KSA combats cyberthreats using latest technology

Information and cybersecurity expert Samer Omar
Updated 24 August 2019

KSA combats cyberthreats using latest technology

The 7th Middle East and North Africa Information Security Conference 2019 (MENAISC2019) will take place in Riyadh for the fourth consecutive year between Sept. 9-10, under the theme “Cyber Space, the New Frontier: Deception, Orchestration and Blackholes.”

Information and cybersecurity expert Samer Omar, CEO of VirtuPort’s MENAISC2019, said the increasing number of foreign cyberattacks on the Kingdom in the recent period have pushed for more institutionalization by developing national cadres specialized to combat these attacks. This step, he said, is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030, digital transformation initiatives and the development of e-governance.

“There is a significant qualitative improvement in the quality and number of gifted and talented Saudis working in cybersecurity and we will see in the near future more awareness and greater capacity in this vital sector by these young men and women,” said Omar. He added: “Today, we have specialized courses in cybersecurity in universities and other concerned institutions, and this in itself is a significant transformation that is important and demonstrates the depth of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”

Last year, Saudi Arabia recorded the highest number of cyberattacks among all Arab countries and ranked 17th globally in the same context.

The MENAISC2019 will also be hosting the Cyber Saber Hackathon in its third edition, which will attract students from all around Saudi Arabia to try their skills at hacking and defending a model smart city. 

Previous editions of the conference have attracted more than 300 participants from all over the Kingdom, as well as a large number of specialized brands and international media organizations.

The increasing cyberattacks on Saudi Arabia are due to its economy — ranked among the top 20 global economies — being one of the strongest in the Middle East, making Saudi companies and institutions a direct and indirect target of cyberattacks to disrupt their operations and seize their data and resources. 

In line with Vision 2030, the Saudi government is working to support the information technology sector, promote creative and innovative thinking for companies and protect their data and systems.

Omar underlined the need for continued focus on human capital, in addition to investments in tools and technologies required by companies and government agencies to secure themselves from cyber-related threats.


Nissan Saudi Arabia offers door-to-door service in wake of lockdown

Updated 30 March 2020

Nissan Saudi Arabia offers door-to-door service in wake of lockdown

Nissan Saudi Arabia is providing its customers with a comprehensive door-to-door service, in light of the lockdown the Kingdom is facing in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The company has taken the initiative in partnership with Petromin Nissan and Morni to continue serving customers even at home.
This door-to-door service gives Nissan customers the assurance of having their vehicle picked up from a location of their choice for servicing by Nissan KSA professionals before being delivered back to their doorstep. As an additional precautionary step, the car will also be sterilized thoroughly before being returned to the customer. The service is available across the Kingdom to all Nissan customers and owners of Nissan vehicles free of charge except for the maintenance service costs, which will be incurred by the customer. Payment for maintenance services can be done online or through the service provider.
This is part of a range of services provided by Nissan KSA to ensure peace of mind for their customers during this difficult time.
Managing Director of Nissan Saudi Arabia Bader El-Houssami said: “We appreciate the trust our customers have placed in Nissan KSA, and we will take every measure to ensure they are provided an exceptional customer experience. In alignment with the government direction to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the Kingdom, we want our customers to know they can rely on us to ensure they are provided with the safest and most convenient services, even through the toughest times. We are all responsible to do our part in combating the spread of this virus and protecting our society from it.”
“As a responsible corporate entity, Nissan KSA is taking every step to provide a smooth and uninterrupted customer experience during these uncertain times. The customer remains at the core of Nissan KSA’s business, and the company is fully supportive of the Saudi government’s relentless efforts to control the spread of the virus,” a statement said.
By providing this service to customers, Nissan KSA is encouraging people to stay at home as the company takes care of their car needs, in line with the steps taken by the Saudi government in containing the COVID-19 virus.