King Khalid University - Media Center


King Khalid University sponsored a three-day course on cybersecurity. The 3-day course was conducted by the Department of Cybersecurity and titled 'Protecting Individuals and Institutions Against Cyberbullying'. The course was geared to government agencies in the Asir region.


This course is part and parcel of a public cybersecurity initiative. It also falls under the purview of the recently established Cybersecurity Administration. The purpose of the program is to raise awareness of cybersecurity risks and discuss various strategies and methods for mitigating said risks.


Department of Security Governance and Awareness Director, Prof. Firas Shahbi, explained that human beings are almost always the weakest point in any electronic security system. Employee ignorance or lack of diligence with respect to securing information systems is the number one factor in the vulnerability of secured electronic systems. Raising awareness of the risks and educating employees is a critical need and should be a primary objective of any integrated cybersecurity program.


In his presentation, Shahbi reviewed fundamental concepts and basic terminology of cybersecurity. He then presented some important statistics and global cybersecurity trends. He gave examples of the reasons for and basic tenets of cyber-attacks on government agencies. He then explained various security stratagems focusing on internal policies, procedures, and risk management programs. Again, he emphasized the human element as the greatest risk factor in electronic security. Finally, he outlined some of the essential technical solutions that also help mitigate the risk of cyber attacks.


Of noteworthy mention, the Cybersecurity Administration seeks to enhance cybersecurity by raising awareness of relevant issues and conducting workshops for government agencies on the importance of data security.

King Khalid University - Media Center

In the frame of global events and rapid digital growth, the College of Computer Science organized a symposium titled 'Cybersecurity: Challenges and Aspirations'. Delivered by the Director of Cybersecurity and Anti-Cybercrime Unit, Dr. Sara Hadi Abu Ghazalah, the symposium was planned in collaboration with the Computer Science Student Club, the Digital Minds Student Club, and the Cybersecurity and Anti-Cybercrime Student Club.

The symposium witnessed a large number of attendees. Of note, Vice Rector of Scientific Research and Advisory Studies, Dr. Saad Al-Amry, College of Computer Science Dean, Dr. Ali Khrawi, and a number of illustrious deans, vice deans, and faculty members were all in attendance.

In the symposium, Dr. Abu Ghazala discussed the importance of cybersecurity and cautioned that public sector organizations in the Kingdom face unprecedented risk from cyber attacks and data breaches. King Khalid University is a leader among all Saudi universities in this field she related. This was followed with proposed methods of prevention in accord with Vision 2030.

On his part, Dean Khrawi explained that the symposium comes within the university community service initiatives offered by the College of Computer Science and the Cybersecurity and Anti-Cybercrime Unit, which are keen on contributing to the spread of digital awareness in society, especially with the rapid uptick in phishing attacks, ransomware invasions, trojan horse strikes, and many other serious cyber threats.

It is worth mentioning that King Khalid university prioritizes the field of cybersecurity offering it great attention through a number of academic and administrative strategies it was explained, noting that a recent University Council decision issued the transition of the Cybersecurity and Anti-Cyber Unit to the Cybersecurity and Anti-Cybercrime Center.

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