Conference ponders ways to fight cybercrime

Labor Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani, center, addresses the first conference on computer-related crimes at Imam Mohammed ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh.

Labor Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani, center, addresses the first conference on computer-related crimes at Imam Mohammed ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh.


Labor Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani recently inaugurated the first international conference to combat computer-related crimes on behalf of Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman.

He commended Imam Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University for organizing the conference through the College of Computer and Information Sciences.

“The conference is timely and necessary. The era of significant evolution of information has come so that there’s a need to be updated on combating computer-related crimes,” Al-Haqabani said.

He noted that information technology serves humanity but there are those who use it for their own selfish interests like violating the privacy of an individual and information networks.

He added that addressing “this delicate subject through this conference confirms the interest of the Kingdom, universities and academic institutions to solve the problem.”

“Computer-related crimes threaten the security of the state and its institutions, the development of scientific and technical solutions, and the enactment of deterrent laws and legislation,” he said.

He expressed confidence that the conference could recommend practical solutions and contribute to the dissemination of scientific security awareness about such crimes and ways to combat them.

He also expressed hope that the conference could serve as a platform for universities and the judiciary to come up with a fruitful collaboration to advance further knowledge on information security.

He thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support in promoting social initiatives as well as scientific security.

Issa bin Turki, president of the scientific committee of the conference, said the event highlighted the need to raise awareness of the seriousness of computer-related crimes.

“There’s a need to review penalties imposed on computer-related violations and submit studies and modern solutions to solve these,” he said.


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