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Saudi Aramco faces ongoing battle against cyberattacks

The company experienced its largest attack in August 2012, when a virus damaged around 30,000 computers

Saudi Aramco faces ongoing battle against cyberattacks

Saudi Aramco’s chief information security officer Khalid Al-Harbi said that there is “definitely” an increase in the number of attacks.


Energy giant Saudi Aramco has seen and increased number of cyber attacks since Q4 2019, although it has so far successfully defended against them.

In an interview with Reuters, Saudi Aramco’s chief information security officer Khalid Al-Harbi said that there is “definitely” an increase in the number of attacks.

“We are very successful in preventing these attacks at the earliest stage possible,” al-Harbi said. “The pattern of the attacks is cyclical, and we are seeing that the magnitude is increasing. I would suspect that this will continue to be a trend.

Al Harbi gave no indication as to the source of the attack. The company experienced its largest attack in August 2012, when a virus damaged around 30,000 computers.

In a statement earlier this month, Aramco CEO Amin Nasser said that “aligning cybersecurity policy, collaborating on technology, and sharing information and experience beyond the fence, is non-negotiable.”

“To beat a network, we need to be a network,” he added. “Cybersecurity is one of the top corporate risks we address in our enterprise risk management programme and is a personal priority for me.”

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