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KSA Tops Global Cybersecurity Rankings

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has achieved the top global ranking in the cybersecurity indicator, as reported in the 2024 World Competitiveness Yearbook by the Swiss-based Institute for Management Development (IMD).

Dr. Musaed Al-Aiban, Chairman of the National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA) Board of Directors, congratulated the Saudi leadership on this accomplishment. He emphasized that this recognition affirms the country’s leading role in international cybersecurity and its dedication to Saudi Vision 2030.

Dr. Al-Aiban credited the success to the continuous guidance of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, whose vision has established the Kingdom as a global model in various sectors.

He highlighted the strategic development of the cybersecurity sector in Saudi Arabia, driven by Vision 2030. This development addresses both security and growth, focusing on domestic and international dimensions. The Saudi model has become a pioneer in the field, attracting global attention. The National Cybersecurity Authority serves as the central authority, with the Saudi Information Technology Company (SITE) acting as its technical arm.

The NCA attributes the Kingdom’s rise in cybersecurity rankings to its efforts on both local and international fronts. This includes the launch of the Global Cybersecurity Forum (GCF), a platform for global dialogue on strategic cybersecurity issues, and the GCF Institute, which promotes international collaboration. Additionally, the establishment of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Cybersecurity Ministerial Committee and the Council of Arab Cybersecurity Ministers, both led by Saudi Arabia, underscores the Kingdom’s commitment to regional and pan-Arab cooperation. The NCA has also conducted cybersecurity exercises with over 40 countries, showcasing its dedication to international collaboration.

Domestically, the NCA prioritizes cybersecurity through regulations, partnerships with industry stakeholders, and targeted initiatives. This includes the National Cybersecurity Academy, which supports workforce development, and programs that stimulate industry growth and investment. Furthermore, the National Program for Research, Development, and Innovation in Cybersecurity underscores Saudi Arabia’s long-term commitment to this critical field.

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