Protect society against cyber crimes: Experts

Updated 04 March 2015

Protect society against cyber crimes: Experts

A security expert has emphasized the need for collaboration in order to protect society against cybertattacks during the 6th annual Cyber Defense Summit in Riyadh on Monday.
“Cyber security is no longer just an information technology priority. It must be addressed at the broad level,” said Yesser Deputy Director General Ahmad Al-Khiary.
Al-Khiary, also the current CEO of (ITS)2, noted the importance of protecting critical infrastructure and sensitive information in Saudi Arabia.
“We must address the issue collectively to arrive at feasible protective measures,” he said.
Another expert, Tareque Choudhury of BT Global Services, spoke on the occasion, defining critical assets and the role of chief security officers by giving examples of how private and public Saudi organizations can protect and preserve themselves.
He also shared some of the lessons learned from the BT cyber security team, which was deployed to defend the London Olympics in 2012 from any malicious cybertattacks.
“A lack of cyber protection has had catastrophic results. For example, hackers stole 40 million debit and credit card numbers from retailer ‘Target’s’ data banks, as well as the personal data of as many as 70 million customers,” he said.
Ray Kafity, vice president of META region at FireEye, added “We are now dealing with Generation Y Threats and as we progress, the threats will keep on becoming more complex and difficult to detect. With the threats being innovative, the cyber security has to keep up and be forward thinking and proactive.”
Eric J. Eifert, SVP of Cyber Security Solutions at Man Tech, said “One critical aspect which many fail to address is the internal threats due to a lack of awareness.”
He added that “this needs to be addressed carefully when developing cyber security. Employee training and standardization of internal laws and regulations is something that should be mandatory.”
He said an important method for combatting cyber threats is to first highlight the key security challenges, and to then present solutions to meet these issues through effective planning and through the simultaneous application of innovative hardware and software security solutions.


Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Updated 14 August 2020

Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Fahad Al-Azzam has been the assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Ministry of Health since September 2019.
He has also been the general manager for enterprise at the ministry’s project management office since July 2016, where he developed and implemented a standard set of project management processes and models, and built the framework and updated it to account for developments and best practices.
It was announced on Monday that Al-Azzam’s role as assistant deputy minister for empowerment has been extended for another year.
Al-Azzam obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, in 2007. He studied abroad in the US, obtaining a master’s degree in engineering and technology management from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 2014.
Prior to his current position, Al-Azzam worked as a cooperative trainee at the Saudi Electricity Co. between May and October 2006.
At the Advanced Electronics Co., he worked as an assistant field service engineer between July 2007 and May 2009, and technical support and field service engineer between May 2009 and December 2010.
At the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, he worked as senior electrical engineer at their radiation safety department between January 2011 and February 2015.
He developed a safety program for exporting and importing electronics devices to and from Saudi Arabia and worked at controlling the risk resulting from the use of radiation-emitting devices. He also worked there as a project manager at their project management office between February 2015 and July 2016.