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CyberKnight Signs up as Official Distribution Partner for MENA ISC 2023



CyberKnight has strategically aligned with VirtuPort as the Official Distribution Partner – Diamond Sponsor for the MENA Information Security Conference 2023, 11th edition, taking place September 12-13 in Riyadh. CyberKnight will be participating with fourteen of its leading international portfolio vendors mapping to the conference theme – Beyond Resilience: Zero Trust Security for an AI-Pioneered Cyber Renaissance, which is expected to draw senior IT Security practitioners from across the region but will predominantly focus on the Saudi Arabia market.

At the event, CyberKnight will support IT Security Leaders from enterprise and government organizations to achieve compliance with local frameworks such as NCA and SAMA, as well as protect their most valuable assets by leveraging Zero Trust. The technologies that will be represented by CyberKnight at the event are:

  • BlueCat – DDI and DNS Security
  • Arista – Software-defined Networking, NPB & NDR
  • Utimaco – Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) and Encryption
  • Appgate – Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA), SDP
  • Fortra – Classification, DLP, PT, MFT, SEG, DMARC, CDR
  • Illumio – Zero Trust Microsegmentation
  • Checkmarx – Unified Application Security (DAST, SAST, SCA, IAST, RASP, API Security)
  • Phishrod – Phishing Simulation & Defense, End-user Awareness
  • Solarwinds – IT Operations Management & Observability
  • Group–IB – Fraud Detection, ASM, DRP, Threat Intelligence & DFIR
  • Netwrix – Data Access Governance, AD Security, File Integrity Monitoring
  • Elastic – SIEM / Big Data / Log Management
  • CounterCraft – Deception Powered by Threat Intel
  • Skyhigh Security – SSE/CASB/SWG/CNAPP

“MENA ISC has been the most cybersecurity thought leadership-focused conference in Saudi Arabia for more than a decade, with significant attendance by a whole suite of IT Security leaders, influencers, and practitioners coming from various pioneering organizations, which define the cybersecurity landscape in the Kingdom. As a trusted advisor to local enterprises and government organizations, being present at this conference with one of the largest footprints at the event is essential for us as well as our participating vendors to spread the Zero Trust message,” commented Wael Jaber, Chief Strategy Officer at CyberKnight.

“Our purpose remains the same going forward – to help fight cybercrime in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia using Zero Trust while achieving compliance. Our advisory approach assists customers to understand where they are on the Zero Trust Security journey today, and where they need to be tomorrow while ensuring they align with the standards set by the local regulatory authorities. Over the course of MENA ISC 2023 in Riyadh, we aim to consult with our customers on the latest and most innovative cybersecurity solutions, share experiences, and provide actionable recommendations to secure organizations,” added Mohammed Tayeb, General Manager Sales – Saudi Arabia at CyberKnight.

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CyberKnight Elevates Cyber Resilience with Zero Trust Security at Gartner SRM 2024



CyberKnight has announced its participation as a Premier Sponsor at the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit in Dubai on February 12-13. The company’s participation underscores its commitment to advancing cybersecurity practices and fostering awareness around the critical paradigm of Zero Trust. During the Summit, CyberKnight will emphasize the significance of adopting a comprehensive Zero Trust Security approach in tackling cybersecurity challenges faced by IT security leaders.

At the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit, CyberKnight will be joined by:

  • Checkmarx: Industry’s Most Comprehensive AppSec Platform
  • Xage: Identity-Based ZTNA for Critical Infrastructure
  • Group-IB: Fraud Detection, ASM, DRP, Threat Intelligence & DFIR

“Our Theme for this year’s participation at Gartner SRM is “Elevating Cyber Resilience with Zero Trust Security”. In the face of escalating cyber threats, our Zero Trust Security approach stands as a beacon, guiding organizations toward a robust cybersecurity posture. Our Zero Trust Security methodology is more than a framework; it’s a transformative journey towards resilience: we believe in empowering businesses with the knowledge and tools needed to proactively defend against the ever-evolving threat landscape,” commented Avinash Advani, the Founder and CEO at CyberKnight.

“As a trusted advisor to enterprise and government organizations across the region, CyberKnight remains committed to contributing to the growth of regional cybersecurity capacity and resilience. Sponsoring Gartner SRM, one of the most reputable IT Security events in the Middle East covering key topics that matter most to security leaders, is not just an opportunity to showcase our innovations but also a commitment to collaborative efforts aimed at building a more secure digital ecosystem in the Middle East,” added Olesya Pavlova, CMO at CyberKnight.

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Dubai Police Crowned Champions of UAE SWAT Challenge 2024



In an exhilarating display of skill, strategy, and teamwork, Dubai Police SWAT teams clinched the top two spots in the highly competitive UAE SWAT Challenge 2024. This prestigious event, held annually in Dubai, attracts elite SWAT teams worldwide, all vying for the coveted title in gruelling tests designed to push their limits.

The Dubai Police’s unparalleled performance throughout the five-day event reflected their rigorous training, dedication, and commitment to excellence.

Day 5 – (the Obstacle Challenge) Winners
First Place: RNP SWAT Team 1- Rwanda
Score: 52 points
Time: 03:54.08

Second Place: Department of Special Force KALKAN – Kyrgyzstan
Score: 51 points
Time: 03:59.08

Third Place: Uzbekistan Police – Uzbekistan
Score: 50
Time: 04:04.03

Top Three Overall Winners of the UAE SWAT Challenge 2024

First Place– With a remarkable score of 325 points, Team B displayed exceptional prowess across all categories, including hostage rescue, tactical shooting, and obstacle navigation, earning them the championship title.

Second Place-Close on their heels, Dubai Police Team A amassed 303 points, demonstrating extraordinary teamwork and strategic thinking, securing a well-deserved second place.

Third place –Team SARDAR from Kazakhstan came in third, scoring 302 points, showcasing impressive skills and determination, and proving themselves to be formidable competitors in the international arena.

Honouring the Champions
Their remarkable achievements were celebrated in a grand honouring ceremony, where His Excellency Major General Abdullah Ali Al Ghaithi, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Operations Affairs at Dubai Police, in the presence of senior officers, UAE SWAT Challenge’s sponsors, partners, and a global audience awarded the top ten winners their well-deserved trophies and accolades.

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International Defense Heads to be Present at the Second Edition of World Defense Show



As the countdown begins to its second edition in February, World Defense Show, under the esteemed patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has revealed some of the industry titans and senior government figures who will address the show’s visitors and exhibitors over four days. WDS 2024, which will be held between 4-8 Feb 2024, in Riyadh, KSA, will host the exclusive Future Defense Leadership Forum on Preview Day, followed by four days of exciting interactive industry discussion and demonstration in the main conference room and across dedicated content theatres, in three of the exhibition halls.

The Future Defense Leadership Forum at the World Defense Show 2024 will commence with an address by HE Ahmad Abdulaziz Al-Ohali, Governor of the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI). This exclusive event, attended by high-level government and private sector delegates from the global defense industry, is set to delve into national policy, technology, and innovation, offering insights into both Saudi and global perspectives on defense and security challenges over the next decade. The forum will feature a series of compelling keynote addresses, including ‘Enhancing KSA’s Investment Ecosystem’ by HE. Khalid Al Falih, Minister of Investment, and a discussion on ‘Defense/Force Readiness by HE. General Fayyadh Al Ruwaili, Chief of the General Staff of the Saudi Arabian Armed Forces. Additionally, HE. Ahmed Al Khateeb, Chairman of SAMI, will address ‘Security and Stability in the New Saudi Era,’ underscoring the importance of innovation and adaptation in defense technology.

The forum will also host pivotal panel discussions, ‘The People Challenge: Attracting, Upskilling and Retaining the Right Talent for the Defense sector’ will bring together HE. Prof. Haluk GÖRGÜN, President of the Defence Industry Agency (SSB), Turkey; Eng. Walid Abukhaled, CEO of SAMI; Sulaiman Albabtain, CEO & Chairman of SOFON Industries; and Éric Béranger, CEO of MBDA. Another significant panel, ‘Innovating at the Speed of Relevance: Managing the Defense Technology Challenge,’ will feature HE. Dr. Faleh AlSulaiman, Governor of GADD; Dr Charles Woodburn, CEO of BAE Systems; Stephanie C. Hill, President of Rotary & Mission Systems at Lockheed Martin; and Pierre Éric Pommellet, Chairman and CEO of Naval Group.

Innovation is a strong theme of the Day 2 program which hosts key industry figures, such as, – Rob Merriweather Technology Director, BAE Systems and Chris Brown, Vice President Strategy & Global Business Development, General Dynamics, leading a panel on achieving innovation goals across the industry, while Tim Cahill, President, Missiles and Fire Control, Lockheed Martin will discuss exploiting innovation across the battlespace. General (Retd) Tom Middendorp, Chairman, International Military Council on Climate and Security, Former Chief of Defense of The Netherlands will deliver a keynote on environmental sustainability in the defense industry.  Nichola Bates, Managing Partner at Aerospace Xelerated and Head of Global Accelerators and Innovation Programs, Boeing will provide insight on Defense Innovation Units to foster collaboration with startups.

Technology development steps into the spotlight on Day 3, with Major Gen (Rtd) Adam Findlay, Former Commander Special Operations addressing civilian-military technology development and cooperation and Sir Stu Atha, Director of Training Strategy, BAE Systems providing insight on the future of human-machine interface and Stephanie Hill, President, Rotary and Mission Systems, Lockheed Martin discussing transforming aerospace and defense for the 21st Century.

Building on the huge success of the program in 2022, the International Women in Defense program returns, spearheaded by HRH Ambassador Reema, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States. The event will also feature Heidi Grant, Vice President of Defense Global Growth & Engagement at Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) who will be joined by national diversity champions and industry figureheads including Maj. Gen. Adel Al-Balawi, Head of Armed Forces Education and Training Authority, KSA.

On Day 5, the Future Talent program will recognize the importance of nurturing and developing the next generation of defense professionals. The session will be opened with a keynote address by HE Yousef bin Abdullah Al-Benyan, Minister of Education, setting the stage for insightful discussions on the future of human capital in defense. Dr. Alex Walmsley, defense analyst and RUSI Associate Fellow, will moderate a high-level panel on ‘The Human Capital Growth Model for Defense.’ Additionally, the program will feature a presentation on ‘The People Challenge: An Industrial Perspective’ by Jason Monahan, VP & General Manager, General Dynamics, offering valuable insights into workforce development from an industry standpoint.

Andrew Pearcey, CEO World Defense Show, said, “We are delighted to confirm an exciting program of industry-leading international and regional speakers, who will address visitors and exhibitors in people, technology and capability-focused discussions. World Defense Show is not just an exhibition of groundbreaking technology, the event offers a chance for the leaders in the field of defense to convene for the shared purpose of addressing the challenges facing the industry and the world. WDS’s role as an enabler of global collaboration will extend beyond the event itself, providing a platform for countries to engage in international cooperation.”

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