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The MENA edition of the World Cyber Security Summit shed light on the need for promoting cyber security awareness in the region.

The Second MENA edition of World Cyber Security Summit convened over 200 online participants that included high-profile CISOs, Cyber Security leaders and visionaries alongside cyber security experts and influencers from global enterprises. 

Wednesday, 24 February 2021: In an age of unprecedented possibilities, World Cyber Security Summit – MENA attracted prominent voices in the cyber security space. Some of the top speakers who attended the event that took place on 15 February 2021 include, Dr Bushra Alblooshi – Research and Innovation Head, Dubai Electronic Security Center; Jameela Abdulla Al Ali – Director of IT Operations Department, Ajman Free Zone; Dr Osama El Hassan – Vice-Chair of Emirates Health Informatics Society, Specialist, Health Informatics & Smart Health Department, Dubai Health Authority, Board Member, International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth, Dubai Health Authority; Laila Abdullah Al Hadhrami – Senior Executive Digital Transformation in eTransformation team, Ministry of Transport and Communications and Information Technology MTCIT; Alena Dique – Founder & Coordinator, UNCTAD Youth Action Hub Oman, UNCTAD who were all part of a government panel discussion. 

World Cyber Security Summit – MENA covered key topics such as the Crucial need for Cyber Security and Resilient Data Infrastructure, Governing Security of Information And Operational Risk In Critical Infrastructure and Government services on a National level, Evolving cyber security trends and challenges faced in Banking and Finance sector and more.

Highlights and key takeaways from the World Cyber Security Summit – MENA

In the opening keynote, Dr Bushra Al Blooshi spoke about the importance of having a proper cyber resilience plan across countries to guarantee the continuity of services, business and economy. She also shared some insights on how her team achieved cyber resilience strategy in Dubai. 

In a panel discussion on the topic ‘Evolving cyber security trends and challenges faced in banking and financial sector’, the panellists discussed key areas such as data auditing technologies and security validation; protecting sensitive customer data; effective ways to build cyber resilience; understanding security loopholes and preventing data breaching and more.

The panellists who joined the discussion included Abdullah Faisal Biary – CISO, United Cooperative Assurance; A Karthik – Chief Evangelist, ManageEngine; Umair Ahmad – Manager Information Security and Risk, Baker Tilly International; Aftab Hasan – Secretary-General, Insurance Business Group and Asma Kotb – Senior Cyber Security Analyst, ADIB.

A tech talk by Ron Peeters – Vice President Middle East & Emerging Markets, Synack threw light on why the current pen test is not good enough and how to overcome this challenge. 

World Cyber Security Summit also featured an interesting panel discussion on ‘Understanding cyber security awareness and building a cyber-aware culture in enterprises’ The panellists who joined the debate included Mohammed Al-Mengash – General Manager Cyber Security Strategy and Architecture, Saudi Telecom Company; Sanjeev Madavi – Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Khimji Ramdas LLC; Maher Al Maskari – Head Of Information Technology – Infrastructure & Support, Sinyar; Nadim Khater – Director of Professional Services, Digital Shadows and Nisreen Al Khatib – Women in Cyber Security Middle East.

The show was hosted on the virtual events platform Vmeets which helped the participants to network and conduct business in an interactive and immersive virtual environment. Participants were also able to engage with speakers in Q&A sessions and network with solution providers in virtual exhibition booths, private consultation rooms and private networking rooms.

World Cyber Security Summit – MENA was officially sponsored by Silver Sponsor – Digital Shadows; Bronze Sponsors – Synack and ManageEngine. Technology Partner – Women in Cyber Security Middle East. 

About World Cyber Security Summit

World Cyber Security Summit is a thought-leadership driven, business-focused initiative that provides a platform for CISOs who are looking to explore new-age threats and the technologies/strategies to mitigate them.

The show is virtually hosting CISOs across industry sectors from the MENA region who will meet, network, learn and engage with some of the world’s renowned technology thought-leaders, subject matter experts and technology innovators in a constructive, open-dialogue environment to find solutions for issues hindering their information/cyber security.

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