STC, Symantec deal aims to add e-mail security features

Updated 27 January 2014
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STC, Symantec deal aims to add e-mail security features

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Symantec Ltd. (Symantec) have signed an agreement for e-mail protection in Riyadh in a bid to add security features in the e-mail service.
Khalid bin Hussein Bayari, STC’s senior vice president for technology and operations, and Kevin Isaac, regional vice president at Symantec, signed the accord in Riyadh.
The agreement anticipates a boom in the e-mail security service market, or what is commonly known as e-mail protection, which enhances business efficiency and helps safeguard confidentiality.
Bayari said the security features would also include protection from virus attack, since email poses one of the greatest threats for virus infections and information security hacking.
He said it would also provide cutting-edge solutions and technology to enhance the efficiency of business and clients of various business sectors.
He described the benefit of the agreement with Symantec as a quantum leap in STC’s operation, consolidating its leadership, enhancing its effectiveness and developing its services in accordance with the latest industry standards, thus ensuring that it keeps abreast of highly accurate and effective global solutions, in line with the current levels of increased demand on ICT services management in the world market.
Under this agreement, Bayari said Symantec will provide e-mail protection for businesses across Saudi Arabia as e-mail poses one of the greatest threats for virus infections and information security hacking.
He said the partnership between STC and Symantec would provide essential protection for business emails against opportunistic and targeted threats and block the huge quantities of spam mail, which often consumes more storage space, wastes staff time, and uses up client network capacity.
“To ensure the smooth flow of this process with highly effective security and reliability, we have adopted cloud computing, which is characterized by the speed of service that allows clients to receive services on the same day as opposed to a few weeks under the traditional method of delivery,” Bayari said. This service undergoes constant development and upgradation using the cloud computing technology directly and automatically, which is virtually seamless to the service users, thus assuring a high level of continuity.
Describing the Symantec’s partnership with STC as a groundbreaking model to provide effective business solutions in Saudi Arabia, Isaac said STC is one of the region’s most important telecommunication companies, which in turn makes it an ideal partner for Symantec, especially in light of its leadership in the field of providing solutions to better protect organizations in the Kingdom .
The agreement with Symantec comes as part of STC’s plans for enhancing the security and protection following the launch of its Information Security Monitoring Center last year to improve STC applications and systems security by applying world-class security standards and policies. It improves the level of the services STC offer its customers.
STC’s Security Monitoring Center has become a hub to provide information security operation and monitoring services to the companies belonging to STC, in addition to the role it plays in achieving optimal usage at the information security control center, which operates around the clock to run what is considered to be one of the largest telecommunications network in the Middle East in terms of the multiple technologies used to provide information security services, or in terms of the multiple security protection systems.


Dhaka-bound passengers from Jeddah reach home

Updated 24 May 2018
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Dhaka-bound passengers from Jeddah reach home

  • All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom, greeted passengers returning to Dhaka following a brief stay in Jeddah due to an irregular occurrence on one of its aircraft.
Flight SV3818 operating from Madinah to Dhaka on Monday diverted to Jeddah for an emergency landing due to nose gear malfunction, which became apparent mid-flight. The aircraft was an Airbus A330-200, wet-leased to Saudia.
All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Upon concluding all safety and health checks, the passengers were cleared to fly the next day. The Saudia ground operations team conducted all formalities and clearances in order for the guests to fly to Dhaka at 7:30 p.m. Jeddah local time on Tuesday.
Greeting the guests at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah prior to departure was Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, along with representatives from the airline, civil aviation authority and crew.
“Saudia thanks the onboard crew, General Authority of Civil Aviation, and King Abdul Aziz International Airport control for providing their cohesive, full support and cooperation during the event,” the airline said in a statement.
The flight arrived in Dhaka at 4:48 a.m. Dhaka time on Wednesday where they were met by the Saudia country manager and the station staff.
Currently in its 73rd year of operations, Saudia is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).
The airline currently flies to 90 destinations across four continents with a fleet of 147 narrow and widebody aircraft.
At the 2017 Skytrax Awards held at the Paris Air Show, Saudia was awarded the “World’s Most Improved Airline” of the year.