The second edition of 'Innovation Forum', held on October 1, 2018, featured a panel discussion that delved into cybersecurity in the Middle East and how the ecosystem should be prepared to face the next wave of threats and attacks.

Panel Highlights:

  • What are the top cyber security threats of 2019?
  • How are traditional security companies preparing for the upcoming threats caused by emerging technologies?
  • What are the best corporate practices to analyze cyber security risks and mitigating them?
  • Who are the major security players in tomorrow’s world? What are their roles and respective responsibilities?
  • Is there any security framework that the average user can adopt?
  • Can users utilize AI for cyber security to be proactive against potential cyber threats?
  • Tapping on IoT, how to mitigate the security risks?
  • Is the Arab World well prepared for the next cyber attack? Where will the next threat come from come from?

Speakers on this panel:

  • Salam Yamout, ME Regional Director at Internet Society: Salam Yamout is the Regional Director, Middle East for the Internet Society since November 2016, where she is responsible for heading the Middle East Regional Bureau and promoting access to the Internet for the benefit of people everywhere. Prior to joining the Internet Society, Ms. Yamout was the National Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Strategy Coordinator at the Office of the Prime Minister of Lebanon. She brings over 25 years of experience in the development and management of ICT systems and their impact on business, governments, and society at large. She worked with industry leaders such as Cisco Systems, and International organisations such as the European Union and UNDP.
  • Aftab Siddiqui, Technical Engagement Manager for Asia-Pacific: Aftab Siddiqui joined the Internet Society (ISOC) as a Technical Engagement Manager in November 2016.
    Prior to joining ISOC, Aftab worked as an Australian network integrator and at a Pakistani ISP. He has a strong technical and operational background. Mr. Siddiqui has been a key contributor to the global, regional, and local efforts in the APNIC community and has been an active participant in SANOG, APNIC/APRICOT and MENOG for many years.
  • Dr. Michael Nelson, Tech Strategy at Cloudflare: Dr. Michael R. Nelson advises governments, companies, and other organizations on Internet technology issues for Cloudflare, a startup that has improved the performance and security of more than nine million Web sites worldwide. Prior to joining Cloudflare in early 2015, he was a Principal Technology Policy Strategist in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group and prior to that was a Senior Technology and Telecommunications Analyst with Bloomberg Government. In addition, for six years, starting in January, 2009, Michael Nelson has been teaching courses and doing research on the future of the Internet, cyber-policy, technology policy, innovation policy, and e-government in the CCT Program at Georgetown University
  • Mohamad Amin Hasbini, Senior Security Researcher at Kaspersky Labs Middle East: Mohamad Amin Hasbini joined Kaspersky Lab in 2013 as a Senior Security Researcher in the Global Research & Analysis Team (GReAT), a team of elite information security researchers. Amin is responsible for the Kaspersky research and expert positioning in the EMEA region, also the development and knowledge support of the Dubai/UAE regional office.

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