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About GECSS

On 26th May 2021, join security industry’s leading players, solution providers and key CISOs from the UAE for a High Tea whilst engaging in critical knowledge sharing on the modern day vulnerability landscape.

Though business is gradually returning to normalcy in many parts of the world, global leaders predict that remote working and remote workplace would increasingly be a norm amongst the business and many companies are putting employee health and wellness as priority. With this new norm, the remote workplace poses unique security challenges for companies. Because employees are not physically working on-site, they’re often relying on their own Wi-Fi networks and devices to access company data. To mitigate security risks, companies must implement clear and comprehensive policies and take proactive measures to ensure the safety and integrity of company data.

The GEC Security Symposium and CISO Awards 2021, presented by Cyber Sentinels, explores the true meaning of what end-to-end security means in a digital enterprise and recognizes the leading players in the industry and the cutting edge solutions that they are bringing to the market. The event is an excellent platform for collaboration between those working in the IT security industry and those who provide the latest solutions and services in this sector.

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Dedicated Tracks and Sessions

CISO 2021 Awards

The Cyber Sentinels CISO Awards will recognize the hard taskmasters of security in the digital enterprises and felicitate their unwavering commitment towards their organization’s security infrastructure.The award recognizes the top CISOs who are using technology to secure critical business information assets and minimize risk while delivering business value. The award ceremony is a platform to showcase their achievements, share their expertise and knowledge.

Future Security Leaders Awards

As the threat landscape becomes increasingly vulnerable with each passing day, there is no end to innovation and no limit to betterment when it comes to enterprise security solutions. The Cyber Sentinels Security Awards 2021 recognizes the security vendors, VADs, System Integrators and Resellers who have walked the extra mile in innovating their solutions and services for the customers and redefined the term ‘value’ in security offerings.

Other Attractions

Secret Briefings

Secret Briefings

A group of 8 to 10 CISOs get together in the Dark Room to determine the hidden risks, threats and vulnerabilities of the 2021 organizations.

Hack the Day

Hack the Day

This real-life hacking will blow you off your seat. Let us see how safe the mobile in your hand or laptop in your bag…….. or your.

  • 08:30 AM

    Registration

  • 09:30 AM

    Welcome Note

    Anushree Dixit, Global Head of Strategic Alliance, GEC Media Group

  • 09:40 AM

    Opening Keynote: FIFA 2022 WAR Room – Resilience Approach

    Arnab K. Mukherjee, Business Continuity Crisis Manager, Vodafone

  • 10:00 AM

    Fireside Chat -What is the ROI in investing in a BCM Plan?

    Moderator : Adnan Ahmed, Lead Specialist - Business Continuity & Risk, Ma'aden (Saudi Arabian Mining Company)

    Samir Pawaskar - Cyber Security, Governance & Business Continuity Expert - Government

    Abdus Salam - Head, Business Continuity Management - Qatar Islamic Bank

    Adnan Abu AlHaija-Group Head of Risk-Qatar General Insurance & Reinsurance Co

  • 10:30 AM

    Pathbreaking GRC Solution for Middle East

    Muzammil Riyaz, Founder, BlueFinn GRC

  • 10:45 AM

    Panel Discussion: State of Cloud Security in Modern Enterprises - 2023 & Beyond

    Moderator : Chander Mohan Raina, Head of Information Technology & Telecommunications, Grand Regency Doha Hotel

    Dr. Muhammad Malik - Manager Information Security - Government

    Varun Vij - Cybersecurity Manager - Mitsubishi

    Nikunj Dilip Desai - Head, Cyber Security - Commercial Bank of Qatar

  • 11:15 AM

    The Importance of Identity Security Modernization

    Tamer Odeh, Regional Director, Sentinel One

  • 11:30 AM

    Standardization in service of cyber assurance

    Kamal Zian, CISO of Huawei Gulf North

  • 11:45 AM

    Panel Discussion: CISO and Transformation - 2023 and Beyond

    Moderator: Chander Mohan Raina, Head of Information Technology & Telecommunications, Grand Regency Doha Hotel

    Jamsheed P. Chithari-Manager Infrastructure and Security - Qatar Insurance Group

    Faizal Babu, Head of Enterprise & Risk Management - Gulf Drilling International Q.S.C.

  • 12:15 PM

    Navigating Data Privacy in the Middle East

    Niraj Mathur, Managing Director, Protiviti Middle East Member Firm

  • 12:30 PM

    Panel Discussion: State of Security & Risk Management in Government Organizations - 2023 & Beyond

    Moderator : Chander Mohan Raina, Head of Information Technology & Telecommunications, Grand Regency Doha Hotel

    Mohammad Saquib, Sr. Network and Security Consultant, Government Entity, Qatar

    Nazia Sharieff - Information Security Officer | International Speaker - Government

    Ozel Hurmuzlu - Senior Enterprise Risk Management Analyst | Business Continuity - Qatar University

  • 01:00 PM

    BCM & Risk Champions Awards 2023

  • 01:10 PM

    CISO Awards 2023

  • 01:20 PM

    Future Security Leaders Awards 2023

  • 01:25 PM

    Symposium Closing Notes

  • 08:30 AM

    Registration and Breakfast Networking

  • 09:30 AM

    Welcome Note

    Anushree Dixit, Global Head of Strategic Alliance, GEC Media Group

  • 09:40 AM

    Opening Keynote: Business Continuity Implementation Challenges in the Kingdom

    Adnan Ahmed, Lead Specialist - Business Continuity & Risk, Maaden - Saudi Arabian Mining Company

  • 10:00 AM

    Fireside Chat - What is the ROI in investing in a BCM Plan?Fireside Chat - What is the ROI in investing in a BCM Plan?

    Mohammad Hassan Abdullah, Business Continuity, IT Disaster Recovery, Crisis Management, Technology Risk and IT Governance, Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare

    Riyaz Feroze, Security Strategy & Leadership, Program Delivery & IT Governance, BCM/ DR Delivery, IT services

    Saghir Ahmad Khan, Technical Program Manager, Saudi Business Machines

    Rajeesh Kumar, CTO, Mindfire Technologies

    Moderator: Adnan Ahmed, Lead Specialist - Business Continuity & Risk, Ma'aden (Saudi Arabian Mining Company)

  • 10:30 AM

    Pathbreaking GRC Solution for Middle East

    Muzammil Riyaz, Founder, BlueFinn GRC

  • 10:45 AM

    State of Cloud Security in Modern Enterprises - 2023 and Beyond

    Dr. Srijith Nair, CISO, Careem

    Moayad Al Ghanmi, Director of Information & Cyber Security, King Abdullah Economic City

    Vikram Verma, Head of IT Governance, Security, and Project Delivery, Roshn

    Charbel Ghostine, Regional Cloud Alliance Manager (META), Barracuda

    Mohammad Ahmad Alomari, Director, Cyber Security & Privacy Management, Solutions by stc

    Moderator: Saghir Ahmad Khan, Technical Program Manager, Saudi Business Machines

  • 11:15 AM

    Everywhere Security for the New Digital Era

    Bader Ramadan Ismail Shaath, Senior Solutions Engineer, Enterprise, Cloudflare

  • 11:30 AM

    State of BFSI Security & Risk Management in 2023

    Zidan Attia, Associate Manager Operational Risk & Risk Management, Islamic Development Bank

    Hatem Fallatah, Senior Risk Management Specialist, Center for National Health Insurance

    Abdelmajed A Saeed, Cyber Security GRC Manager, Insurance Sector

    Arsalan Yousuf, Director – Resilience & Crisis Management, Deloitte Middle East

    Moderator: Eng. Mohammed Mahnashi, Information Technology Advisor, Government

  • 12:00 PM

    Keep An Eye On Your IT With Paessler PRTG

    Mustafa Farag, Presales Engineer - EMEA, Paessler AG

  • 12:15 PM

    State of Security & Risk Management in Government Organizations - 2023 and Beyond

    Auoob Aldakael, Director of Risk Management, Government

    Abdullah S. Marghalany, CISO, Ministry of Health

    Moderator: Eng. Mohammed Mahnashi, Information Technology Advisor, Government

  • 12:45 PM

    Navigating Data Privacy in the Middle East

    Niraj Mathur, Managing Director, Protiviti Middle East Member Firm

  • 01:00 PM

    BCM & Risk Champions Awards 2022

  • 01:05 PM

    CISO Awards 2023

  • 01:10 PM

    Future Security Awards 2023

  • 01:20 PM

    Symposium Closing Notes

  • 08:30 AM

    Registration

  • 09:30 AM

    Welcome Note

    Ronak Samantaray, Co-Founder & CEO, GEC Media Group

  • 09:40 AM

    Opening Keynote: UAE Cyber Security Council

    His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cyber Security, Cyber Security Council, UAE Government

  • 10:00 AM

    Fireside Chat - What is the ROI in investing in a BCM Plan?

    Moderator: Adnan Ahmed, Lead Specialist Business Continuity, Ma'aden

    Bilal Ahmad-Information Security & Business Continuity Manager-Union Coop

    Srihari Upadhya-Assitant General Manager, IT Risk and Compliance, Aster DM Healthcare

    Suzan Alghanem-Section Manager, Business Continuity Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi

    Evita Faustina Francis-Business Resilience Practice Leader - MENA-Marsh

    Rajeesh Kumar, CTO, Mindifre Technologies

  • 10:30 AM

    Pathbreaking GRC Solution for Middle East

    Muzammil Riyaz, Founder, BlueFinn GRC

  • 10:45 AM

    State of Cloud Security in Modern Enterprises - 2023 and Beyond

    Heide Young, Manager Cyber Strategy & Engagement - NEOM, Tonumos

    Mohammad Faheem, Cyber Security Lead - CHALHOUB GROUP

    Marzouq Alnuaimi, Director of Cloud Security - G42

    Prashant Nair-Group CISO-Airtel Africa PLC

  • 11:15 AM

    Future of Threat Detection and Response

    Amit Roy, Head of Cybersecurity (META), Eviden

  • 11:30 AM

    Panel Discussion - Building Emotional Resilience & Creating Effective Human Recovery Processes for Crisis Situations

    Vidya Valbh - Head of Cyber Strategy and Cyber Risk & Governance-Careem

    Carlo Loveri - Risk and Business Continuity Manager-Emirates Steel

    Rajabali Wishiwala - Head Of Information Security and IT Risk Management-Landmark Group

  • 12:00 PM

    Navigating Data Privacy in the Middle East

    Niraj Mathur, Managing Director, Protiviti Middle East Member Firm

  • 12:15 PM

    State of BFSI Security and Risk Management in 2023

    Flavio Carvalho, CISO, Sofinco Espana

    Waqas Haider, Chief Information Security Officer, HBL Microfinance Bank

    Neha Yadav, CISO, RAIN

  • 12:45 PM

    Everywhere Security for the New Digital Era

    Ahmad Badawi Abou Zaher, Senior Solutions Engineer, Enterprise, Cloudflare

  • 01:00 PM

    Lunch and Networking

  • 02:00 PM

    State of Security and Risk management in Government Organizations- 2023 and Beyond

    Saqar Al Ali, Director Information Security-Sharjah Finance Department

    Zaheer Kazi - Enterprise Messaging & Security Specialist - Ministry of Interior, UAE

  • 02:45 PM

    BCM & Risk Champions Awards 2022

  • 03:00 PM

    CISO Awards 2023

Speakers 2021

Anas Elsadig Eltahir

Senior Information Security Specialist | The Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department

Tareque Choudhury

Vice President, Technology Risk & Enterprise Architecture | Risk Management Architecture & Governance, Dubai Airports

Mr. Anil Bhandari

Chief Mentor & Thought Leader | ARCON

Vijay Babber

Senior Channel Manager, MEA Gigamon

Bilal Ahmad

Head Information Security & Business Continuity | Union Cooperative Society

Syed Mohammad Ali Naqvi

Head of AI, Data and Analytics Al Hilal Bank

Hariprasad Chede

Chief Information Security Officer | National Bank of Fujairah

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Rohit Bhargava

Business Unit Head | CloudBox

Ashish Khanna

Information Security Professional, Dubai Government Entity

Dr Hoda Alkhzaimi

Director of Center of Cyber Security, New York University Abu Dhabi & President | Emirates Digital Association for Women (EDAW)

Jean-Michel Briffaut

Rail OT Cybersecurity Manager | Serco Dubai Metro

Prashant Nair

Group Head of Operational Risk and Control Network International

Sheeba Hasnain

Head of IT Operations, Confidential

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Wissam Saadeddine

Regional Manager, ME | Infoblox

Nicolai Solling

Chief Technology Officer, Help AG

Arun Shankar

Editor, GEC Media

Exclusive Secret Briefing Speakers 2021

Siddhartha Murthinty

Chief Solutions Architect | Spire Solutions

Mohieddin Kharnoub

Chief Revenue Officer | Spire Solutions

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Speakers 2020

Abdelmajed Ahmed Saeed

Acting CISO, Medgulf The Mediterranean & Gulf Cooperative Insurance & Reinsurance Co. (S.J.S.C.) KSA

Abdul Rehman Tariq Butt

Country Director Middle East, Pulse Secure

Abdullah Al Barwani

General Manager for Corporate Security, Omantel

Abubakar Arshad

Director of Cyber Security , BNET- Bahrain Network

Ayad (Ed) Sleiman

Head of Information Security King Abdullah University of Science and Technology KSA

Vijay Babber

Senior Channel Manager, MEA Gigamon

Faizal Babu Kavungal

IT Governance and ERM Specialist Gulf Drilling International Ltd Qatar

Dr. Lopa Mudraa Basuu

Executive Director Cyber Risk & Information Security, Sysinnova Infotech India

Mansoor Ahmad Mughal

Deputy Manager - Information Security Dubai Financial Market UAE

Michael Byrnes

Director of Solutions Engineering iMEA, BeyondTrust

Mohammed Ishtiaq Hussain

Head of IT Infrastructure and IT Security at Doha Bank Qatar

Navaneethan M

Senior Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer(CISO) & Head of IT at PayU, a Naspers Group India

Ray Thorpe

Global CISO, eShopWorld Ireland

Syed Abdul Qadir

Director - Technology Risk and Cybersecurity Assurance A.F.Ferguson & Co. (PwC Pakistan)

Virag Thakkar

Head of IT, Risk and Governance - Agoda Thailand

Ronak Samantaray

CEO - GEC Media Group

Anushree Dixit

Global Head - Content and strategic Alliances

Arun Shankar

Editor, GEC Media

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