Hybrid Workforce Needs Cybersecurity Rollout from Day One

By: Ali Sleiman, Regional Technical Director, Middle East & Africa at Infoblox

The hybrid workforce is a permanent reality for most companies these days. The sudden onset of the pandemic and associated shutdowns gave organizations very little time to prepare for such large-scale remote work, let alone time to think about how to secure their ‘work from home’ users who still needed to access enterprise applications in the cloud, and work with and store corporate data on their devices.

Security teams now have to think about protecting corporate resources and data as employees are working outside the corporate perimeter. The pandemic, widespread remote work, and the adoption of new technologies have brought in changes that traditional network architectures cannot deal with.  The existing paradigm where the security stack is located within the corporate network is no longer sufficient to protect these teleworkers. Teleworking also exposes the company to a much broader attack surface, as workers add personal devices and home and public Wi-Fi networks to the corporate network. The internet, cloud technologies and the onslaught of wireless all contribute to a massive increase in the attack surface.  This requires a different security skill set and an increased awareness of the vulnerabilities of today’s IT environment.

Bad actors are taking advantage of the chaotic nature of these times, by launching coronavirus-themed cyber-attacks and impersonating well-known websites that try to provide useful, timely information for the general public. Indeed, COVID-19 has become the subject of choice for phishing and spear-phishing campaigns that seek to take advantage of the heightened level of fear and concern.

In this scenario, cybersecurity needs to be rolled out from day one, or else companies and their employees will be at serious risk from partially secured cloud deployments, data breaches, insecure applications, and remote locations where the security and management of the remote user and the local branch LAN is often ignored, leaving end-users vulnerable.

In many cases employees working remotely ignore basic cyber hygiene rules like updating the operating system, using an effective antivirus or strong passwords and backing up data regularly. However, companies also have a responsibility to have structured security policies which address all security gaps. These need to be implemented and adhered to by all employees.

Remote workers and end-users will likely be active on a variety of mobile devices, home networks, and public Wi-Fi networks, which make them more likely to face cyberattacks. Leveraging the position a core technology like DNS security has in the network, can play a critical role in preventing attacks like lookalike domains, DOH/DOT, data exfiltration, and content vulnerabilities. Without a security control like Custom Lookalike Domain, for example, that can monitor such risks, teleworkers will be more easily targeted and vulnerable to attacks, especially in an age where character substitution is increasingly employed by cybercriminals to manipulate users into exposing credit card numbers, passwords and other sensitive data.

End-users will always have the primary responsibility of being aware of increasingly sophisticated cyber threats, provided the organization provides proper education and training, and enforces security policies. It is important to consider the risks in consumer grade Wi-Fi connections, as home routers are usually not secure or patched. There are also risks in using shared documents on cloud folders. Additionally, home browsers configured with plug-ins and certain applications may introduce substantial risk. CISOs should consider implementing technologies like BloxOne​​ Threat Defense from Infoblox that includes a lightweight endpoint agent that helps end users with all of these vulnerabilities and more.

While there are a number of different solutions available to protect remote workers, one of the best and most cost-effective is DDI (DNS, DHCP, IPAM). DNS is the foundation of the Internet and so every connection to the Internet goes through it, making it an ideal service that can be used to secure the network. In the corporate environment, DNS is often provisioned by the internal security team, but when working from home, employees typically use public DNS or DNS provided by their service providers – both of which seldom do security enforcement on DNS.

Today’s security decision makers need to have a variety of skills, and an ability to understand the impact that new technologies like SDN, SD-WAN, Multi-cloud, and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) have on their ability to assess the risk of such deployments and respond with the right security models like Zero-Trust and cybersecurity tools for the organization.

Shores of Serenity: Sun Siyam Iru Fushi – Maldives

By Shereen Shabnam

Holidays in this pandemic affected times seem like a dream but Maldives is one country that has ensured we can still have an island holiday safely and has kpt thousands of GCC residents sane.

Although my recent visit to Maldives saw me island hopping to new resorts, I fondly remember my visit to Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, a paradise resort known for luxury, romance, water sports, picturesque clear blue sea and tropical bliss when the travel industry was booming.

Meeting the team recently from Sun Siyam Resorts brought back a lot of beautiful memories of lounging by the beach, good food and sailing into the sunset before dinner.

Being an islander, I love the sun, sand and sea when on holiday and the marine world in Maldives is known for its beauty, especially the coral reefs that are home to a variety of marine ecosystems. During my first two days at the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, I explored the cool and contemporary spaces, stylish interiors, and beautiful gardens around the island.

The island offered water based activities such as scuba diving, fishing, swimming, water skiing, wind surfing and snorkeling but my favourite was the sting ray feeding experience and a boat ride to spot dolphins at play – these two experiences were magical.

Guests at Iru Fushi can enjoy the unspoilt islands of Noonu Atoll, where Maldivian past life is reflected with boat builders working meticulously sanding wood to reveal a silken finish, children being educated about local marine species and farming of fruits and organic vegetables.

My room was a water villa on stilts with a small glass on the floor that gave me a view of the area below serving as personal coral garden and natural aquarium. The area felt like having a large natural swimming pool that protected me from the ocean waves and strong tidal currents beyond the villas. Close by, other guests enjoyed walking on the soft sand and sun bathing before jumping into the crystal clear waters.

Spas are my weakness and the resort offers a 20-room tropical spa with an enormous range of treatments, including massages, relaxation therapies and facials set in a tranquil environment. It is the perfect place for a beauty break. I enjoyed walking barefoot along the cobbled paths; the white sands and watched the palm trees as they gently leaned into the breeze after my massage session.

While waiting for my flight, I waited at the hotel’s private lounge near the airport where I tried a refreshing welcome drink, a quick snack and a short shoulder massage. Designed to be the one of the best airport lounges in the Maldives, the spacious private lounge is used by guests arriving to The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi.  The lounge also has a children’s play room, outdoor balcony, free WiFi, computer stations as well as showers and changing facilities.

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi’s Deluxe Beach has Villas with Pool, Pool Beach Villas, Sunset Horizon Water Villas or Infinity Water Villas. It is 45 minutes seaplane journey from the capital, Malé, where Velana International Airport is located. At Sun Siyam Iru Fushi you can expect relaxing days that are long and sun-filled and nights that are exciting and energetic. Island experiences at this mesmerizing award-winning resort has to be on everyone’s bucket list.

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Sportier with more Power: Porsche Panamera

By Shereen Shabnam

The new Porsche Panamera is essentially a sports car for four people. It combines the performance of a sports car with the comfort of an exclusive saloon. We tested the new Panamera recently with its enhanced features, increased engine power, better body control and enhanced steering precision that is perfect for everyday comfort and performance.


As a Porsche owner I am a bit biased when it comes to the quality of the interior which is unparalleled and the new Panamera did not disappoint with the ambient lighting and the two-tone smooth-finish leather interior in black and Bordeaux red.

The layout of the console is functional and clearly geared towards comfortable driving with the instruments fully integrated into the infotainment concept with quick access to the most important functions.  The information on the screen includes driving speed, engine speed, incoming calls and navigation.

There is generous room to move for all passengers and, with the large centre consoles and the low seating position, the interior offers an incomparably integrated feeling of space. The Bose Surround Sound System kept us entertained during the drive.


The athletic silhouette of the new ​Panamera models are unmistakably Porsche with rounded transitions, powerful muscles and contoured sports car design.​​ The model I drove came with 21-inch SportDesign wheels, panoramic sunroof and LED main headlights including the Porsche Dynamic Light System.

Drive Assist & Performance

The new Panamera feels more sporty, more efficient and more safe  with the enhanced adaptive cruise control and additional innovative performance functions. It is a thrill to drive with the boosted engine and agile handling. The Panamera 4 features a 8 speed transmission, 325-hp turbocharged 2.6-liter V-6. We loved the drive assist features that included ParkAssist, Lane Change Assist and much for geared towards impressive performance and drive comfort.

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Aerobility debuts ‘Project Able’ at Private Flyer Show to open sales dialogue with the GA community

First enhanced Grob G109B ‘Able’ on show

Aerobility, the UK’s leading aviation charity offering disabled people, without exception, the opportunity to fly, is celebrating the arrival of its new aircraft type, the Grob G109B Able. Its first public appearance, at the Private Flyer GA show, this Friday 6th August at Leeds East Airport provides a relevant showcase for prospective buyers to view this newly available aircraft type. Aerobility will be both operating the aircraft within its fleet, as well as marketing and selling this enhanced model commercially, in collaboration Grob Aircraft SE and Southern Sailplanes in the UK.

With a complete airframe overhaul, state-of-the-art Garmin avionics, new Rotax engine and MT Propeller, the ‘Able’s’ performance and handling is hugely enhanced, whilst the fuel consumption is significantly reduced. “This updated and re-certified variant of the tried, tested and much loved Grob G109B and its military derivative The Vigilant makes for an exciting and environmentally friendly way to take to the skies,” says Aerobility CEO, Mike Miller-Smith.

Guy Westgate, veteran motor-glider pilot, who gave his time to fly the ‘Able’ from Germany to Leeds describes it as “A fantastic upgrade to a popular, soundly built aircraft.

Supporting the aircraft’s debut at the show, Mike adds: “Aerobility exists to change lives through the magic of flight. We are very proud to present this new aircraft type which will deliver magic to its owners whilst the proceeds will support disabled aviation. We only have a fixed amount of these aircraft to sell and we hope interest will be high.”

The aircraft flew from Aerobility’s HQ in Blackbushe, Surrey on 4th August before positioning on the static display, following its arrival from Grob Aircraft SE in Tussenhausen-Mattsies, Germany on 3rd August.