NCSC, Kaspersky hold cybersecurity forum in Riyadh

The one-day forum in Riyadh took more than 150 participants from 50 different organizations through sessions and panel discussions.
Updated 01 October 2017
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NCSC, Kaspersky hold cybersecurity forum in Riyadh

The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), a part of the Ministry of Interior of Saudi Arabia, is co-presenting a cybersecurity forum with Kaspersky Lab. The summit is targeted toward building awareness and levels of preparation particularly within the public sector in the Kingdom. The one-day forum in Riyadh, designed to bring the national cybersecurity mandate and priorities within the framework of the Saudi Vision 2030 to life, took more than 150 participants from 50 different organizations through sessions and panel discussions.
Online communication and collaboration is a key aspect of life and business in the Kingdom. According to the NCSC, cyberspace has become a key enabler for Saudi Arabia’s continued prosperity, and vital to achieving the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
Being one of the most technologically advanced countries in the region, the kingdom has always been a main cyber-target. A recent study entitled Kaspersky IT Security Survey 2017 showed that almost 60 percent of organizations in Saudi Arabia have experienced virus and malware incidents in the last 12 months. While 41 percent of the respondents agree that they lack sufficient insight and intelligence on the threats specifically faced by their organization. Targeted attacks have always been a concern for organizations in the Kingdom, where 21 percent organizations experienced such in the past 12 months. While 41 percent of the respondents believe that their organizations need better tools to detect and respond to advanced persistent threats (APTs) and targeted attacks.
Abbad Al-Abbad, strategic development and communications executive director at NCSC, said: “Our goals as an organization are focused toward improving the cybersecurity readiness and capabilities of the government sector, including critical national infrastructure, as well as developing and formalizing the internal capabilities around cybersecurity within the Kingdom. This summit, together with Kaspersky Lab, essentially enables the leadership and IT experts at Saudi public sector organizations to learn from strong innovators in the space, within the context of the Saudi Vision 2030.”
Maxim Frolov, managing director for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa at Kaspersky Lab, said: “Seeing a public sector entity taking the lead in preparing and equipping other public sector entities with the cybersecurity consciousness they need is extremely positive, and something we at Kaspersky Lab believe many countries can learn from Saudi Arabia.”


Bahri strengthens market footprint in Asia-Pacific region

Khalid Al-Garawi, senior manager, Bahri Chemicals.
Updated 21 April 2019
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Bahri strengthens market footprint in Asia-Pacific region

Saudi logistics and transportation company Bahri has announced the expansion of its market presence in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region’s maritime industry. The stronger presence will help the company gain deeper insights into market trends as well as customer needs in chemicals and logistics sectors in Singapore and the wider APAC region.
The announcement took place at a ceremony held on April 5 at Regent Hotel in Singapore, in the presence of Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri, and senior executives of the region’s oil majors, petrochemical trading companies and ship brokers.
The expansion will also enable Bahri Logistics and Bahri Chemicals, two of five business units of the company, to market their offerings, acquire new clients, serve existing clients, and channelize the communications. Bahri has plans to expand the services of its other business units to the APAC region in the future.
Bahri CEO Aldubaikhi said: “In our efforts to deliver on Bahri’s vision of connecting economies, sharing prosperity, and driving excellence in global logistics services, we have been actively pursuing the company’s ambitious long-term strategy to drive sustainable growth and expand its market footprint. As a result, we have established a solid presence regionally and globally. Our expansion in the Asia-Pacific region represents a key milestone in our journey, and with this, we have come even closer to our customers, allowing us to serve them better offering a wider range of industry services and unprecedented value.”
Over the past 41 years, Bahri has steadily expanded market presence to cement its position as a global leader in the maritime industry. The company currently has offices in Saudi Arabia, UAE, US and India, in addition to a vast network of agents across the Middle East and Africa, US, Europe, and Asia.
Bahri Chemicals is the largest owner and operator of chemical carriers in the Middle East, serving 150 ports worldwide. It owns and operates 36 chemical/product tankers with a capacity of 1.1 million DWT designed to the highest specifications, capable of carrying a wide range of chemical cargoes. The first business unit within Bahri, Bahri Logistics, is one of the top 10 breakbulk carriers in the world and operates six new state-of-the-art multipurpose vessels with 26,000 DWT each on a regular liner schedule.