The cybersecurity landscape has changed dramatically since the outbreak of the pandemic. Many organizations have embraced the hybrid work model as the new normal, allowing their employees to divide their work time between the office and home.
As a result, the traditional network perimeter has dissolved, leaving organizations more vulnerable to cyber threats, which are becoming not only more frequent but also more sophisticated. MENA organizations are especially vulnerable because of their geopolitical position and importance to the world economy in several key industries, such as the oil industry.
Recently, Los Angeles-based cybersecurity company Resecurity has introduced its Dark Web Monitoring and Threat Intelligence solutions at GITEX 2021, which took place at the Dubai World Trade Center, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“Resecurity’s mission is to protect enterprises of any size, market vertical and in any geography,” said Ayman Alshobaki, Resecurity’s Business Development Manager for the MENA region. “Resecurity is excited to tap into the fantastic networking and innovative atmosphere at Gitex 2021, allowing us to build new business alliances and accelerate market presence and channel sales”.
The new solutions leverage big data analytics and artificial intelligence to provide visibility into the global threat landscape, helping organizations mitigate risks coming from the darkest corners of the internet, which are commonly referred to as the dark web.
The main defining feature of the dark web is the fact it’s completely invisible to most internet users because it can be accessed only using specialized software, such as Tor, which also provides anonymity, something cybercriminals value deeply.
Equipped with Resecurity’s Dark Web Monitoring solutions, organizations in the MENA region and the rest of the world are much less likely to suffer a costly data breach, whose average cost has reached $4.24 million per incident — the highest in the last 17 years.
Spotify Is Experimenting With Artist NFT Collections
According to a recent survey, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform.
NFT sales may have declined by 92 percent since September 2021, but that’s not stopping Spotify from experimenting with a new feature that lets artists display their non-fungible token (NFT) collections on the music streaming platform.
At the moment, only a small group of artists are taking part in the experiment, including Steve Aoki and The Wombats. What’s more, only select US users of the Spotify app for Android can see NFTs when they visit the profile pages of the aforementioned artists.
“Spotify is running a test in which it will help a small group of artists promote their existing third-party NFT offerings via their artist profiles,” said Spotify spokesperson. “We routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve artist and fan experiences.”
It’s important to point out that not all Spotify experiments result in new features. It all depends on the feedback the music streaming platform receives from users.
According to a survey some Spotify users have recently received, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform. More specifically, Spotify seems to be thinking about allowing its users to directly purchase NFT art to support their favorite artists.
Considering how polarizing NFTs have been since their inception in 2014, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many Spotify users have immediately expressed their dissatisfaction with the idea of NFTs becoming part of the Spotify music listening experience.
Other large tech companies are also experimenting with NFTs. Instagram, for example, started testing NFT integration last week, allowing NFT creators and collectors to display their tokens on the platform. Mark Zuckerberg himself believes that NFTs and digital collectibles in general will play an integral role in the metaverse, the new iteration of the internet.