NCA launches “CyberIC” program for the development of the Saudi cybersecurity sector

The National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA) on Monday launched the “CyberIC” program for the development of the cybersecurity sector, one of the main enablers of the national cybersecurity strategy.

The program aims to develop and strengthen national cybersecurity capabilities, localize cybersecurity technology and training content, and stimulate the broader national cybersecurity industry.

According to the NCA, the first phase of the CyberIC program includes many initiatives, including training employees of national authorities, accelerating cybersecurity activities to stimulate the sector and encouraging the development of national cybersecurity products, services and solutions. .

The program will also see the launch of the second version of the cybersecurity challenge and will offer programs for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), in cooperation with the most prestigious international universities in the field.

To improve participants’ preparedness to meet cybersecurity challenges, the courses will include a series of cyber exercises that take place in a virtual environment that simulates real cyberattacks and incidents.

The initiative is based on six main tracks: innovation and entrepreneurship, cybersecurity officers (CISO), cybersecurity trainers, new graduates, cybersecurity specialists and law enforcement agencies.

According to NCA, the first phase of CyberIC aims to increase the number of cybersecurity startups in the sector by accompanying more than 60 national companies.

The program will support over 40 startups through the Cybersecurity Accelerator and establish over 20 startups through the Cybersecurity Challenge.

In addition, approximately 10,000 Saudis in the cybersecurity sector will receive support through CyberIC, including more than 1,500 beneficiaries within national authorities; 150 cybersecurity managers, who will be offered leadership training; and more than 5,000 Saudis who will be trained through advanced cyber drills.

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