10:50 – 11:00
DEFENCE   Moderator Opening Remarks GISEC MAINSTAGE
11:00 – 11:15
DEFENCE   KEYNOTE ADDRESS GISEC MAINSTAGE Leveraging tech & innovation in Defence sector to accelerate cybersecurity

Some statistics predict that more than 50% of businesses could experience a data breach during 2023, so cybersecurity – particularly in the critical military arena – must keep pace with technological advances in order to secure all assets and associated data. New land, sea, and space technologies will all require a strong cyber backbone.

Reserved for Ministry of Defense UAE
11:15 – 11:30
DEFENCE   SPECIAL ADDRESS GISEC MAINSTAGE Safeguarding digital twin data in military applications through cybersecurity

Kusti Salm Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence of Estonia Estonia

11:30 – 11:50
DEFENCE   DEFENCE LEADERS FIRESIDE CHAT GISEC MAINSTAGE AI Essentials: Military dominance won’t be defined by the size of an army but by the performance of its algorithms
AI can streamline operations, enhance productivity, enable real-time data synchronization, and simplify customization processes

Kusti Salm Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence of Estonia Estonia

11:50 – 12:05
DEFENCE   Knowledge Showcase Group IB GISEC MAINSTAGE
12:05 – 13:00
DEFENCE   DEFENCE STRATEGY PANEL GISEC MAINSTAGE Reinforcing the “Defend Forward” strategy

Ashley Acedillo Deputy Director General for Cyber and Emerging Threats National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Philippines

Dr. Osei Bonsu Dickson Chief Legal Advisor Ministry of National Security Ghana

Major General Manjeet Singh Joint Secretary National Security Council Secretariat(NSCS) India

Talal Al-Saadi Director of the Office of the Undersecretary Ministry of Interior Oman

Daniel Hikes-Wurm Senior Advisor for Defence Policy Federal Ministry of Defence Austria

13:00 – 13:15
DEFENCE   Knowledge Showcase Claroty GISEC MAINSTAGE
13:15 – 13:35
DEFENCE   TRUE STORY GISEC MAINSTAGE Darkness to Light: The Ghanaian Utility Company''s Resilient Victory Over a 5-Day Cyber Attack Blackout

In a striking blow to the nation''s largest electricity vendor, a sophisticated ransomware attack left customers in the lurch, unable to purchase power or check their meters, with some plunged into darkness for days. This cyber onslaught crippled critical systems, causing significant disruptions. Swiftly responding, the utility company rolled out its incident response strategy, isolating compromised systems and enlisting the expertise of cybersecurity professionals. The ordeal temporarily halted essential services, leading to widespread inconvenience and notable financial repercussions. In the aftermath, the company embarked on a rigorous enhancement of its Defences, focusing on employee cybersecurity awareness, bolstering its digital fortifications, and engaging in proactive industry collaboration to tackle four pressing challenges: technical, legal, reputational, and financial. This incident illuminated the pivotal lessons on the necessity of continuous training, advanced cybersecurity protocols, and the power of collective industry efforts.

Dr. Osei Bonsu Dickson Chief Legal Advisor Ministry of National Security Ghana

13:35 – 13:55
DEFENCE   Fortifying National and EU Defense through Regional Collaboration and Technological Innovation GISEC MAINSTAGE Unifying Efforts for Cyber Defense, demanding secure solutions. Towards the shared goal of creating a resilient, responsive, and robust cyber environment.

Daniel Hikes-Wurm Senior Advisor for Defence Policy Federal Ministry of Defence Austria

13:55 – 14:10
14:10 – 14:30
DEFENCE   SPOTLIGHT GISEC MAINSTAGE Securing Supply Chain to protect Department of Defense’s objectives – A story of 12yr saga in dealing with 200,000+ contractors in supply chain

• Emergence of requirement of federal law to protect Defense Information in Contractor managed systems - Talks didn't work, so Law was needed
• Challenges in applicability & roll out for 200,000+ contractors for varied scope
• Collaboration between Govt & Contractors - The need of hour to have acceptability from Industry
• Benefits delivered at the end - Keeping Nations interest in mind

Prof. Dr. Shri Kulkarni Defense Security Advisor & Strategist North America, Canada

14:30 – 15:50
DEFENCE   Cybersecurity Transformation GISEC MAINSTAGE

Mariam Alhammadi Head of CSOC Ministry of Interior United Arab Emirates

14:50 – 15:10
DEFENCE   FUTURE TALKS GISEC MAINSTAGE Is your cyber security program realistic & measurable?

Phil will illustrate how success and the effectiveness of your cyber security program can be hard to measure. Management continually want to see KPIs or indicators that they are now more secure after spending large amounts of money on security defences. So how do we demonstrate that the money was well spent?

Phil Cracknell CISO for a UK Defence company & Former Cabinet Office Cyber Security Subject Matter Expert. UK Defence company United Kingdom

15:10 – 15:30
DEFENCE   DEFENCE PANEL GISEC MAINSTAGE Deterring cyber espionage: The Invinsible Battle lines

Nation-state actors amplify cyber warfare with state-sponsored hacking, blurring traditional and cyber warfare, impacting geopolitics profoundly.

Dr. Deepak Kumar Sr. Cyber Intelligence & Digital Forensics Expert India

15:30 – 15:30