MENA Cyber Security Cluster

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About the MENA Cyber Security Cluster

Wales has a very long history and strong relationship with the Middle East. Members of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem have been involved in trade missions, been speakers and exhibited at events such as GISEC and have formed trading companies in the Region.

Having been involved in helping local organisations to form a Cyber Security Cluster in Dubai, Cyber Wales members are now strengthening the collaboration with the UAE and into the Middle East as a whole by running dedicated virtual cyber security cluster meetings.

Partners in the Middle East have identified 4 key topics that are priorities for organisations in the Region and at each meeting, members of the Cyber Wales community share their knowledge, experience and expertise through presentations and open discussions.

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Cyber Wales Cluster Webinar in the Middle East - 2 August 2020

2nd August 2020 | 14:00 - 15:30

Virtual Event

This webinar forms part of a new series of Virtual Cyber Security Cluster meetings being run in collaboration with our strategic partners in the UAE and the Middle East Region.

The aim of sessions is for Cyber Wales members to share guidance and expertise with people and organisations in the Middle East on the following critical topics:-

* The Cyber Threat Landscape - to better understand what we are up against
* Measuring Cyber Risk Posture - using Best Practice Frameworks
* Implementing Cyber Protection - with leading edge Systems & Technologies
* Building Cyber Awareness - by developing a cyber secure culture

These sessions are designed for change managers, heads of operations, heads of HR, chief information security officers, legal counsels and data protection officers and the agenda for the first session included:-

17:00 - Opening & Introductions from Mr Faheem Azhar, Cyber Wales Steering Group Member and Strategic Advisor for the UAE & the Middle East Region, and Mr John Davies, Co-Founder & Chair of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem.

17:05 - A special guest speaker from the UAE, Her Excellency Dr Khawla Al Mulla. Currently the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Family Affairs (SCFA), Sharjah. Former Chairperson of the Ninth Legislative Term of the Sharjah Consultative Council, Former Executive Director of Family Development Centres, Former Member of Board of Directors of the Marriage Fund and Former Member of Board of Directors of the Women’s Committee of the Sharjah Charity International.

17:15 - Mrs Leanne Davies, Cyber Security Lecturer at Glyndwr University and architect of the Skills Wales Cyber Security Competition for the WorldSkills Tournement will provide an overview of the Cyber Threat Landscape and describe some of the most common forms of cyber attacks.

17:30 - Mr Mostyn Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of the Astrix Cyber Security Operations Centre will discuss the importance of measuring cyber risk and describe the famous Best Practice Framework run by the National Cyber Security Centre in the UK, the Cyber Essentials Scheme.

17:45 - Mr John Davies, Chief Executive Officer of Pervade Software will describe some of the next generation Systems and Technologies being implemented by corporations, the Police, the Health Industry and the Military to increase protection against cyber threats and provide early warning of cyber threats.

18:00 - Mr Chris Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of Cybata and Chairman of the GDPR Data Privacy Cluster will discuss the Blended Approach to Building Cyber Awareness and providing ongoing training to keep people at all levels in an organisation up-to-date with the signs and indicators of cyber attacks.

18:15 - The talks will be followed by Questions & Answers and an open discussion on the topics covered in this webinar.

These sessions are a great example of international collaboration and information sharing as Cyber Wales joins with the cyber community of the UAE to share ideas and knowledge in the fight against cyber crime.

Cyber Wales Cluster Webinar in the Middle East - July 2020

5th July 2020 | 14:00 - 15:30

Virtual Event

This was the first in a new series of Virtual Cyber Security Cluster meetings being run in collaboration with our strategic partners in the UAE and the Middle East Region.

The aim of sessions is for Cyber Wales members to share guidance and expertise with people and organisations in the Middle East on the following critical topics:-

* The Cyber Threat Landscape - to better understand what we are up against
* Measuring Cyber Risk Posture - using Best Practice Frameworks
* Implementing Cyber Protection - with leading edge Systems & Technologies
* Building Cyber Awareness - by developing a cyber secure culture

These sessions are designed for change managers, heads of operations, heads of HR, chief information security officers, legal counsels and data protection officers and the agenda for the first session included:-

17:00 - Opening & Introductions from Mr Faheem Azhar, Cyber Wales Steering Group Member and Strategic Advisor for the UAE & the Middle East Region, and Mr John Davies, Co-Founder & Chair of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem.

17:05 - A special guest speaker from the UAE, His Excellency Mr Youssef Mohamed Ismail, Vice Chairman of Department of Transportation of Ras Al Khaimah, Board Member of RAK Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and Chairman of the Supreme Committee of Saud Bin Saqr Foundation for Youth Project Development.

17:15 - Mrs Leanne Davies, Cyber Security Lecturer at Glyndwr University and architect of the Skills Wales Cyber Security Competition for the WorldSkills Tournement provided an overview of the Cyber Threat Landscape and described some of the most common forms of cyber attacks.

17:30 - Mr Mostyn Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of the Astrix Cyber Security Operations Centre discussed the importance of measuring cyber risk and described the famous Best Practice Framework run by the National Cyber Security Centre in the UK, the Cyber Essentials Scheme.

17:45 - Mr John Davies, Chief Executive Officer of Pervade Software described some of the next generation Systems and Technologies being implemented by corporations, the Police, the Health Industry and the Military to increase protection against cyber threats and provide early warning of cyber threats.

18:00 - Mr Chris Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of Cybata and Chairman of the GDPR Data Privacy Cluster discussed the Blended Approach to Building Cyber Awareness and providing ongoing training to keep people at all levels in an organisation up-to-date with the signs and indicators of cyber attacks.

18:15 - The talks were followed by Questions & Answers and an open discussion on the topics covered in this webinar.

More than 40 people attended this first session and it was unique example of international collaboration and information sharing as Cyber Wales joined with the cyber community of the UAE to share ideas and knowledge in the fight against cyber crime.

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