Abdullah bin Khalid: Cyber Weapons May Be No Less Dangerous Than Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Future
Date: 2018-12-27

HRH HRH Prince Abdullah bin Khalid Al-Saud, Director of Research at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, presented a lecture entitled "Security Risks for Technology Spaces and the Internet," which was held within the cultural program of the National Festival of Heritage and Culture "Al-Janadriyah 33" in Riyadh on Tuesday, December 25th, 2018, in the presence and participation of a group of intellectuals and specialists.

He warned that the danger of cyber weapons may be no less dangerous than weapons of mass destruction in the future; if they lead to malfunctions in the atomic power plants; Which may cause disasters in transportation and other sensitive infrastructure.

He said that the evolving cyber attacks currently have vast capabilities and expertise that are owned only by countries and not by terrorist groups. However, this is likely not to continue in the future because of two reasons: First, the entry barrier and future budget may change due to the acceleration of automation of tasks in this area through algorithms, learning automation and the continued growth of the dark web, and the second reason being that there are countries that enable some groups to carry out cyber attacks against their enemies by proxy or prosecution for them.

He pointed out that the link between technology and security puts us in front of great priorities and challenges different from what the world has been in the past. He called for intensifying efforts and cooperation of all to try to reach consensus on several issues, namely the electronic aggression and the definition of cyber weapons, as well as the need for more social awareness and the introduction firm government policies.


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