Organisations need to be proactive in implementing and testing their Cyber Defences: Industry experts

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Businesses need to be more proactive in implementing and testing their cyber defences, experts shared during a virtual session on The Cybersecurity Challenges and the Protection of the Digital Revolution organised by the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS).

The EIBFS, one of the regional leaders in banking and finance education and training, hosted the webinar as part of its conversational learning initiative, which aims to cover timely banking and finance-related subjects as part of its community outreach goals.

During the session, the speakers shed light on the challenges that have increased due to the ongoing digital revolution characterised by the emergence of cutting-edge technologies such as e-government, e-commerce, blockchains, mobile payments services, online banking and cloud computing, among others, according to media reports.

The experts stated that intrusions, data breaches, ransomware, defacement, phishing, and fraud have increased as organisations become increasingly reliant on technology. They advised businesses to take measures to tackle the cybersecurity exposure.

“Through this thought-provoking webinar, we aim to assist financial services participants in understanding and taking proactive steps to strengthen their cybersecurity. This is in line with the UAE government’s strategies and initiatives to create a secure and robust cyber infrastructure that empowers both individuals and businesses in the country. Our webinar also shed light on the cybersecurity challenges the financial service providers currently face and ways in which they can overcome them,” said Jamal Al Jassmi, General Manager, EIBFS.

He further added that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility and we at EIBFS offer a number of programmes that discuss the cybersecurity risks in the banking sector from intermediate to more specialised courses. We hope that our patrons benefit from the important insights that were shared in the session.

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