Saudi cyber security college signs MoU to promote technology

A member of the military specialised in cyber defense works on servers in Lille on January 23, 2018 during the 10th International Cybersecurity Forum. (AFP)
Updated 24 June 2018
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Saudi cyber security college signs MoU to promote technology

  • Stanford will contribute to the development of academic content at the college covering cybersecurity
  • Stanford enjoys a globally renowned position in the fields of computer science and engineering

JEDDAH: Prince Mohammed bin Salman College for Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technologies has signed a strategic partnership deal with Stanford University in the US.
Dr. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Dahlawi, the dean of Mohammed bin Salman College, said that Stanford enjoys a globally renowned position in the fields of computer science and engineering, and the agreement, signed in San Francisco, California, on June 22, will help the Saudi college develop and grow in line with the standards of international learning institutions.
He added that Stanford will contribute to the development of academic content at the college covering cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, high-performance computing and cloud computing.
Dr. Khaled Al-Suwailem, from the Stanford Global Projects Center, said the agreement reflects the university’s belief in the importance of strategic partnerships and in Prince Mohammed bin Salman College as a specialized institution promoting knowledge and technology in support of Vision 2030.


Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

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Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

  • Three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire
  • The identities of the four gunmen are still being determined

RIYADH: Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack on an interior ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh.

A spokesperson from the Kingdom’s Presidency of State Security also said that three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

Al-Arabiya reported that the assailants belonged to Daesh, but the group had not claimed responsibility for the attack and there was no official confirmation from Saudi authorities as to the identity of the attackers on Sunday afternoon.

“The security authorities in the Presidency managed to thwart the terrorist act targeting the center of investigations ... and dealt with them as required by the situation,” the spokesman was quoted by SPA as saying.

The identities of the four gunmen are still being determined by government authorities, the news agency added.

Special security personnel were still working on the site to assess and identify the explosive materials that the terrorists had in their possession, the spokesperson said, and the findings would be announced later.

The suspects, who were on board a car, tried to crash through the main entrance of the General Directorate of Investigation’s Center in Riyadh, but were intercepted by security to prevent the vehicle from gaining access into the compund.

Two gunmen died during the initial exchange of fire with the security forces, while one was killed as he attempted to flee. The fourth attacker died as he tried to blow up an explosive belt,  pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported. 

The Kingdom of Bahrain condemned the actions of the suspects and the terrorist attack on Sunday, the country's news agency said.