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Summit Overview

With cyber threats evolving and threatening to affect organizations day to day activities, the cost of implementing IT security solutions has significantly increased from “US$75.4 billion in 2015 and expected to reach US$101 billion in 2018 (Gartner) and US$170 billion by 2020 globally, while the Middle East Cybersecurity market is expected to reach around US$10 billion by 2019, double the US$5 billion it was worth in 2014”.

Since the cost of security solutions is not showing any signs of decline, organizations can develop tools and policies to avoid, absorb and mitigate them through resilience approach. Leaders of business and government need to think about resilience for two reasons: first to create a long-term view and durability to avoid the catastrophic failures, and second to broaden the conversations to discuss beyond information technology or information security.

Considering cyber resilience as the key, and continuing on the success of the previous regional cybersecurity summits, The ITU Regional cybersecurity Center (ITU-ARCC) is organizing the 6th Regional Cybersecurity Summit and will be hosted by Oman National CERT in collaboration with White Paper Summits and Nispana Innovative Platforms. The 6th edition will cover a range of topics highlighting the current and future threats which are and will affect organizations & business effectiveness.

This conference will bring over 350+ attendees from across the Middle East to form new partnerships, develop new policies and identify latest technologies to combat cyber threats. The premium 2 day summit will also host and engage the most promising and emerging regional and global firms from critical national Infrastructure sectors including: Energy & Utilities, Defense & Aviation, Financial Institutions, Hospitality, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Government Institutions. In order to ensure the event helps organizations identify a solution for their problem, the event format will feature Keynote’s, Case Studies, Panel Discussions and Technology Showcase.

We look forward to meeting you at the 6th Regional Cybersecurity Summit 2017.

It was a very good experience & it had a wealth of expertise in the room...on my side I had a great opportunity to be here & deliver the message on identity management, where we are going within the United Nations & ITU in particular. We really appreciate the opportunity & thank the organizers of this wonderful event.

Mr.Drew Donovan
Head Protocol & Security, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

It was a pleasure to be involved at the 5th Regional Cyber Security Summit organized by ITU-ARCC and Nispana and the EY team enjoyed the conference very much. We look forward to working with you in the future.

Mr.Clinton Firth
Partner, Advisory Services – Cyber MENA, Ernst & Young

We have seen so far elite deligates/ guests coming in walking to our booths, we have met them seems good, excellent interaction with them and they have been open enough to discuss their concerns in their companies or in the region aspects and we are pretty happy to be here.

Mr.Chinmay Pradhan
Director Sales, Checkmarx

The regional summit is our go to event to meet leaders in governments and technology sectors. The presentations and discussions are all on hot topics by industry experts with regional insight. I highly recommend it and it's a must to attend event by all governments officials, private sectors and technology providers.

Mr.Ahmed Husain
Managing Director, Reload IT Services L.L.C

Very informative and strong group of participants and excellent dialogue. We have seen a very good conversation on cyber security regarding not just Oman but the entire region.

Booz Allen Hamilton
Senior Vice President

Speakers are enthralling; format is new, different and really good. The team behind it has been really helpful and efficient.

Adrian Davis
Head of Corporate Business and Market Development (ISC)2

We had discussions with all attendees, with a good representation from banks, government, ministries and corporations. The summit was really useful.

Risto Siilasmaa
F-Secure Regional Director

Summit Mission

To enhance capacity and capabilities of the ITU-ARCC partner countries. Moreover, the summit will improve the regional collaboration between the Arab countries.

Summit Objectives

  • Create shared learning and dialogue regarding cybersecurity challenges and issues.
  • Facilitate the exchange of information, ideas, solutions, and emerging practices that could improve cybersecurity posture.
  • Identify current priority areas in cybersecurity at the local, regional and international levels.
  • Cross border collaboration with government, industry and critical infrastructure stakeholders that will impact regional and international preparedness.
  • Explore and highlight new opportunities and controls within the security sector that enhance information security field

Summit Benefits

  • Explore the latest innovations for the integration of security and safety technologies
  • Understand the global Cybersecurity market condition
  • Learn about the current trends of Cybersecurity
  • Meet and network with the top global Cybersecurity experts
  • Implement changes that will help secure region’s major infrastructure

Who Should Attend

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Banks and Financial Institutions
  • Telecommunications
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Aviation
  • Technology Firms
  • ICT Companies
  • Manufacturing
  • Legal Firms
  • Academia

Steering Committee 2017

Regional Cybersecurity Summit Steering Committee 2017

Eng. Badar Alsalehi

Director General – Oman National CERT & Head of ITU Regional Cyber Security Center, Oman

Eng. Ebrahim Alhaddad

Regional Director, Arab Regional Office, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Dr. Sherif Hashem

Vice President for Cybersecurity, National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), Egypt

Mr. Mohamed Naoufel Frikha

Director General of the National Agency for Computer Security, Tunis CERT, Tunis

Technical Committee 2017


Mrs. Aziza Al Rashdi

Director of Cybersecurity Professional Services, Oman National CERT, Oman

Eng. Waleed Zakarya

Executive Director,EG CERT, Egypt

Mr. Hamid Sediq

Manager, Qatar CERT, Qatar

Dr. Nadher Al-Safwani

Cybersecurity Consultant, Information Technology Authority, ITU Arab Regional Cybersecurity Center-Oman

Mr. Moneim Awad Mohammed

Head of Cyber-Security Department, Sudan CERT, Sudan

Ms. Kanupriya Singh

Director of Production at White Paper Summits (WPS)

Summit Speakers 2017


Eng. Badar Alsalehi

Director General – Oman National CERT & Head of ITU Regional Cyber Security Center, Oman

Dr. Sherif Hashem

Vice President for Cybersecurity, National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), Egypt

Eng. Ebrahim Alhaddad

Regional Director, Arab Regional Office, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Mr. Christophe Durand

Head of Cyber Strategy INTERPOL, Interpol Global Complex for Innovation, Singapore

Dr. Basel Alomair

Founding Director, National Center for Cybersecurity Technologies-King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology

Ms. Astrid Hansen VP

VP Head of Technology Risk, MENA, Barclays

Dr. Zahri Yunos

Chief Operating Officer, CyberSecurity Malaysia

Mr. Nick Vora

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Security and Processing, MEA, Mastercard Worldwide

Ms. Cherie Pardue

CIO, American Hospital Dubai

Mr. Daniel Hoffman

Former Senior Executive Clandestine Service Officer, Central Intelligence Agency

Dr. Serge Droz

Vice President OS-CERT & Board Director Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST)

Mr. Francois Rivasseau

Head of Security Policy Division, European External Action Service

Dr.Almerindo Graziano

CEO of Silensec, a management consulting, technology services and training company



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