In February 2020, the National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA) isorganizing a two-day international forum for cybersecurity in Riyadh, in itsfirst edition.
The forum aims to explore new horizons for internationalcooperation in the field of cybersecurity, which is an opportunity forinternational initiatives formulation and exchange of experiences amongcountries in this critical area, highlighting the efforts to enhancecybersecurity in Saudi Arabia under the leadership of the NCA and incooperation with all sectors. The forum helps to building national capacities,developing the Saudi cybersecurity sector, encouraging investment andinnovation in it, and highlighting the various national efforts in this sectorto contribute to achieving the Kingdom's Vision 2030.
Senior officials in government and private sectors from inside andoutside the Kingdom to attend the forum, in addition to a number of prominentacademics, decision makers, investors, and leaders of a number of internationalorganizations.
This to discuss a number of key themes related to facing thechallenges, threats and risks of cybersecurity, raising the level ofinternational cooperation in this area, and exploring opportunities to addressthose challenges, as well as the development of the local and global cybersecurityindustry, and the stimulation of launching national and internationalinitiatives to enhance cybersecurity.
The forum comes in conjunction with the Kingdom's presidency of theG-20 for 2020, and the Kingdom's huge investment and technical projects underthe vision of the Kingdom of 2030; It also comes with the growing importance ofcybersecurity and the major transformations witnessed at the global level, asconfirmed by Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman, at the summit of leaders of theGroup of 20 held in Osaka, Japan last June.
This forum coincides with the great Saudi efforts exerted toenhance its cybersecurity, and to reach a Saudi cyberspace that achieves thehighest standards of security and international reliability.
The Forum supports the investment of the numerous economic anddevelopment opportunities offered by the rapid technological changes, thoseefforts led to the Kingdom's achievement of the 13rd position in therecent Global Cybersecurity Index issued by the International TelecommunicationUnion, among other 175 countries, and was ranked first in the Arab countries.