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Publication date: 13 May 2024

Unlocking the Future of Cybersecurity: The UAE's Leading CISOs to Convene in Dubai for Exclusive IDC Roundtable


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Dubai – In today’s dynamic business landscape, cybersecurity remains a paramount concern for organizations worldwide. To address the evolving threats and challenges, International Data Corporation (IDC) is proud to present the IDC CISO Roundtable 2024, which will take place in Dubai on May 15 at the Jumeirah Mina A’Salam.

Amidst escalating risks from state-sponsored cyberattacks, geopolitical instability, and skill shortages, chief information security officers (CISOs) are tasked with safeguarding digital assets while navigating a rapidly transforming security landscape. The IDC CISO Roundtable 2024 will offer a platform for CISOs to explore innovative strategies, share best practices, and gain insights from industry experts to fortify their cyberdefenses.

"The IDC CISO Roundtable 2024 provides a unique opportunity for cybersecurity leaders to collaborate, innovate, and collectively address the evolving threat landscape," says Shilpi Handa, IDC's Associate Research Director for security in the Middle East, Türkiye, and Africa, who will be presenting the events keynote address. "With cyber risks evolving at an unprecedented pace, it's imperative for organizations to embrace advanced defenses and strategic approaches to cybersecurity."

H.E. Mohammed Al Kuwaiti, head of the UAE government's Cybersecurity Council, will address the attendees, while the event will also showcase first-hand insights and experiences from some of the UAE's most prominent end-user cybersecurity leaders, including:

Zaheer Shaikh, CISO, Al Maryah Community Bank (Mbank)

Vikalp Shrivastava, Vice President of Information Security & Technology, Kerzner International

Pillairkulam Parthasarathy, Group CISO & Executive Vice President, A Leading GCC Bank

Ashish Khanna, Group CISO, Sharaf Group

Hussain Alkhalsan, CISO, Zand Bank

Dr. Srijit Nair, CISO, Careem

Ankit Satsangi, Director of Enterprise Development, BEEAH

Goutam Pudota, Director of Global Infrastructure & Information Security, IFFCO Group

Anoop Paudval, Head of Information Security & Governance, Gulf News, Al Nisr Publishing

Shafiullah Ismail, CISO, Mubadala Capital

Dr.  Grigorios Fragkos, Head of Cybersecurity, Sharjah Cyber Security Center (SCSC)

Ahmed Al Zarouni, Vice President of Information Security & Technology, A Government Entity

The IDC CISO Roundtable 2024 will also play host to the inaugural CSO30 Awards, with a dedicated ceremony honoring the Middle East's most pioneering security leaders for driving positive business outcomes through effective risk mitigation strategies. IDC is delighted to announce that H.E. Mohammed Al Kuwaiti will be handing over the awards to the deserving winners.

Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to gain strategic insights, network with industry leaders, and explore the future of cybersecurity at the IDC CISO Roundtable 2024. Register now to secure your seat!

The IDC CISO Roundtable 2024 is supported by the UAE Cybersecurity Council and Women in Cyber Security Middle East (WiCSME). GroupIB, Alpha Data, and HPE Aruba Networking are the event's Platinum Partners, while Delinea, Zcaler, Picus, CyberGate, and ManageEngine are participating as Gold Partners.

To learn more about the IDC CISO Roundtable 2024, please contact Sheila Manek at or on +971 4 446 3154.

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