Old Enemies, New Customers: Saudi, Israel, and the Strange World of Cyber Warfare

In some respects, the new authority’s mission is quite straightforward. It aims to protect Saudi Arabia from cyber attack, a pressing concern given the number of recent attacks. However, like almost everything else in the kingdom, it also has a large economic element. The authority will also endeavor to develop the kingdom’s nascent cyber industry, according to Al-Aiban in an interview with Ciso Magazine: it “will give top priority to attract and hire qualified national cadres, build partnerships with public and private entities, and stimulate innovation and investment in cybersecurity to contribute for achieving a technological renaissance that serves the future of the Kingdom’s national economy”, he said.