Saudi Arabia’s National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA) announced the launch of the ‘CyberIC’ program for the development of the cybersecurity sector, one of the main enablers of the National Cybersecurity Strategy.
The program aims to develop and build national capabilities in the field of cybersecurity, localize cybersecurity technology and training content, and stimulate the wider domestic cybersecurity sector, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
According to NCA, the first phase of the CyberIC program includes numerous initiatives, most notably the training of employees of national authorities, accelerating cybersecurity activities to stimulate the sector, and encouraging the development of national cybersecurity products, services and solutions.
The program will also see the launch of the second version of the cybersecurity challenge and offer programs for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), in cooperation with the most prestigious international universities in the field. In order to enhance the preparedness of participants to meet cybersecurity challenges, the courses will include a set of cyber exercises that take place within a virtual environment that simulates real cyber attacks and incidents.
The initiative is based on six main tracks: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Cybersecurity Officers (CISOs), Cybersecurity Trainers, Fresh Graduates, Cybersecurity Specialists, and Law Enforcement Agencies. According to NCA, the first phase of CyberIC aims to increase the number of cybersecurity startups in the sector by assisting more than 60 national companies. Specifically, the program will support more than 40 startups through the cybersecurity accelerator and establish more than 20 startups through the cybersecurity challenge.
In addition, around 10,000 Saudis in the cybersecurity sector will receive support through CyberIC, including more than 1,500 beneficiaries in national authorities; 150 cybersecurity officials, who will be offered leadership skills training; and more than 5,000 Saudis who will be trained through advanced cyber exercises.
The NCA is the competent authority for cybersecurity in the Kingdom, and the national reference in cybersecurity affairs. It encourages innovation and investment in the domestic cybersecurity industry and builds specialized national capacities in cybersecurity disciplines through its participation in educational and training programs and the establishment of professional industry standards.