August 21, 2017,   3:10 PM

Cyber Security 101 For Celebrities

Forbes Middle East


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If you are a high-profile celebrity, VIP or well-known personality, there is a good chance that your identity has been misused online. Fake accounts, hacking, bullying and impersonations are common problems that affect famous in- dividuals and companies daily. CTM360, a leading cyber security startup based in Bahrain, has recently seen an increase in threats targeting high profile individuals and celebrities on social media, fake news pages and data leakage websites.

Not addressing the problem is usually not the best answer and remains counter- productive. If such scams and attack cam- paigns are allowed to continue unchecked and unaccountable, this may encourage the attacker to enhance the campaign and make the targeted personality or brand more sought after by cyber criminals.

What can be done about it? Concerned individuals should engage with a service provider that has a Cyber Threat Management offering allowing them to identify and prevent online attacks against their personal or corporate identity, with- out installing or granting access to any of their personal data. The service provider should have a 24 x 7 x 365 Cyber Incident Response Team (CIRT) with the ability to scan the internet with a cyber attacker’s point of view and acts as their dedicated cyber security team online. The service providers mission is to ensure that all subscribed individuals evolve to be a harder target and are protected against online abuse, scams and attacks. This is precisely what Team CTM360 is providing. The company de- tects and responds to threats in coordination with the global cy- bersecurity community, including registrars, hosts etc., whilst also tracking and resolving threats against individuals on dif- ferent media sites.

Founder & CEO of CTM360, Mr. Mirza Asrar Baig states “Prominent personalities often suffer as they are easy targets and can accept online threats as a problem that everybody faces. That should not be the case as cyber threats can be controlled, mitigated or at least minimized. CTM360 seeks to address this head-on by offering an on-going service that makes it easy for our members to tackle problems in an efficient and cost-effec- tive manner that the member does not need to understand any technicalities. Our specialization in the brand protection space spans two decades worth of experience.”

If you think you have been affected or at risk and would like to know more, get in touch with CTM360 at

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