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Detection & Defence: How To Improve Your Cybersecurity

In 1996, the internet became available to all Moroccan citizens and since then, a number of reforms have been put in place by the Moroccan government to promote digitalization and to advance the digital economy. These reforms have helped to transform Morocco into a thriving digital environment and have promoted much investment into the country. However, with this positive influx of investment and digital competency comes an increased risk of cyber-attacks and cyber-security threats.

Moroccan Government Reforms

Since 1996, the Moroccan government has put a number of reforms in place to help support and grow the digital economy. This has included focusing on gaining greater external investment from other countries and upskilling the workforce to help compete more effectively.

The most significant and recent reforms that the government has put in place include:

  • “Morocco 1999-2003″ – This outlined the vision for ICT in Morocco following its mass adoption and aimed to establish ways to capitalize on the potential it has
  • “E-Morocco 2010” – Almost 15 years after the internet made a significant impact on Moroccan way of life and business, the “E-Morocco 2010” reform focused on removing the barriers for ICT inclusion and promoting ICT sector competitiveness
  • “Digital morocco 2020” – The latest government reform covers from 2017 up to 2020. The aim of this reform is to encourage greater ICT entrepreneurship and accelerate Morocco’s digital transformation by highlighting its cost-competitive position in the global ICT marketplace

These reforms have helped Morocco to create a compelling offer for investors who are looking for their next opportunity. The reforms have also had a hugely positive impact on the Moroccan economy with 3% of Moroccan GDP now relying on contributions from the ICT sector.

Getting to Grips with Cyber-Security

With the ICT industry playing such a vital role in the growing Moroccan economy, it’s important that businesses know how to protect themselves against malicious attacks that can have devastating impacts on businesses and the economy. Downloading official software from websites like www.mcafee.com is a good way to secure your systems and protect yourself from attack. However, knowing the signs of a cyber-attack is equally important and is the first step to prevention.

Signs of a cyber-attack may include:

Emails from a mysterious email address – Many criminals attempting to extract data from businesses and individuals do so by sending what appear to be genuine emails asking for information or data. They copy the branding and use the logos from real business but send them from unofficial email addresses. This is called phishing. The easiest defense against these attacks is avoiding opening these emails and never responding.

Unusual password activity – One of the most common occurrences of this is when someone is locked out of a system. If this is the case and you are sent an email that you didn’t request, then you may have been attacked and will need to change your password. A good password should have at least six characters including numbers and special characters and should be changed every six months.

Out of date software – This is one of the easiest ways to prevent an attack and stop criminals accessing your device or network. Software needs to be updated so that new security features and patches can be put in place to stop people from breaking in. Old software or software that is no longer supported can be compromised.

Another software-related risk is downloading fake software from the internet. Sometimes criminals create what appears to be genuine software and once you download it, it will track your online activity, giving them access to passwords and more.

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