Infosecurity Middle East 2018



Co-organised by

United Arab Emirates Ministry of Interior

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07 Jan 2018

Infosecurity Middle East's Knowledge Partner (ISC)², the largest nonprofit membership body of certified cyber, information, software, privacy and infrastructure security professionals worldwide and globally recognised for cyber security qualifications, will provide a variety of inspiring and practical sessions for all attendees to choose from.

Operational Risk and the Role of the CISO Roundtable

As high-profile breaches continue to fill news headlines and swipe at the reputation of well – known companies and brands, the debate around accountability is getting louder. It’s a discussion that almost inevitably leads to the CISO’s fit within the organisation or management structure and whether they are truly positioned to advance the organization’s security stature to meet the risks. This invitation- only think-tank discussion brings senior security managers together to discuss cyber security as an operational risk and what this reveals about the evolving role of the CISO.

Moderated by:

Tamer Gamali, CISSP, CISA, member

Tamer Gamali currently heads up the Group Technology Risk and Business Continuity Management function for Kuwait Finance House (KFH). Prior to joining KFH, Tamer was the Group CISO at the National Bank of Kuwait responsible for ensuring the security of information systems and services, as well as the integrity and confidentiality of customer and employee information. Tamer also managed the corporate security function for the Group. Previous to this, Tamer was head of security services for KPMG. He joined the Middle East practice from London to help define and establish one of the first security practices in the Middle East. Tamer also sits on the advisory board of several companies operating in the IT Governance and Certification sectors. He is the President and co-founder of the (ISC)² chapter in Kuwait, and an executive member of the US OSAC (Overseas Security Advisory Committee) for the US Embassy in Kuwait. Previously, Tamer was a security specialist for Intel Corporation working in the online services division supporting global blue chip companies. With 19 years of experience in Information Security, Tamar is both a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). He graduated from Sussex University (UK), and earned an MSc with distinction in advanced systems from Kingston University (UK).

Defending Tomorrow Today: An Examination of the Shifts in Cybersecurity & Risk Management

The proliferation of attacks on major organisations and Web-based companies alike, including Tesco, Equifax, TESLA,AdultFriendFinder and more highlight that any business operating in, or linked to, cyberspace is at risk. Ransonware attacks in particular — WannaCry, Petya and others — go on to demonstrate that companies must expect and prepare for a constant level of threat that can be random in nature. The impact being felt around the world illustrates our economic and societal dependence on the Internet and IT, and just how vulnerable we have allowed ourselves to become.

Dr. Adrian Davis outlines why Cyberattacks can no longer be thought of as a problem for the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and the security function alone to explore the key influences driving cyber security risk and requirements for its management.  Drawing on insights from the front-lines of defense—(ISC)2’s global membership of 125,000 cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals— and its Global Information Security Workforce Study, which has tracked workforce trends since 2004, this session illustrates the impact technical innovation is having on business management, government, and security oversight, including the expectations coming from legislators as unaddressed risks become ever more evident. Against this backdrop, the session also explores the skills and talent required, where they are needed and how to tackle barriers that are fueling a forecasted workforce gap of 1.8 million by 2022. Delegates will be challenged to:

  • Benchmark current practices and how they stand up to today’s and tomorrow’s requirements.   
  • Formulate the discussions aimed at maturing an organizational approach to cyber risks
  • Broaden talent, development and staffing plans to account for the breadth of required skills 


Dr Adrian Davis, MBA, FBCS CITP, CISSP,
Managing Director, (ISC)² EMEA

Adrian Davis heads the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) team for (ISC)², the global, not-for-profit leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers. His responsibilities include developing and implementing a strategy for the EMEA region, working with the EMEA Advisory Board and supporting the (ISC)² global vision and mission. Before joining (ISC)², Adrian worked for the Information Security Forum, where he led the Leadership and Management group within the Global Team. He was responsible for the delivery of practical business solutions within a commercial setting to the ISF’s global, blue-chip, Membership. Adrian regularly presents at, and chairs, conferences and contributes articles for the press. He also contributed to the development of ISO/IEC 27014: Governance of information security and currently acts as a co-editor for ISO/IEC 27036 Information Security in Supplier Relationships, Part 4: Guidelines for security of Cloud services.

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