Over 100 Saudi students to take part in Cyber Saber Hackathon

The total number of participating universities is estimated to be 20. (Shutterstock)
Updated 28 September 2018
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Over 100 Saudi students to take part in Cyber Saber Hackathon

  • Students will get a chance to practice their response to mock-ups of real-life cybersecurity challenges in a city

JEDDAH: More than 100 Saudi students are expected to participate in the two-day Hackathon being held at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Riyadh on Nov. 6 and 7.

The competition is being held during information security expert VirtuPort’s 6th annual Middle East & North Africa Information Security Conference. 

VirtuPort’s CEO Samer Omar said the event, the Cyber Saber Hackathon 2018, will include more advanced challenges than previously seen in the region as students tackle hundreds of scenarios in a virtual environment of a city.

“The total number of participating universities is estimated to be 20 — both private and public — who will represent their capabilities,” said Omar. 

It is the second year that the hackathon has been held in Riyadh. Next year it is planned to extend the event to other cities in the Middle East.

Students will get a chance to practice their response to mock-ups of real-life cybersecurity challenges in a city, such as attacks on financial districts and airports.

Omar said students will be able to experience the responsibility associated with protecting businesses, preparing them to be cyber assets for Saudi Arabia in future. There is a severe shortage of people with cybersecurity skills.

The competition is licensed and authorized by Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming and Drones, which oversees this sector in the Kingdom. 

VirtuPort’s Cyber Saber Hackathon 2018 is sponsored by STC Business.


KSA’s anti-graft agency Nazaha reports rise in corruption complaints

Nazaha has completed investigations into 59 percent of the complaints, with 4.4 percent referred to the Control and Investigation Board. (SPA)
Updated 19 February 2019
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KSA’s anti-graft agency Nazaha reports rise in corruption complaints

  • Nazaha announced the statistics as part of the National Strategy for the Protection of Integrity and Combating Corruption and Vision 2030

JEDDAH: Complaints to the Saudi National Anti-Corruption Commission, Nazaha, have risen by 50 percent in a single year amid increasing efforts to combat financial and administrative misconduct in the Kingdom.
Nazaha received 15,591 reports in 2018 compared with 10,402 the previous year, according to statistics released by the commission.
Financial and administrative corruption cases made up the bulk of the reports.
Nazaha has completed investigations into 59 percent of the complaints, with 4.4 percent referred to the Control and Investigation Board and 3.37 percent to the Kingdom’s Presidency of State Security.
The commission’s smartphone app received 29 percent of the reports, followed by the website at 23.6 percent, while 19.2 percent of the complaints were made in person at Nazaha’s branches. AN Jeddah
Nazaha announced the statistics as part of the National Strategy for the Protection of Integrity and Combating Corruption and Vision 2030.