ISACA UAE Chapter and Tahawultech.com, in partnership with the UAE Cyber Security Council, hosted the first Information Security and Cyber Security Conference at The Westin Golf Resort and Spa, Abu Dhabi.
The incident highlights the rapid evolution of the cybersecurity landscape and its growing complexity, leaving organizations vulnerable and exposed to threat actors. It brings together CISOs, IT professionals, security architects, policy makers and other key security officials to debate the future of IT information and cybersecurity. Are current solutions and processes adequate? How much security do companies want to deploy in the future? What Skills Do Security Professionals Need To Fight The Most Sophisticated Threats?
The opening speech was given by His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cyber Security, Government of the United Arab Emirates. Dr AS Alok Tuteja, Chairman of ISACA UAE Chapter, His insightful and engaging keynote set the tone for the day.
Two group discussions took place.The title of the first group discussion was “Next Generation Technologies and the Role of Cybersecurity” organizer: Ms Anita Joseph, Middle East Dealer Editor and Middle East Security Advisor and a second panel discussion titled “Governance, compliance, and data privacy are about to change” organizer: Mr. Kapil Matta, Safety Evangelist, Program Director, ISACA UAE Chapter.Respected panelists gather for discussion Jeevan Badigari, Director, IT Governance and Security, DAMAC; Midhun Kumar, Head of Infrastructure and Cloud Operations, PearlData Direct (a Lulu Financial Holdings company); Patrick Pitchappa, Vice President, Cyber Security, First Abu Dhabi Bank; Ahmed AlKindi, Information Security Mohamed Bin Zayed Artificial Intelligence University Manager, Rajesh Yadla, Information Security Director, Al Hilal Bank, Srdjan Babic, Experienced Security Expert, Anoop Kumar Paudval, Information Security Manager, Al Nisr Publishing, Somnath Sarkar, Chief Information Security Officer, Mashreq Bank, Alok, Chairman, ISACA UAE Chapter Dr Tuteja with Vishal Bhawnani, Head of Cyber Security, Virgin Mobile UAE.
Two fireside chats with industry titans Mark Leveratt, Regional Manager, Esentire and StarLink Chief Operating Officer Ahmed Diab highlights some critical but often overlooked aspects of cybersecurity.
Kapil Mata, Safety Evangelist, Program Director, ISACA UAE Chapter I have to say this about the event “It was indeed a fantastic event with the participation of industry experts. The panelists had a great mix of questions and ideas, covering important topics such as risk management and cyber security”.
Long-awaited 2023 CISO Information Security and Cyber Risk Leadership Awards Honors leading IT and security stalwarts for their contributions to the industry. Here is the list of winners:
- Dilip Raj Abdul Razak, Ministry of Municipalities and Transport.
- Ahmed Alkindi, Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence.
- Osama Al Ali, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development.
- Hany Ali Abusoltan, with ties to UAE government organizations.
- Jayesh Nandanan, Mediclinic Middle East.
- Hussein Bhagat, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank.
- Mohammad H. Abadi, It’s over.
- Mouza AlRomaithi, ADQ.
- Vishal Bhawnani, Virgin Mobile, UAE.
- Parthasarathy Pillairkulam of First Bank Abu Dhabi.
- Nitin Singari from Dammam – National Health Insurance Company.