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GISEC 2022: Tenable to Discuss the Ever-Evolving Security Threat Landscape

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Maher Jadallah, the Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Tenable, says discovering and prioritising vulnerabilities in a cloud environment is only half the battle

Are you participating in GISEC 2022?
Yes, we will be exhibiting at the Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference (GISEC), taking place at the Dubai World Trade Center from 21 – 23 March 2022. Our stand is B45.

What is your theme of participation at the event?
Cloud adoption has exploded, particularly to accommodate a hybrid workforce. However, discovering and prioritising vulnerabilities in a cloud environment is only half the battle. Organisations need to shift left with cloud security to find and remediate vulnerabilities before they reach production.

When we look at how attacks play out, in the vast majority of cases, bad actors typically go after the low hanging fruit in networks — known but unpatched vulnerabilities. Having exploited a vulnerability to gain a toe-hold into the organisation, attackers will pivot focus to Active Directory and the identity infrastructure to escalate privileges and move laterally, with an aim to target further vulnerabilities, install malware and exfiltrate data.

At GISEC, our focus will be helping organisations understand these security risks to their business.

What is the general agenda / planned list of activities at the event?
Tenable’s senior leaders and cybersecurity experts will be available to meet and discuss the current cyber threat landscape, including the common Active Directory misconfigurations organisations need to address to reduce their risk, with demonstrations of Tenable’s security solutions.

In addition, Bernard Montel – Tenable’s Technical Director and Security Strategist, will be presenting a session discussing how ransomware attacks against critical infrastructures, and in particular in the healthcare sector, are on the rise. He will cover how to identify attack paths targeting Active Directory, by focusing, as an example, on the Healthcare sector among the Critical Infrastructures. We will also understand how to insert Active Directory monitoring and protection into a global Risk Based Vulnerability Management program.

What according to you are the challenges faced by CISOs and Cybersecurity experts today?
Successful cyber breaches typically start by exploiting a known vulnerability followed by attacks on Active Directory to escalate privileges, move laterally, install malware and exfiltrate data affecting IT systems and operational technology.

Unfortunately, most organisations struggle with Active Directory security due to misconfigurations piling up as domains increase in complexity, leaving security teams unable to find and fix flaws before they become business-impacting issues.

Will you be running any offline/online engagements alongside the event?
Over the three days we will be running a number of educational sessions from the booth, including a full overview of our platform. Tenable’s powerful combination of risk-based vulnerability management and Active Directory security solutions help prevent threat actors from getting a toe-hold in the corporate environment, stopping attacks before they can begin.

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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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