Saudi Arabia will host the kingdom’s first Global Cybersecurity Forum in February 2020. The two-day event, organised under the patronage of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, will be held in Riyadh.
This was announced by the Saudi National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA) on Monday.
The event will also coincide with Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the upcoming G-20 Summit in Riyadh, as well as major investment projects under the country’s Vision 2030.
The forum will address the cyber opportunities, challenges, threats and risks, said the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) in a statement. Discussions will aim to strengthen international collaboration, facilitate the launch of national and international initiatives to create a secure cyberworld and develop domestic capabilities in support of Saudi Vision 2030.
The forum will bring together a range of decision makers and experts from government, business, academia, investors and representatives of international organizations.
The event reflects the rising importance of cybersecurity in today’s international business environment, as emphasized by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his speech in the G-20 Osaka Summit 2019.
Saudi Arabia is the top Arab nation and ranks 13th in the world for its commitment to cybersecurity, as per a Global Cybersecurity Index issued by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).