Study: 60% of Saudi institutions hit by virus attacks, malware

The study found that 41 percent of the respondents questioned believe that their institutions need better tools to detect ‘persistent threats’ and deal with targeted attacks. (AP file photo)
Updated 30 September 2017

Study: 60% of Saudi institutions hit by virus attacks, malware

RIYADH: Sixty percent of institutions in Saudi Arabia have experienced virus attacks and malware over the past 12 months, according to Russian cyber-security firm Kaspersky Lab.
This finding came in a recent study revealed by Kaspersky Lab during a workshop entitled “Security, Information Technology 2017,” which was organized by the Ministry of Interior’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) in Riyadh.
The study found that 41 percent of the respondents questioned believe that their institutions need better tools to detect “persistent threats” and deal with targeted attacks.
“Our objectives as an e-security hub in the Kingdom focus on improving the readiness of e-security and the capabilities of the government sector, including the vital national infrastructure, and developing national capabilities in terms of e-security,” said Dr. Abbad Al-Abbad, the NCSC’s executive director of strategic development and communication.
“The workshop was held in cooperation with Kaspersky Lab and enabled IT professionals and public- and private-sector organizations to learn about the most important solutions and results in this field.”
Maxim Frolov, Kaspersky Lab’s regional managing director, said that public and private institutions in the Kingdom were leading the way in this field.
“We believe in Kaspersky Lab that many countries can learn from Saudi Arabia in this area,” he said.
The workshop illustrated the steps taken by public-sector organizations in digital transformation efforts, with the aim of aligning their outputs with the Kingdom’s reform plans.
Analysts said digital transformation would play a key role in achieving the goals of Vision 2030.
E-security is one of the main requirements of all institutions in digital transformation, and the levels of implementation and unified preparedness will provide a solid foundation for building strategic commitments at the national level, they added.


Florida shooting ‘nothing to do with gunman’s family, tribe’

Updated 18 min 22 sec ago

Florida shooting ‘nothing to do with gunman’s family, tribe’

  • We are all still looking for the truth about this painful incident, Saudi officer’s uncle tells Arab News

AL-AHSA: The uncle of a young Saudi officer who shot three people dead at a US military base in Florida has told Arab News the crime had nothing to do with either the family or the tribe.

Mohammed Al-Shamrani, 21, from Al-Ahsa, a 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force, opened fire with a handgun early on Friday in a classroom building at Naval Air Station Pensacola, where he was on a training program. He was killed by US sheriff’s deputies who responded to the incident.

The officer’s uncle, Saad bin Hantam Shamrani, said the family found the tragedy inexplicable. “Nothing unusual was noticed in Mohammed’s behavior… he was known to love people and help them.

“We are all still looking for the truth … to know the causes of this painful incident and its implications. What happened is a crime that concerns only the attacker and has nothing to do with his family and his tribe.”

My condolences go out to the families of the victims. I hope they find peace in their lives after such a tragedy.

Nedda Akhonbay, communications professional

Shamrani said his nephew had been a distinguished high school student, and graduated three years ago. “He applied to the Air Academy, where he spent six months before getting a scholarship to join a specialized program in aviation in the US.

“The last conversation I had with him was less than a month ago, when he assured me that his studies were going well and he expected to graduate in the coming months.”

The shooting has been condemned by all Saudis, many of whom have lived and worked in the US. “My condolences go out to the families of the victims. I hope they find peace in their lives after such a tragedy,” said Nedda Akhonbay, a communications professional in Jeddah.

“As a Saudi-American, and having spent many years in the US and made friends who became like family, I thought this attack was very close to home, and I hope both peoples work together to get past it.”

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