Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 74 - Page 28


67 % of top online retailers in UAE not blocking fraudulent emails from reaching customers : Proofpoint research

Emile Abou Saleh , Regional Director ,
MEA , Proofpoint
However , only three out of the nine ( 33 %) retailers have the strictest and recommended levels of DMARC protection in place , which allows them to identify and block fraudulent emails . This leaves customers of 67 % of the top retailers in the country exposed to email frauds .
As retailers gear for high online sales volumes during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday special offers , it is imperative for them to ensure their customers are safeguarded against potential cybersecurity threats .

Proofpoint , a cybersecurity and compliance company , has released research which identifies that eight out of the top nine online retailers in the UAE have a Domain-based Message Authentication , Reporting and Conformance ( DMARC ) record in place .

Emile Abou Saleh , Regional Director , Middle East and Africa ( MEA ) Proofpoint , said : “ Cybercriminals are on the lookout for festive seasons and high sales period to drive targeted attacks through impersonation and retailers are no exception to this . While the Black Friday and Cyber Monday high sales period is a time to grab the best deals , it could also be a potential target zone for cybercriminals to attack . Our research has found that most retailers in the UAE are not implementing effective protection and email authentication best practices to safeguard themselves and their customers .”
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