New panel to combat online fraud with awareness

UAE residents lost more than Dh1 billion to online fraud last year, an expert has warned. Now, a centralised committee is being established to create information security awareness.

The committee, which will comprise government departments, educational institutions and private sector companies, will be be operational by the middle of 2014. It will launch awareness programmes for various groups, said Ali Al Amadi, manager for strategic consulting at Help AG, a regional information security consultancy.

?Cybercriminals are becoming more and more sophisticated and this is why everyone needs to be aware about the types of methods they use and the protective measures we can take,? he told Gulf News.

?This is why we are working to involve the UAE?s leading organisations in this initiative towards building a security-aware nation,? he added.

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