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  • MESA Conference - Day 1

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MESA (Day 1) - April 30 - 2019

09:00

Coffee & Registration

09:50

Welcome MESA Team

·         Chairman’s Opening Remarks

10:00

International Keynote Presentation: Going Digital: Hackers own your Digital Transformation

While our dependence for technology is becoming a necessity, we aren’t doing enough to protect yourself. Cyber criminals, hacktivists, and nations states are waiting for you to connect more things and digitize your infrastructures.

Matt Rehman, COO – IOACTIVE

10:20

Banking & Financial Services Panel: Cybersecurity challenges and opportunities in Banking & Financial Services

Despite pouring millions in investment into security, financial institutions continue to be the number one target of cybercriminals. The digital transformation undertaken by the financial services industry is contributing to this challenge opening doors for attackers, making customer data management and protection increasingly difficult and the emerging regulatory compliance requirements are adding more pressure to already stretched financial services security teams.

Moderator: Ahmed Baig, Founder & CEO – CISO COUNCIL

Panelist:

  • Illyas Kooliyankal, CISO - Prominent UAE Bank
  • Abeer Khedr, Information Security Director - National Bank of Egypt
  • Amit Mehta, Regional Head of Security - Mastercard
  • Sultan Altukhaim, Information Security Manager – Capital markets Authority
  • Hussain AlKhalsan, Head of Technology Risk at Commercial Bank of Dubai

10:45

Securing Application Capital

The concept of Application value – or as we call, it Application Capital. Did you ever wonder how we got here? How are applications evolving?

 According to a recent analysis, the Application Market will become the Third World Economy. This means that more and more companies are providing services to their customers by using Apps. Every CISO of any company that starts this journey, has one key objective: identify a strategy that reduces RISK. Every application matters and needs protection.

Tabrez Surve, Regional Director – F5 Networks

11:10

CIO Cybersecurity Panel – Technology Executives role in enhancing security and cyber resilience

The hyper-connected world demands organizational risk and security be taken seriously as it impacts the business growth and digital economy. This session discussed various models for better security and risk management from the regional and global executives. from government and private enterprises

Moderator: Ahmed Baig, Founder & CEO – CISO COUNCIL

Panelists:

  • Anshul Srivastav, Chief Information Officer & Digital Officer - Union Insurance
  • Khalid Almansoori, CIO – Department of Energy
  • Dr. Jassim Haji, Prominent CIO - Bahrain

11:35

Coffee & Networking

11:55

5 keys to successfully use Machine learning in Cyber Defense

In a digitalized world, the perimeter is changing, and the internal protection becomes key. However, Initial solutions using rules fall short as they generate too many alerts and lack of actionable information for the understaffed Cyber Security Operation Center to react in a timely manner. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in particular are promising technologies to assist the cyber analyst but there are many traps and myths that must be understood. This talk will explain you those and help you during your Machine learning Journey.

 Bruno Hareng, Cyber Defense Business Development Manager, ARUBA EMEA (Hewlett-Packard Enterprise)

12:15

 

Panel Discussion: Over the Horizon - The New Frontiers of Cyber Attacks

Moderator: Jorge Sebastio, CTO – Huawei

Panelists:

  • Amit Mehta, Regional Head of Security - Mastercard
  • Kavya Pearlman, Founder | Security Researcher, XR Safety Initiative
  • Amit Roy, Executive Vice President & Regional Head (EMEA) – Paladion
  • Bruno Hareng, Cyber Defense Business Development Manager, ARUBA EMEA (Hewlett-Packard Enterprise)

12:40

The real phish is the real problem! beyond security awareness, Cofense helps organisations to stop phishing attacks in their tracks!

This session focuses on importance of identifying the real phishing attacks that are targeted and carefully crafted by empowering employees as part of the solution to help strengthen defenses and gather real-time attack intelligence to stop attacks in progress.

Alexandre Depret-Bixio, VP – Cofense

13:05

 

Panel Discussions: How to build a security organization that can nurture and retain the best talent in the wake of ever-increasing job opportunities in Cybersecurity

Moderator: Dr. Hoda Alkhzaimi, Director of Center for Cyber Security and Interdisplinary Studies - New York University Abu Dhabi

 Panelist:

  • Reem AlShammari, Information Security Team Leader - Kuwait Oil Company
  • Heide Young - Head of Cyber Security Strategy - Polytronic International
  • Basmah Hmaidouch. Cyber Security Governance Manager - MEDGULF of Saudi,
  • Shafeeqa Shakri, Senior Analyst - Cyber Security - Dubai airports

13:30

Lunch & Prayer Break

14:15

New role of CIO & CISO in the digital Era

Executive Management play a significant role in decision of digital strategies and security culture. This session focuses on addressing challenges faced by CISOs and CIOs while addressing the executive management and board to enable them in taking decisions to make investment and align critical functions, people, capital and technology risks.

Khalid Almansoori, CIO - Department of Energy

14:35

Facing the Inevitable: Evolving Security Risks of Operational Technology (OT) with IoT and Industrial Internet

For long, critical operations and industrial systems have existed away from IT. The emerging IoT (Internet of Things) & Industrial Internet usually part of Operational Technologies is challenging this status quo and bringing them closer to IT systems, opening up new business risks.                                                                                                                                   

How are organizations grappling with this new world order?  How are relationships with IT and OT executives forming?  And where is all this headed?

Moderator: Ahmed Baig, Founder & CEO – CISO COUNCIL 

Panelist:

  • Ahmed Obaid, Senior Analyst - Technology Resilience, Dubai Airports
  • Mohammed Khaled, CISO Advisor – UAE Government Entity
  • Abdulla, Sayari, CISO - Department of Health - Abu Dhabi
  • Shafiulla Mohamed, Manager – Information Security & Architecture - MDC

15:00

Security Awareness: Cybersecurity Aware employees as a strong defense

Making cybersecurity as people-centric as possible by education and awareness is the only way organizations can best secure themselves while also enabling employees to do their jobs more effectively and protect organizational data and systems.

Moderator: Syed Abid Ali, Chief Operating Officer - Phishrod

  • Reem AlShammari, Information Security Team Leader - Kuwait Oil Company
  • Sultan Altukhaim, Information Security Manager – Capital markets Authority
  • Abeer Khedr, Information Security Director - National Bank of Egypt
  • Bilal, Ahmad, Head -Information Security - Union Corp
  • Bruno Hareng, Cyber Defense Business Development Manager, ARUBA EMEA (Hewlett-Packard Enterprise)

15:30

Closing Remarks from the Chairperson

 

Coffee & Networking

16:00 - CISO Executive Roundtable (On Invitation Only)

 

 

MESCON (Day 2) – May 1 – 2019

09:00

Coffee & Registration

09:50

Welcome MESA Team

·         Chairman’s Opening Remarks

10:00

International Keynote? combating cyber threats in emerging technologies such as VR/AR/MR aka XR.

With 200 million active users and over $20 billion expected market investments by 2020, Virtual Reality (VR) is inevitably making its way into the consumer market.

With the rise of technologies like VR, Augmented Reality (AR) and mixed Reality (MR), collectively known as XR, researchers are expressing concerns about the safety, privacy, ethics and security.

Kavya Pearlman, Founder | Security Researcher, XR Safety Initiative

10:30

Artificial Intelligence: How AI will reshape cybersecurity in the future.

This session focuses on the role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Cybersecurity. Exploring the new avenues of how adversaries are using it for offensive attacks and what Cybersecurity professionals need to do to prepare themselves for better defense.

Ahmed Baig, Founder & CEO – CISO COUNCIL

11:00

Retail Cybersecurity Threats, Risks and Attacks

Bilal Ahmad | Information Security Manager - Union Cooperative Society

11:25

Coffee & Networking

11:50

CIO Recommendation Session

12:15

Cloud Security in the context of National Cloud Competitiveness: A MENA Review

Omid Mahboobi, Founder - MENA Cloud Alliance

12:40

Threat Hunting: Being Proactive in the world of detection and response

Cyber Security Professionals need to move towards a proactive mindset as detection can only take you so far. As adversaries get more sophisticated defenders need to up their game and proactively look for those targeting them with effective components of threat hunting.

 

Moderator: Ahmed Baig, Founder & CEO – CISO COUNCIL

Panelists:

  • Kavya Pearlman, Founder | Security Researcher, XR Safety Initiative
  • Omid Mahboobi, Founder - MENA Cloud Alliance
  • Alexandre Depret-Bixio, VP – Cofense
  • Bruno Hareng, Cyber Defense Business Development Manager, ARUBA EMEA (Hewlett-Packard Enterprise)

13:15

Closing Remarks from the Chairperson

 

Closing Remarks from MESA

13:30

Lunch & Conference Closure

12:00 - 2:00 PM: Parallel Stream in Boardroom: Women in Cybersecurity Middle East (WICSME) 1st Network and Gathering sesion