The 2023 Global Cybersecurity Forum (GCF) was held last week in Riyadh under the theme ‘Charting Shared Priorities in Cyberspace,‘. GCF explored critical issues, including global supply chain resilience, cyberpsychology, and child protection in the digital age. The GCF featured renowned figures such as José Manuel Barroso and cyberpsychologist Dr. Mary Aiken. Dr. Aiken highlighted the importance of international collaboration and the forum’s unique focus on Cyberspace.
A significant announcement was the establishment of the Operational Technology Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. This global platform will focus on capability development, standards and policy advocacy, research and innovation, and thought leadership in Operational Technology cybersecurity. The Center is a collaborative effort involving Global industry leaders like Aramco, Honeywell, NEOM, SABIC, Schneider Electric, and SITE.
Child Online Safety A Concern
The DQ Institute unveiled its 2023 Child Online Safety Index (COSI), revealing that almost 70% of children aged 8-18 worldwide have experienced a cyber-risk in the past year. Dr. Yuhyun Park emphasized the need for coordinated global action to address this “persistent cyber-pandemic.”.
GCF also introduced Knowledge Communities. These are designed to harness the expertise of over 65 international partners in different areas. Some of them are: industrial systems security, urban living, the future of cybersecurity, and emerging technologies.
As the forum concluded, it reaffirmed its commitment to a more inclusive and secure Cyberspace. The mission was endorsed by tech leaders and experts. It is meant to shape a digital future that safeguards individuals, industries, and societies while enabling growth and innovation.
The Global Cybersecurity Forum is an annual event held in Riyadh. The Forum is convened by Saudi Arabia’s National Cybersecurity Authority.