Experts lead resistance against pandemic cybercrime spike at GISEC 2021

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GISEC, the most influential and connected cybersecurity event in the Middle East and Africa, will explore next-generation solutions to combat surging international cybercrime from 31st May-2nd June at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). 

Industry experts from around the world will meet in Dubai amid a backdrop of rising opportunities spurred on by increasing threats resulting from a rise in remote working and rapidly accelerated digitalization. 


Experts lead resistance against pandemic cybercrime spike at GISEC 2021


GISEC will host world-class cybersecurity innovators and experts, with participants traveling into Dubai from over 30 countries, including the USA, UK, Singapore, France, Germany, Russia, and more and will host over 150 exhibiting brands and a conference lineup of over 180 speakers.

The pandemic has caused a sharp rise in demand for cloud adoption, remote working technologies and infrastructure protection, according to Gartner, with CISOs across the world caught off guard by the rise in attacks since 2020. 

With organizations across the world facing a brutal wakeup call following the damaging effects of the pandemic, CISOs, CIOs, CTOs, regulators, and policymakers across government, finance, healthcare, telecom, energy, and utilities, will unpack innovative strategies at GISEC to create a robust, cyber-resilient ecosystem that inspires trust in the digital economy.

Strategically organized in close partnership with the UAE’s most influential cyber entities, including the UAE Cyber Security Council, Dubai Electronic Security Centre, Dubai Police, Telecommunications And Digital Government Regulatory Authority, Smart Dubai, the Investment Corporation of Dubai, ADNOC Refining and aeCERT, GISEC will curate and prioritize the region’s strategic cybersecurity agendas. 

The UAE Cyber Security Council will host the first-ever Global Cybersecurity Congress at GISEC, where government cybersecurity leaders will share their expertise on some of the most pressing issues now facing the industry.

Enabling Resilience in Digital Economies

Held under the theme ‘Enabling Resilience in Digital Economies’, GISEC’s hard-hitting conference agenda will host international cybersecurity innovators for three days of industry-shaping dialogue around the most pressing cybersecurity issues currently affecting enterprises and governments. Leading international solutions providers and cyber experts will gather at GISEC 2021, which will host debut country pavilions from Germany and Turkey.

GISEC 2021’s powerful conference agenda will attract leading international cybersecurity experts, including Craig Jones, Cybercrime Director, INTERPOL; Sudhakar Ramakrishna, President, and Chief Executive Officer, SolarWinds; H.E. Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, NigeriaVictor Gevers, Ethical Hacker and Co-Founder, GDI Foundation, who hacked former the United States President Donald Trump’s Twitter twice; and Matthias Schranner, Founder and CEO of the Schranner Negotiation Institute, the FBI-trained negotiator who has advised the UN and will discuss tactics used in hacker blackmail negotiations.

GISEC’s Saudi Arabia Focus Day will evaluate the country’s growing cybersecurity spending, estimated to be worth $28 billion by 2025, and its evolving regulatory environment. Leading CISOs, regulators, policymakers, and security authorities will discuss the Kingdom’s roadmap, with speakers including Dr. Faisal Sibai, Vice President and CISO of a sovereign wealth fund; Sultan Altukhaim, Chief Information Security Officer, The Saudi Investment Bank; Muath AlHomoud, CISO, Tasnee; and Hafiz Farooq, Global Security Architect, Saudi Aramco.  

The Africa Forum will examine the effects of the continent’s internet user threshold doubling to 1 billion by 2022, bolstering increased demand for technological transformation and advanced cybersecurity solutions as well as the continent’s readiness for digital and cryptocurrency adoption. The Forum will hear from speakers including Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola, Chairman of the African Union of Cyber Security Experts Group and Dr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CEO of Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency.

GISEC 2021 will take place amid the strict COVID prevention protocols which have enabled DWTC to prove its capability to curate the safest in-person business environment and deliver world-class events with the highest safety protocols. In February, DWTC welcomed tens of thousands of visitors at Gulfood 2021 – the first live F&B event, globally, for 12 months, where 98% of visitors recorded a ‘safe’ or ‘very safe’ experience.

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