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 2018

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

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



  • 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 2018

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. 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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