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NEOM as a smart city goes beyond “traditional security systems”

“We will play a fundamental role in the development of cybersecurity skills," NEOM CISO Mike Loginov says

NEOM as a smart city goes beyond “traditional security systems”
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NEOM as a smart city goes beyond “traditional security systems”

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund-backed (PIF) flagship gigaprojects NEOM, will train hundreds of students in cybersecurity at the NEOM Academy in collaboration with partners such as the National Authority for Cybersecurity, Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz University, and the University of Tabuk, among others, according to the chief information security officer at NEOM Mike Loginov.

Commenting on the need to focus on cybersecurity in smart cities, Loginov said: “Smart cities are large and include complex systems, and with the increase in the rates of communication with digital waves inside and outside these cities, the level of dangers rises.

He added: “NEOM is a new smart city that does not focus on traditional systems, and therefore the security factor has been taken into account since the beginning of its establishment, and steps were taken to strengthen it in various respects.”

The NEOM cybersecurity training will focus on the human component in the face of security breaches, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

Loginov also touched on the relationship between cybersecurity and the fifth generation communications that mark the beginning of a new era of network security.

With the introduction of enhanced encryption technologies and 5G connectivity, increased amount of data is passing through wireless networks causing the security risks to smart cities remain severe. However, preventive measures being employed to face these risks are also constantly improving.

“We will play a fundamental role in contributing to the development of cybersecurity skills in the Kingdom and the world through the approach we adopt in NEOM,” Loginov concluded.

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