Riyadh , e-Media:
Saudi Arabia reaped the first position award in the area of information security. The award was given in recognition of the Government Service Bus (GSB), an e-Government infrastructure project. The award was part of the awards of Asia third annual government technology conference 2009 that was held in Bali island in October 2009. The awards are known as the Public Sector IT “Oscar” for outstanding government technology projects in all Asian countries.
Out of twelve awards in total, Saudi Arabia, Australia, South Korea, Philippines and Vietnam received one award each. Malaysia and India received two awards each while Singapore received three awards.
622 government projects from 16 countries participated in the contest. Besides the winning Saudi project, other projects form UAE and Bahrain contested up to the final qualifying round.
Eng. Ali Al-Soma, Yesser Director General received Saudi Arabia award for information security. The Government Service Bus (GSB), Yesser’s winning project, contested up to the final qualifying round in another award for information management at the level of Asia.
The jury was composed of experts from both public and private sectors from New Zealand, China, India and Qatar.