25 Saudi children trained in cybersecurity

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Children attend an ORACLE workshop on cybersecurity and basic programming in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Children attend an ORACLE workshop on cybersecurity and basic programming in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Children attend an ORACLE workshop on cybersecurity and basic programming in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 01 February 2019

25 Saudi children trained in cybersecurity

JEDDAH: The pilot phase of a program to introduce Saudi children to the basics of programming concluded on Thursday.
The Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP) organized the “Programming for Young Saudis” event at its headquarters in Riyadh in cooperation with technology company Oracle.
The program introduced 25 Saudi children aged between 8 and 14 to the basics of programming using widely recognized languages such as Java and Python, as well as to the principles of programming using simple tools and platforms such as Scratch, Alice and Greenfoot that do not require any experience.
The program aims to raise children’s awareness about Internet security and familiarize them with the principles of programming, as well as develop their communication, analytical, cooperation and problem-solving skills, in addition to enabling them to develop games and stories using different software platforms.
Communications and information technology has developed in diversity, nature and its versatility. These developments have led to increased global technological exchange and movement, giving countries more responsibility to safeguard their national security and that of their citizens.
The four-day program ran daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each participant received a certificate for completing the program.
SAFCSP will open registration for the second phase of the program during February.


Houthis threaten global energy security: Arab coalition

Updated 33 min 37 sec ago

Houthis threaten global energy security: Arab coalition

  • The Arab coalition denounced Saturday's attack on a Saudi Aramco gas plant
  • The Yemeni militant attack sparked a fire but caused no casualties or disruption to production

RIYADH: The Arab coalition fighting to restore the internationally recognized government in Yemen on Monday denounced a Houthi attack on a Saudi Aramco gas plant in Saudi Arabia.
The militants claimed 10 drones struck the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant near the border with the UAE on Saturday.
“The Houthi militia have endangered global energy security by targeting Shaybah oil field in Saudi Arabia,” spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said.
The militants, who are based in Yemen and backed by Iran, have used drones laden with explosives to target infrastructure in the Kingdom.
Speaking at a weekly press conference in Riyadh, Col. Al-Maliki said the that Houthi and Daesh militias are conducting simultaneous operations in Yemen, stressing that the Houthis, who sparked the Yemen war in 2014, continue to pose a clear threat in the southern Red Sea.
The coalition, which includes Saudi Arabia and the UAE, intervened in the Yemen conflict in 2015 to support forces loyal to the internationally recognized government after it was driven from the capital Sanaa by the Houthis.