Qatar's businesses have not been impacted by the ongoing global cyber attack, Ooredoo said and noted the company’s experts are working with the Qatari authorities and international information security leaders to ensure that organisations’ data remains safe.
The global cyber attack, which has so far impacted more than 200,000 victims in some 150 countries, emphasises the importance of robust security processes and advanced threat protection, according to experts at Ooredoo.
The “WannaCry” ransomware virus that struck on Friday was designed to take over files on infected computers. Once installed, it demands payment from users in return for releasing the locked files – without any guarantee that the recovery password will ever be sent.
High-profile organisations around the world have been affected, including hospitals and healthcare organisations in the United Kingdom.
A particularly dangerous element about this new malware virus is that it spreads via a network worm, enabling it to move from one infected computer to all others on the same network that has not received the security patch.
Ooredoo Qatar chief operating officer Yousuf Abdulla al-Kubaisi said, “Global attacks such as this weekend’s ransomware outbreak reinforce the importance of a robust IT security strategy, and demonstrate that companies need to consider every aspect within that strategy, including employee behaviour and the use of devices on their network, if they are to stay safe.”
“Ooredoo has developed the network, the portfolio of services and the experience necessary to deliver real information security, even during international incidents such as this. We are working with all our partners and customers to ensure that they receive the full benefit of our legacy as a leading IT security partner,” he added.
As part of its security outreach activity, Ooredoo is advising customers to be careful of unexpected emails, especially if they contain links or attachments, since emails are one of the main infection methods for ransomware and malware.
Ooredoo also provides an MSS Patch Management service that automatically updates computers with the latest Microsoft patches; a Cloud Email solution that automatically monitors email; Cloud Web/ZScaler solution to protect web browsing and a full suite of security monitoring services in Ooredoo’s Managed Security Services (MSS) portfolio.
By subscribing to MSS, companies can access the latest and most advanced security solutions without needing to invest in expensive hardware or bring in the highly qualified staff necessary to monitor and manage the security solutions.
In addition to the advanced solutions, Ooredoo can also provide security experts for consulting and management support, who can even be based on-site at customers’ premises as required.
Ooredoo’s customers who are concerned about the impact of this new generation of viruses and computer malware can arrange a meeting with their account manager or call the business team on 800 8000.