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.


DiplomaticQuarter: US ambassador lauds Saudi Arabia for successful Hajj season

Updated 06 August 2020

DiplomaticQuarter: US ambassador lauds Saudi Arabia for successful Hajj season

  • The envoy also praised Saudi hospitality during the Hajj season

RIYADH: US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid has lauded the Kingdom for its successful and safe organization of the curtailed Hajj pilgrimage amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

The envoy also praised Saudi hospitality during the Hajj season and expressed his appreciation for the country’s generosity.

“On behalf of the US Mission to Saudi Arabia, I extend our best wishes to all Muslims in Saudi Arabia and around the world on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha,” Abizaid said in a statement.

He thanked the Saudi leadership for the care and services provided to the specially selected group of around 1,000 pilgrims of various nationalities allowed to perform Hajj.

“I would also like to express our deep appreciation to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Saleh Benten, and Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh for the government’s actions to protect the health of those participating in this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. 

“I also extend our gratitude to the people of Saudi Arabia for their kind hospitality, friendship, and generosity during Eid and throughout the eight decades of our two countries’ close partnership. May the prayers for peace of all people around the world be heard,” he added.

Separately, the World Health Organization (WHO) also commended Saudi Arabia for its efforts in organizing Hajj.

WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised the steps taken by the Kingdom to ensure the safety of pilgrims and said the preventive measures had set an example for other countries to follow in working toward lifting COVID-19 restrictions.