Under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Riyadh will host next Tuesday the works of the Global Cybersecurity Forum, which is organized by the National Cybersecurity Authority for two days.
This forum is the first of its kind in the region as the world is facing increasing cyber threats and risks that require concerted efforts at the international level to address them.
More than 100 officials, experts and specialists will attend the forum to discuss the cyber challenges and risks as well as development and investment opportunities in the cybersecurity.
The National Cybersecurity Authority, which is the government entity in charge of cybersecurity in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the national reference in its affairs, will work, through this forum, to establish an international platform for an open dialogue in this field, paving the way for concrete and effective efforts in which everyone contributes to create a better cyber world, strengthen the international efforts to confront these threats, open wider horizons for investment and innovation in this vital field and to discuss ways to enable further human cadres and qualify them to work in the field of cybersecurity.
The organizing of this forum coincides with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's taking over the presidency of the G20 in Riyadh, in addition to the huge investment and technical projects witnessed by the Kingdom according to the Kingdom Vision 2030.
The forum will discuss a number of vital topics including cybersecurity issues at the national level and international cooperation.
The forum will include a number of sessions discussing ways to safeguard the critical national infrastructure, including the critical infrastructures in the fields of energy, telecommunications and smart cities, in addition to reviewing the industrial cyber threat landscape in 2019, and discussing lessons learned from the cyber intrusion casebook.
A group of prominent speakers will participate in these sessions, including the chief executives of three of the world's largest oil companies which are Aramco, Schlumberger, and Aker, as well as senior cyber security officials in a number of these companies, and a group of leaders and cyber security officials in a number of international companies and organizations in the field of telecommunications such as Saudi Telecom Company, Samsung Company, PT Company, Ericsson, the World Telecommunication Organization and the International Telecommunication Union. A number of officials to safeguard critical national infrastructures in governmental agencies in a number of countries such as the United States of America, United Arab Emirates, Oman, India, South Korea, and Estonia will take part in the sessions.
The forum program includes many sessions that discuss the most prominent technical trends in cybersecurity services and products in which heads and leaders of a number of major companies in the world in the field of cybersecurity will participate. The forum will discuss the cyber security industry and ways of supporting and encouraging innovation and investment in the cybersecurity and the role of cybersecurity in enabling economic growth in general and the digital economy in particular.
The forum also includes panel discussions on developing skills and preparing human cadres in the field of cybersecurity and ways to bridge the gap in the current and future workforce, in addition to panel discussions on protecting children online. The forum's activities also include sessions about cybersecurity in the fields of healthcare and financial services in addition to the woman's participation and empowerment in the cybersecurity.