Time Event & Speakers

Registration & Networking


Early Bird Raffle


Welcome Address

Megha Kumar
Research Director, Software, IDC Middle East & Africa

Security Metrics for the Digital Era

Megha Kumar
Research Director, Software, IDC Middle East & Africa

Organizations in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa are increasingly trying to find a balance between keeping the lights on and improving business agility. National-level strategies and shifting industry dynamics are driving organizations in the region to innovate and experiment with new types of technologies, and thereby change IT and business-wide processes. IT security is no longer limited to protecting technology assets; today, security also aims to ensure business resiliency. As digital transformation initiatives progress, organizations will need to build business-level strategies for security. This presentation will examine the current state of the security landscape and explain how risk, trust, and consent must be built into security strategies as we enter an era of multiplied innovation.


ISACA Presentation

Dr.Mazen Mohamed Abdulla Ali
President, ISACA Bahrain Chapter

Enterprise Digital Security Transformation

Sunil Varkey
CTO & Security Strategist, Symantec

With the adoption of social, mobile, AI and Cloud, enterprise business models, architecture and threat landscape are continuously changing. Trust in the digital environment and regulations are mandating new approach in securing enterprises. Symantec’s Integrated Cyber Defense platform with termination points focus and zero trust approach is leading the security industry.



Cyber Deception solutions for early internal threat detection and orchestrated incident response

Ashraf Daqqa
Country Manager, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain & Levant, Attivo Networks


The Need for Speed:How efficient can businesses detect, respond to and remediate cyber threats?

Hani Nofal
Vice President of Intelligent Network Solutions (INS),Security and Mobility, GBM

1) Digital Transformation Journey

2) Importance of Security in this journey

3) Cloud Security Market Overview and Cisco slides

4) The fine print - Who protects the data - Customer or Cloud Provider ?

5) Summary of Recommendations



Tea/Coffee & Networking Break


Securing Operational Technology (OT)

Hussam Kebbi
Systems Engineer




Securing the modern hybrid infrastructure

Hadi Jaafarawi
Managing Director – Qualys Middle East

As Enterprises step into their digital transformation journey, they are exploring and adopting new technologies and concepts like containers, DevOps, Mobility, IoT, OT and Cloud while still maintaining their traditional data centers. Thus, we see the rise of the modern hybrid infrastructure which forces Enterprises to re-think their IT infrastructure, applications and security. This presentation provides an insight on the challenges of securing a modern hybrid infrastructure and provides an insight on the future of security.


Leverage Existing Infrastructure for Scalable Data Protection

Ahmad Mubarak
Sr. Pre-Sales Manager - Infoblox Middle East, Infoblox


Cyber security threats to Business Digital Transformation

Karthik Ananda Rao
Technical Consultant, ManageEngine


Cybersecurity: Protection of Digital Assets

Ansar Mohideen
Manager – Information Security Manager, ESKAN Bank

Security complexity continues to be a concern for organizations, especially as new threats require new types of strategies. This presentation will provide guidance on security management and highlight how a platform-based approach is critical for addressing security.


Panel Discussion: Best Practices Around OT Security

Vijaya Kumar T
Chief Risk Officer, Bahrain Development Bank
Mohamed Abu Hassan
Director Information Systems - Ministry of Works and Municapilities
Mohammed Isa Hammad
Senior Manager Information Security, Bahrain Islamic Bank

In this session our panelists will discuss best practices for introducing and improving OT security within organizations. In particular, they will focus on the strategies that organizations should adopt given the rising prevalence of industrial IoT solutions.


Summary & Close


Final Raffle Draw


Lunch & Networking


Ronita Bhattacharjee

Vice President - Conferences, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey

+971 4 391 2747

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