Summit Overview

Cyber threats are constantly evolving and threatening to affect global organizations in their day to day activities. In a view of tackling such threats, the cost of implementing IT security solutions has significantly increased and expected to reach USD 101 billion in 2018 globally (Gartner). Middle East and North Africa (MENA) spending on cyber security technology and services is on pace to reach $13.43 billion by 2019, with an expected CAGR of 13.7% for the period 2013-2019. By 2019, 30% of large enterprises will increase their security consulting services spending as they transition into digital business.

With the advent of digitization among the countries of the Middle East and growing exposure to the risk of cyber-attacks, governments in the middle east have now directed their focus more on cybersecurity, releasing cybersecurity frameworks and mandating country-specific regulatory policies emphasizing on the need to have efficient monitoring and detection in place. Considering cyber resilience as the key, and continuing the success of the previous editions, ITU Arab Regional Cybersecurity is organizing “ The 6th Annual Regional Cybersecurity Summit ” which will be hosting by ITA Oman represented by Oman National CERT in collaboration with White Paper Summits (WPS) and Nispana Innovative Platforms. The 6th edition will cover a range of topics, highlighting the current trends and future threats, which are affecting the organizations & business effectiveness.

RCS Summit will bring over 350+ attendees from across the Middle East to form new partnerships, discuss 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 & global firms, from critical national Infrastructure sectors including: Energy & Utilities, Defense & Aviation, Financial Institutions, Hospitality, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Government Institutions. The event format will feature Keynote Presentations, Case Studies, Panel Discussions and Technology Showcase & Demos.

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

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

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

Ms. Kanupriya Singh

Director of Production at White Paper Summits (WPS)

Summit Speakers 2017

Dr. Salim Sultan Al-Ruzaiqi

Chief Executive Officer, Information Technical Authority (ITA) Oman

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

SA . Donald William Freese

Deputy Assistant Director Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Mr. Christophe Durand

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

Mr. Moosa Al Farei

Chief Editor, Atheer Oman

Mr. Hatim Al Taie

CEO - Alroya Press & Publishing House

Dr. Basel Alomair

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

Dr. Serge Droz

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

Dr. Zahri Yunos

Chief Operating Officer, CyberSecurity Malaysia

Mr. Nick Vora

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

Ms. Astrid Hansen VP

VP Head of Technology Risk, MENA, Barclays

Ms. Cherie Pardue

CIO, American Hospital Dubai

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

Mr.Muntaser Bdair

Authorized (ISC)² Instructor (ISC)² , USA

Mr. Aaron Boyd

Principal,Expound International, LLC , USA

Mr. Adel Abdel Moneim


Dr. Yaser Alosefer

Partner, Holding VC

Eng. Dana Al-Abdulla

Cyber Security Resiliency Head - Q-CERT, Ministry of Transport and Communication

Mr. Ali Zuhair Al Khaburi

IM&T Information Security Lead , Petroleum Development Oman


Regional Manager Security Practice, Gulf Business Machines


security consultant, Gulf Business Machines

Dr. Hosni Mohamed Morsi Nasr

Journalism and new media Professor and Head of Department of Mass Communication - College of arts and Social Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University

Mr.Chan Woo Lee

President - Douzone Bizon Co., Ltd.

Mr. Awad said Baquwair

Board Chairman , Oman Journalist Association

Mr. Jithin Joy Abraham

Manager - Sales & Client Relations, Middle East - CyberArk, Oman

Mr. George Ezzat Attalla Abadir

Chief Executive Officer - EliteVAD, UAE

Mr. Abdelnaser Eid

Network Security Consultant , Tenable Network Security

Mr. Trevor Niblock

Senior Manager, Cyber Security Practice - EY, Oman

Mr. Mike Yeh

Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft

Dr. Said Al Moqbali

Chief - Public Prosecution, Oman

Mr. Maitham Al Lawati

General Manager of Risk, Compliance - Oman Data Park

Mr. Saleh Rashid AL Himali

Network Security Specialist - Information Technology Authority, Oman


Official Host

Endorsed By

Researched & Event Managed By

Platinum Sponsors

Technology Partner

Telecom Partner

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

Training Partner


Recruitment Partner


Oman Data Park
BulWark Tech

Support Partner

Associate Partners

Media Partners