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The Kingdom fights back against Cyber Crime

March 2017
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4th AnnualKingdom Cyber Security Meeting to address the Kingdom’s Strategy


Riyadh, March 7, 2017 -
Cyber-Crime is not a new phenomenon, but it’shitting the headlines as never before, with organization across GCC sufferinghigh profile and damaging reaches. The growing frequency and sophistication ofthese cyber-threats have exposed the companies to new risks and devastatingconsequences thereby threatening the very existence of the business. No longerconsidered an IT issue, but rather one of strategic business risk, cybersecurity is now a core component of governance.

The 4th editionof Kingdom Cyber Security Meeting aims to address these issues that continue tochallenge the business leaders of today to rethink their defence strategy tocounter the persistent threat of cyber-attacks. As cybercriminals increasinglyprofit from brazen attacks, the corporation's cyber-risk strategy is under themicroscope. The event will take place from18 to 19 April 2017 at the M?venpickHotel in Riyadh, and will feature more than 20 speakers that will be addressingaspects related to critical infrastructure protection, advanced persistentthreat prevention, securing the cloud, mobile, big data and social platforms,risk management, business continuity and disaster recovery.

Speaking about theimportant steps to be taken by the Kingdom, Dr. Taghreed Justinia Asst.Professor and Program Director for Health Informatics at King Saud binAbdulaziz University for Health Sciences, said: “We are a country with auniquely vast geography of cities still distinctly separated and still underdevelopment. We have rapidly developing urbanisation projects like economiccities, university communities, medical cities and many others underway orrecently completed. We also have an advanced and reliable telecommunicationsinfrastructure that would support a vision favouring smart cities. With thesetting supporting the development of smart cities, it is necessary to focus onsecuring the infrastructure and data. Getting citizens and various agenciesinvolved in unifying the vision is an important step. With that, investing incyber security alongside any investment in smart city development is anecessity and must be considered in the planning and budgeting stages of anyproject, and not left to later stages or only when there is a security threat.”

Abubakar Arshad, Cyber Security Advisor at the TelecommunicationsRegulatory Authority Bahrain, added: “Artificial intelligence is one of themost crucial technological developments of our times. It is changing every aspectof technologies around us and with respect to Cyber Security, today criminalsare using Artificial intelligence to hack into the most sophisticated systems.This trend is set to continue exponentially. Therefore, as cyber securityprofessionals, we need to be aware of the threat and also adopt AI technologiesto protect against Cyber Security threats from organized cyber criminals andnation states.”

“As we move to an era of Codewars, organizations and governmentsneed to be vigilant and adaptive. Tools such as cognitive thinking andartificial intelligence will help us to enhance our cyber security capabilitiesgreatly. In the next few years we will see greater damage happening from Cyber-attacks.It will include financial losses as well as physical damage as criticalinfrastructure will continue to be targeted. With the rise of Internet ofthings, our dependence on digital world will increase significantly and hencethe impact of cyber-attacks will increase proportionally.” Abubakar added.

Set against the backdrop ofthe growing cyber menace and with the emerging need of aligning securityclosely to the business imperatives, The Kingdom Cyber Security Meeting,through its agenda will contribute to the efforts in building region’s robustand resilient cyber security strategy that extends beyond the compliance tickand enhances the defensive capability. The agenda offers invaluable advice andbest practice guidance through peer-led interactive sessions, thought provokingdebates, real-life case studies, and live demos; giving each participant alearning experience unique to their professional needs.

“This market is boomingwith rapid infrastructure development and we must keep up the pace of securityalongside the speed of these rapid development projects and mega projects thathave been implemented, are under development or are planned in the near future.Cyber security is of key interest to anyone involved with IT. I've decided tojoin this particular event because, as a leader in the IT realm, it isimportant for me to be involved and advocate for cyber security and protection of our data and assets.” Dr. Taghreed concluded.

The 4th Annual KingdomCyber Security Meeting will be held at the M?venpick Hotel in Riyadh on the18th and 19th of April 2017. The event is organized by Fleming and sponsored bySecureWorks, Cyberia, Attivo Networks, Security Matterz, PhishME, Simeio,Oregon Systems, Owl Computing Technologies, ife, Infoblox, nexthink and Enzar. Theevent is endorsed by ISACA Riyadh Chapter and in partnership with EC-Council.

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