Global Cybersecurity stakeholders to converge at GISEC 2021

By Ashika Rajan, Trainee Reporter
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The Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC), the Middle East and Africa’s (MENA) most influential and connected cybersecurity event will kick off on May 31st, 2021, at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), and will bring together international experts who will collaborate in developing regional cybersecurity agendas.

GISEC 2021 will be a crucial platform for international dialogue on increasingly sophisticated cybercrime attacking governments, essential national infrastructure, and sensitive corporate data. The event will run until June 2nd.

World-class cybersecurity solution providers and experts from over 30 countries, including innovators, including tech giants Huawei and Microsoft, will participate in the event.

“Enabling Resilience in Digital Economies” is the theme of the conference. Mr. Schranner, Founder and CEO of the Schranner Negotiation Institute in Switzerland, Mr. Tonu Tammer, Executive Director of the Estonian Information System Authority, and Mr. Halushchenko Alexander, Chief Inspector of the Office of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, are among the over 180 international speakers on the GISEC conference program.

The event’s visitors will hear how international law enforcement agencies are working together to fight cybercriminals. Mr. Craig Jones, Interpol’s Cybercrime Director, and Colonel Saeed M. Al Hajri, Director of the Dubai Police’s Cybercrime Department, will discuss collaborative operations targeted at identifying threats and their regional and national impacts.

Mr. Al Hajri remarked that “as cybercriminals become more sophisticated and bold, the vigilance of governments, businesses and citizens is more important than ever. The borderless nature of cybercrime means that organizations and individuals can be targeted from anywhere, so it is imperative that we collaborate in drafting strategies to help us navigate these complexities. GISEC is the perfect platform for sparking that discussion.”

GISEC 2021 will be a crucial chance for regional cyber transformation, as cybercrime continues to rise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact. Government, banking, healthcare, communications, energy, and utility sectors, CISOs, CIOs, CTOs, regulators, and policymakers will share innovative strategies for building a robust and cyber-resilient ecosystem that inspires trust in the digital economy.

Backing the call for a unified defense approach, Mr. Jiawei Liu, CEO of Huawei UAE stated that “as we advance towards a more digitally focussed society following the pandemic, more devices are being connected and services are going online. Therefore, cybersecurity is now more important than ever.”

The UAE Cyber Security Council, the Dubai Electronic Security Centre, the Dubai Police, the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority, Smart Dubai, and the Investment Corporation of Dubai are all partners in GISEC.

The inaugural Global Cybersecurity Congress will be hosted by the UAE Cyber Security Council. GISEC 2021 will take place in the middle of stringent COVID-19 prevention protocols, allowing the DWTC to show its ability to establish the safest in-person business environment and provide world-class events while adhering to the highest safety standards.

Ms. Trixie LohMirmand, Executive Vice President of Events Management at DWTC concluded that “the international cybersecurity community looks to GISEC for a consensus and to build a roadmap on how we can defend organizations of all sizes from the damaging effects of cybercrime.”

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