Middle East Cyber Security Cluster

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About the Middle East 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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Previous Meetings

Cyber Wales Cluster Webinar in the Middle East - 6 September 2020

6th September 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 - Our special guests from the Middle East at this meeting will be HE Faisal Abdullah Al Tunaiji, Business Entrepreneur from the Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. Previously, He held the position as Chairman of Youth Parliamentarian Forum, an affiliate of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and prior to that he was Member of UAE Federal National Council (FNC) from Ras Al Khaimah. And, Deputy Commissioner of District Chakwal, Pakistan Police Mr Abdul Sattar Isani will join us to speak about the battle against cyber crime.

17:15 - Mrs Leanne Davies, Cyber Security Lecturer at Glyndwr University and architect of the Skills Wales Cyber Security Competition for the WorldSkills Tournament 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.

Emerging Technologies Government Digi-Conference - 19 August 2020

19th August 2020 | 07:00 - 10:00

Virtual Event

John Davies, Co-founder and Chair of Cyber Wales and CEO of Pervade Software will be joining Regional government officials and technology experts from different entities in the Middle East & Africa region involved in technology innovation and digital transformation on a Panel Discussion at this year's Emerging Technologies Government Conference.

This event, normally run in Dubai, will this year be a virtual conference and will bring together senior government officials leading the digital transformation, business continuity, and advanced technology implementation to explore latest solutions and technology developments and their implementation challenges.

As restrictions are globally easing and the world is learning to live with the Covid-19 pandemic and adapt itself to the new norm, GCC countries are resorting to digitalisation to ensure business continuity and effective delivery of public services. In fact, in The United Arab Emirates has recently announced an ambitious plan to convert 50% of its government centers into virtual platforms.

Hence, it is critical for government officials to identify the essential approaches and technologies to remain steadfast in their strategies and provide their services in an efficient and uninterrupted manner. Public entities now more than ever are urgently adopting best practices and innovative solutions to efficiently execute their digital transformation journey.

The event participants will have the opportunity to discuss the lessons learnt and share knowledge on how to implement effective strategies and innovative technologies enabling digital transformation and public service delivery during and beyond Covid-19 pandemic.

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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