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Alarm bells ring over IT security in Oman after recent government website hacks

9/04/2014 by


Information Technology experts have warned that government website security system needs drastic overhauling. With a number of government websites being hacked recently, following rapid global growth of Web services in the last 10 years, it makes it more essential to pay special attention to the security aspects when it comes to cyberspace, say experts.

Dr Salim Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of Information Technology Authority (ITA), explained that in most cases where government websites were hacked recently, the Authority had forewarned about vulnerabilities in websites’ architecture but no preventive steps were undertaken.

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“It made it easier for the hackers to attack these websites, especially those belonging to the government and companies,” said Al Ruzaiqi.

In the era of technology, things change very quickly as access to information becomes easier and more flexible, but this growth also makes it essential that due attention is paid to all aspects, he said.

A hacker usually changes the front page of the websites and uploads an alternative page.

“The National Centre for Computer Security should play a major role by studying the gaps in the government websites,” said Ali Khalfan, an IT specialist.

He added that focusing on the security aspect of websites is the most important task that must be considered when setting up any website. The National Centre for Computer Security has to continuously track down the gaps and other technical glitches in these websites lest these fall into the hands of hackers.

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