STC trains Saudis in cybersecurity

The students will go through summer training for a month, and will have verified certificates at the end of the training.
Updated 22 July 2018

STC trains Saudis in cybersecurity

Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Sawaha recently launched a cybersecurity program for beginners organized by the Saudi Telecom Company (STC), in the presence of Nasser Al-Nasser, STC Group CEO, and Abdul Aziz Al-Ruwais, governor of CITC.
Al-Sawaha praised the STC’s initiative of launching the “Cyber Craft” program, which seeks to build local and professional capabilities in cybersecurity based on best practices and global standards to lead the Kingdom to the ranks of developed countries in modern technical knowledge.
“The objectives of the program are compatible with the increasing demand for specialists in cybersecurity, especially as the services in the Kingdom witness an accelerating digital transformation in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030,” he added.
Al-Nasser said that the STC plays a pivotal role in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 as an enabler for digital transformation in the public and private sectors. He said the “STC Solutions” program trains Saudi talents in cybersecurity that is witnessing a huge demand.
Omar Alnomany, STC Solutions CEO, said that the initiative is the first of its kind because it focuses on young people, and that their training in cybersecurity will give them a chance to determine their educational and vocational track and use their energies in the right place.
The “Cyber Craft” program aims to train more than 150 students in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar, in collaboration with two leading global companies in cybersecurity learning.
The students will go through summer training for a month, and they will have verified certificates at the end of the training.

Top CEO Conference & Awards wraps up in Bahrain

Updated 17 April 2019

Top CEO Conference & Awards wraps up in Bahrain

The Top CEO Conference & Awards 2019, organized by TRENDS magazine — Mediaquest and international business school INSEAD, has concluded at the Al-Areen Palace and Spa in Bahrain. The event, held on Thursday, included seven key panel discussions under the theme “Growth in a Volatile Future” as well as the Top CEO Awards 2019 ceremony, which recognized the region’s most successful and trendsetting CEOs from more than 700 companies listed on GCC stock exchanges.

Top business leaders and more than 30 speakers from across the GCC shed light on the Middle East’s dynamic but volatile region and the burning issues facing the corporate world today. This year’s theme focused on a score of relevant issues, such as oil price fluctuations, tech disruptions, armed and political schisms that pose new risks, and opportunities. Speakers such as renowned economist Professor Nouriel Roubini provided growth solutions and road maps for businesses in the GCC region.

Alexandre Hawari, CEO of Mediaquest, said: “In its fifth edition, the Top CEO Conference & Awards fully encapsulated the theme of ‘Growth in a Volatile Future’ by acknowledging and exploring the growth transformation that the region is undergoing through digitalization and the fourth industrial revolution amid geopolitical tensions, looming trade wars and a rapidly evolving business environment. Building on the huge success of the previous years, the Top CEO Awards 2019 recognized CEOs and companies who have raised the bar by navigating challenges, implementing new strategies, and have demonstrated unquestionable growth, profitability and excellence in corporate governance.”

The conference kicked off with an opening keynote from Jassim Al-Seddiqi, CEO of the Abu Dhabi Financial Group and chairman of GFH Financial Group, who delved into the potential of transforming the region into a fintech hub and the importance of jumping on the digital bandwagon. 

The prime panel discussion on the “Future of Growth Amid Volatility” brought together five CEOs who explored methods to create future-proof strategies that can not only tackle challenges but also boost growth in a tough geopolitical and economic climate. 

Hisham Al-Rayes, CEO and board member of the GFH Financial Group, said: “Investing in the future in areas such as fintech, education and technology, the foundations for strong, enduring knowledge-based economies, is a priority for the group and the governments of the region in which we invest.”

“The Blockchain Opportunity” and “The Human Factor and Tech Innovation” panels brought together industry experts from Facebook, the Bahrain FinTech Bay and King Abdul Aziz University. 

“The Future of Women’s Business Leadership” panel discussed positive strides taken by GCC governments and businesses in leveling the playing field for women professionals.