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Report Highlights $7.45 Million In Damages From Data Breaches Across The Middle East

The worldwide cost of data loss is at an all time high, with the Middle East among the top five regions suffering the most damage.

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IBM has released its annual Cost of a Data Breach Report for 2022, and the findings aren’t looking positive for the Middle East region. Now in its 17th year, the report highlights the importance of cybersecurity and the costs incurred by businesses who have succumbed to hacking (data breaches).

This year, the Middle East has already been damaged by data hacks to the tune of SR28 million ($7.45 million) — a figure that not only beats the combined total of the last eight years, but also puts the region in the top five in terms of lost revenue.

The Middle East has not only made the top 5 for overall losses but also took second place (behind the USA at number one) for the average amount lost from each individual data breach.

The report also breaks down the industries that have suffered the highest per-record cost in millions. Here’s how the top three entries stack up:

  • Financial: SR1,039
  • Health: SR991
  • Energy: SR950

Overall, the IBM report has found that the cost of securing a company after a data hack has increased by more than 13 percent over the last two years. This figure has almost certainly contributed to rising global inflation — a theory backed up by the fact that 60% of businesses in the report have increased their prices as a direct result of a data breach.

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Fahad Alanazi, general manager of IBM Saudi Arabia, has noted that in our increasingly digital world, cybersecurity is more vital than ever before — especially as countries such as Saudi Arabia embrace a growing online economy.

“Our research confirms how crucial it is for us, as a leader in technology, to keep developing new approaches that will assist the Kingdom in establishing itself as the region’s innovation hub,” says Alanazi.

Perhaps most interestingly, IBM’s research suggests that the average business spends 50% of its breach expenses over a year after a hack has taken place, highlighting just how long a company can be affected by a digital security breach.

As the online world continues to develop at speed, the IBM report suggests the adoption of AI and automation are essential security tools for the future, estimating that the individual cost of data breaches could be reduced by over $3 million by embracing the latest technology.

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Lebanese Newspaper Builds AI President To Beat Political Crisis

The move by media outlet AnNahar comes after 13 failed attempts by the Lebanese parliament to elect a new leader.

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In a world first, Lebanon’s AnNahar Newspaper has built an artificial intelligence model designed to carry out presidential duties for the politically troubled country. Lebanon has been without a sitting president for two years after thirteen failed attempts by the nation’s parliament to elect a suitable candidate.

The new AI President’s deep learning algorithm was fed over 90 years of impartial journalism from AnNahar’s archive stretching back to the 1930s. The AI leader analyzes not only historical data but also current events and is able to formulate solutions for all manner of political, legal, and governmental questions. By tapping into such a vast knowledge base, Lebanon’s AI President will have a deep understanding of the country’s past, as well as an unbiased take on the challenges the nation faces going forward.

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The new AI President was unveiled in a recent live broadcast. Nayla Tueni, editor-in-chief of AnNahar Newspaper conducted an interview with the digital leader, asking relevant questions about the current state of Lebanon, and how to fix the country’s difficult political situation. AnNahar has also converted its print newspaper to focus entirely on the new president’s guidance on issues spanning everything from the economy to sustainability and the environment.

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After the interview, Nayla Tueni commented: “As Lebanese people, and especially at AnNahar, we refuse to sit back and allow things to go on as they have. To not have a president for this long is unacceptable and has impacted the country negatively. If the parliament will not do its job to elect a president, then the people will bring to Lebanon a president”.

The AI President will soon be accessible to everyone at OurPresident.ai, Users will be able to ask questions in a similar manner to the likes of ChatGPT and Google Gemini. It is also understood that government officials will also use the tool to help devise new directives.

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