08:00 – 08:50

Registration and Refreshments 

08:50 – 09:00

Welcome remarks by MS Events

09:00 – 09:20

Opening VIP keynote: From policies to certifications to harmonization

Ayesha Almarzooqi, Permit Sections Head, Dubai Electronic Security Center

09:20 – 09:40

Thought leadership keynote: The changing landscape of critical Infrastructure from the advent of technology disruptors and approaches

Biju Hameed, Head- Technology Infrastructure Operations, Dubai Airports

09:40 – 10:00  

Keynote: Redefining cloud security governance in the digital era


Song Haibin, Principal Engineer, Huawei Cloud Computing Security and Privacy Office

10:00 – 10:40

Panel discussion: Key strategies for protecting critical resources and ensuring cyber-defence in the cloud

  • Addressing the increasing frequency and complexity of cyberattacks targeting cloud assets and the evolving tactics used by attackers to remain undetected
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the challenges associated with cloud security and the potential consequences of successful breaches
  • Learn from experts the most effect cyber-defence strategies for the cloud that organizations can implement to ensure the protection of critical resources


  • Ahmed Sherif, Senior IT Support Engineer & Cloud Solutions Expert, Government Entity


  • Dr Ebrahim Al Alkeem Al Zaabi, Digital Transformation – Cyber Security – Artificial Intelligence expert, Director, Government of Abu Dhabi (UAE) 
  • Mohamed Al Maleki, Senior Information Security Specialist, Federal Tax Authority   
  • Ashraf Esmat Khalil, Senior Solution Architect, Huawei Middle East, and Central Asia
  • Adel Alhosani, CISO & Information Security Senior Manager, Dubai Customs

10:40 – 11:00

Unravelling the Invisible Threat: Demystifying Supply-Chain Attacks in the Digital Age

As businesses become increasingly reliant on interconnected digital networks, software and services, vulnerabilities in the supply-chain can have far-reaching consequences. In this eye-opening presentation, we delve into the complex world of supply-chain attacks, a rising concern in the cybersecurity field. We will explore the anatomy of these invisible threats, examine real-world examples, and discuss potential strategies for mitigating the risks.

Maher Yamout, Senior Security Researcher, Global Research and Analysis Team, Kaspersky


11:00 – 11:20

Keynote: Building a cybersecurity center of excellence: Effective strategies for developing and scaling effective security teams


Mariam Alhammadi, SOC Manager, Ministry of Interior

11:20 – 12:00

Networking coffee break

12:00 – 12:20

Keynote: Strengthening the defence of critical assets by integrating IT and OT security programs


Wazira Bawazir, Head of IT Infrastructure & Security Section, Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council

12:20 – 12:40

Keynote: The role of data classification in minimizing the risk of data breaches and cyber attacks

The increasing amount and variety of data generated and used by organizations have made it more challenging to protect them from cyber threats, breaches, and compliance risks. To minimize these risks, it is essential to have a comprehensive understanding of the data assets, their location, sensitivity, and usage, and to manage them in a secure and efficient manner. This keynote will explore how organizations can maximize their data security by better knowing and managing their data, leveraging technologies and best practices in data discovery, classification, encryption, access controls, and data lifecycle management.

12:40 – 13:00

Case Study – Techniques and Best Practices to secure cloud storage

Ahmed Sherif, Senior IT Support Engineer & Cloud Solutions Expert, Government Entity

13:00 – 13:20

Exclusive BFSI fire-side chat : Is Data Loss Prevention still a cost-effective solution for protecting sensitive information?

  • Discussing increasing importance of data protection in the digital age and highlighting the importance of data loss prevention (DLP) solutions as a means of safeguarding sensitive information
  • The latest trends and technologies in DLP, such as machine learning and cloud-based solutions
  • Potential challenges and costs associated with implementing and maintaining DLP solutions and significant role of DLP vendors in providing effective and affordable solutions
  • The alternatives and complementary measures to DLP, such as encryption, access controls, and employee training
  • The importance of complying with regulatory requirements, such as GDPR and CCPA, to facilitate data protection


Mahmoud Yassin, Head of IT Infrastructure and Security, United Arab Bank
Bilal Lodhia
, Enterprise IT Security Manager, Daman Investments

13:20 – 14:00

Emerging landscape of ransomware and best practices powered by Huawei


Neeraj Sharma, Senior Product Manager, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei UAE


Networking lunch 
End of Conference Day 1




08:00 – 08:50

Registration and Refreshments 

08:50 – 09:00

Welcome remarks by MS Events

09:00 – 09:20

VIP keynote address: Cybersecurity predictions and best practices for 2023-2024

H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti, Head of Cybersecurity, UAE Government

09:20 – 09:30

Cloud security whitepaper launch powered by Huawei


H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti, Head of Cybersecurity, UAE Government

09:30 – 10:00

Cybersecurity Innovation Series, Awards Ceremony 2023

10:00 – 10:20

Thought leadership keynote: Cybersecurity playbook in the digital era


Dr. Alyosius Cheang, President & Chief Security Officer, Huawei

10:20 – 10:40

Exclusive VIP Keynote: Best Practices for developing comprehensive security strategy plan

Adel Alhosani, Chief Information Security Officer, Dubai Customs

10:40 – 11:20

Panel Discussion: Ransomware response: Lessons learned and best practices

  • The challenges and opportunities of responding to a ransomware attack, including communication, decision- making, and stakeholder management
  • The role of incident response planning, backup and recovery, and technical forensics in mitigating the impact of a ransomware attack
  • The importance of collaboration and information sharing, both within the organization and with external partners, such as law enforcement and cybersecurity vendors
  • The emerging trends and technologies in ransomware defence, such as artificial intelligence,
  • behavioral analytics, and cloud security, and their potential role in improving ransomware response capabilities
  • The importance of leadership, culture, and employee training in fostering a resilient and adaptive ransomware defence strategy



Dr. Nachaat Mohamed, Assistant Professor – Cybersecurity, Rabdan Academy



  • Zain Khan, Head of Information Security Compliance & Governance, Nawah Energy Company
  • Akhtar Ali, Head of IT Section, Fujairah Natural Resources Corporation
  • Neeraj Sharma, Senior Product Manager, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei UAE

11:20 – 12:00 

Networking Coffee break

12:00 – 12:20

Keynote: Govern & Secure ChatGPT, to accelerate productivity


Beyond its hype, use of Generative Artificial Intelligence – Gen AI (e.g., ChatGPT) is predicted to grow by more than 25% each year for the next 5 years, promising new opportunities and benefits for the organisations. While the formulation of regulations is to follow, key principles that include security, privacy, accountability, and human oversight, will remain unchanged.

This session explores steps that organisations are taking to build foundational elements of Gen AI’s security and governance, based upon the current understanding of its evolving risks.


Faheem S, Director, Information Security, Majid Al Futtaim

12:20 – 12:40

The Hybrid Learning Space – sustainable personalized learning in a large healthcare organization (Maharati)

Dr. Kalthoom AlBlooshi, Chief Innovation Officer Director – Training and Development Center, Emirates Health Services

12:40 – 13:20

Panel discussion: A look into the future of governance, risk management, and compliance

  • The impact of emerging risks, such as cyber threats, climate change, and geopolitical instability, on GRC practices and strategies
  • The challenges and opportunities of regulatory compliance in a global and interconnected business environment
  • The importance of risk intelligence, data analytics, and automation in enhancing GRC effectiveness and efficiency
  • The role of culture, leadership, and ethics in fostering a sustainable and resilient GRC culture across the organization
  • The emerging trends and technologies in GRC, such as integrated risk management, regulatory technology (RegTech), and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting, and their potential implications for GRC practices and


  • Vishal Vijaykumar Bhawnani, Head of Cyber Security, Virgin Mobile UAE


  • Mohammed Al Nabtiti, PMO and Governance Manager, Bee’ah
  • Khurram Sabir, Chief Internal Auditor and Chief Risk Officer, General Pension and Social Security Authority
  • Mohammad Faheem, Cyber Security Lead, Chalhoub Group

13:20 – 13:40

Keynote: The importance of prevention and the consequences of inaction towards ransomware

Ransomware attacks have become one of the most pressing cybersecurity threats facing organizations today, with significant financial, operational, and reputational consequences. This keynote will explore the cost of inaction in the face of ransomware, and the value of prevention through a comprehensive and proactive ransomware defence strategy


Dr. Hossam Elshenraki, Associate Professor of criminal investigation, Dubai Police Academy          


Networking Lunch 
End of Conference Day 2