not to mention the recent rise in online fraud, which largely stems from phishing attacks in financial and e-commerce transactions.  Being dependent solely on usernames and passwords to secure access and data is outdated, as 61% of organizations’ data breaches were a result of stolen employee credentials. Traditional methods are not ...

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5 Benefits of Using AI in Cybersecurity | Artificial Intelligence 

5 Benefits of Using AI in Cybersecurity | Artificial Intelligence 

 The next step to level up in protecting your business’s IT infrastructure is to integrate artificial intelligence. Studies have revealed that AI will strengthen the wall between systems and cyber threats.   According to an IBM report, the average total cost of a data breach increased in 2021 from $3.86 million to $4.24 million. Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated and advanced in their attacks resulting in this significant rise in cost. They are elevating their approaches through intensified phishing, and ransomware attacks against the human layer of an organization, who are the weakest link in cyber defense and are responsible for 14% ...

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Current Trends in SMS Phishing (Smishing) Attacks | 2022  

Current Trends in SMS Phishing (Smishing) Attacks | 2022  

Did you know that there are 6.648 billion (83.72%) people worldwide who own a mobile phone and in Saudi Arabia alone, 97.5% of its society owns one? Also, did you know that the average time people spend on their phones is 3 hours and 43 minutes?    With most of the world connected to their mobile phones on a daily basis, this incited cyber criminals to level up their SMS phishing attacks.  It’s no wonder that the number of smishing attacks has increased in the last couple of years. In 2021, 74% of enterprises were targeted by smishing attacks, a 13% ...

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The 6 Colors of Hacker Hats | Explained

The 6 Colors of Hacker Hats | Explained

When the word hacker or hacking is mentioned, a universal definition pops into mind. A hacker is known to be a cybercriminal who inflicts chaos on their victims by breaching, stealing, or damaging online systems and data. This is just one part of what the word hacking withholds. And contrary to popular belief, hacking is a broad and diversified category that is misunderstood.   The dependency on storing data electronically, as computers have taken over a large part of our life, results in the increased risk of data theft and becoming suspectable to hacking accidents. So, learning more about the ...

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Identity Access Management (IAM) | What is it?

Identity Access Management (IAM) | What is it?

With Digital Transformation, remote work acceptance and e-services becoming ubiquitous, Businesses’ and organizations – of all sizes – main concern is to keep its Information Technology (IT) up and running around the clock. This requires its various ingredients such as database and servers to be secure. This means they are always on the lookout for ways to achieve the most efficient way to be safe and secure. Typically, organizations follow basic protocols and use passwords to control and protect their digital assets from unauthorized access, however, statistics reveal that globally %58 of CISOs agree that human error is the number ...

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Insider Threats in Cyber Security

Insider Threats in Cyber Security

Organizations tend to only focus on setting cyber security measures for potential threats and intrusions made by external circumstances. Unfortunately, they undermine the possibilities of a trusted employee launching a cyber-attack against them. This negligence resulted in 34% of businesses being affected by an insider threat on a yearly basis. This cyber security risk does not only leave the organization vulnerable but is also viewed as an easy target for internal and external threats.   Whoever has authorized access to sensitive data, either it being an employee or a partner (which sometimes referred to as Third-party risk), is considered trusted and ...

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6 Advantages of utilizing SMS Marketing

6 Advantages of utilizing SMS Marketing

Many businesses are constantly seeking ways to interact with and attract new customers. Their joint objective is to reach a wider audience. To do so, communication is key.   There are many ways for businesses to communicate with their audience, either by email, social media, or adverts, but the most beneficial marketing method, that is often overlooked, is SMS (text messages). Currently, SMS is typically utilized for personal communication, but it has proved to be an important marketing method that helps boost businesses in today’s mobile-centered society.   In 2021, up to 3.8 billion people own smartphones and 60% of them read ...

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Juice Jacking: The Threats of Public USB Charging Stations

Juice Jacking: The Threats of Public USB Charging Stations

A shared scenario between many is being in public with a dying mobile device, franticly looking for a charger. When coincidently you find a free charging station calling out your name. You find a solution, but have you ever thought about the risks of using these public charging stations?   The accessibility of these public USB charging stations is convenient but connecting your device to one can put you in a vulnerable position. With just plugging in your smartphone or laptop, you’re potentially opening up an opportunity for a threat actor to steal data or install malware all without your knowledge. This is known as Juice Jacking.   Unfortunately, many are unaware ...

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Phishing Emails: Why do we Fall for them?

Phishing Emails: Why do we Fall for them?

Have you ever received an email wondering if it is legitimate or not, but then decide to click on it because the advertisement or the urgent warning catches your eye? Well, many have been in that situation with some consequently becoming victims to a phishing trap.   Around 96% of phishing attempts are deployed via email and 74% of organizations suffered from a successful phishing attack (Proofpoint state of the Phish report 2021). These numbers will continue to rise if we don’t educate ourselves on phishing emails.  Over time, cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated and are in constant search of new ways to seamlessly trick their victims. Sometimes, even the ...

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The Threats of Mobile Malware | Explored

The Threats of Mobile Malware | Explored

With mobile phones becoming an integral part of our daily life and with many shifting from desktops to mobile devices as their main way of computing, cybercriminals are following along. Unfortunately, the threats posed by mobile malware are evolving and becoming more sophisticated than ever, making them one of the rising cyber threats at this time. Cybercriminals are in constant search of sensitive data, and when such data is detected on a device, they will try their best to gain access through the device’s security flaws. Unfortunately, many do not educate themselves about the risks of having unsecure mobile devices ...

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