Global cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance the cybersecurity skills of the youth in Saudi Arabia.
As per the MoU, Kaspersky will support the SAFCSP in its CyberHub initiative, which will gather students from 28 different universities from across the region to set up specialised cybersecurity clubs. Kaspersky will provide SAFCSP with training materials on cybersecurity and programming. The company will also contribute to CyberHub by organising various conferences, workshops and invite speakers to provide students with a first-hand overview of the requirements, opportunities and challenges in the cybersecurity sector.
Industry experts opine that this kind of private and government entities’ alliance will enhance the technological advancements and increase the cybersecurity readiness of Saudi Arabia.
In a similar development, the National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA) of Saudi Arabia recently agreed to provide cybersecurity training to 800 young men and women working in the cyberspace under its cybersecurity training program called CyberPro. It also announced a Cybersecurity Scholarship initiative in partnership with the Ministry of Education and increased the number of places for foreign scholarships for the first year from 200 to 540 for both genders.