Many governmental and private organizations in the Kingdom have shifted to the application of electronic transactions after the wise instructions of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and in the light of The National Plan for Information Technology. However, the shift should proceed cautiously because in the past, stealing information required a lot of effort breaking into a building protected by comprehensive security, but now the process of stealing information has become much easier due to the wonders of modern technology and the new aspects of digital information that allows it to be copied by hackers rather than stolen completely. Neglecting information security results in massive financial and moral damages, and recent global numbers show Saudi Arabia in the ninth place among most electronically attacked countries.

The Center of Excellence in Information Assurance (CoEIA) located in King Saud University provides various information security services that range from developing strategic security plans to spreading awareness and giving training to employees according to internationally recognized standards and expertise.

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