“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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Experienced Vice President Information Security with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry. Skilled in Information Security and Risk Management. Strong information technology professional with a Masters in Institutional Banking and Finance focused in Banking, Corporate Finance, and Securities Law from University of Wollongong; Dubai.
Built the Information Security Transformation program for Emirates NBD to be an industry leader in the technology space. Rebuilt the security strategy, work force and frameworks to support and measure the development of security program over 3 years with a detailed program and critical controls. Developed and tailored the program to support the complexities of the financial sector and new innovative technology space; strategically emphasising risk intelligence, data security and rapid response. Developed a culture of frictionless security to enable the Group Transformation program and business objectives towards becoming a leading technology/engineering firm in the financial sector.
Dr. Erdal Ozkaya is a leading Cybersecurity Professional with business development, management, and Academic skills who focuses on securing the Cyber Space & sharing his real-life skills as a Security Advisor, Speaker, Lecturer, and Author. Erdal is known to be passionate about reaching communities, creating cyber aware campaigns, leveraging new and innovative approaches and technologies to holistically address the information security and privacy needs for every person and organization in the world. He is an award-winning technical expert & speaker: His recent awards are: Global Future Security Leader ,Super Hero CISO (2020) Cyber Security Professional of the year MEA , Hall of Fame by CISO Magazine , Cybersecurity Influencer of the year (2019) ,Microsoft Circle of Excellence Platinum Club (2017), NATO Center of Excellence (2016) Security Professional of the year by MEA Channel Magazine (2015), Professional of the year Sydney (2014) and many speaker of the year awards in conferences. He also holds Global Instructor of the year awards from EC Council & Microsoft. Erdal is also a part-time lecturer at Australian Charles Sturt University. Erdal has co-authored many cybersecurity books as well as security certification course-ware and exams for different vendors.
Prior to his current role with Petrofac, George was responsible for defining Cyber Security strategy for Enterprise IT & OT for the region and provide strategic leadership to IT Security related projects & initiatives for all GE businesses in the region. George was also responsible for protecting GE critical assets in a growing region which spans 18 countries and 7000 work force George joined GE in 2006 with GE Healthcare in India and has since held roles of increasing responsibilities and progressed to his most recent role as Chief Information Security Officer for MENAT. During his tenure with GE, George worked in multiple domains (Product Life cycle management, ERP, Infrastructure, Supply Chain & Commercial IT) and multiple businesses (GE Healthcare, GE Appliances, GE Capital, GE O&G, GE Aviation and GE Corporate) George is a graduate of GE IT leadership program (ITLP), GE Six Sigma Black Belt program and graduate of GE Executive leadership program (CAS)
Irene Corpuz, Manager, Strategy and Future Department, HCT and Co-Founder, Women in Cyber Security Middle East (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
Irene is responsible for the execution of the ADSIC Information Security Programme, Security Governance, Risk and compliance to IT Security Policy. She offers 27 years of combined and diverse experience in IT (Security, Operations and Strategy), Quality & Excellence. She has worked in various industries and region and led strategic initiatives in Asia, Middle East, Europe and America. An emerging seasoned speaker on Information and Cyber Security Conferences, Irene has spoken in a number of conferences in Asia, Middle East and Europe. Irene acquired her Masters of Science in IT from University of Wales, and holds the following certifications: ITIL V3, PMP, ISO (QMS and 27k) Lead Auditor and EFQM Assessor. Irene is Co-Founder of Women in Cyber Security Middle East, which promotes and increases women’s participation in the field of cyber security. www.womenincybersecurity.me
* First Saudi Awarded as the best CISO in the world of the year 2018 Finalist.
* First Saudi Certified CISO instructor in Saudi Arabia.
Eng. Majed is Certified EC-Council Chief Information Security Officer & Licensed MCI IT Consultant has over 19 years in the Information Technology, Digital Transformation, and Information Security Executive line and professional experience at both the senior management and technical hands-on in contracting, banking, retail, Oil & Gas, facility management, engineering, refinery, real estate, hospitality, construction, automotive, insurance, and investment industries. In addition to the business digital transformation along with rich knowledge and expertise in establishing and operating the Information Security businesses. His main aim to provide enterprises with the information technology and insight, enabling businesses, integrate functions, guidance and leadership that will foster a successful digitalized business decision-making platform using the right set of IT secure and credible portfolios starting by the Information Technology/Information Security strategy development all the way down to the technical implementation stage with high-satisfied businesses. More information on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/malshodari
Mena George, Cybersecurity Analyst, Rethink Technology – IT Services Group of Al Ahli Group (Dubai, UAE)
Mena’s current role involves:
– Performing security checks to confirm the group environment as secure as possible.
– Addressing the flaws discovered to the management mentioned the impact could happen to the business and technical sides.
– Building an integrated security solution from a full open-source resource to add more security layers to end-users.
– Creating knowledge base presentations and posters to educate and involve end-users in the security operation.
– Securing by design infrastructure planning.
A CISO with experience in working with Big Four consulting companies and implementing and auditing Information Security Management Systems. As I’m Information Security Leader , I’m responsible for Leading the Information security roles in Digital Transformation programs based on new drive technology such as Blockchain, Internet of things IOT, Artificial Intelligence AI and Cloud Security architectures . I’ve experience in working with the Big Four consulting companies and implementing and auditing Information Security Management Systems plus projects based on DevSecOps development methodology. Mohamed’s core competencies include Information security management, Blockchain, Compliance, Business orientation, Information security standards consultation, Penetration tests and Network security. I’ve strong consulting, implementing and auditing knowledge for business continuity planning and disaster recovery. I also possesses experience in cryptography platforms and its related technologies. I’ve strong knowledge in designing and implementing security awareness programs fit for roles of employees and business objectives.
Dr. Mohammad Khaled, Adjunct Professor for Business and IT, Abu Dhabi University and Vice President – Critical Infrastructure Protections and Resilience, Group 42 (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
A seasoned IT leader with 15+ years track record of transformation Technology, Informa- tion, Security, Projects, building ground up IT departments in start up organizations and delivering complex and challenging IT Solutions and projects. Served multiple very large government organizations with technology oriented and aligned with business need to accelerate the future and shaping the future government. Highly motivated with a proven ability to lead, manage and develop IT teams. Adept in aligning IT Department with organization’s Business goals and creating value for stakeholders. Expertise in defining IT strategy, tactical direction and governance framework for making IT as business enabler to deliver targeted results
Nathan is a Security Risk Executive with over 20 years’ experience in this specialist area, cyber and information security. He is serving as a Senior Security Advisor for the UK Government and is working with multiple global financial services firms. He has worked with the Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority where he delivered the current Cybersecurity regulatory standards for the UK financial sector, delivering improvement of security services in these institutions and he has also transformed security postures of many leading international financial institutions throughout his career.
Ron Peeters is a seasoned IT industry executive with more than 30 years experience in IT working for an array of advanced technology companies around the world. In his current role as Managing Director he is responsible for the Middle East and Emerging Markets for Silicon Valley based Synack, Inc., a rapidly emerging market leader in offensive security testing and controlled crowdsourced ethical hacking. Ron is a Dutch National with an MBA from Case Western Reserve University in High Tech Marketing.
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