Conference on information security begins today in Riyadh

Saudis attend the second International Cyber Security Conference, in Riyadh, in this February 27, 2017 photo. (AFP)
Updated 21 November 2017
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Conference on information security begins today in Riyadh

RIYADH: Amid increasing cyberattacks across the globe, the annual conference on “Information security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) 2017” will begin on Tuesday in Riyadh with the participation of the world’s leading companies in the field.
Khalid Biyari, CEO of Saudi Telecom Group, will deliver the welcome speech at the event, which will highlight the importance of cybersecurity across the Middle East and the challenges of securing digital information.
Fahd Al-Jutaily, vice president of cybersecurity at STC Solutions, will deliver a speech titled “Value of Cybersecurity – Things You Might Not Know.”
Other topics for discussion include “Building a Secure Internet of Things (IoT) World;” “Distributed denial of service (DDoS) implications, techniques, and effective measures;” “Integrated Risk Management — Integrating People, Process & Technology;” “Threat Intelligence;” and “The Power of Sharing and Adaptive Security Strategy for Security Operation Centers.”
Panel discussions will also be held on managed security services and security as a service.
“The conference is in line with the Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020, and will discuss important topics that will provide an overview of the nature of the cyberthreats facing the Kingdom and the Arab Gulf countries in general,” Samer Omar, CEO of VirtuPort, said in statement to Arab News.
The conference will host 10 government and private universities in the Hackathon competition that aims to attract young Saudi talent, leading to future roles in the field of information security and protection of the information infrastructure in the Kingdom.
The Hackathon is a competition aimed at Saudi university students, serving as a platform to exploit their technical talents through a certified competition in which they attempt to penetrate a model of a smart city. The top three will be awarded cash prizes, as well as honorary awards received by the respective universities. The Hackathon will be broadcast live, as well as video clips on the private channels of VirtuPort.
STC Solutions is the lead sponsor with Huawei as the Platinum Sponsors for the 2017 MENA Information Security Conference. Gold sponsors are A10, Fortinet, Kaspersky and Obrela.


White House adviser Jared Kushner: Saudi Arabia is 'important ally'

Updated 22 October 2018
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White House adviser Jared Kushner: Saudi Arabia is 'important ally'

WASHINGTON: Speaking about Saudi Arabia's investigation into the case of the late Jamal Khashoggi, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said that the Trump administration is still in "fact-finding phase."

"We're getting facts in from multiple places and once those facts come in, the secretary of state will work with our national security team to help us determine what we want to believe, and what we think is credible and what we think is not credible," Kushner said on Monday

"We have our eyes wide open. The president's focused on what's good for America, what are our strategic interests, where do we share interests with other countries let's work towards those," he added.

Kushner stressed that Saudi Arabia was an "important ally" of the US, and a "critical partner," especially in countering Iran's influence in the Middle East.

Kushner also said he had spoken to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the case.