Saudi Arabia’s tech leaders unite to push for a more Cyber-Resilient future for the region

World Cyber Security Summit (#TresconCyber) gathered key stakeholders from Saudi Arabia and the world to discuss effective cyber-resilience strategies for the kingdom in a post-pandemic age. WCSS included leading cyber security experts and solution providers who succeeded in highlighting trends, challenges and key business opportunities in the region’s cyber security industry. 

In a bid to support Saudi Arabia’s bold vision of becoming a more hyper-connected digital hub and knowledge-based economy, World Cyber Security Summit succeeded in highlighting the potentials of key technologies for enabling a more cyber-resilience framework for the region. World Cyber Security Summit – KSA, saw senior level cyber security leaders from the kingdom participate in the online event. 

The discussion essentially centred on creating cyber security framework for critical assets and critical Infrastructure, cyber security technologies for smart cities of the future, cyber security and defense strategy for governments and other burning questions that are on top of the mind of CyberSec leaders.

Key takeaways and Highlights from World Cyber Security Summit

In a keynote on Cyber Security Technologies for Smart Cities of the Future, Mike Loginov, CISO & CTO of NEOM, Saudi Arabia, said:

“The next evolution is the advent of the cognitive city. NEOM will be built on IoT devices, so the first criterion is to push the onus out on to the supply chain. We want to know that the technologies are properly tested before we deploy them in the live environment.  We have to ensure every one of those is secured to a level.” He stated in his opening statement.

Tech Talk on Planning for Recovery

Haider Pasha, Sr. Director and Chief Security Officer for North/Eastern Europe, Middle East, & Africa, Palo Alto Networks, UAE delivered a tech talk on ‘Maintaining cyber-resilience during Covid’ and shared a few key cyber security trends. His presentation covered three key areas such as business continuity, secure access and increasing collaboration. He said, “Covid has accelerated a lot of digitization initiatives, both from a smart city and business perspective. For us, technology is always the last piece of the puzzle. You have to ensure your strategy, organization, policy, processes are correct, technology is just an add-on.”

Government Panel Discussion

The summit featured a panel discussion on ‘Cyber Security and Defense Strategy for Government’. Panellists included Mike Loginov, CISO & CPO, NEOM, Saudi Arabia; Sultan Moraished, CISO, Red Sea Development, Saudi Arabia; Ahmed Aldammas, Executive Director Cybersecurity, The Council of Cooperative Health Insurance, Saudi Arabia and Ali Abdullah Hasan, Head of IT, National Oil and Gas Authority, Bahrain. 

The summit also included sessions from Omer Yoachimik, DDoS Product Manager, Cloudflare, UK; Professor Ben Azvine, Global Head of Security Research and Innovation, BT Security, UK; Tarek Kuzbari, Regional Director Middle East & Turkey at Cybereason, UAE; Tom Sams, Solutions Engineer at Digital Shadows UK; Ron Peeters, Vice President Middle East & Emerging Markets, Synack, Netherlands and Dr. Sam Small, Chief Security Officer, ZeroFOX, USA. 

The Saudi Arabia edition of World Cyber Security Summit was officially sponsored by Platinum Sponsor – Palo Alto Networks, Inc; Gold Sponsors; Cloudflare, Inc.; BTAS; Cybereason; and Digital Shadows Ltd.; Silver Sponsors – Eastvantage; and SHELT; Bronze Sponsors – Synack; and ZeroFox.

About World Cyber Security Summit

World Cyber Security Summit is a thought-leadership driven, business-focused initiative that provides a platform for pre-qualified CISOs, CISOs, CIOs, CEOs, CTOs, Heads of Research, Industry Practitioners, IT Decision Makers and Experts in Cyber Security to explore new-age threats and the technologies/strategies for enabling cyber-resilience. 

This initiative takes place in strategic locations across the world and features exciting keynotes, government and enterprise use-case presentations, product showcase, panel discussions and tech talks to discuss the latest trends, opportunities and challenges in the world of cyber security.

Register for our upcoming event: mena.worldcybersecuritysummit.com/free-pass-registration

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Author: Eleanor Hazelton

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