Saudi cyber security body issues basic guidelines

The guideline have been produced to set a minimum standards to safeguard government networks. (Shutterstock)
Updated 07 October 2018

Saudi cyber security body issues basic guidelines

  • A recent study conducted by Microsoft revealed Saudi Arabia has become an enticing target for cybercriminals because of insecure consumer habits and inadequate security measures

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s National Cybersecurity Authority has issued basic cyber security guidelines to minimize the risk of cyberthreats to different government agencies.

The guidelines have been 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.

A recent study conducted by Microsoft revealed Saudi Arabia has become an enticing target for cybercriminals because of insecure consumer habits and inadequate security measures. 

Many ministries, institutions and government entities have undergone restructuring to enable their mandates more effectively and increase their competencies.


Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

Updated 06 December 2019

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has become a leader in the field of archaeological research in the past five years, a major exhibition in Rome was told.

Abdullah Al-Zahrani, director-general of archaeological research and studies at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that 44 international archaeological missions had been carried out this year in the Kingdom.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition, which opened at the National Museum of Rome on Nov. 26.

The groundbreaking exhibition was inaugurated by Saudi Minister of Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini.

Al-Zahrani said that the Kingdom “has become one of the most advanced countries in terms of archaeological disclosures.”

“Recent discoveries by local and international missions have highlighted the Kingdom’s historical status and cultural depth as the cradle of the beginnings of human civilizations,” he said.

Archaeological discoveries continue to “instil the civilized dimension of the Kingdom,” he said.

“The religious, political, economic and cultural stature that Saudi Arabia enjoys is an extension of its long cultural heritage, in addition to its distinctive geographical position as a bridge and hub of cultural interaction between East and West that made it a meeting point for international land and sea trade routes throughout all ages,” he added.