Inaugural Gulf News Cybersecurity Forum to Host Top Regional Experts
Inaugural Gulf News Cybersecurity Forum to Host Top Regional Experts

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The region’s cybersecurity frontrunners will convene at the first Gulf News Cybersecurity Forum 2023.

Gulf News’ agnc3 is orchestrating the kick-off event, which is slated to transpire on June 15 in Dubai. The forum aims to navigate a gamut of topics through engaging panel debates, centering around combatting cyber threats in the digital era.

Six separate sessions will see experts exploring pressing issues, such as the importance of robust CIO-CFO dynamics for business; the evolution of cybersecurity; the essentials of cloud safety in the digital epoch; cybersecurity infrastructure; the demand for security evaluations; comprehensive security conformity, and artificial intelligence.

The UAE is anticipated to pour $20 billion into establishing itself as a tech and innovation nexus in the Middle East this year. Worldwide, the cybersecurity industry is projected to amass a worth of $363.05 billion by 2025, marking a 125% surge from 2019’s expenditure according to Mordor Intelligence consultancy’s research. The UAE cybersecurity market anticipates maintaining an annual growth of 11.1% from 2020-26.

Avinash Advani, the Founder and CEO of CyberKnight and one of the event’s sponsors, conveyed his enthusiasm for participating in the forum. He noted the significance of their presence at this event, given their role as trusted advisers to enterprises and government bodies in the region.

Advani also highlighted that cybercrime techniques have stayed relatively stable, yet their intricacy has evolved. He pointed out that cybercriminals had targeted crucial regional infrastructure in sectors such as IT, finance, healthcare, and energy in 2022, creating high-profile incidents. Although core cybercrime strategies remain unchanged, their sophistication has amplified.

The day’s agenda commences with keynote addresses from Dr. Mohammed Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cybersecurity, UAE Government, and Dr. Bushra Al Blooshi, Head of Research & Innovation, Dubai Electronic Security Center, Digital Dubai Authority.

Koshy Oommen, InShield’s Managing Director, expressed his anticipation to Gulf News about witnessing so many trailblazers together. He referred to the Gulf News Cybersecurity Forum 2023 as a knowledge-sharing platform and a venue for exchanging insights and best practices in cybersecurity. The event aims to gather experts, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to debate emergent threats, inventive solutions, and protective strategies against the backdrop of digital transformation.

Emad Faraj, Senior Director – Sales META, Recorded Future, highlighted the need for reinforcing cybersecurity in the face of rising cybercrime. He underscored the value of events like the Gulf News Cybersecurity Forum in elevating cybersecurity awareness. Faraj mentioned that his team is always searching for high-quality events promising worthwhile interactions with C-Level cybersecurity professionals. He attributed the large turnout of professionals from various sectors to Gulf News’ dedicated readership and established heritage.

The Gulf News Cybersecurity Forum 2023, held at Anantara Downtown Dubai Hotel, boasts sponsorship from leading tech firms such as Huawei, Recorded Future, Inshield Technologies, XM Cyber, Cyberknight, Skyhigh Security, Plus 971 Cybersecurity, EMT Distribution, Progress, Flexera, Mindfire Technologies, Infinidat, Finesse, Honeywell, Cloud Networks, SAF, Avanade, and ABA Legal Consultants.

The event enjoys the patronage of Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cyber Security, UAE Government, and a partnership with the UAE Cyber Security Council. Endorsements from the Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC) and Digital Dubai Authority also add credibility to the forum.