Saudi cybersecurity initiative launched as part of International Women’s Day

The empowerment of women in all areas of Saudi society, including the workforce, is an important part of Vision 2030 reform plan. (Supplied)
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Updated 17 March 2022

Saudi cybersecurity initiative launched as part of International Women’s Day

Saudi cybersecurity initiative launched as part of International Women’s Day
  • Saudi Arabia launched the National Cybersecurity Authority in 2017, which aims to build a resilient and secure cyberspace that enables growth and prosperity

JEDDAH: An initiative to develop the leadership skills of Saudi female cybersecurity specialists was launched this week by Hemaya, the information security association, as part of International Women's Day.

The initiative, called Wamda, will involve high-profile individuals and cybersecurity experts working in a voluntary capacity to transfer their experience to Hemaya’s female members as a way to empower women and to also promote specialist volunteer work.

Hemaya welcomed Haitham Alohali, who is vice minister at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, at Wamda’s first meeting.

He met several women at the meeting and shared aspects of his professional and leadership experience that could help them on their path.

Hemaya, which is the first nonprofit of its kind in Saudi Arabia, uses cybersecurity experts to help raise awareness on information security.

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The initiative, called Wamda, will involve high-profile individuals and cybersecurity experts working in a voluntary capacity to transfer their experience to Hemaya’s female members as a way to empower women and to also promote specialist volunteer work.

It focuses on strengthening its role in the nonprofit sector through three pillars: Volunteering, partnership, and sustainability.

Saudi Arabia launched the National Cybersecurity Authority in 2017, which aims to build a resilient and secure cyberspace that enables growth and prosperity.

In 2020, the NCA developed new initiatives aimed at increasing the number of women in cybersecurity jobs, as well as encouraging and supporting them in pursuing leadership roles in this field.

The empowerment of women in all areas of Saudi society, including the workforce, is an important part of Vision 2030.

At the Wamda meeting, Alohali also discussed the awards launched by the ministry.

These are presented to individuals and large and medium-sized companies in the sector with the aim of encouraging them to raise the percentage of women in leadership positions, and to promote a standard of working environment that is suitable for women. An executive program was also launched to support the success of female leaders in the digital world.

Hemaya has more than 500 members who specialize in cybersecurity. Together they have contributed more than 24,000 volunteer hours at the association.

Its cybersecurity experts are all members of six society groups related to Hemaya: The Main, Hemaya Operation, Hemaya GRC, Hemaya Academics, HameyaT, and HAT.

HemayaT is a community that includes several women who specialize in cybersecurity.

The chairman of Hemaya’s board of directors, Mutaib Al-Moteri, emphasized during the meeting the association’s keenness to contribute to the promotion of specialist volunteering, the transfer of expertise and knowledge-sharing between leaders and specialists.

He said that Vision 2030 placed attention on empowering women and enhancing their role in the labor market, which the Wamda initiative would support by providing specialists with the leadership experience and expertise necessary for their success by opening direct channels with Hemaya’s guests.

 


KSRNR to showcase Saudi wildlife efforts at ADIHEX 2022

KSRNR to showcase Saudi wildlife efforts at ADIHEX 2022
Updated 25 September 2022

KSRNR to showcase Saudi wildlife efforts at ADIHEX 2022

KSRNR to showcase Saudi wildlife efforts at ADIHEX 2022
  • KSRNR aims to showcase itself as the world’s fourth-largest land reserve and the largest of its kind in the Middle East
  • Last March, the Saudi National Center for Wildlife, in cooperation with the KSRNR, released some 200 endangered species into the wild at Al-Tubayq natural reserve

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia begins its participation at the 19th Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2022 on Monday. 

The event will be held from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.

The Kingdom will be represented by the King Salman bin Abdulaziz Royal Natural Reserve.

During the exhibition, KSRNR aims to showcase itself as the world’s fourth-largest land reserve and the largest of its kind in the Middle East, with its striking geographical diversity and ancient inscription art sites. KSRNR will also highlight the presence of the rarest endangered animals, such as the Arabian oryx, the houbara bustard and the slender-horned gazelle.

The Saudi participation will focus on the country’s natural treasures and characteristics, besides raising awareness about the importance of wildlife and its role in maintaining environmental balance and biodiversity.

Last March, the Saudi National Center for Wildlife, in cooperation with the KSRNR, released some 200 endangered species into the wild at Al-Tubayq natural reserve in the northwest of the Kingdom. The number included 50 Arabian oryxes, 100 antelopes, 30 houbara birds and 20 mountain ibexes.

Mohammed Qurban, CEO of NCW, said that the release of the animals was part of its initiatives to resettle local endangered species, restore biodiversity, enhance the ecological balance and improve environmental sustainability.

Qurban was also quoted by the Saudi Press Agency as saying that the center had released 785 animals in reserves and national parks in the Kingdom last year, adding that NCW had plans to release more than 1,000 in 2022.

KSRNR has recently conducted its first extensive bird baseline survey to observe migratory, visiting birds and waterbirds, as well as resident species. The study aims to estimate the number of these birds and the resident, migratory and visiting birds. The scientific overview also considers the abundance of these birds and their distribution. It came after discovering large numbers of nestled eagles in several places at the reserve.

This year’s annual ADIHEX, considered the largest of its kind in the MENA region, targets the hunting and equestrian sectors. The event aims to promote and conserve cultural heritage.

The event, held under the theme “Sustainability and Heritage. . . A Reborn Aspiration” will be patronized by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the ruler’s representative in the Al-Dhafra Region and chairman of the Emirates Falconers’ Club.

According to the organizers, ADIHEX 2022 will bring together more than 105,000 visitors to explore the 11 sectors across the 50,0000 sq. m. exhibition. More than 680 exhibitors and brands showcasing the latest technologies, innovations and trends in equestrian, hunting and camping gear, as well as accessories and traditional and modern hunting methods are on show. The exhibition will also include falcon, camel and horse auctions. It will include several competitions.


King Salman receives Bahrain king, holds luncheon in his honor

King Salman receives Bahrain king, holds luncheon in his honor
Updated 25 September 2022

King Salman receives Bahrain king, holds luncheon in his honor

King Salman receives Bahrain king, holds luncheon in his honor
  • Bahraini king arrived in Jeddah earlier on Sunday

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received Bahrain’s King Hamad and held a luncheon in his honor at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Sunday.

The Bahraini king arrived in Jeddah earlier on Sunday, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman welcomes Bahrain’s King Hamad at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Sunday. (SPA)

The reception and luncheon were attended by a number of officials including Minster of State Prince Turki bin Muhammad and the Bahraini ambassador to the Kingdom Sheikh Ali bin Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Khalifa.

King Hamad was received at King Abdulaziz International Airport by Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal and Minster of State Prince Turki bin Muhammad earlier on Sunday. (SPA)

On arrival in Jeddah, the king was received at King Abdulaziz International Airport by Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal and Minster of State Prince Turki bin Muhammad.


Saudi Arabia to participate in ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 

Saudi Arabia to participate in ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 
Updated 25 September 2022

Saudi Arabia to participate in ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 

Saudi Arabia to participate in ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 
  • Saudi Arabia’s delegation will be headed by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Sawaha
  • The Kingdom will formulate the strategic and financial plan for the ITU and discuss international public policies for the internet

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will participate in the Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union, which will be held in the Romanian capital Bucharest from Sept. 26 to Oct. 14, 2022.

The Kingdom’s delegation is headed by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Sawaha and will see the participation of Governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission Dr. Mohammed Al-Tamimi.

At the conference, the Kingdom will formulate the strategic and financial plan for the ITU and discuss international public policies for the internet and the union’s role in these.

In addition to cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things will be discussed, along with plans for the World Summit on the Information Society and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said: “Countries will unite at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 to set the direction of digital transformation for years to come, for the benefit of our planet and humanity.”

According to SPA, Saudi Arabia is one of the most important member states in the ITU council due to its international and regional leadership position, its active role in creating international consensus, and its support for partnerships and cooperative work with member states in building the union’s present and future.

In 1947, the ITU became the UN’s agency for information and communication technologies.

The Plenipotentiary Conference, which is held every four years, is the highest policy-making body in the ITU, through which general policies are determined to achieve the goals of the union and the strategic and financial plans of the union for the next four years are approved.


San Marino, Saudi Arabia to finalize cooperation agreement on tourism

San Marino, Saudi Arabia to finalize cooperation agreement on tourism
Updated 25 September 2022

San Marino, Saudi Arabia to finalize cooperation agreement on tourism

San Marino, Saudi Arabia to finalize cooperation agreement on tourism
  • Microstate in northern Italy is a well-known tourist destination
  • Another agreement will see the two states cooperate on sports

ROME: The Republic of San Marino and Saudi Arabia will soon finalize a cooperation agreement on tourism, San Marino’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Luca Beccari told Arab News after a meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud. 

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. 

Beccari said that the meeting covered all issues related to the “extraordinarily good bilateral cooperation” between the two states.

“We confirmed that we will increase this cooperation, particularly in the tourism sector,” he told Arab News after the meeting. 

In another meeting held in Italy at the beginning of September, Beccari and San Marino Secretary of State for Labor and Sports Teodoro Lonfernini agreed with Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, sports minister and president of Saudi Arabia’s Olympic and Paralympic Committee, to work together on a memorandum of understanding to further cooperation on sports and tourism and to continue talks soon in San Marino or Riyadh.

“The meeting we had in New York with Prince Faisal definitely represents a further important step toward this goal, which would benefit both our countries,” Beccari added. 

An enclave nestled in the northeast of Italy a few miles from the popular beach destination of Rimini, San Marino has been an independent state for 1,720 years and has a population of nearly 34,000.

With its medieval buildings, fine monuments and iconic landscapes, it is a well-known attraction for visitors to the Riviera Romagnola from all over the world.

Prince Faisal and Beccari also agreed to “work quickly” to finalize agreements on the abolition of double taxation and the promotion and protection of investments to further consolidate bilateral relations, Beccari added.


Saudi Arabia signs $10 million Financial Memorandum to solve Safer oil tanker crisis

Saudi Arabia signs $10 million Financial Memorandum to solve Safer oil tanker crisis
Updated 25 September 2022

Saudi Arabia signs $10 million Financial Memorandum to solve Safer oil tanker crisis

Saudi Arabia signs $10 million Financial Memorandum to solve Safer oil tanker crisis

Saudi Arabia signed a $10 Financial Memorandum to solve the Safer oil tanker crisis, currently anchored off the Yemeni coast, SPA reported on Sunday. 

The kingdoms royal court adviser and General Supervisor of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Rabiah, signed the agreement with the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, David Gressly, in New York City, on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The two officials also discussed the humanitarian and relief efforts in Yemen, and ways to confront the humanitarian, economic and environmental threats of the Safer oil tanker.

Rabiah explained that the Kingdom’s contribution comes as an extension of its efforts to save the Safer tanker and to support international efforts to prevent any potential disasters that may result from it.

It contains more than one million barrels of oil and has not been maintained since 2015.