UAE Cybersecurity: Monitoring 50,000 Suspicious Websites in Just 13 Months

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

The Dubai Electronic Security Center has initiated a groundbreaking project named "ASAS" aimed at expediting the auditing process of government agencies' systems while monitoring vulnerabilities through an advanced system.

This initiative seeks to eliminate manual errors and facilitate immediate analysis and comparisons.

Faraj Mohammed Al Muhairi, Director of the Center’s Security Systems Development and Design Department, disclosed that approximately 20,000 users engaged in the "Razam" program, designed by the Center to oversee malware, fraud, and phishing sites. The program conducted nearly three million scans of user-browsed sites and monitored 50,000 sites for potential threats since its launch during last year's GITEX exhibition.

Speaking at the Gulf International Information Security Exhibition and Conference, Al Muhairi highlighted the innovative "ASAS" system, which digitizes the auditing process of information systems in Dubai's government departments. This digital transformation aims to streamline procedures, rectify deficiencies, and mitigate errors inherent in manual data entry. Al Muhairi emphasized the adoption of various classification standards during the audit, each tailored to measure specific criteria to ensure seamless digital service continuity and resilience against challenges or risks.

The "ASAS" system revolutionizes the auditing process by automating it entirely, thus accelerating procedures and facilitating information dissemination. Unlike the past manual approach, the automated system allows for efficient data analysis and benchmarking between performance indicators. Additionally, Al Muhairi discussed the "Razam" system, a sophisticated security program detecting malware, fraud, and phishing sites, leveraging artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data.

With over 20,000 users since its launch, "Razam" has conducted over three million website scans and monitored 50,000 suspicious sites, issuing warnings to users when necessary. This proactive approach ensures users can browse the internet securely, with the program constantly enhancing its capabilities to provide a safe digital environment.

Experts at the conference brought attention to a number of dangers, one of which was the "GPP Worm," a malevolent variant of the "Chat GPT" technology that causes serious problems, including extortion and data theft. The significance of strong cybersecurity measures in the modern digital environment is highlighted by these conversations.

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