Over 110 million threats detected on PCs in Africa, Middle East and Turkiye region in 2023




As discussed during the recent Kaspersky Cyber Security Weekend – META 2024, cyberthreats for endpoints – any computers, be it laptops or desktops – remained persistent in 2023. There was a total of 72.7 mln threats blocked by Kaspersky endpoint solutions in the Middle East throughout 2023; for Africa, the figure stands at 36.7 million, and for Turkiye – at 9.4 million. The share of users who could have potentially been affected by these attacks¹ sits at 41% for the Middle East, 44% for the African region, and 38% for Turkiye. While effective endpoint protection solutions are important, it is possible to minimise the risk of cyberthreats to endpoints by substituting laptops and desktops (thick clients) with thin clients running a Cyber Immune operating system.

Thin clients are used in corporate networks around the world to set up workspaces at a low cost. However, a thin client on a traditional OS (Linux, Windows-based) could still potentially be compromised by different types of endpoint attacks. In response to the advancing cyberthreats, Kaspersky promotes the Cyber Immune approach.

Together with Centerm, a global producer of thin clients, Kaspersky produces the Kaspersky Thin Client (KTC) – the world’s first thin client with Cyber Immunity that requires no additional antivirus protection tools. KTC allows to build a manageable, secure and functional thin client infrastructure in accordance with the secure-by-design principle and the Cyber Immune approach. This combination of technical and architectural enhancements makes it more resilient to cyberattacks in comparison to traditional thin clients.

At the core of the solution lies KasperskyOS, a proprietary microkernel operating system. KTC excludes the possibility of exploiting a wide range of vulnerabilities common in traditional thin clients. Another component of the solution – the unified management console – simplifies both lifecycle managing and monitoring of thin client infrastructure.

Kaspersky Thin Client – next gen endpoint for cloud and hybrid workspaces

The Kaspersky Thin Client is suitable for many areas where a large number of workstations with similar tasks and a standard set of applications are used: the public sector, educational institutions, production, fuel and energy sector, healthcare, financial organisations, retail, and others.

“We deploy Cyber Immune thin clients across multiple sectors, including municipalities, transportation, and training facilities,” comments Fazlirizam Mohammed Nor, Business Development Director at Aswant Distribution. “For a number of cases in the market, we see a big potential for Kaspersky’s Cyber Immune thin client solution to replace computers running standard applications. It is a cost-effective and secure way of fulfilling the demand for endpoints.”

“Research shows that thin clients that run on traditional operating systems can be hacked with a simple tool in minutes and be used to spy on users and get hold of confidential data,” comments Victor Ivanovsky, KasperskyOS Business Development Lead. “We believe that the future of thin client development should be determined by Cyber Immunity. Attacks on a Cyber Immune system are ineffective — they continue to function even in an aggressive environment and stop potential attackers in their tracks. The lineup of our KasperskyOS solutions has been rigorously tested by our partners and clients, and I am confident in saying that the future of cybersecurity lies in Cyber Immunity – and this future is happening here and now.”

The Kaspersky Thin Client (KTC) is a solution for building a Cyber Immune, managed and functional thin client infrastructure based on the microkernel operating system KasperskyOS for secure connection to remote desktops. Thin clients as part of the solution are based on Cyber Immunity – Kaspersky’s own approach to creating IT solutions with built-in protection against cyber threats.

In 2022, KTC received the World Leading Internet Scientific and Technological Achievements award. It is awarded to significant scientific and technological achievements in the field of information technology, innovative solutions and developments. The jury includes Turing Award winners, members of the Academia Europaea, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

Aswant was founded in 2009 by a group of network engineers and IT Professionals who aim to bring niche and advance network solutions to Malaysia, as well as securing projects in both local private and government sector. Leveraging on the advance technologies, we design network solutions which fit even the most stringent security requirements from the customers. Furthermore, our holistic and customer focus implementation methodology, a combination of industry best practices and many years of hands on experiences, ensure a 100% customer satisfying solutions to be delivered.

Established in 2002, Centerm stands as a leading enterprise client vendor globally, ranking among the top three, and is recognized as China’s foremost VDI endpoint device provider. The product range encompasses a variety of devices, from thin clients and Chromebooks to smart terminals and mini PCs. Operating with advanced manufacturing facilities and stringent quality control measures, Centerm integrates research, development, production, and sales seamlessly.

With a robust team exceeding 1,000 professionals and 38 branches, Centerm’s expansive marketing and service network spans across more than 40 countries and regions, including Asia, Europe, North and South America, among others. Centerm innovative solutions cater to diverse sectors including banking, insurance, government, telecommunications, and education.

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