Emirates News Agency – 3rd edition of ‘Cybersecurity Innovation Series’ ends in Dubai, endorsed by UAE Cybersecurity Council

DUBAI, 9th September, 2022 (WAM) — The third edition of the “Cybersecurity Innovation Series” endorsed by the UAE Cybersecurity Council ended yesterday in Dubai.

The series focused on discussing key challenges, best practices and effective strategies to improve the cybersecurity of organizations and individuals.

Dr. Mohammed Hamad Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cybersecurity for the United Arab Emirates Government, said: “The main objective was to focus on awareness, which is usually the weakest link in many cyberattacks launched from a country to country and are not directed to that country using encryption, deception and other methods, is the user, which makes it difficult to reach those responsible for these attacks, and poses a challenge in all electronic crimes.”

Sultan Al Owais, Digital Lead Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, gave a keynote address on “The Economics of Cybersecurity”.

His presentation offered a comprehensive overview of the current scenario in the country, as well as current trends, such as the importance of cybersecurity and the opportunities in the region. He also spoke about the importance of various topics, such as the opportunity cost of digitalization, and stressed the importance of the presence of qualified talent in the country to meet the needs of the economy in a context of threats. growing.

Ashraf Khalil, Chief Cybersecurity Expert at Huawei Middle East, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the pace of cloud service usage and digital transformation, leading to an increase in cyberattacks and attacks. challenges, giving us greater responsibility. as information security experts working with businesses and various social groups to create a safe environment for business. »

He then urged all institutions, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, to adopt measures to deal with the growing and expected risks, by increasing the effectiveness of their protection and monitoring systems, noting that data have also shown that it is not advisable to pay sums. money to hackers or attackers.

“All members of society are targeted by cyberattacks. Awareness needs to be taken into consideration and cyber-education must be accessible to all individuals and to society as a whole,” he added.

“There is an acute shortage of skills and specialists, and there is a demand for more than three million jobs in the cybersecurity field, which is an opportunity for job seekers from all disciplines. learn and acquire skills in cybersecurity, as their first university degree does not have to specialize, given the availability of many programs that will allow them to qualify and acquire the information and skills necessary to enter in the world of cybersecurity, knowing that it requires strong will and commitment while allocating ample time for study and excellence,” he added.

Emad Haffar, Head of Technical Experts at Kaspersky, said: “As targeted attacks are becoming more sophisticated across all industries, reacting to an incident is not enough. Businesses of all sizes should mandate the use of threat intelligence in their cyber defense strategy. Kaspersky Threat Intelligence gives businesses superior visibility from east to west. Our regional researchers are currently monitoring the activity of over 29 APT groups actively present in the Middle East region. These groups primarily target government entities and large corporations, and obtain information about their operations. is a critical step in building a resilient cybersecurity strategy.”

The event was attended by Lt. Col. Hamad Khalifa Swuidan Al Nuaimi, Head of Communications Department, Information Technology Center at Abu Dhabi Police Headquarters; Adam Docrat, Chief Information Officer at Aster Group; Sreejith Nair, director of information security at Careem; Shafiullah Ismail, Vice President of Cybersecurity and Architecture, Governance and Risk at Mubadala Capital; Imran Sheikh, Chief Technology Officer of Virgin Mobile UAE, and Shahabuddin, Director of IT Infrastructure and Group Security at the International Investment Consortium.

Sessions at the event explained how developing cloud infrastructure security practices is essential for businesses and how proactive threat analysis techniques can help protect against attacks.

The seminars included various topics, including securing the digital future and how networks can cope with attacks, as well as strategies for countering electronic attacks and ways to protect data, in addition to clarifying the meaning ransomware and to offer advice on strengthening defenses against these programs. .

They also included discussions on related challenges and data security and a panel discussion titled “The Future of Cybersecurity, Challenges and Best Practices”, leading to a “360 Degree Internet Risk Management Process”. to adopt new technologies to improve efficiency.

The forum included working sessions, with the participation of 35 experts from the cybersecurity sector and the presence of more than 200 people interested in the digital economy. During 25 sessions, they highlighted the latest innovations and discussed measures taken by governments and private institutions to repel cyberattacks, as well as ways to develop, expand and improve information infrastructures. in the ever-changing world of the Internet.

As part of the event, the 2022 Cybersecurity Innovation Series Awards were presented to the trendsetters and trailblazers of the year. Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, Head of the UAE Cyber ​​Security Council, won the award in the “Cyber ​​Influencer of the Year” category; Huawei won the award in two categories, namely “Cybersecurity Company of the Year” and “Best Enterprise Security Solution of the Year”; Sultan Al Owais won the “Cyber ​​Personality of the Year” award; Dr. Fene Osakwe Won “Cybersecurity Youth Mentor 2022” Award; Mubadala Capital’s Shafiullah Ismail won “Cybersecurity Deployment of the Year”, and Inspira won an award in the “Secure Digital Transformation and Supply Chain” category.

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