Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 81 | Page 16


Mannai and Liferay partner to offer full scale digital customer experiences across Qatar

Under the partnership , Liferay will power local entities with advanced IT solutions to deliver optimised digital experiences through Mannai ’ s deep rooted local expertise to customers in Qatar .
Moussalam Dalati , General Manager , Middle East and Africa , Liferay said : “ Qatar has been rapidly advancing towards the forefront of global competitiveness and its rising digital economy is reaping huge benefits for the nation and region , aligned with the country ’ s national goals of embracing the future and emerging as a world-class city . It is therefore no wonder that the global spotlight is in Qatar with the biggest sporting event hosted here .”

Liferay , a provider of digital platforms has inked a strategic partnership with Mannai InfoTech , a division of Mannai Trading Company WLL , the country ’ s largest systems integrator , to provide accelerated innovation and deliver enhanced customer-centered digital experience capabilities to customers nationwide .

Binu M . R . Senior Vice President , Mannai InfoTech , said : “ We ’ re delighted to collaborate with Liferay as part of our underlying strategy to continually transform entities to provide better outcomes and achieve organisational business growth , in sync with the execution of the Qatar digital vision . Enterprises are seeking streamlined digital experiences that can enable them to deliver the solutions they need .
Adopting a customer-centric approach to digital transformation focusing on customer experiences to maintain momentum in their transformation journeys remains vital .”

ESET Research : Lazarus attacks aerospace and defence contractors worldwide

Lazarus APT is a notorious cybercrime organisation with an unknown number of members . From late 2021 through to March 2022 , research has revealed that Lazarus has been targeting aerospace and defence contractors across the globe with the intent of cyber-espionage and exfiltration of funds , though somewhat unsuccessfully . The attacks , according to the ESET telemetry , show that Lazarus has been targeting companies in Europe ( France , Italy , Spain , Germany , the Netherlands , Poland , and Ukraine ) and Latin America ( Brazil ).

As early as 2020 , ESET researchers had already documented a campaign pursued by a sub-group of Lazarus against European aerospace and defence contractors ESET called operation In ( ter ) ception . This campaign was noteworthy as it used social media , especially LinkedIn , to build trust between the attacker and an unsuspecting employee before sending them malicious components masquerading as job descriptions or applications . At that time , companies in Brazil , Czech Republic , Qatar , Turkey and Ukraine had already been targeted .
Jean-Ian Boutin , Director , Threat Research , ESET explained that the threat group showed ingenuity by deploying an interesting toolset , including , for example , a user-mode component able to exploit a vulnerable Dell driver to write to kernel memory . “ This advanced trick was used in an attempt to bypass security solutions monitoring ,” said Boutin .
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