27-29 March 2018
Dusit Thani Hotel, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 28 March 2018

8:00 am - 8:50 am Registration, refreshments and networking


Dr. Mohammad Khaled

IT Compliance and Digital Transformation Specialist
Regulation and Supervision Bureau


Major Dr. Hamad Khalifa Al Nuaimi

Head of Telecommunications
Abu Dhabi Police GHQ

9:00 am - 9:20 am Embracing and protecting the critical infrastructure and the digital shift to maximise efficiency

Adam El Adama, CISO,ADNOC Sour Gas
  • Understanding the potential of cyber analytics to develop security intelligence for critical infrastructure
  • Rethinking the cyber business model with digital strategies
  • Using advanced security mechanisms to protect critical infrastructure

Adam El Adama

ADNOC Sour Gas

9:20 am - 9:40 am Managing cyber risks for a global oil giant

Mr. Imad Aldhfiri, Supervisor for the Risk Monitoring,Saudi Aramco
  • Identifying, analysing and monitoring the information security for a global enterprise
  • Understanding a unique process in managing cyber risk undertaken
  • Understanding the drivers for an effective information security risk management

Mr. Imad Aldhfiri

Supervisor for the Risk Monitoring
Saudi Aramco

9:40 am - 10:00 am Cyber Security Challenges and Opportunities: A Closer Preview

Dr. Hoda Alkhzaimi, Director - Center for Cyber Security,New York University in Abu Dhabi


Dr. Hoda Alkhzaimi

Director - Center for Cyber Security
New York University in Abu Dhabi

10:00 am - 10:20 am How diodes are being used around the world for this level of cyber security

Sponsored by: Owl Cyber Defense Solutions

10:20 am - 11:00 am Networking break and refreshments

11:00 am - 11:20 am Using Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for securing and enhancing remote monitoring of critical assets and processes

Mr. Andrey Zolotavin, Senior Real-Time System Specialist,Kuwait Oil Company
  • Understanding the role of IIoT in data flows, monitoring and controlling
  • Reducing traffic and network bandwidth allowing simpler and faster monitoring and detection
  • Enhancing data protection using advanced IIoT strategies and solutions

Mr. Andrey Zolotavin

Senior Real-Time System Specialist
Kuwait Oil Company

11:20 am - 11:40 am “Think like a hacker to be a hacker”

Claude Fachkha, Cyber Security Senior Consultant and Educator,University of Dubai
  • Developing information security architecture to build an effective operational resilience across the enterprise
  • Enhancing cyber capabilities through intelligent investigation analysis and detection
  • Managing and collaborating with vendors and involving them in cyber culture and strategy

Claude Fachkha

Cyber Security Senior Consultant and Educator
University of Dubai

11:40 am - 12:00 pm Embracing and protecting the up and coming cloud ecosystem for enhanced data protection

  • Defining cloud applications policies and compliances in the region
  • Assessing the threats that the cloud is vulnerable to and its visibility
  • Controlling access and data movement on the cloud for enhanced protection

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Prayer and coffee break

12:20 pm - 12:40 pm Measuring the success of current ecosystem to ensure future safety and resilience

Rahul Purohit, Information Security Expert,Etisalat
  • Performing information security risk assessment and periodic information system activity reviews to measure health of the system
  • Tracking performance of solutions to help reduce costs and adopt advance technologies
  • Assessing employee and system KPIs for future strategies

Rahul Purohit

Information Security Expert


The following session will feature a series of interactive group discussions set in a roundtable format. During this session each group leader will introduce a concept/case study to the participants followed by an interactive discussion and live feedback.

Why participate?
Interactive group discussions are an excellent opportunity to get straight to the point and ask the questions that you want to know the answers to. The group format also facilitates an excellent opportunity for networking between industry professionals.

Roundtable One

12:40 pm - 1:20 pm Reactive versus proactive, reactive and proactive
A sound strategy requires both reactive capabilities and proactive capabilities to enable the prevention and deterrence of cyber attacks. There is a need to include offensive and defensive cyber capabilities to meet ever growing cyber crimes.

Roundtable Two

12:40 pm - 1:20 pm Skilled workforce and social engineering
Mr. Roland Abi Najem, Independent Cyber Security Consultant,
Awareness and regular trainings of workforce to increase their skillsets is key to control attacks. With a huge shift taking place, younger generations provide a promising future in controlling cyber attacks. Share thoughts on the future of cyber recruitment and the importance of teaching and promoting cyber security young and early.

Mr. Roland Abi Najem

Independent Cyber Security Consultant

Roundtable Three

12:40 pm - 1:20 pm Advanced threat intelligence platforms
Ali Al Kaf, Senior Specialist - Information Security & Risk Enterprise Technology Services (ETS),Mubadala
With a fast changing environment, and digital technologies reaching new boundaries, technologies, threats and attack mechanisms are advancing rapidly, at a pace like no other. Share your insights on how threat intelligence concept can help organisations to improve risk management and incident response to attacks.

Ali Al Kaf

Senior Specialist - Information Security & Risk Enterprise Technology Services (ETS)

Roundtable Four

12:40 pm - 1:20 pm Role of information security in safe and smart cities
It is very important to formulate future smart cities plans by keeping information security as its backbone. With strategies, initiatives and targets set in the region, security remains a top priority to move into a smart and more secure city.

1:20 pm - 1:30 pm Closing remarks by chair

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Networking lunch

2:30 pm - 2:30 pm Close of conference

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.