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GISEC 2022: SANS to Host Capture-the-Flag

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Ned Baltagi, the Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa at SANS Institute, says the company’s theme of participation at the event will be around workforce development

Are you participating in GISEC 2022?
Yes, we are – SANS has been participating for the last 3 years now and we are looking forward to being a part of GISEC once more.

What is your theme of participation at the event?
The overall theme for our participation this year will be around workforce development and how SANS can help organizations train, recruit and retain their cybersecurity staff. We have many products to offer organizations to help them provide their staff with the best possible training experience. There are many options for organizations, small to large, to choose from to help them progress. From our core training courses to our Capture-the-Flag events (CTFs), security awareness products, knowledge assessments, NetWars tournaments, and even Cyber Training academies, we will be bringing a vast range to GISEC 2022.

What is the general agenda / planned list of activities at the event?
We would like to showcase our larger product portfolio, inform visitors that SANS is more than just our core training courses, and highlight that we offer cybersecurity training solutions for all organisations. There will also be the opportunity to participate in one of our Capture-the-Flag events, and visitors to our stand will have the ability to see and experience one of our many training courses through our Live Online training format.

What according to you are the challenges faced by CISOs and Cybersecurity experts today?
There are two main challenges at the moment. One is to ensure you are adequately protected against the latest threats coming from nation-state actors such as Russia. SANS has put together a resource center that helps you understand exactly what is happening right now and how you can protect yourself and your organisation.

The second is the ever-growing skills gap and need for talented and trained personnel. With a growing shortage of people available on the job market, it is becoming increasingly challenging for organisations to find the right talent for the right jobs. Our SANS Immersion Academies or Assessments, support organisations in finding hidden talent within the existing workforce. We also help governments set up special programs to help identify, find, and train people who are unaware that they had an inclination towards and a talent for cybersecurity.

Will you be running any offline/online engagements alongside the event?
Yes, we will host our own SANS Capture-the-Flag during the days of GISEC.

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GISEC GLOBAL launches CISO Circle

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GISEC GLOBAL, the most connected and influential cybersecurity exhibition and conference in the Middle East and Africa (MEA), has launched its CISO Circle platform for chief information security officers, government leaders, and cybersecurity experts. CISO Circle, the new invite-only community launched by Dubai World Trade Centre, the organisers of GISEC GLOBAL, will give regional industry experts the opportunity to strategically discuss pressing cybersecurity issues with their peers, through discussion that will encourage proactive collaboration and information sharing.

GISEC GLOBAL’s CISO Circle will deep-dive into the most pressing cybersecurity challenges affecting enterprises and governments in the post-pandemic era, including the dangers posed by state-sponsored hackers, organised hacking groups, and insider threats, all of which now represent a constant menace in the digital age. HE Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cyber Security, UAE Government, said, “The UAE Cyber Security council fully supports GISEC’s initiative of creating an InfoSec leaders inner circle with the mission to discuss key challenges to help build cyber resilience of businesses in the UAE.”

The first CISO Circle meeting will be hosted alongside the upcoming edition of GITEX GLOBAL, the super-connector technology event organised by Dubai World Trade Centre taking place from 10th-14th October. Organised in partnership with the UAE’s most influential cyber entities to curate and prioritise regional cybersecurity agendas, including the UAE Cybersecurity Council, Dubai Electronic Security Center, the Telecommunications & Digital Government Regulatory Authority, and Dubai Police, GISEC GLOBAL 2023, hosted from 14th-16th March, will be a meeting point for the cybersecurity ecosystem that unites the industry’s leading brands and minds during three days of unparalleled conference sessions, keynotes, partner seminars, and interactive sessions.

Cybersecurity experts on the GISEC GLOBAL CISO Circle:

Ahmed Al Zarouni, GISEC GLOBAL advisory board member, said, “GISEC GLOBAL’s CISO Circle is a significant component of the widespread cybersecurity culture, which is crucial in advancing the technological requirements of modern lifestyles and services. GISEC GLOBAL looks forward to growing and supporting the region’s cybersecurity community and ecosystem.”

Amer Sharaf, Director, Compliance, Support, And Alliances, Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC), said, “GISEC GLOBAL’s CISO Circle will play an important role in driving thought leadership in regional cybersecurity. At a time where information sharing and collaboration between governments is essential in mitigating threats, GISEC GLOBAL’s CISO Circle will provide opportunities for cybersecurity leaders to strengthen their security posture through knowledge sharing.”

Fuad Al Ansari, GISEC GLOBAL advisory board member, said, “As malicious actors continue to exploit cybersecurity weaknesses for their own gain, it is now more important than ever for CISOs to collaborate in order to enhance their own knowledge to increase the defences of their organisation. The GISEC GLOBAL CISO Circle will actively support the region’s cybersecurity community with information that will be vital in fending off increasingly sophisticated attacks.”

Hussain AlKhalsan, CISO, Zand, said, “As the cyberthreat landscape continues to evolve, CISOs are facing an increasingly demanding and varied volume of threats. Interaction between industry peers is hugely valuable for chief information security officers, and I look forward to participating in GISEC GLOBAL’s CISO Circle’s initiatives, which will give CISOs important insight into critical cybersecurity issues.”

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Proactively Protecting Companies From Threats

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Tamer Odeh, the Regional Sales Director at SentinelOne, speak about their company’s participation in GISEC 2022.

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Automating the Process of Detection and Protection

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Bobby Gupta, the Senior VP and MD of International Business at Virsec; and Rahil Ghaffar, the Director for Sales – MEA at Virsec, speak about their company’s participation at GISEC 2022

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