The National Cybersecurity Authority issued the Saudi Framework for Higher Education in Cyber Security (Cyber-Education), which was prepared in cooperation between the Commission, the Ministry of Education and the Education and Training Evaluation Authority. This framework contributes to building and developing high-quality academic programs in the field of cybersecurity that are in line with the national need in the labor market, and contribute to bridging the gap in this area.This framework is a reference guide for developing, evaluating and accrediting higher education programs in cybersecurity, and it is part of the efforts of the National Cybersecurity Authority to build specialized national capabilities in the fields of cybersecurity, participate in preparing its own educational and training programs, and prepare professional standards and related frameworks. This framework sets the minimum requirements for study plans for higher education programs in cybersecurity, which include intermediate diplomas, bachelors, higher diplomas, masters and doctorates; To ensure the academic quality of these programs, and to support the graduation of highly qualified national cadres in the field of cybersecurity who are able to contribute to creating a “safe and reliable Saudi cyberspace that can grow and prosper.”
The framework supports the expansion and diversification of cybersecurity programs in Saudi universities and colleges, to meet the national need for specialists in this field. Experts and specialists from the National Authority for Cybersecurity, the Ministry of Education, the Education and Training Evaluation Authority and a number of Saudi universities participated in the preparation of this framework, and it was prepared after studying best practices and global trends in this context, and in line with the national need in this field. In addition, a number of workshops were held in the presence of specialists from all Saudi universities and colleges to participate in preparing this framework and expressing views on it, and the authority had earlier issued the Saudi Framework for Cybersecurity Cadres (SAWF), which deals with the work and functions of cybersecurity in the Kingdom, and defines the categories and fields Specialization and their respective job roles, and the required knowledge, skills and abilities for each.
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