Summit Overview

The 8th Regional Cyber Security Summit will be held on the 27th & 28th of October 2019 in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. The theme this year is “Cybersecurity Revolution”.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. Catalyzed by technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, 5G, Robotics, Industrial Internet of Things, Quantum Computing, 3D Printing and Blockchain; the landscape is forever evolving. Evidenced by digitized business processes, automated manufacturing systems and advances in machine to machine communication; the increased interconnectedness has left nations, organizations and individuals susceptible to cyber-attacks.

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Cyber security ranks high on the agenda of governments and businesses as they look to protect themselves from risk. Cyber threats are constantly evolving; synchronous with technological advances, they threaten to disrupt daily operations of governments and global organizations. Developing a framework to protect critical infrastructures and minimize business risk is critical.

The 8th Regional Cyber Security Summit will address technological advancements of the 4th Industrial Revolution, assess measures to mitigate threats in a connected ecosystem, discuss best practices while defining national and organizational cyber security policy and showcase breakthroughs in mitigating threats.

Summit Mission

To enhance capacity and capabilities of the ITU-ARCC partner countries. The summit will also 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

Attendee Profile

The Summit will be attended by key personnel and decision makers from various industries working in intuitive technologies and progressive cyber safety. The attendee designations will include:
  • C-Level / President / CEO / MD
  • Chief Information Officer / Chief Information Security Officer / Chief Compliance Officer
  • Chief Security Architects and Chief Security officers
  • Cybersecurity Experts and Threat Prevention Leaders
  • Directors & Heads of Regulatory Affairs
  • Engineer
  • Enterprise Security Architects
  • Government Officials
  • Head of IT and Cybersecurity
  • Heads of IT Associations
  • Innovation Directors and Digital Transformation Leaders
  • IT Security Directors
  • Manager
  • Senior Manager
  • SVP / VP
  • Technical Specialists / Architects

Key Highlights

  • Defining an effective cybersecurity strategy in the 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Exploring cybercrime and policy framework designed to prevent cyber threats
  • Identifying risks and opportunities of Artificial Intelligence, Industrial IoT and Blockchain
  • Effectively managing and improving security with a collaborative core business approach
  • Analyzing cloud storage, emerging virtual technology and security technologies
  • Discovering best practice emergency response to a crisis and coordination between security agencies and government departments


Antivirus Software



Critical Infrastructure

Cyber Intelligence



Encryption Companies

Energy and Utilities

Financial Services


Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals

ICT Companies

Information Security

Information Systems Audit

IT Architecture

IT Compliance

IT Infrastructure

IT Operations

Law Enforcement


Mobile and Cloud Security

Network and Data Security

Operational Risk Organizations

Operational Technology

Retails and Commerce

Risk Management and Compliance Firms

System Integrators

Telecom Companies

Threat Detection and Management


Steering Committee 2019

Eng. Badar Alsalehi

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

Eng. Ebrahim Alhaddad

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

Mr. Mohamed Naoufel Frikha

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

Technical Committee 2019

Mrs. Aziza Al Rashdi

Director of Cybersecurity Professional Services, Oman National CERT, Oman

Dr. Nadher Al-Safwani

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

Eng. Waleed Zakarya

Executive Director,EG CERT, Egypt

Mr. Hamid Sediq

Manager, Qatar CERT, Qatar

Mr. Nasser Saif Al Rayhi

Acting head of aeCERT



  • One on One Interactions
  • Keynote Addresses and Panel Discussions
  • Dedicated Networking Spaces
  • Technology Demos and Presentations
  • Exhibitions and Demonstrations
  • Open Debates and Interactive Dialogues


What People Said

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

It was a very good experience & it had a wealth of expertise in the room. 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. Chinmay Pradhan
Director Sales, Checkmarx

We had good quality visitors to our Exhibition Booth, and it was good to interact and network with them. All in all, it was a good event and we are happy to be part of this.

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

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 attend event by all governments officials, private sectors and technology providers.

Booz Allen Hamilton
Senior Vice President

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.

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

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

Risto Siilasmaa
F-Secure Regional Director

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



  • Identify limitations in your current cyber security framework
  • Develop state-of-the-art cybersecurity management systems to mitigate threats
  • Identify and analyze scope, challenges and benefits of an efficient cyber security infrastructure
  • Integrate early warning systems to identify potential threats and optimize effective monitoring and system integrity
  • Learn of advancements in cybersecurity structures, operational policies, data protection and legal regulations
  • Discover innovative methods to keep your organization safe from cybercrime and data theft
  • Overcome current and future challenges in the field of cybersecurity through case studies and success stories
  • Learn how to integrate cyber risk management practices, latest cybersecurity techniques, disaster recovery patterns and methods of securing critical data


RCS Summit 2019

Dr. Salim Sultan Al-Ruzaiqi

Chief Executive Officer, Information Technical Authority (ITA) Oman

Eng. Badar Alsalehi

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

Mr. Alois Zwinggi

Managing Director; Head of Compliance and Institutional Affairs, World Economic Forum

Mr. Marco OBISO

Head, ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Mr. Sunil Sharma

Chief Cybersecurity Officer, NSSG

Dr. Henry J Pearson

UK Cyber Security Ambassador, Department for International Trade (DIT)

General Tan Sri Mohd Azumi bin Mohamed (Rtd)

Chairman of the Board of Directors CyberSecurity Malaysia

Mr. Tonu Tammer

Executive Director, CERT-EE

Mr. Nasser Saif Al Rayhi

Acting head of aeCERT

Mr. Simon Hosking

UK Cyber Industry Representative to the Gulf, Department for International Trade - HM Government

Mr. Sherif Mansour

Board Member - Global Board of Directors at OWASP Foundation


Chief Operating Officer, CyberSecurity Malaysia


First Deputy Director of the State unitary enterprise “Technical assistance center”

Dr. Alexander Klimburg

Director Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace Initiative and Secretariat Cyber Policy and Resilience Program, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies

Official Host


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