MENA ISC will highlight the risks of cyber attacks to critical infrastructure

MENA ISC will highlight the risks of cyber attacks to critical infrastructure

The Middle East and North Africa Information Security Conference, to be held in September, will focus on the risks of cyber attacks on critical network infrastructure.

Themed “Cyber ​​Fusion – Converging Cyber ​​Intel: Critical Network Infrastructure IT, OT, and IoT,” the conference will be hosted by VirtuPort in person this year, after being held virtually for the past two years due to the pandemic. of Covid-19. .

The event is scheduled to be held in Riyadh on September 6 and 7.

Samir Omar, CEO of VirtuPort in Saudi Arabia, UAE and the US, said that the 10th edition of MENAISC2022 addresses important topics aligned with Saudi Arabia’s 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.

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.

Wave of cyber attacks

Omar highlighted the importance of the timing of the conference as it coincides with an unprecedented rise in cyber attacks targeting the infrastructure of many countries posing a threat to 12 vital infrastructure sectors. Any potential damage to these sectors will have devastating effects on the economy, health and security of countries, he said.

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 said that the conference will 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.

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