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11:00 – 11:00
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   Moderator Opening Remarks CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE
Moderator

Rebecca McLaughlin-Eastham TV Anchor

11:00 – 11:20
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   Special Address CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE Greater the Power, Greater the Security

Creating a strong cyber-defence for digital assets in Critical Infrastructure facilities, what role is AI playing?
Speakers

Dr. Ebrahim Al Alkeem Digital Transformation - Cyber Security - Artificial Intelligence Director Government of Abu Dhabi UAE

11:20 – 11:30
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   Special Address CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE Special Address AI-powered Ransomware Attacks: Are we ready to counterattack the attack? 
Speakers

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

11:30 – 11:45
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   A More Secure Option for the Cloud Era: The Unmatched Security of Cloud-Native Systems. CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE
Speakers

Eagle Wan Chief Security Expert of Enterprise Digitalization and Cloud Transformation Huawei China

11:45 – 12:25
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   OT Cybersecurity Panel CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE Unleashing AI and ML: Elevating Offensive and Defensive Tactics in OT Cybersecurity

The digital transformation journey within the oil and gas sector brings significant cybersecurity challenges to the fore. In our upcoming session, we delve into innovative models that merge IT and OT alongside network, endpoint, and cybersecurity management solutions. Explore strategic methodologies for effectively integrating people, processes, and technology, aiming to enhance the cybersecurity posture of organizations. Gain insights from the panel of experts from the Oil & Gas Industry as they share their views on fortifying your cybersecurity defenses in the face of evolving digital threats.
Moderator

Rebecca McLaughlin-Eastham TV Anchor

Speakers

Ahmed Al Saleh OT Cybersecurity Lead Saudi Aramco

Dr. Reem AlShammari CyberSecurity and Technology Thought Leader Energy Sector Kuwait

Christopher Anthony Director, Critical Information Infrastructure Division Cyber Security Agency Singapore

Hussain Altyabe Head of Governance and Cyber Security Bapco Upstream Bahrain

Abdulhakeem Al Alawi Head Information Security and Risk Management Oman LNG L.L.C

Sara Al Kindi Cyber Defense Head Petroleum Development Oman

Dr. Shaheela Banu Akbar Sheriff Information Security & Compliance Officer Oil & Gas Industry Kuwait

12:25 – 12:40
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   "Synergy in Security: Collaborative Strategies for Industrial Cyber Defense CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE Collaborative approaches to industrial cyber defense require a synergistic integration of human expertise and technological solutions that can help protect against cyber threats. People play crucial roles in decision-making, training, and incident response, while technologies like network segmentation, access control, threat detection and intelligence, and advanced analytical tools support these efforts. Adopting industry standards, fostering public-private partnerships, and leveraging advanced cybersecurity technologies enhance this synergy. The effectiveness of industrial cyber defense hinges on a balanced integration of human skills and technological solutions, ensuring a comprehensive and adaptable cybersecurity posture.
Speakers

Pranav Bhopatkar Director Cybersecurity, High Growth Regions, Honeywell UAE

12:40 – 13:00
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   TRUE STORY CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE Cyber Incident Response on India’s Largest Integrated Power Company
In October of 2023, Tata Power faced a cyber-attack affecting some IT systems. This further leads to the unauthorized release of sensitive information. In response to the same, we will learn about the attack and measures implemented by Tata Power and Learnings.
Speakers

Mihir Joshi Group Chief Cyber Security and Information Officer Tata Power India

13:00 – 13:15
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   Case Study Insights CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE Integrating OT Data into Your CISO''s Security Blueprint

In today''s interconnected world, Operational Technology (OT) plays a critical role in various industries, including manufacturing, energy, transportation, and healthcare. However, the convergence of OT with Information Technology (IT) infrastructure introduces unique cybersecurity challenges that require innovative solutions. This presentation explores strategies for effectively integrating OT information into your Chief Information Security Officer''s (CISO) security program. It begins by outlining the distinct characteristics of OT systems and their vulnerabilities, emphasizing the need for tailored security measures.
Speakers

Marty Edwards Deputy CTO, OT/IoT Tenable US

13:15 – 13:30
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   Building an Elite Cyber Defense Team Virtually Is No Easy Feat CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE Enhancing OT cyber incident response skills poses a challenge, necessitating a shift from traditional physical setups to virtual environments. This change addresses the rising vulnerabilities from IT and OT convergence, aiming to cut down on time and costs. Our session will explore the virtual replication of OT networks and components to boost IR teams' capabilities in defending critical infrastructure. We'll discuss developing detection, investigation, and response skills using top IT and OT security tools for virtual investigations. Join to learn strategies for preparing your team for OT cyber incidents efficiently.
Speakers

Nick Wetton Chief Revenue Officer Cyberbit

13:30 – 13:45
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   The true story of a 1# Million Dollar Hacker CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE
Moderator

Rebecca McLaughlin-Eastham TV Anchor

Speakers

Santiago Lopez Millionaire Hacker Argentina

13:45 – 14:00
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   Building an Exposure Management Program for Better Ransomware Readiness CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE Ransomware continues to be a threat to enterprises globally, however, there’s no need to accept it as fate. Through case studies, we will demonstrate the effectiveness of Security Validation in proactively testing your attack surface. Join Jay Mar-Tang, Field CISO at Pentera, as he highlights the tangible benefits of adopting a strategic Exposure Management framework for reducing ransomware risk. Walk away with a blueprint for proactively testing and validating the effectiveness of your existing security investments.
Speakers

Jason Mar-Tang AVP Field CISO Pentera USA

14:00 – 14:35
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   Energy & Utilities Cyber Leaders AI Panel CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE AI in Cybersecurity: So What's in Store for Energy and Utilities Companies?

Enhancing cybersecurity for energy/utilities: Tackling APTs, DDoS, IIoT, OT Security with AI, ensuring regulatory compliance, and strengthening organizational cybersecurity programs.
Moderator

Mohammed Zumla Independent Consultant Head Cyber Security and Resilience UK

Speakers

Cem Dursun CISO Enerjisa Enerji Turkey

Sara Al Kindi Cyber Defense Head Petroleum Development Oman

Babar Haq CTO-IT Huawei Middle East & Central Asia

Frank Van Caenegem VP Cybersecurity, CISO EMEA Schneider Electric France

Marty Edwards Deputy CTO, OT/IoT Tenable US

14:35 – 14:50
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   Pioneering Cybersecurity Innovations Across Key Industries CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE Dr. Giannis will share his insights on Talos - an elite group of security experts devoted to providing superior protection to customers with our products and services. The Talos team is focused on driving actionable intelligence through determined defenders that have the scale and capability to effect greater change in the threat landscape. To better leverage more intel, you have to have greater visibility to collect that intel. Basically, to stop more threats, you have to see more threat activity. Talos researchers, analysts, and engineers work around the clock, around the globe, in many languages to ensure our customers are always and consistently covered with up-to-the-minute intelligence-backed defensive content. Dr. Giannis will share examples and use cases from the Manufacturing, Transportation, Aviation, and Defense and Energy sectors – along with an Emergency response case study. 
Speakers

Giannis Tziakouris Senior Incident Response Architect Cisco Talos UAE

14:50 – 15:10
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   Fireside Chat CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE Assessing the Cybersecurity Risk in the Renewable Energy Landscape

In pursuit of fulfilling their SDGs, nations are increasingly turning to renewable energy sources. This shift has fueled growth in energy generation through wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, and other renewable means. The global market for renewable energy is projected to reach approximately US$ 2182.99 billion by 2032, expanding at a CAGR of 8.50% from 2023 to 2032. However, the burgeoning appeal of the renewable energy sector has also attracted a surge in cyber attacks, resulting in substantial financial losses for numerous organizations. Engage in a conversation with top CISOs, CTOs, and CIOs from the renewable energy industry as they share their expertise on best practices and strategies for safeguarding their organizations against such digital threats.
Moderator

Shahab Siddiqui Global Head of Cyber Security Petrofac UAE

Speakers

Khaled Al Teneiji Cyber Security Head ENOC UAE

Noura Al Sulaimani Director of Digital & Technology Services Masdar-Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company UAE

15:10 – 15:25
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   Fortifying the Future: DESC Cybersecurity Policies and Certifications CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE  
Speakers

Ayesha Almarzooqi Permits Section Head Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC)

15:25 – 15:50
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   UTILITY INFOSEC LEADERS PANEL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE The Growing Interconnectivity: Cyber Resilience of the Power Grid

The cyber resilience of power grids is paramount in safeguarding critical infrastructure. According to a 2022 report, there were 608 reported cyber incidents targeting the energy sector, with a 22% increase from the previous year. These incidents resulted in an estimated $23 billion in economic losses. Regarding specific threats, ransomware attacks on power utilities rose by 50%, emphasizing the urgent need for robust cybersecurity measures. The power grid's increasing interconnectivity, with an average of 13,000 devices per substation, heightens vulnerability. However, proactive measures, such as investment in Artificial Intelligence for threat detection, have shown promise in enhancing resilience. What ongoing efforts are essential to mitigate risks and fortify the cyber defenses of power grids to ensure reliable energy supply and national security?
Moderator

Ayad (Ed) Sleiman CISO Advisor King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Saudi Arabia

Speakers

Nick Charnley CISO TAQA UAE

Cem Dursun CISO Enerjisa Enerji Turkey

Mihir Joshi Group Chief Cyber Security and Information Officer Tata Power India

15:50 – 16:50
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE CONFERENCE ROUNDTABLES CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE
ROUNDTABLE 1
Digital Fortification of Your Manufacturing Empire

The benefit of digital fortification are:
• Operational Efficiency: Streamlined processes and real-time insights.
• Cost Reduction: Optimization of resources and improved supply chain management.
• Competitive Advantage: Staying ahead in a rapidly evolving industry landscape.

However, with digitization, we tend to introduce security Risk as well. Through this wound table we will try to understand:
• How to Make IT-OT Convergence Smooth
• Why IT and OT convergence has been tough historically
• Common IT and OT security challenges
• How IT and OT security teams can work together to have a common security framework
Roundtable Leader: Avinash Tiwari, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Pidilite Industries Limited, India
Core Panel: Prabhat Pathak, IT Director – Cyber Security and Technology, Retail Sports and Manufacturing  
Core Panel: Mohammed H. AlAbbadi, Group CISO, Fertiglobe PLC, UAE  

 
ROUNDTABLE 2
Integration of IT & OT Security
The merging of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) security is now essential for a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy. As OT becomes more standardized, IT-based cyber-attacks are on the rise. How is the industry enhancing the efficiency of threat detection and response? 
Roundtable Leader: Ahmed Al Saleh, OT Cybersecurity Lead, Saudi Aramco
Core Panel: Dr. Shaheela Banu Akbar Sheriff, Information Security & Compliance Officer, Oil & Gas Industry,
Core Panel: KuwaitAbdulhakeem Al Alawi, Information Security Manager (CISO), Oman LNG L.L.C.
 
ROUNDTABLE 3
Supply Chain Security – The Weakest Link in CI
Dependence on external suppliers is crucial in the Critical Infrastructure (CI) sector for the provision of their services. Each supplier linked to the Critical Infrastructure represents a potential access point for cyber attackers. To counteract threats from supply chain attacks, what strategies should the industry adopt? Additionally, what specific procedures and safeguards should be implemented to ensure the security of this essential infrastructure?
Roundtable Leader: Dimitri van Zantvliet, Cybersecurity Director / CISO, Dutch Railways
Core Panel: Stuart Frost, Head of Enterprise Security & Risk Management, UK Government 
Core Panel: Ciprian Spiridon, CTO, mumzworld, UAE 
Core Panel: Anthea Kruger, General Manager - Cyber Defence, MTN 
 
ROUNDTABLE 4
PPP to address threats associated with emerging technologies
• Emerging technologies (AI, ML, quantum) and their expected threats
• The impact of these threats on the existing cybersecurity tools and capabilities
• The role of policy makers to deal with these threats, the importance engaging industry leaders.
• How can the private sector be key player in influencing security threats?
• Next steps? How to go above and beyond to create new opportunities.
Roundtable Leader: Abdulrahman Al Musfir, Regional Cybersecurity Officer, MEA, Schneider Electric, Saudi Arabia
Core Panel: Eugenia Aba Moses, Intelligence Analyst Officer, National Signals Bureau, Ghana
Speakers

Avinash Tiwari Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Pidilite Industries Limited India

Prabhat Pathak IT Director – Cyber Security and Technology Retail Sports and Manufacturing

Ahmed Al Saleh OT Cybersecurity Lead Saudi Aramco

Dimitri van Zantvliet Cybersecurity Director / CISO Dutch Railways Netherlands

Abdulrahman Al Musfir Regional Cybersecurity Officer, MEA Schneider Electric Saudi Arabia

16:50 – 16:50
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   Closing Remarks CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE
Moderator

Rebecca McLaughlin-Eastham TV Anchor

CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE - DEFENCE
11:00 – 11:00
DEFENCE   Moderator Opening Remarks GISEC MAINSTAGE
Moderator

Rebecca McLaughlin-Eastham TV Anchor

11:00 – 11:50
DEFENCE   Strengthening Collective Defense GISEC MAINSTAGE Securing digital systems against threats requires constant vigilance, innovation, and collaboration. Defending against cyber attacks is vital for national security. This High- Level Panel will discuss importance of sharing information and strengthening collective defense
Moderator

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

Panelist

H.E. Dr. Gevorg Mantashyan First Deputy Minister of High-Tech Industry Republic of Armenia

Mr. Rastislav Janota Special Envoy for Cyber Security National Security Authority, Embassy of the Slovak Republic Washington

11:50 – 12:05
DEFENCE   Fusion Center development strategies for the Air-Gapped environments GISEC MAINSTAGE In an era of relentless cyber threats, the defense industry faces unique challenges in safeguarding critical assets and sensitive information. Establishing a robust Cyber Fusion Center (CFC) tailored to the defense sector's needs is essential. The speaker will present latest cases to hit isolated infrastructures. By leveraging innovative strategies and technologies, organizations can fortify their defenses and uphold the integrity of their operations.
Speakers

Vladimir Golyashev Director of CyberDefence Consulting Practice, Group-IB Netherlands

12:05 – 12:35
DEFENCE   DEFENCE CYBER STRATEGY PANEL GISEC MAINSTAGE Reinforcing the “Defend Forward” strategy

Are DoD preemptively defending critical assets by actively disrupting or halting cyber threats, are they shifting from reactive to proactive strategies?
Moderator

Dr. Osei Bonsu Dickson Technical Advisor Securities and Exchange Commission Ghana

Speakers

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

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

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

12:35 – 12:50
DEFENCE   Spotlight Session: Cybersecurity Transformation GISEC MAINSTAGE
Speakers

Mariam Alhammadi Head of CSOC Ministry of Interior United Arab Emirates

12:50 – 13:05
DEFENCE   Cyber Wars – How the Empire Strikes Back GISEC MAINSTAGE Cyber in Defence – a look at the current attacks and the future of attacks with a specific focus on the defence sector and the mitigations nations need to be looking at in order to protect forces both at home and overseas as the sophistication of cyber attacks develops. Using real world examples of old and new types of attacks and how they impact organisations we will look at what the future holds.
Speakers

Katie Diacon Cyber Partner Deloitte ME

13:05 – 13:20
DEFENCE   Neutralizing threat actors armed with future zero-day exploits GISEC MAINSTAGE Sophisticated threat actors, whether affiliated with cybercrime or state-sponsored, are opportunistic. Organisations from healthcare to retail are falling victim and this opportunistic modus operandi is absolutely impacting and exploiting security-conscious sectors such as finance and energy. Join me as we examine past zero-days, the threat actors behind them and, using intelligence and threat modelling techniques to identify patterns. Can organisations defend against the unknown and can they put in place defences against future zero-day attacks?
Speakers

Matthew Haynes Director - International Development Sekoia UK

13:20 – 13:40
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
Speakers

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

13:40 – 14:00
DEFENCE   OUT OF THE BOX GISEC MAINSTAGE What would you do when an actual victim gets in contact with you?
Speakers

Ayleen Charlotte Fraud victim turned anti-fraud hero

14:00 – 14:15
DEFENCE   Building an Exposure Management Program for Better Ransomware Readiness GISEC MAINSTAGE Ransomware continues to be a threat to enterprises globally, however, there’s no need to accept it as fate. Through case studies, we will demonstrate the effectiveness of Security Validation in proactively testing your attack surface. Join Jay Mar-Tang, will highlight the tangible benefits of adopting a strategic Exposure Management framework for reducing ransomware risk. Walk away with a blueprint for proactively testing and validating the effectiveness of your existing security investments.
Speakers

Jason Mar-Tang AVP Field CISO Pentera USA

14:15 – 14:30
DEFENCE   TRUE STORY - (Powered by Gitex Africa) GISEC MAINSTAGE Darkness to Light: The Ghanaian Utility Company's Resilient Victory Over a 5-Day Cyber Attack Blackout

A ransomware attack severely disrupted the nation's largest electricity vendor, leaving many customers without power. The company quickly responded by isolating affected systems and consulting cybersecurity experts, causing widespread inconvenience and financial losses. Subsequently, it strengthened its defenses, emphasizing employee training, digital protection, and industry collaboration to address various challenges. The incident underscored the importance of robust cybersecurity measures and ongoing industry cooperation.
Speakers

Dr. Osei Bonsu Dickson Technical Advisor Securities and Exchange Commission Ghana

14:30 – 14:50
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?
Speakers

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

14:50 – 15:10
DEFENCE   Fortifying National and EU Cyber Defense through Regional Collaboration and Technological Innovation - (Powered by Gitex Europe) GISEC MAINSTAGE The transnational nature of cyber threats and risks inherent in emerging technologies go beyond the capacities of smaller states and therefore requires a holistic and multinational approach. The EU´s ambition in establishing comprehensive Cyber Defence includes building up its full-spectrum cyber defence capabilities, strengthening overall resilience, increasing investment in new technologies, and enhancing cooperation within and beyond the Union. Another long-term priority for the EU and its member states is to maintain an open, free, stable, and secure cyberspace.
Speakers

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

15:10 – 15:15
DEFENCE   GITEX Europe CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE The transnational nature of cyber threats and risks inherent in emerging technologies go beyond the capacities of smaller states and therefore requires a holistic and multinational approach. The EU´s ambition in establishing comprehensive Cyber Defence includes building up its full-spectrum cyber defence capabilities, strengthening overall resilience, increasing investment in new technologies, and enhancing cooperation within and beyond the Union. Another long-term priority for the EU and its member states is to maintain an open, free, stable, and secure cyberspace.
15:15 – 16:00
DEFENCE   CYBER ESPIONAGE PANEL GISEC MAIN STAGE Outlook : Defence & Law Enforcement Agencies  & CISOs

Deterring cyber espionage: The Invisible Battle lines
Nation-state actors amplify cyber warfare with state-sponsored hacking, blurring traditional and cyber warfare, impacting geopolitics profoundly. Cyberespionage''s shift to Malware-as-a-Service (MaaS) signals rising threats. With a surge in incidents, including state-sponsored activities and MaaS growth, robust defenses are vital.

Moderator Nathan Swain CISO Europe, Asia & MENA region, Binance Former Senior Security Advisor to the U.K. Government United Arab Emirates

Co-Moderator Ayad (Ed) SleimanHead of Information Security King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Speakers

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

Col Francel P Taborlupa Spokesperson Armed Forces of the Philippines Philippines

James Lyne Chief Technology and Innovation Officer SANS

Shahab Siddiqui Global Head of Cyber Security Petrofac UAE

Anas Mosa Director of Information Technology - PIF Projects Public Investment Fund Saudi Arabia

Biju Hameed Head - Technology Infrastructure Operations Dubai Airports UAE

Islam Rashad Regional Cyber Security Advisor WWT UK

16:00 – 17:00
DEFENCE   Fight Scams together in the Arab World GISEC MAINSTAGE • $ 1 billion was lost in scams last year globally, the Arab world is no exception.
• Learn how Arab communities are increasingly targeted by scammers.
• See examples from across the globe how countries are raising scam awareness.
• Discuss how we can jointly fight scammers better by sharing intel and data.

Attendee Profile government, law enforcement, financial services providers, telecom operators who are interested in sharing experiences in raising awareness on scams and searching for joint solutions to fight scammers.
Speakers

Prof. Jorij Abraham Managing Director Global Anti Scam Alliance / Scamadviser.com Netherlands

Ayleen Charlotte Fraud victim turned anti-fraud hero

17:00 – 17:00
DEFENCE   Close GISEC MAINSTAGE
10:30 – 10:30
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   Moderator Opening Remarks CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE
Moderator

Rebecca McLaughlin-Eastham TV Anchor

10:30 – 11:10
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   CISO PANEL: AI in CI CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE Securing Critical Infrastructure in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Given the rising cyber threats, securing critical infrastructure in the age of artificial intelligence (AI) is imperative. The World Economic Forum reported a 67% increase in cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure. AI's integration has introduced both innovative Defence mechanisms and sophisticated attack vectors. 60% of critical infrastructure providers globally acknowledged facing AI-driven cyber threats. Governments and enterprises are investing heavily in AI-driven cybersecurity solutions, with a global spending of $42 billion in 2023. Effective collaboration between the public and private sectors is crucial to fortify Defences and mitigate the evolving risks associated with AI in critical infrastructure.
Moderator

Dimitri van Zantvliet Cybersecurity Director / CISO Dutch Railways Netherlands

Speakers

Dr. Ebrahim Al Alkeem Digital Transformation - Cyber Security - Artificial Intelligence Director Government of Abu Dhabi UAE

Abdulrahman Alnaim Upstream Information Security Manager Saudi Aramco Saudi Arabia

Khaled Al Teneiji Cyber Security Head ENOC UAE

Saqib Chaudhry Chief Information Officer Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) Saudi Arabia

Avinash Tiwari Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Pidilite Industries Limited India

Fiona Taaffe CIO Dubai Aerospace Enterprise UAE

11:10 – 11:25
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   Spotlight Session: Cyber Node Initiative CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE
Speakers

Moaza Majed Project Manager DESC - Dubai Cyber Innovation Park (DCIPark)

11:25 – 11:55
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   Telco Cyber Chief's Panel Zero Trust & Gen AI innovation: Reinventing Communication Safeguards CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE The paradigm shift towards Zero Trust is evident, with 65% of telecom enterprises planning to implement or expand such security frameworks by 2024. Zero Trust Security is gaining prominence in telecommunications to fortify communication networks against cyber threats. Leveraging GenAI innovation revolutionizes communications, enhancing efficiency and reshaping customer experiences in the industry. Lets hear from the Global Telco Cyber Chiefs.
Moderator

Thokozani Chimbe Director of Legal Services Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority

Speakers

Eng. Belal Hafnawi Technology and Digital Transformation Leader (Commissioner) Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Jordan

Celia Mantshiyane Chief Information Security Officer MTN South Africa South Africa

Isam Omran ICT Head of Digital Platform Services du UAE

11:55 – 12:10
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   Targeting Your OT Vulnerabilities Before Attackers Do CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE  Amid rising cyber threats to critical infrastructure, this presentation highlights the importance of managing cyber risks in your ICS/OT environment. It covers how an oil & gas company efficiently managed vulnerabilities by improving visibility of OT assets and detecting risks such as unauthorized logins and unapproved software. Learn key strategies for securing your operations against diverse and complex challenges. Join to enhance your cybersecurity measures.
Speakers

Greg Valentine SVP Solutions Engineering Industrial Defender US

12:10 – 12:25
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   Unlocking Cyber Defense: How Top Healthcare Providers Boost Security & Drive ROI CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE Hear how healthcare delivery organizations are addressing the challenges they have managing their traditionally unmanaged assets (IoMT, IoT, BMS, and OT assets).
Moderator

Keith Christie-Smith Sales Director META, Claroty UAE

Speakers

Abhinav Kumar Srivastava AVP Information Security NMC UAE

12:25 – 12:45
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   TRUE STORY CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE Dutch National Railway: Three Cybersecurity Drivers and a 780,000 Customers Data Leak

Keeping your cybersecurity posture in check is one thing. But managing third and fourth-party risks is another. In a quintessential example of a supply chain attack, the Dutch National Railways warned approximately 780,000 travelers about a potential compromise of their personal information. This situation arose when a market research firm they employed fell victim to a cyberattack. The National Railways engaged this firm to conduct market research and distribute surveys, highlighting the interconnected risks in modern supply chains.
Speakers

Dimitri van Zantvliet Cybersecurity Director / CISO Dutch Railways Netherlands

12:45 – 13:00
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   Frontline Defense: The Cyber Revolution Protecting Critical Infrastructure CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE
Speakers

Muhammad Rehan Director – Product & Channel Development Spire Solutions UAE

13:00 – 13:15
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   Synergy in Security: Collaborative Strategies for Industrial Cyber Defense CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE As ICSS become more connected, they also become more exposed to threats. High-consequence events resulting from cyberattacks can adversely affect organizations operations continuity, efficiency and safety and even have the potential to cause devastation to communities and economy. Such high-consequence events are key factors for organizations looking to protect their industrial networks or Operational Technology (OT).
Speakers

Mohammed Shoukat Ali General Manager Yokogawa Saudi Arabia

13:15 – 13:35
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   SPOTLIGHT SAUDI ARAMCO AI USE CASE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE Machine vs Machine: AI''s Role in the Digital Battlefield

This session zeroes in on the pivotal role of AI in cybersecurity for the tech industry, serving as both a complex challenge and a transformative tool. We'll delve into AI's power to automate routine tasks, unleashing human potential on more intricate problems and its ability to predict and swiftly adapt to emerging threats. This talk is more than an overview; it's an invitation to rethink how we leverage AI's capabilities to keep our digital landscapes one step ahead of cyber risks.
Speakers

Abdulrahman Alnaim Upstream Information Security Manager Saudi Aramco Saudi Arabia

13:35 – 13:55
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   TRUE STORY CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE A case-file analysis on the ransomware attack on the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) 

The case file seeks to present the breach report on the ransomware attack on the Philippine Government Health Insurance Corporation, it seeks to outline the point of detection and the subsequent actions taken to recover and address the situation as well as the aftermath of the incident and the policy recommendations gleaned from the experience.
Speakers

Marc Padilla Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Department of Education Philippines

13:55 – 14:15
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   SPOTLIGHT CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE Unleashing the Power of AI to Enhance Critical Infrastructure Security
How AI & ML can improve cybersecurity in Critical Infrastructure, Including the Energy and Finance Industries
Speakers

Dr. Eman El-Sheikh Associate VP, Center for Cybersecurity University of West Florida US

14:15 – 14:35
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   TRUE STORY CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE Insights: Cruise Ship Ransomware Incident

What happens when a cruise ship suffers a ransomware incident on its OT systems, causing massive disturbance of its essential systems? Human error, combined with multiple factors, can lead to the failure of the ship’s automation and navigation systems, limiting the ability to sail the ship and continue the cruise. Does the ship return to port? How do we get the ship back to an operational state? And how can we prevent this from happening again? Find out here.
Speakers

Christopher Stein Lead Engineer, Maritime Cybersecurity Royal Caribbean Group Denmark

14:35 – 15:00
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   AFRICA CYBERSECURITY LEADERS PANEL (Powered by Gitex Africa) CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE Securing Africa''s Digital Future

As Africa embraces digitalization, prioritizing data protection, collaboration with cybersecurity organizations, and fostering awareness can ensure a secure digital future. Promoting collaboration among businesses, governments, and cybersecurity organizations to bridge skills gap, enhance data protection, and boost awareness.
Moderator

Orhan Osmani Head a.i. Cybersecurity Division ITU Switzerland

Speakers

Dr. Osei Bonsu Dickson Technical Advisor Securities and Exchange Commission Ghana

Celia Mantshiyane Chief Information Security Officer MTN South Africa South Africa

Thokozani Chimbe Director of Legal Services Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority

15:00 – 16:00
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE CONFERENCE ROUNDTABLES CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE STAGE ROUNDTABLE 5
Exploring Cyber Threats in the Aerospace and Aviation Sectors

This roundtable delves into the evolving landscape of cyber threats within the aerospace and aviation sector. It explains and examines targeted attacks, vulnerabilities, and preventive measures crucial for industry professionals to safeguard critical systems and maintain air travel security.

Roundtable Leader: Dr. Deepak Kumar (D3), Sr. Cyber Intelligence & Digital Forensics Expert, India
Roundtable Co-Lead: Andy Bien, Chief Digital Officer Global Aviation, Huawei
Roundtable Co-Lead: Faisal Ameer Malik, Chief Technical Officer, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei Middle East & Central Asia
Core Panel:
Biju Hameed, Head - Technology Infrastructure Operations, Dubai Airports, UAE
Thomas Heuckeroth, SVP IT Infrastructure & CyberSecurity, Emirates Group
Phil Cracknell, CISO for a UK Defence company & Former Cabinet Office Cyber Security Subject Matter Expert
Dr. Shri Kulkarni, Defense Security Advisor & Strategist – North America, Canada


ROUNDTABLE 6
A Primer On Artificial Intelligence And Cybersecurity

In simple terms, artificial intelligence acts as a powerful catalyst and enabler for cybersecurity in our connected ecosystem.
As discussed, we would like to keep the presentation in line with the theme for the event, which is: A BOLD NEW FUTURE WITH AI-DRIVEN CYBER RESILIENCE
Roundtable Leader:
Chuck Brooks, Globally recognized thought leader and evangelist for Cybersecurity

Core Panel:
Anthea Kruger, General Manager - Cyber Defence, MTN
Dr. Ebrahim Al Alkeem, Digital Transformation - Cyber Security - Artificial Intelligence Director, Government of Abu Dhabi, UAE
Dr. Eman El-Sheikh, Associate VP, Center for Cybersecurity, University of West Florida, US
Dimitri van Zantvliet, Cybersecurity Director / CISO, Dutch Railways, Netherlands"

ROUNDTABLE 7
Planning and implementing an effective Cyber Incident Response Plan for Healthcare

Why do healthcare organizations need to look into a Comprehensive Incident Response Plan?
When an incident occurs, what are the best strategies to mitigate its impact, find the source of the problem, and react? 
Roundtable Leader:
Saqib Chaudhry, Chief Information Officer, Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH), Saudi Arabia

Core Panel:
Abhinav Kumar Srivastava, AVP Information Security, NMC, UAE

Speakers

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

Andy Bien Chief Digital Officer Global Aviation Huawei China

Faisal Ameer Malik Chief Technical Officer, Enterprise Business Group Huawei Middle East & Central Asia

Biju Hameed Head - Technology Infrastructure Operations Dubai Airports UAE

Thomas Heuckeroth SVP IT Infrastructure & CyberSecurity, Group CISO The Emirates Group UAE

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

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

Chuck Brooks Globally recognized thought leader and evangelist for Cybersecurity United States of America

Anthea Kruger General Manager Cyber Defence, MTN

Dr. Ebrahim Al Alkeem Digital Transformation - Cyber Security - Artificial Intelligence Director Government of Abu Dhabi UAE

Dr. Eman El-Sheikh Associate VP, Center for Cybersecurity University of West Florida US

Dimitri van Zantvliet Cybersecurity Director / CISO Dutch Railways Netherlands

Saqib Chaudhry Chief Information Officer Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) Saudi Arabia

Abhinav Kumar Srivastava AVP Information Security NMC UAE

16:25 – 16:25
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE   Closing Remarks GISEC MAINSTAGE