Higgins, G. (2010) discussed the challenges and threats due to increasing cybercrime to the economy and the businesses. The best example of the rapid growth of internet connections is United Arab Emirates where the broadband connection charges are very low therefore majority people are making use of it and establishing online businesses. According to statistics and that mentioned by Dwyer, P. (2010) and Kshetri, N. (2010), the internet use in Middle East has been increased up to 920.2% from 2000 to 2007 whereas in rest of the world it has been increased up to 259.6% only.
But these new users of internet in Middle East do not have much awareness about how to control the cyber crime. That’s why majority businesses get big losses due to cyber crimes and because of these losses faced by the UAE, they have started thinking over to control these crimes. For this purpose they have established cyber crime courts and computer emergency response team (aeCERT). According to the Al Arabiya News Channel, Ajbaili (2011): “Saudi Arabia was ranked first and United Arab Emirates second, as the most vulnerable of the Gulf countries to fall victims to Cyber crimes, such as website hacking, according to a statistics report recently published by Trend Micro” The Middle East financial institutions and other businesses claim that they have the most expensive security system that hackers cannot break but still the financial experts say about the financial institutes of UAE that they lost more than one billion dollars in just few past years because of the cyber crimes mentioned in Guindy, M.
(2008). One of the examples is Al Jazeera that was being hacked and got loss.
Then Dubai eGovernment and Dubai International Finance Center were also being attacked by cyber crime. Due to these increased cyber crimes in UAE, the impression of it is also getting spoiled all over the world. This results in bad economy because the international businesses hesitate to deal with the UAE organizations fearing the insecure systems. It is therefore very important to control the cyber crimes as soon as possible. The other reason of the increasing cyber crimes in United Arab Emirates is that they don’t have information security awareness.
At the time when they are establishing the businesses they don’t really care much regarding the implementation of security solutions. Their main emphasis is over the business and not over the security (Guindy, M., 2008, p. 16). But actually the first preference should always be given to the security.
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