The St. Regis, Abu Dhabi

Dates and venue for the 3rd CISO 360 Middle East 2020 will be announced soon!

Team Pulse would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2019 CISO 360 Middle East in Abu Dhabi!

Chief Information Security Officers, CIOs, directors of cyber threat intelligence and security innovators and investors from across the GCC region and internationally joined together to discuss current and emerging cybersecurity challenges and approaches that really matter – big data & analytics; cloud; mobility; IoT; Artificial Intelligence.

Strategy, future and innovation projects – security by design:
What are new expectations, challenges, strategies and responses?

Building on the global CISO 360 series and following the success of our inaugural Middle East congress in April 2018 in Dubai, Pulse Conferences welcomed delegates, speakers and sponsors to the 2nd CISO 360 Middle East Congress at St Regis, Abu Dhabi, 11-12 March 2019.

Set against the backdrop of the transformative digital economy, today’s CISO is uniquely positioned to deliver bold, game-changing leadership.  CISO 360 Middle East is the region’s top conference for Chief Information Security Officers, Directors of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence and C-level managing cyber risk.

This event enabled deep peer to peer benchmarking and the sharing of practical use cases on current and emerging cybersecurity challenges and approaches that really matter – big data & analytics; cloud; mobility; IoT; Artificial Intelligence.

4 key themes – Strategy, future and innovation projects – security by risk, governance and design.

What are new expectations, challenges, strategies and responses?

  1. Cyber Threats and Opportunities in a VUCA World – cyber defence, privacy and trade offs. Panel, case studies and a live scenario planning exercise!
  2. Securing Innovation in eCommerce: Security by Design – CISO and CIO as enablers of business innovation. Case studies on the risks and opportunities – DevOps, supply chain, AI/ML, Cloud, IoT, Mobile, Blockchain and Data Science…
  3. Financial Crime: Predict, Prevent, Detect, Respond building intelligence and offensive security programmes. Interactive benchmarking roundtable
  4. Digital Trust, Risk and Governance – on audit, cybersecurity and governance, culture and trust

Chaired by:

  • Marcus Alldrick, Former CISO, Lloyd’s of London and Principal Advisor, Santander (United Kingdom)

2019 international speaker panel included:

  • Dr. Major Hamad Khalifa Al Nuaimi, Head of Telecommunications Section, Abu Dhabi Police GHQ (United Arab Emirates)
  • Dr. Abdullah A.I. Alnajem, Computer Scientist & Risk-linked Security Expert, The University of Manchester (Saudi Arabia)
  • Ahmed Ebeid, Executive Director of Audit and Risk, Emirates Post Group  (United Arab Emirates)
  • Ankit Satsangi, CISO, Head Of Cyber Security and Monitoring, Azizi Developments (United Arab Emirates)
  • Sultan Altukhaim, Director, Information Security, Capital Market Authority (CMA) (Saudi Arabia)
  • Mahmoud Yassin, Head of IT Infrastructure and Security Operations, United Arab Bank (UAB) (United Arab Emirates)
  • Kunal Taneja, Group Head – Operational Risk & Information, Arab Financial Company (Bahrain)
  • Dr. Hatim Zaghloul, President, Chairman & CEO, Inovatian Inc. (Canada/Egypt)
  • Mrs Bhavani Suresh, President, ISACA Chapter – UAE (United Arab Emirates)
  • Derek Cheng, Chief Security Officer, TalkTalk (United Kingdom)
  • Ray Stanton, SVP/Group Chief Security Officer, TDC Group (Denmark)
  • Tom Gamali, Group Chief Information Security Officer and Global Head of Business Resilience Country IT Manager, Large Conglomerate (Saudi Arabia)
  • Maiysa Al Dhanki, Assistant Manager, Advisory Services, EY (Oman)
  • Nuha Al Wali, Chief Information Security Officer – Technical Planning, Abu Dhabi City Municipality (United Arab Emirates)
  • Dr. Mohammad Khaled, Cybersecurity and Digital Transformation Expert (United Arab Emirates)
  • Eng. Majed Alshodari, Chief Information Security Officer, Allied Cooperative Insurance Group (ACIG) (Saudi Arabia)
  • Dr. Viktor PolicCISO, Head of Information Security and Assurance Services, International Labour Organization – United Nations & Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, Webster University (Switzerland)
  • Edvinas Pranculis, Vice President, Global Sales Operations, SOC Prime Inc. (Lithuania)
  • Irene Corpuz, Manager, Strategy and Future Department, HTC (United Arab Emirates)
  • George Eapen, Global CISO and Head of Cyber Security, Petrofac (United Arab Emirates)
  • Dr. Sally Leivesley, Director, Newrisk Ltd, A Founder Member, The Exercise Group7 (United Kingdom)
  • Shafiullah Mohamed Ismail, Senior Manager – Security & Cloud Architect Information Security & Risk, Mubadala MBS (United Arab Emirates)
  • Tim Sandwell, Director Middle East,  Barclay Simpson (United Kingdom) 

For CISOs, CIOs, Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence Directors, key questions included… 

  • What should we be prepared for in 2019?
  • How can we truly practice secure by design?
  • How can we leverage the tools within cyber security to drive forward thinking in future generations?
  • What are communications and cultural transformation strategies for reputation and cyber security that work?
  • How can we develop skills for industry focus – health, fintech, renewables and sustainable technologies?
  • How can CISOs and CIOs use cybersecurity to drive revenue and increase shareholder value?
  • As the lines between privacy, identity and security become increasingly blurred online, how do we ensure we maximise the benefits of future technology without suffering its consequences?
  • What best practice security strategy looks like now and how is this rapidly evolving with digital transformation?
  • Quantitative risk models applied to security – can we leverage internal knowledge to apply financial risk models
  • How can we place measures on controls – balancing process and power to increase the surface areas of attacks?
  • How does your security and information assurance strategy align with the business strategy?
  • What are emerging requirements to measure for regulations and compliance?

I would like to extend my appreciation having been given the chance to witness the success of your recent event. I look forward to a further outstanding lineup of events from your organization!
Christopher Rollan, Head of IT, intec, GOPA International Energy Consultants (Abu Dhabi)


You brought the world’s cyber concern to the UAE for awareness and also brought world experts to provide advice based on their own experience!
Irene Corpuz, Head of Planning and IT Security, Al Dhafra Region Municipality (UAE)

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