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UAE CISO Roundtable

Preparing for a New Era of Cyberthreats


IDC's latest research shows that cybersecurity metrics are now the number-one KPIs for measuring the performance of IT teams in the Middle East, Türkiye, and Africa, and we forecast that annual spending on cybersecurity across the region will top $5 billion by next year.

In the UAE, security professionals from both the public and private sectors face incredible challenges, with their organizations demanding best-in-class security, agility, and speed that balances enterprise-related risks and benefits. Indeed, today's security leaders must play a multidimensional role that extends beyond maintaining security to encompass evolving business and digital concerns, embracing an ROI-driven approach and leveraging automation to exceed the sophistication levels of bad actors.

The 2023 edition of the IDC UAE CISO Roundtable will explore the current state of the cybersecurity market in the UAE and across the wider Middle East. IDC analysts and a host of regional and global security experts will explore the challenges facing CISOs today and highlight the strategies that can be leveraged to instill reliable security practices into corporate cultures. They will also explain how the near-universal adoption of remote and hybrid work practices has impacted the role of the modern CISO as the organizational attack surface continues to expand.



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Tuesday May 16, 2023

Registration & Networking


Opening Act


IDC Welcome Address


Opening Address


Government and Associations Felicitation


Partners Felicitation


IDC Keynote: Shaping Security Strategies for the Digital-First Organization


Protecting what’s now and what’s next - Building Security Resilience in a hybrid world


Q&A (Ask Questions & Stand a Chance to Win a Raffle)


Unveiling the Landscape of ICS/OT Cybersecurity in 2023 and Beyond


Q&A (Ask Questions & Stand a Chance to Win a Raffle)


Tea / Coffee & Networking Break


CISO Panel Discussion : Building Digital Trust: Identity, Privacy, and Data Security


Strategic, Operational, and Tactical … intelligence for better-informed decisions.


Q&A (Ask Questions & Stand a Chance to Win a Raffle)


The New reality for Security: See More Secure More


Q&A (Ask Questions & Stand a Chance to Win a Raffle)


Panel Discussion: How New Technologies Are Changing the Definition of Digital Trust


Q&A (Ask Questions & Stand a Chance to Win a Raffle)


Panel Discussion: Enabling Cybersecurity Resilience to Keep Up with Rapid Digitalization and a Shifting Threat Landscape


Q&A (Ask Questions & Stand a Chance to Win a Raffle)


CISO Panel Discussion: Securing the Global Workforce: Challenges and Solutions


Mega Raffle: Participate in Survey & Stand a Chance to Win a Staycation at Atlantis


Lunch & Networking


End of Conference


Wahab Bou Hamdan

Conference Manager

H.E. Dr. Mohamed Hamad Al Kuwaiti

Head of Cybersecurity Council for the UAE Government

Shilpi Handa

Associate Research Director (META), IDC

Fady Younes

Regional Cybersecurity Director, EMEAR SP and MEA, Cisco

Hussam Abu-Rida

Technical Director (MENA), TXOne

Ahmad Darwish Ali

Head of Cybersecurity and Innovation, Nakheel

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Vikalp Shrivastava

Vice President Information Security & Technology, IT, Kerzner International

Somnath Sarkar

EVP & Group CISO, Mashreq Bank

Hariprasad Chede

Chief Information Security Officer, National Bank Of Fujairah

Dr.Hossam Nabil

Associate Professor in Criminal investigation–Head of Policing Management & Social Sciences Section–Dubai Police Academy

Hessa Al Matrooshi

Assistant Director, Information Security, Free Zones Authority of Ajman

Emad Haffar

Director, Security Consultant Team, META, Kaspersky

Osama Friejeh

Network and Security Lead, VMware Network & Security BU

Dan Gadd

Technical Sales Engineer EMEA, Randori

Mamdouh Al Gendy

Senior Pre-Sales Consultant, Entrust

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Yazeed AlMaso

Country Manager (ME South), Vectra AI

Ravi Baldev

EMEA Field CTO - Cyber Resilience (DPS)

Özgür Danışman

VP Sales Engineering EMEA, Forcepoint

Karthik Ananda Rao

Chief Technical Head, ManageEngine

Pillairkulam Parthasarathy

EVP Chief Information Security Officer, Leading Bank in MENA

Laila Bin Hareb Almheiri

CEO, Alive Group, UAE

Adel Al Hosani

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Dubai Customs

Mohammad AlMalik

Director of Cyber Defense Services, Moro Hub

Eng.Ali Abuzinjal

Head of Digital Transformation, Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park

Bader Saleh

Project Manager, Dubai Cyber Index, Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC)

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