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

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.


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.