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.


Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

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Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

JEDDAH: Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the governor of Makkah, officially opened the fifth edition of the Jeddah International Book Fair on Wednesday.

The prince toured the event, at which 400 publishing houses from 40 countries are taking part, and honored three renowned figures from the local literature and media scenes: Dr. Hashem Abdo Hashem, the former editor in chief of Okaz newspaper; writer Abdel Fattah Abu Madian; and writer Meshaal bin Muhammad Al-Sudairy.

Prince Mishaal bin Majed, the governor of Jeddah and chairman of the exhibition’s Higher Committee, thanked Price Khalid for his support of the fair since it was founded. He also expressed his gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their great support.

He added that the success of the event is the result of the hard work of a number of organizations. In particular, he wished the Ministry of Culture continued success in organizing the fair as part of its efforts to develop culture in the Kingdom as one of the pillars of Saudi Vision 2030.

Other VIP guests and dignitaries at the inauguration of the fair included Prince Badr bin Sultan, the deputy governor of Makkah; Prince Saud bin Abdullah, adviser to the governor of Makkah; and Prince Khalid bin Mishaal, deputy governor of Jeddah.

The book fair continues at Land of Events in South Abhur until Dec. 21.