Authorities and Companies Strengthen Cybersecurity Measures for Hajj Season


Cybersecurity Challenges During the Hajj Season: Increased Threats and Reduced Vigilance

The final month of the Islamic calendar, Dhu al-Hijjah, began on June 7, signaling the upcoming Hajj pilgrimage for millions of Muslims around the world. However, this time is not only one of spiritual significance but also a period of heightened cyber threats and increased vulnerability to cyberattacks.

Cybercriminals and cyber-espionage actors are taking advantage of the reduced vigilance and slimmed staffing during this time to target not only pilgrims but also businesses and government agencies. According to experts, attacks range from data theft to denial-of-service attacks, posing a significant risk to organizations.

In a recent incident on June 3, cyberthreat actors leaked personal information of 168 million users from “The Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization in Iran,” raising concerns about the security of sensitive data during this period. Amin Hasbini from Kaspersky emphasizes the importance of companies in the Middle East and other regions being extra cautious during the holiday season to ensure security and productivity.

While the Hajj is a time for religious observance and community gathering, it is also a time when cyber threats are prevalent. Companies need to be proactive in protecting their networks and data, especially as cyberattacks tend to spike during the month of Dhu al-Hijjah. By establishing clear protocols, delegating duties effectively, and educating employees on cybersecurity best practices, organizations can mitigate the risks associated with cyber threats during this critical period.

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