GCC prone to cyber attack, say IT experts

Updated 06 July 2013

GCC prone to cyber attack, say IT experts

Over 65 percent of technology experts in the Gulf Cooperation Council states believe that the region is a fertile land for cyber attack.
A recent survey, conducted by a computer giant, has revealed that 35 percent of the cyber crimes occur because of users’ ignorance, which “can be avoided by raising awareness levels.”
The survey also revealed that use of cyber space for such activities was on the rise.
Allowing social networking at workplace increases risks and threats facing electronic security, the study said, pointing out that today’s business enterprises were more aware of security issues of information technology than ever before.
“Although firms have begun showing more attention to preventive measures like firewalls, to electronic threats, these measures sometimes are not adequate,” the report said.
Nearly 50 percent of the respondents in the survey spent up to 10 percent of information technology budget on security issues. It is expected that the number would rise in the future. GCC countries are seeing a steady development in the electronic security landscape in the past few years due to the increasing incidence of cybercrimes.


Abdulrahman Al-Jadhai, CEO of Al-Elm Information Security Co.

Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Jadhai
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Abdulrahman Al-Jadhai, CEO of Al-Elm Information Security Co.

  • Al-Jadhai gained a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Jadhai has been CEO of Al-Elm Information Security Co. since 2012.
The company offers a wide range of ready-made and customized digital solutions in areas ranging from consulting to training and support.
It recently signed a share purchase agreement to acquire 100 percent of the Saudi Company for Exchanging Digital Information (Tabadul) from the Public Investment Fund (PIF).
Al-Jadhai believes the deal is an important milestone for the company as it expands its products and digital custom solutions in the transport and finance sectors.
It also offers an opportunity to develop national logistics services that meet current market requirements and the need of beneficiaries, he said.
Al-Jadhai is a board member of several institutions in the Kingdom, chair of the advisory board of the Central First Health Cluster in Riyadh region, and a board member of the Taibah Valley company.
He joined Al-Elm in 2006 as a manager where he served for more than two years before becoming strategy and planning manager in 2008, a position he held for three years until 2011.
Later, he served as e-services manager for less than a year between 2011 and 2012.

He also worked at the Saudi Telecom Co. as an infrastructure manager between 2002 and 2005.
Al-Jadhai gained a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He obtained a master’s degree in the same major at Michigan State University.
He received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from King Saud University in 1989.