Intelligent CISO Issue 16 - Page 12

news ITA reveals number of cyber blackmail cases in Oman he Information Technology Authority (ITA) in Oman has reported that 607 cases of cyber blackmail have occurred since January 2019. The figures reveal that the age group between 15 to 45 year olds was the most exposed to cyber blackmail, representing 53% of registered cases. T Men were more likely to be targeted, representing 70% of cases. In the whole of 2018, the ITA recorded 1,414 cases of cyber blackmail and 1,479 cases during 2017. As a result of the problem, the ITA has urged different segments of Omani society to address the issue. The ITA advises those who have been blackmailed to inform the relevant authorities, including the Royal Oman Police, public prosecution authorities or Oman Computer Emergency Readiness Team (OCERT) at ITA. The motivation for cyber blackmail was found to be divided into three types: the desire to obtain material gain, sexual gratification or revenge. The blackmail itself was found to originate from both inside and outside the Sultanate, with domestic blackmail often committed by people who are known to the victims. According to authorities, blackmail victims should avoid: • Contact with the blackmailer even when subjected to severe pressures • Transfer of funds or disclosure of bank card numbers • Arguments with the blackmailer and not to threaten them with the police 12 ORANGE REINFORCES CYBERSECURITY OPERATIONS IN EUROPE WITH SECURELINK ACQUISITION range has announced that it has completed the acquisition of 100% of SecureLink, a leading independent cybersecurity player in Europe. consulting, security maintenance and around-the-clock support from its ‘CyberSOCs’ (Cyber Security Operations Centeres), as well as advanced incident detection and response capabilities. Since signing a binding agreement with the investment fund Investcorp in May 2019, Orange has obtained approval from the relevant authorities enabling it to complete the transaction for an enterprise value of €515 million. Thanks to SecureLink’s strong presence in Europe, Orange is significantly strengthening its ability to support customers across its regional footprints, while developing a unique scale in the industry. O With more than 660 employees, SecureLink reported revenues of €248 million in 2018. The company serves more than 2,100 customers from a wide range of industries. SecureLink offers its customers specialist services in cybersecurity SecureLink’s teams based in Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark and Norway, along with their four CyberSOCs, represent a key asset for Orange Cyberdefense in its ambition to become the European leader in this market, where ensuring a local presence is now essential for customers. Issue 16 | www.intelligentciso.com