RIYADH — As the cyber threat landscape continues to evolve, it is imperative for the government and private sector to pay attention to some of the most significant areas of heightened risk in the cyber environment, according to Booz Allen Hamilton.

The cyber threat landscape in the Middle East is rapidly expanding – with attacks against regional entities and residents increasing in quantity and sophistication. Indeed, a May 2018 survey reported an estimated 41% of Gulf-based enterprises experienced a cyber attack in the previous 12 months – a 46% increase from 2016 numbers.

Severe cyber-attacks are also occurring with increased frequency as hackers find new ways to breach complex firewalls and security systems, despite ongoing government and private sector efforts to accelerate the development of cybersecurity capabilities.