EC-Council and Arabic Computer Systems Work to Reduce the Talent Gap in the Middle East

EC-Council, a leading cybersecurity certification body, forms an alliance with Arabic Computer Systems (ACS), one of the largest information technology and digital transformation companies in Saudi Arabia.

Middle East, September 20, 2021 – As the Saudi Arabian government witnesses a significant shift to digital transformation, the need to reinforce cybersecurity skill development and digital infrastructure in the region becomes increasingly evident. To strengthen the Middle East’s cybersecurity infrastructure, ACS and EC-Council have joined forces to create solutions and services that will meet customer needs and digitally transform businesses in the region.

The pandemic dramatically accelerated digital transformation, impacting businesses around the globe. Borne out of necessity, faster technological developments disrupted the industry and forced rapid adoption of 5G and cloud deployment. More emphasis was placed on keeping the supply chain running while customers became more accepting of change and quickly adapted to the new normal. Regulatory bodies began allowing faster cloud adoptions and further experimentation with digital solutions.

While the digital wave continues to gain momentum post-pandemic, it has simultaneously invited individuals and businesses into a world prone to increasing cyberattacks, forcing them to be vigilant in detecting and mitigating potential internal and external cyber threats. Cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly complex issue as companies handle growing quantities of information and sensitive data about the people and communities they work with. Protecting information in the virtual world is something businesses and individuals cannot afford to overlook. By now, most industry professionals and companies are aware of the cybersecurity skills shortage and its impact on organizations’ abilities to consistently protect their data and networks. As an EC-Council partnerArabic Computer Systems is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of cybersecurity education and supporting skilled workforce development in the Middle East to help bridge this gap.

“Arabic Computer Systems can now provide its customers with solid security awareness solutions running on learning management systems, which can be integrated with authentication systems. The security solution can be hosted on-premises or on the cloud. To address the human weakness in cybersecurity, ACS partnered with EC-Council so that we can together provide our customers with the ability to assess, train, and measure their employees’ ability to detect, stop, and inform cybersecurity threats. We believe that EC-Council is the ideal choice for continued success, and to enhance our learning experience with our customers,” says Khalid AlShamlan, CEO, Arabic Computer Systems.

“EC-Council’s alliance with ACS comes at a time when cyberattacks are increasing in sophistication,” says Jay Bavisi, President and CEO of the EC-Council Group. “There is not enough cybersecurity talent to meet the growing demands of the information security industry. Through this partnership, we hope to systematically address the cybersecurity talent drought in the Middle East and accelerate digital transformation.”

Insider threats pose a serious problem to organizations, as most insiders typically have legitimate access to sensitive information. Hackers see humans as the weakest link in the security chain; once people compromise remote user credentials, no security tools can stop an intrusion. With a wide variety of globally recognized solutions, EC-Council is well equipped to solve the challenges faced by the industry as a whole and to meet the increasing demand for cybersecurity professionals while simultaneously striving to reduce the cost of cybercrime.

About Arabic Computer Systems

ACS is one of the largest information communication technology companies in Saudi Arabia and has maintained its leading position for more than 35 years. Today more than 3,000 IT professionals at ACS cover over 23 Saudi cities. ACS serves government entities and leading companies in the Middle East and is expanding via strong business development to acquire leading-edge technology for enterprise customers. For more details, visit

About EC-Council

EC-Council’s sole purpose is to build and refine the cybersecurity profession globally. At the core of its mission is helping organizations, educators, governments, and individuals address global workforce problems by developing and curating world-class cybersecurity education programs and certifications while also providing cybersecurity services to some of the largest businesses around the world. EC-Council is trusted by seven of the Fortune 10, 47 of the Fortune 100, the Department of Defense, global intelligence communities, NATO, and more than 2,000 of the best universities, colleges, and training companies. Their programs have made their way to 140 countries and have set the bar in cybersecurity education.

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