Study: 60% of Saudi institutions hit by virus attacks, malware

The study found that 41 percent of the respondents questioned believe that their institutions need better tools to detect ‘persistent threats’ and deal with targeted attacks. (AP file photo)
Updated 30 September 2017

Study: 60% of Saudi institutions hit by virus attacks, malware

RIYADH: Sixty percent of institutions in Saudi Arabia have experienced virus attacks and malware over the past 12 months, according to Russian cyber-security firm Kaspersky Lab.
This finding came in a recent study revealed by Kaspersky Lab during a workshop entitled “Security, Information Technology 2017,” which was organized by the Ministry of Interior’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) in Riyadh.
The study found that 41 percent of the respondents questioned believe that their institutions need better tools to detect “persistent threats” and deal with targeted attacks.
“Our objectives as an e-security hub in the Kingdom focus on improving the readiness of e-security and the capabilities of the government sector, including the vital national infrastructure, and developing national capabilities in terms of e-security,” said Dr. Abbad Al-Abbad, the NCSC’s executive director of strategic development and communication.
“The workshop was held in cooperation with Kaspersky Lab and enabled IT professionals and public- and private-sector organizations to learn about the most important solutions and results in this field.”
Maxim Frolov, Kaspersky Lab’s regional managing director, said that public and private institutions in the Kingdom were leading the way in this field.
“We believe in Kaspersky Lab that many countries can learn from Saudi Arabia in this area,” he said.
The workshop illustrated the steps taken by public-sector organizations in digital transformation efforts, with the aim of aligning their outputs with the Kingdom’s reform plans.
Analysts said digital transformation would play a key role in achieving the goals of Vision 2030.
E-security is one of the main requirements of all institutions in digital transformation, and the levels of implementation and unified preparedness will provide a solid foundation for building strategic commitments at the national level, they added.


Saudi Arabia implements end to travel restrictions for Saudi women

Updated 20 August 2019

Saudi Arabia implements end to travel restrictions for Saudi women

  • Any person above the age of 21 does not need permission to travel
  • The rules were announced in a royal decree of sweeping reforms last month

RIYADH: New laws that mean Saudi women no longer require permission from a male guardian to travel or obtain a passport came into effect Tuesday.
The rules were announced in a royal decree of sweeping reforms last month. It means adult women can travel feely and exercise more control over family matters.
“The passports and civil status departments and their branches in all regions of the Kingdom have started to implement the amendments stipulated in the royal decree,” Saudi Press Agency reported.
The decree said every Saudi citizen had the right to obtain a passport, and limits the need for a guardian’s approval to minors only. 
The Kingdom has steadily removed some restrictions in recent years, including ending a ban on women driving last year.
The regulatory changes stipulated that a Saudi passport should be issued to any citizen who applies for it and that any person above the age of 21 does not need permission to travel.
They also granted women for the first time the right to register child birth, marriage or divorce and to be issued official family documents and be eligible as a guardian to children who are minors.