Cyber war is a phenomenon worth discussing with countries in the Middle East. It was found, in a research, that more than two-third of the organisations in the Middle East were incapable of protecting themselves from sophisticated cyber-attacks. Cyber-security is now an essential aspect of corporate governance, business risk management, and legal (regulatory) compliance. However, lessons from the Middle East cases indicate that a reactionary approach might not be the ideal solution. A proactive approach (where small measure and policies are put in place) should be adopted by directors of Pakistan. It’s not enough to just invest in the right tools or have a strong defence in place … it’s also necessary to proactively hunt for cyber criminals who might already be lurking in an organisation’s network. The largest gap in our cyber security posture relates to the human element. … Behind every hack is a hacker, in other words, a human being. 

Backdoors, denial-of-service attack, direct-access attack, eavesdropping, spoofing, tampering, privilege escalation, phishing, click jacking, social engineering are different vulnerabilities or attacks that have disastrous impact on the Financial systems, aviation, consumer devices, large corporations, government, automobiles. 

Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility… Protect your information at home and at work. 

ANUM AHMAD,  

Faisalabad, June 29.