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Saudi Monetary Agency : ‘We have Active, Developed Protective System against Electronic Threats’ | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, SAMA

Riyadh-The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) denied recent claims that its internal systems were subjected to any cyber hacking during the past week.

“We can confirm that our systems hadn’t been breached and that we have continuous surveillance to protect against cyber threats,” officials said.

SAMA has a set of effective protection measures, besides advanced monitoring against such potential threats.

SAMA is considered Saudi Arabia’s most professional authority of organization in the Kingdom’s banking sector.

On Thursday, the electronic security center detected an organized cyber-attack on different government entities and vital installations, aiming at inflicting damage on targets across several critical sectors, including finance and transportation.

Notably, the center sent on November 19 warnings on the threats received and targeted disabling services for some parties.

The warnings included needed information to prevent being affected by these attacks, means of protection and technical steps that should be taken to avoid the consequences of the breach.

Indicators point out that the attack was carried out from outside the Kingdom, within a series of cyber-attacks targeting government entities and vital sectors.

In the meantime, the electronic security center confirmed the necessity of carrying out the best actions and preventive ways to protect and save the data and services from any possible cyber breaches.