Saudi Arabia Ranks First in Cybersecurity in the Arab World

02.04.2019 Security
Saudi Arabia Ranks First in Cybersecurity in the Arab World

Saudi Arabia Ranks First in Cybersecurity in the Arab World

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has accomplished a new global achievement ranking 13 at the global level and first at the Arab level among 175 states in the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) issued by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for 2018.

In a statement issued today, the National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA) disclosed that this achievement reflects the great support provided by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud and HRH the Crown Prince for the plans and programs of the cybersecurity in the Kingdom, including issuance of the Royal Order establishing the National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA).

The NCA affirmed that it seeks to enhance a protection of the Kingdom’s cyberspace in collaboration with the relevant bodies, adding that it has launched a number of important initiatives and projects contributing to enhance the cybersecurity.

The NCA looks forward to a secure and reliable Saudi cyberspace through a higher level of cybersecurity in all national organizations.

NCA is a government security entity which focuses primarily on computer security in the Kingdom and is directly linked to the King’s office.

The organization was set up through the royal decree issued by HRH King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud on 31 October 2017 which was heavily backed by HRH Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has made significant investments to provide one of the most advanced information and communications systems in the world. Seventy percent of its citizens rely on fast reliable Internet connectivity to access Government and Business services, communicate socially and to continue education. Businesses require access to high performance global networks to enable our nation’s economic growth engine.

The persistent defense of this critical infrastructure is essential to a productive and secure economy. The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) provides defense systems, technology and guidance to protect communication systems against attacks to confidentiality, integrity, processes, and availability in the nation’s communications infrastructure.

The NCSC is concurrently charged with protection of the Kingdom’s government and Critical National Infrastructure Operator’s communications and information systems against network penetration.

The NCSC currently operates 24x7 and provides cyber defense systems, threat monitoring, incident detection and response to enable situational awareness of malicious cyber activity among the nation’s critical infrastructure operators. The NCSC also works with experts from industry, government, and academia to address the most pressing cyber security problems with practical, standards-based solutions using state-of the-art technologies.

NCSC also provides Maturity Level Assessments and publish Practice Guides that include all of the information and instruction organizations need to deploy the use of secure, standards-based solutions.

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