Mideast envoys urged to win ‘war in cyberspace’

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Envoys attending the workshop were joined by diplomatic, communications and information technology specialists from the Kingdom and UAE. (SPA)
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Envoys attending the workshop were joined by diplomatic, communications and information technology specialists from the Kingdom and UAE. (SPA)
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Envoys attending the workshop were joined by diplomatic, communications and information technology specialists from the Kingdom and UAE. (SPA)
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Envoys attending the workshop were joined by diplomatic, communications and information technology specialists from the Kingdom and UAE. (SPA)
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Envoys attending the workshop were joined by diplomatic, communications and information technology specialists from the Kingdom and UAE. (SPA)
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Envoys attending the workshop were joined by diplomatic, communications and information technology specialists from the Kingdom and UAE. (SPA)
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Envoys attending the workshop were joined by diplomatic, communications and information technology specialists from the Kingdom and UAE. (SPA)
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Envoys attending the workshop were joined by diplomatic, communications and information technology specialists from the Kingdom and UAE. (SPA)
Updated 10 November 2019

Mideast envoys urged to win ‘war in cyberspace’

  • The workshop’s third session dealt with the role of diplomacy in strengthening cybersecurity, diplomatic efforts and international action to curb the digital “arms race,” and the increasing sophistication of attacks in cyberspace

RIYADH: Diplomats faced with increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity challenges were urged to “work together in cyberspace” at a specialist workshop in Riyadh.
The workshop, titled “Cybersecurity in Diplomatic Work,” was organized on Sunday by the Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies (IDS) in cooperation with the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA).
Mariam Al-Mahmoud, the EDA’s executive training director, told the workshop that cybersecurity is gaining greater importance in diplomatic work because of technological advances.
“Huge technological developments have rendered cyberspace an arena for a dangerous war that makes us obliged to work together to protect the interests of our nations and render them immune to hostile schemes,” she said.
Abdullah Al-Salamah, IDS general director, said the workshop would come up with recommendations to help diplomats and government leaders deal with cybersecurity challenges.
Envoys attending the workshop were joined by diplomatic, communications and information technology specialists from the Kingdom and UAE.
Cybersecurity, international security and legal issues in the digital age were among topics tackled during the workshop’s four sessions.
Harriet Moynihan of the British Chatham House Institute, Robert Dewar of the Geneva Center for Security Policy and Mariam Bawazir of the Emirati Telecommunications Regulatory Authority spoke at the session on international security.
The second session, “Current and Future Threats and Challenges in Cyberspace,” discussed current security threats in cyberspace, and focused on the impact of cyberattacks on political, economic and security interests. Attackers’ strategies and techniques to counter threats were also discussed.
Abdul Aziz Al-Zarooni of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Fahad Al Duraibi of the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission, and representatives from the Saudi National Cybersecurity Authority and the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs took part in the session, which was chaired by Najm Al-Dhiabi of IDS.
The workshop’s third session dealt with the role of diplomacy in strengthening cybersecurity, diplomatic efforts and international action to curb the digital “arms race,” and the increasing sophistication of attacks in cyberspace.


Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi, president of Tabuk University

Updated 11 December 2019

Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi, president of Tabuk University

  • Al-Dhayabi began his academic career as a lecturer at KAU
  • Al-Dhayabi is a member of the higher committees for female colleges in the Kingdom

RIYADH: Dr. Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi has been the president of Tabuk University since October 2017.

Prior to that, he was the deputy head of educational affairs at King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, where he served in the position for one year. 

He has also been the chairman of the promotion and job competition committee, as well as the safety committee, at Tabuk University since November 2012. 

Al-Dhayabi began his academic career as a lecturer at KAU, where he received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Science. 

He later traveled abroad to pursue his higher education, earning his master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Missouri, US. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Birmingham, UK.

After that, he returned to the Kingdom and joined KAU as an assistant professor. He remained in that position from 2005 to 2010, then served as an associate professor between 2010 and 2014.

Al-Dhayabi is a member of the higher committees for female colleges in the Kingdom and the community colleges higher committee at the Ministry of Higher Education.

He congratulated King Salman on the release of the government’s annual budget for 2020.

“Approximately one-fifth of the budget is allocated to education, which reflects the leadership’s keenness to invest in the human element through education and training ... to open new horizons and job opportunities for Saudi youth and encourage them to invest in the diverse resources in the Kingdom,” Al-Dhayabi said.