In an age dyed by the fact that information technology is deeply-rooted in all life activities, a vicious group of individuals maliciously utilized it to achieve fame, gain money, steal information, or just for corruption regardless of the owners rights. This vicious group is HACKERS.
In the past, hackers used to target the personal computer of an individual to steal private information or merely for corruption. However, hackers nowadays are more vicious i.e. once they penetrate a PC, they exploit it as part of a bigger network of penetrated computers utilized to attack the enterprises’ servers and applications not to steal information from individual user yet to target massive number of users’ accounts. Otherwise, they exploit this network to disable the electronic services introduced by these servers preventing the clients from accessing them. Hackers even developed their techniques to directly penetrate the enterprises’ systems.
Hence, to electronically protect the computers, the information, and the facilities, a user is particularly assigned the role to observe the use of effective tools such as antivirus programs, anti-spy ware programs, firewalls besides updating them regularly and being familiar with the precautionary measures of information security.
On the other hand, the enterprises should spread awareness among the customers how securely use technology and how to observe protecting the enterprise resources from the being breached through pen-testing the vulnerabilities of information systems and networks. Pen-testing is a package of tests that simulates the tactics used by hackers to collect survey data about the systems’ vulnerabilities to estimate the possibility of penetrating and build the proper solutions that suit them to prevent hackers from exploiting these vulnerabilities.
The center of excellence in information assurance (CoEIA) is a distinguished research center sponsored by the Saudi ministry of higher education. The center is located inside King Saud University (KSU) due to the success factors it has such as its adjacent location to the stakeholders and the variety it has in the fields of specialization but more importantly the distinguished information security staff.
CoEIA vision focus on making the center internationally recognized in the field of information assurance as a pioneer in that service regionally with a mission to support and develop specialized scientific researchers in information assurance and to transfer knowledge and provide consultation. Therefore, CoEIA announces the launch of providing information security consultation services by highly-qualified well-experienced Saudi professionals certified to process pen-testing, evaluate security threats, and discover vulnerabilities in web servers and their applications as well as networks.