VirtuPort’s #MENAISC2022 Middle East and North Africa Information Security Conference, themed “Cyber Fusion – Converging Cyber Intel: Critical Network Infrastructure IT, OT, and IoT,” will be convened in person this year, after successfully being held virtually for the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. Samir Omar, CEO of VirtuPort in Saudi Arabia, UAE and USA, said that the 10th edition of MENAISC2022 addresses important topics aligned with Vision 2030, including enabling secure digital transformation and a focus on the development of the human capital of nationals, as well as the empowerment of women in Cybersecurity. It will focus on supporting businesses and government agencies tasked with protecting critical network infrastructure to reduce the risks of cyber attacks.
Samir Omar is a veteran in the cyber security industry who has extensive experience spanning 25 years. Through his global experience, he has worked with government agencies, financial institutions and telecommunications companies providing security and risk management solutions and expertise.
Omar highlighted the importance of the timing of the conference, which will take place in Riyadh on September 6-7, 2022, as it coincides with an unprecedented increase in cyberattacks targeting the infrastructure of many countries that pose a threat to 12 vital infrastructure sectors. Any potential damage to these sectors will have devastating effects on the economy, health and security of the countries.
The conference will address a wide range of topics under the main theme, including artificial intelligence for a flexible and efficient energy industry, digital transformation, smart cities, threats and risks facing the supply chain and how to deal with them, resilience cyber, business continuity, disaster recovery, and secure AI in public safety, healthcare, cloud security, and third-party risk analytics, as well as cybersecurity integration of critical IT infrastructure, operational technologies (OT), and Internet of things (IoT).
Omar expressed his expectation that the conference would support the protection of critical infrastructure, as well as enhance cooperation between stakeholders. He said this year’s MENAISC2022 will highlight ways to achieve and increase the resilience of infrastructure and its ability to adapt to changing conditions so that it can resist and recover in the event of a cyber attack.
“The resilience and security of critical infrastructure depends on cooperation between stakeholders. The conference will encourage the facilitation of this cooperation between the interested parties, allowing free communication between them and the exchange of reliable information. Improving the security and resiliency of critical infrastructure requires equal representation and participation of relevant stakeholders from all sectors,” added the CEO.
Omar added that the Saudi National Cybersecurity Authority has already played a significant role in protecting infrastructure from cyberattacks and has been the catalyst for improving security awareness and investments in cybersecurity. According to a 2020 report from the US Saudi Business Council, the size of the Saudi cybersecurity market is expected to be valued at $5.6 billion by 2023.
He added that this 10th edition also celebrates the history of being one of the most trusted cybersecurity thought leadership platforms in the region, continuing to focus on delivering world-class speakers and content targeted at key decision makers, influencers and operators. who are tasked with securing their businesses. and entities.
To Register: 10th MENAISC continues to attract leading global firms from around the world, including CyberKnight as its Diamond Sponsors, while Platinum Sponsors are Arcon, Crowdstrike and IT Security Training & Solutions – I(TS)2, in addition to sponsorships gold sponsorships from ankura, kaspersky, proofpoint, and tenable; and silver sponsorships from ANOMALI, BeyondTrust, Bitdefender, Forcepoint, MANDIANT, ClearSkies ODYSSEY, Security Scorecard, SentinelOne, THREATQUOTIENT, and ZEROFOX with many more expected to participate and be announced soon.
The organizing partner and media sponsors are Marcom Arabia and W7Worldwide respectively with CyberKnight; a leading Value Added Distributor (VAD) that also has participation from the following companies: appgate, BLUECAT, GROUP-IB, Helpsystems, Netwrix, PhishRod and seceon.
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