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)

Eng. Laialy Abdullah AlMansoury

Director of Information Security and Emergency Response , CITRA Kuwait

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 2018

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. Ashish Clifton

Project Director, WPS

Eng. Meshal Fahad Alzayed

Leader, Kuwait National CERT, CITRA Kuwait

Summit Speakers 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)

H.E. Eng. Salem Al Othaina

Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of the General Authority for Communications and Information Technology

Dr. Adrian Colbrook

Director Government, BAE SYSTEMS

Dr. Henry James Pearson

HMG Cyber Advisor and NCSC Academic Ambassador

Dr. Almerindo Graziano

CEO of Silensec

Dr. Sherif Hashem

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

Mr. Dejan Nikolin

Senior VP. Sales & Marketing, Computer Data Networks

Dr. Adel abdel-sadek

Expert at Security studies unite, Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies

Dr. Mary Haigh

VP Product Management, Cyber Security, BAE SYSTEMS

Ms. Miriam Howe

Senior Cyber Consultant, BAE SYSTEMS

Ms. Spinu Natalia

Head of the Cyber Security Center CERT-GOV-MD, S.E

Dr. Reem Faraj Al-Shammari

Team Leader – Information Security at Kuwait Oil Company (KOC)

Mr. George Ezzat Attalla Abadir

Chief Executive Officer - EliteVAD

Mr. Göran Olsson

CEO of Cypod Solutions DMCC

Mr. Brian Lord

Director of PGI Cyber

Mr. Vitaly Mzokov

Head of Verification | Growth Center

Dr. Said Al Moqbali


Mr. Khaled Gamo

Head of information security Dept. of Almadar Aljadid


Cyber Warfare Head of Branch

Ms: Nahla Juma Al Balushi

Head, Information Security Management Central Bank of Oman

Colonel: Vic Macias

Commander, 175th Cyberspace Operations Group

Mr. Michel TANNOUS

Enterprise Sales Engineer, Middle East

Mr. Illimar Lepik von Wirén

Head of International Relations at the NATO CCD COE

Mr. Ayed Al Qartah

Consulting Systems Engineer

Mr. Osama Abduo

Principal Systems Engineer

Mr. Ahmed Khalifa

Cybersecurity Manager of Siemens in the Middle East and North Africa

Mr. Samer Abu Arisheh

Cyber Security Sales Leader, Cisco Systems


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Technology Partner

Telecom Partner

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Recruitment Partner


Oman Data Park
BulWark Tech

Support Partner

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