Dr. Basel Al-Omair , Director of National Center for Cyber Security Technology at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), emphasized that “ 60 million cyber- attacks targeted the Kingdom, at a rate of 164 thousand attack daily in 2015”. AL-Omair also pointed out that “ Information Security concerns everybody and not only specialists since we see today vehicles being breached and more than 50 billion objects shall soon be connected to the internet”.
AL-Omair explained during his speech at Jubail’s Information Security Conference, which was opened yesterday morning, that there are 120 countries around the world planning to use Internet to launch cyber-attacks, and that hackers change their strategies daily and we need to be a step forward for protection, emphasizing that cyber- attacks are becoming increasingly complex; the increase in the annual successful attacks rate is 18% and losses increases rate is 26% which means an average of 445 billion attacks.
Government and Private Sector Neglect Cyber- attacks
Engineer Afnan Shodary, Information System Expert, explained that “ Cyber Information Systems were popular in the global and local markets and some private and government sectors because they significantly contributed to information development , however, they ignored the development of the users Protection systems
Basically Electronic Systems were set up primary for research, then developed to be means of communication between society members, causing gaps in the Electronic Systems which facilitate breaches and attacks.
Industrialists join together in Jubail’s Conference to limit the cyber-attacks
The speaker, Jain Row, confirmed that Jubail’s Information Security Conference invited all Industrialists who have sufficient knowledge about the cyber- attacks in one conference to suggest appropriate solutions to confront these attacks, and communicate with each other to solve and overcome the coming problem. She Also emphasized the importance of Information Technology and its protection and countering the attacks.
Jean explained that there must be a clear vision and awareness for the organizations leaders to raise their employees awareness so they avoid catastrophes of Cyber-attacks, Cybercrimes and cyber thefts.
The CEO of RCJ, Mosleh Hamed Al-Otaibi, in the inauguration of the Information Security Conference in Jubail yesterday morning on behalf of H.H. Prince Saud Bin Abdullah Bin Thenayyan Al-Saud, the Chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, said that “ many Cyber-attacks targeted the Kingdom, particularly the Special Government Agencies, thus, the RCJ was keen to organize the conference to raise awareness and exchange experiences and information regarding Cyber Security. Stressing RC awareness to the importance of focusing on scientific research and development in all sectors and fields of the Kingdom to be ready to repel any type of attack in the future, because the enemy is in continuous development to breach the Cyber security, therefore, our readiness shall compete theirs so we can maintain cyber safety and security