Saudi Arabia signs cybersecurity cooperation agreement

Saudi Arabia’s National Cybersecurity Center (NCSC) and World Economic Forum (WEF) officials sign a memorandum of intent to enhance cybersecurity and identify potential opportunities for collaboration in projects and initiatives. (SPA)
Updated 13 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia signs cybersecurity cooperation agreement

The Kingdom’s National Cybersecurity Center (NCSC) signed an agreement on Friday with the World Economic Forum (WEF) to explore cybersecurity cooperation, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The memorandum of intent is aimed at enhancing cybersecurity, protecting against threats, and identifying potential opportunities for collaboration in projects and initiatives.

It was co-signed by the deputy governor for strategy and planning, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Freih, and managing director and head of compliance and institutional affairs at the WEF, Alois Zwinggi.

The NCSC’s vision is to build a resilient and secure cyberspace that protects national and citizens’ interests, and foster the growth of Saudi Arabia’s economy.

It provides defense systems, technology and guidance to protect communication systems against attacks to confidentiality, integrity, processes, and vulnerability in the nation’s communications infrastructure.

The NCSC has previously issued basic cybersecurity guidelines to minimize the risk of threats to different government agencies. The guidelines were prepared to establish minimum standards to safeguard government networks and systems, and the Kingdom’s vital economic and national interests.

Applying these guidelines is mandatory for all government agencies, including ministries, authorities, institutions, and others, in addition to private sector agencies that own, operate, or host sensitive national infrastructures.

The WEF is an independent international organization committed to global development by involving business, politicians, academics and other community leaders, for formulation of global, regional and industrial agendas.


Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

Updated 17 June 2019
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has provided $1 million to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Saudi Press Agency reported Monday.

The announcement came as part of the “Kingdom’s efforts in supporting international organizations and bodies and the leadership’s keenness to play an important role in the most important international and regional organizations,” SPA said.

The aid will go towards supporting ICAO’s No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative, which aims to assist developing countries in applying the standards and recommended methods for the safety and security of civil aviation.

The aid will also contribute to the costs of translating the organization’s documents and publications into Arabic.

The President of the Kingdom’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri thanked King Salman for his support to the aviation sector locally, regionally and globally, 

He said: “this contributes to the development of the aviation industry and to improve the safety and security of civil aviation in developing countries, least developed countries and island states.

The $1 million of financial assistance is an extension of the Kingdom's previous financial support in 2016 which “ the level of safety and security of civil aviation in the Middle East and Africa," Al-Mansouri said.

Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the ICAO’s president, thanked the king for the support.