SAMA Cyber Security Framework

SAMA Cyber Security Resilience Program

Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority established a Cyber security Framework to enable Financial Institutions regulated by SAMA (“the Member Organizations”) to effectively identify and address cybersecurity risks. The framework must be adopted by the Member Organizations in order to maintain the security of information assets and online services. The Framework is based on the SAMA requirements and industry cyber security standards, such as NIST, ISO, and PCI DSS.
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SAMA Cyber Security Resilience Objective

The framework, based on industry-leading cyber security standards and practices, has three key objectives:
  • 1

    To create a common approach for addressing cyber security within the Member Organizations.
  • 2

    To achieve an appropriate maturity level of cyber security controls within the Member Organizations.
  • 3

    To ensure cyber security risks are properly managed throughout the Member Organizations.
The general security objectives comprise the following:
  • 1

    Confidentiality: Information assets are accessible only to those authorized to have access (i.e., protected from unauthorized disclosure or (un)intended leakage of sensitive data).
  • 2

    Integrity: Information assets are accurate, complete and processed correctly (i.e., protected from unauthorized modification, which may include authenticity and non-repudiation).
  • 3

    Availability: Information assets are resilient and accessible when required (i.e., protected from unauthorized disruption).

SAMA Cyber Security Resilience Scope and Applicability

SAMA framework defines principles and objectives for initiating, implementing, maintaining, monitoring and improving cyber security controls in Member Organizations.
The Framework provides cyber security controls which are applicable to the information assets of the Member Organization, including:
  • Electronic information.
  • Physical information (hardcopy).
  • Applications, software, electronic services and databases.
  • Computers and electronic machines (e.g., ATM).
  • Information storage devices (e.g., hard disk, USB stick).
  • Premises, equipment and communication networks (technical infrastructure).
The Framework is applicable to all Member Organizations regulated by SAMA, which include the following:
  • All Banks operating in Saudi Arabia.
  • All Insurance and/or Reinsurance Companies operating in Saudi Arabia.
  • All Financing Companies operating in Saudi Arabia.
  • All Credit Bureaus operating In Saudi Arabia.
  • The Financial Market Infrastructure.

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