(May 17, 2023 / JNS) The UAE Cyber Security Council, in partnership with Microsoft, launched the Middle East Cyber Security Conference at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
The two-day conference will bring together CIOs (Chief Innovation Officers), CSOs (Chief Security Officers) and other key subject matter experts from government and the private sector to share their knowledge and insights on the latest innovations and developments in cybersecurity and data protection.
Notable speakers at the event include Mohammed Hamad Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cyber Security, UAE Government; Michal Braverman-Blumenstyk, Vice President, Microsoft Corporation, General Manager, Israel R&D Center, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Security; Dr. Tomer Simon, Chief Scientist, Microsoft Israel R&D Center and Paula Januszkiewicz, founder and CEO of CQURE IT and cybersecurity consultancy.
“The world is on the cusp of an exciting fourth industrial revolution driven by connectivity and digital technologies. With so many risks at stake, strong and effective cybersecurity has never been more important. In an increasingly complex world, only Technology is not enough to deal with the increasing threats,” said Naim Yazbeck, General Manager, Microsoft UAE.
“It also requires partnerships with government and industry and between governments,” Yazbeck added.
The conference will feature discussions and keynote presentations on topics such as the business of cybercrime and the future of artificial intelligence in cybersecurity.
The event is in line with the UAE Digital Economy Strategy, which aims to double the digital economy’s contribution to the UAE’s non-oil GDP from 11.7% to more than 20% over the next 10 years. The strategy aims to integrate digital aspects into a whole-of-government strategy, ensuring that the UAE government is digital by design and that all capabilities, structures and opportunities are integrated at the national level and aligned with the UAE’s strategic digital government vision.
The accelerating pace of digital transformation in the region means organizations are facing an increasing number of more sophisticated cyber attacks.
“Defenders today are overwhelmed by the volume of cyberattacks and the sophistication of attackers. From simple phishing attempts to sophisticated cyberespionage that compromises sensitive data and critical infrastructure, the threat landscape has grown exponentially in the past few years alone. There has been growth in size and complexity,” Braverman-Blumenstyk said.
“Defenders need new tools to help them move at machine speed. Rapid innovation, including the digitization of infrastructure and artificial intelligence, will help shift the balance of power to defenders by giving them greater visibility and speed,” she said. added.