Cybersecurity workshop held by Saudi universities

A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in a photo illustration in Paris, in this file photo taken on April 15, 2014. (Reuters)
Updated 20 March 2017
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Cybersecurity workshop held by Saudi universities

JEDDAH: The Center of Excellence in Information Assurance (CoEIA) at King Saud University (KSU) and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) co-organized a workshop last Wednesday titled “Cybersecurity Capacity and Capability Building: Research, Innovation and Education Perspective.”
The main objective was to provide an opportunity for cybersecurity academics, policymakers and professionals to boost collaboration and awareness of developments in this field.
The workshop, the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia, was attended by faculty, researchers, professionals and students.
Professor Ahmed Al-Amri, vice rector for graduate studies and scientific research at KSU, was chief guest at the workshop.
Al-Amri said that cybersecurity is the newest and most unique national security issue of the 21st century and it has become a topic of critical importance to governments, commercial organizations, financial institutions and citizens. He praised the efforts of CoEIA’s contributions in the area.
The director of CoEIA, Dr. Jalal Al-Muhtadi, outlined the objectives of the workshop and welcomed guests. He underscored the value of the workshop, especially in cybersecurity education, research and innovation.


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.