Saudi Arabia’s National Cyber Security Authority has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education to allocate 1,000 scholarships over the next five years.
The agreement will see scholarships awarded to 200 students annually to pursue cyber security-related studies, and aims to improve Saudi Arabia’s cyber security capabilities.
Investment in cyber security
The National Cyber Security Authority was established in November 2017 to better protect the country’s data, systems and information technology networks.
It is chaired by the minister of state, Musaed Al-Aiban, and linked to the office of the King.
The new agreement demonstrates Saudi Arabia’s commitment to cyber security. It will also help the kingdom meet its Vision 2030 goals through continued investment in education and training.
Vision 2030 is a blueprint that expresses Saudi Arabia’s long-term goals and expectations. It states: “We will also redouble efforts to ensure that the outcomes of our education system are in line with market needs”.
The importance of information security qualifications
Formal qualifications are essential for any information security professional’s career development.
Individuals holding professional qualifications are highly sought, and qualifications can lead to improved salaries, discretionary bonuses and enhanced career progression.
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ISO 27001 is the international standard that describes best practice for an information security management system (ISMS).
The Standard is a benchmark for organisations to demonstrate that they follow best practice on information security. With cyber crime on the increase, it’s important that organisations in Saudi Arabia have strategies in place to protect their assets.
Our ISO 27001 Foundation distance learning course offers a flexible method of study, allowing you to break free from the commitments of traditional training and gain an internationally recognised cyber security qualification from anywhere in the world, at a time and pace that suits you.