Why Cyber Security in Energy and Utilities DigiConference

Critical infrastructure, notably in lifeline sectors such as energy and utilities are primary targets for cyberattacks and cybercrimes. These attacks not only present a threat to the physical critical infrastructure, but also to national security, public safety, economic competitiveness, and personal privacy. 

As the Middle East region’s energy and utilities industries are digitalising their assets, they have become exposed to cyber threats more than ever before. In fact, in the past years, the region has been and continue to be a strategic target to cyber-attacks and 50% of these attacks are on the energy industry. These threats are magnified by the speed at which technologies continue to evolve and by the fact that cyber attackers continue to adapt their tactics, techniques, and procedures to evade and defeat the latest prevention and response measures.

In lights of this, Cyber Security in Energy & Utilities Digi-Conference will gather leaders and experts in the sector to address the emerging cyber threats in the ever-evolving digital world and discuss best practices and solutions in identifying and preventing cyber vulnerabilities and safeguarding IT and OT systems effectively and efficiently.

Event in Numbers

100+

Attendees

50+

Decision makers from energy and utilities sector

15+

Speakers

5+

Media partners

10+

Countries represented

Meet the Speakers


Adam El Adama
Head of Information Security and Risk Management,
Abu Dhabi Ports, & Former Head of Information Security and Risk Management ADNOC Sour Gas – United Arab Emirates


Andrea Carcano
Co-Founder and CPO,
Nozomi Networks


Dr. Fawaz Al-Khudhairy
Digital Communications Lead Consultant - Information Protection Department,
Saudi Aramco – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Aasef Iqbal
Senior Specialist – OT Cybersecurity,
Fortinet
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Hani Bani Amer
Cyber Security OPS Head,
ENOC – United Arab Emirates


Haitham Al-Jowhari
Partner Cyber Security,
PWC – United Arab Emirates


Haitham Al Hajri
Executive & Cyber Security Specialist,
Oman National Cert – Sultanate of Oman


Husain Al-Bustan
Team Leader, Information Security,
KNPC – Kuwait



Mohammed AlGhazal
Digital Transformation Consultant - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Mohamed Youssef
Dubai President,
Control System Cyber Security Association International - CS²AI, & ICS / OT Cyber Security Consultant – United Arab Emirates


Musallam Said Kashoob
Head of Control Center,
Dhofar Power Company – Sultanate of Oman


Omar Sherin
Partner,
Cyber Security, Ernst & Young (EY) – United Arab Emirates
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Why Get Involved?

Get in front of your target market

Get access to key energy and utilities stakeholders involved with ongoing and upcoming cyber security projects the region and get insight into their plans to invest in new technologies and spot opportunities.

Raise your brand awareness

Opportunity to position your brand as one of the leading companies in the sector to help stakeholders and project owners overcome the ever-evolving cyber threats.

Increase your competitivenessness

Learn about the cyber security challenges faced by the region’s key organisations and identify how you can provide them with customised solutions to help them overcome these challenges

Generate strong leads

Learn about cyber security requirements of key energy and utilities companies and influence decision makers and stand a chance of being shortlisted for upcoming projects.

Who will Attend Cyber Security for Energy and Utilities Digi-Conference?

Chiefs, Heads and Engineers from the following departments: 
 
  • Industrial/Process Control Systems
    (ICS, PCS), SCADA
  • IT Management 
  • Network Security 
  • New Technology
  • Operational Technology
  • Physical Corporate Security 
  • Smart Grids
  • System Administration
  • Threat Intelligence

Conference Format



Conference Program

Time Conference Program
10:00 Meeting room opens
10:05 Welcome remarks from Great Minds Group
10:10 Opening remarks from Chairman
10:15 Keynote: Overview of the latest trends in cyberattacks on energy and utilities
  • Omar Sherin, Partner, Cyber Security, Ernst & Young (EY) – United Arab Emirates
10:30 Panel discussion: Preventing and countering cyberattacks in the IR 4.0 era
  • Security vs digitalisation debate: do you isolate your assets or connect them to the network?
  • Utilising advanced cyber monitoring and protection solutions to strengthen your security (AI and ML-based technologies)
  • Overcoming the challenge of remote working and collaboration platforms security
  • Role of physical security in either making or breaking your cyber defense - virtual and physical security management controls integration and alignment

Panelists:
  • Adam El Adama, Head of Information Security and Risk Management, Abu Dhabi Ports, & Former Head of Information Security and Risk Management ADNOC Sour Gas – UAE
  • Andrea Carcano, Co-Founder and CPO Nozomi Networks
  • Hani Bani Amer, Cyber Security OPS Head, ENOC – UAE
11:15 Keynote presentation: Platform-based Cybersecurity Approach to Securing Energy & Utilities Infrastructure
  • Aasef Iqbal, Sr. Specialist – OT Cybersecurity Operational Technology – EMEA, Fortinet
11:30 Technology innovation session
This session will highlight latest technologies in cyber security. The session consists of 3-4 (10 minutes) back-to-back presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights on the successful application of a variety of innovations and case-studies.
  • 11:30 – 11:40 Industry insight 1: Senior Executive, Fortinet
  • 11:40 – 11:50 Industry insight 2: Senior Executive, Wallix
  • 11:50 – 12:00 Industry insight 3
  • 12:00 – 12:15 Industry insight 4: Prevention of file-based attacks on OT & ICS Networks - Lessons learned from the Garmin WastedLocker ransomware incident
    • Oren T. Dvoskin, Global Marketing Director, SASA Software
  • 12:15 – 12:30: Q&A with the presenters
12:30 Strengthening cyber monitoring and protection capabilities
  • Implementing testing and ethical hacking to detect and reduce your vulnerabilities
  • Post-attack: optimising your incident response and digital forensics to mitigate the damage and prevent future breaches
  • Utilising identity management, access control, and third-party risk assessment solutions to reduce your exposure
  • Threat intelligence – enhancing risk detection, your visibility and threat landscape identification
  • New threat assessment and prevention such as drone attacks and ransomwares

Panelists:
  • Mohamed Youssef, Dubai President, Control System Cyber Security Association International - CS²AI, & ICS / OT Cyber Security Consultant – United Arab Emirates
  • Musallam Said Kashoob, Head of Control Center, Dhofar Power Company - EQ
13:30 Closing remark by chairman and end of conference day one
Time Conference Program
10:00 Meeting room opens
10:05 Welcome remarks from Great Minds Group
10:10 Opening remarks from Chairman
10:15 Presentation: Re-skilling the human capital to overcome cybersecurity challenges

Speaker: 
Mohammed AlGhazal, Digital Transformation Consultant, KSA
10:40 Panel discussion: IT & OT environments convergence and protection in focus
  • Preventing the risk of breaches and attacks when integrating OT and IT systems
  • Leveraging active cyber defense and intrusion detection systems (IDS) to protect ICS, PCS, and SCADA systems
  • Securing upgraded legacy facilities without compromising operations
  • Implementing data flow analytics to identify malicious activities and prevent breaches

Panelists:
  • Haitham Al Hajri, Executive & Cyber Security Specialist, Oman National Cert – Sultanate of Oman
  • Haitham Al-Jowhari, Partner Cyber Security, PWC
  • Husain Al-Bustan, Team Leader, Information Security, KNPC – Kuwait
11:30 Technology innovation session
This session will highlight latest technologies in cyber security. The session consists of 3-4 (10 minutes) back-to-back presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights on the successful application of a variety of innovations and case-studies.
  • Industry insight 1
  • Industry insight 2
  • Industry insight 3
  • Industry insight 4
  • Q&A with the presenters
12:30 Closing remark by chairman and end of conference

Sponsors and Partners


 
 

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