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.


Coalition destroy Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia

Updated 23 October 2020

Coalition destroy Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia

  • The drone was targeting civilian areas in the south of the Kingdom
  • Saudi Arabia last week denounced the Houthi militia’s continued launch of drones targeting civilians in the Kingdom

DUBAI: Saudi-led Arab coalition intercepted a Houthi drone targeting civilian areas in the Kingdom on Friday, state news agency SPA reported.
“Forces of the Arab coalition have destroyed a drone launched by terrorist Houthi militants on civilian areas in the south,” Spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said.
Saudi Arabia last week denounced the Houthi militia’s continued launch of drones targeting civilians in the Kingdom.
The attacks are carried out in “a systematic and deliberate manner, which is a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law and its customary rules,” the Saudi council of ministers said in a weekly meeting.
The cabinet said the Kingdom wanted to “promote the values of pluralism and international cooperation stipulated in the United Nations Charter, in order to achieve sustainable development plans and goals and overcome challenges to reach a more inclusive and just world.”
The council reviewed a number of other issues and regional and international developments.
The ministers also said recent positive estimates of credit rating agencies on the Kingdom’s economy reflected its ability to face global economic challenges.