Regional Cybersecurity Week 2023


Cybersecurity Innovation and Industry Development


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📅 9th - 12th October 2023

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Cybersecurity Innovation and Industry Development


A reference to the successes achieved by the Regional Cyber Security Week organized by the ITU - Regional Cybersecurity Center that is hosted by the Sultanate of Oman since 2013, which was widely praised by local and international participants. Given the importance of the topics addressed in the conference, in addition to the participation of a group of international experts and speakers in the conference, as well as a group of international companies that participated in the accompanying exhibition and presented a range of solutions and technologies in the field of electronic security, which enhanced the success of this conference with the participation of more than 400 participants from more than 40 countries annually.
The ITU - Arab Regional Cybersecurity Center (ITU-ARCC) is in the process of organizing the Regional Cybersecurity Week in Abu Dhabi - the United Arab Emirates, from 9 to 12 October 2023 on the sidelines of the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX). It was generously hosted by the United Arab Emirates, represented by the Cyber Security Council, and in cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).


This week includes many activities aimed at:

  • Attracting international experts and speakers to learn about countries' experiences in this field.
  • Highlighting the most important developments in the field of cybersecurity, threats and security risks in the information arena.
  • Learn about strategies to face the challenge of cybersecurity at the national levels, especially governments, national infrastructure institutions and vital industries.
  • Responding effectively to cyber security incidents and finding preventive measures to avoid exposure to them and reduce the scope of their effects.

Regional Cybersecurity Week Events

OIC-CERT board meeting
8th October 2023

The annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation for the National CERTs, to discuss and identify priorities and initiatives of common interest and follow up on the 2023 business plan, which focuses on strengthening the cybersecurity industry and innovation in the Islamic countries and aspects of cooperation with international organizations.

The 11th Regional Arab, OIC-CERT & CIS Cyber Drill
9th - 10th October 2023

The ITU Arab Regional Cybersecurity Centre (ITU-ARCC) is organizing the 11th Regional Arab Cyber Drill - Applied Learning for Emergency Response Teams (ALERT) for the Arab Region. The Cyber Drill dedicated to National Arab, CIS, and OIC CERT’s, private CERT’s and critical sectors security operation centers. The Cyber Drill simulates the latest trends of cyber-attacks and measures the confidence and ability of the participants through number of crafted environments engaging the participants in real life scenarios, putting them under pressure to measure their ability to respond and communicate effectively with other stakeholders among the region’s national Computer Incident Response Teams (CIRTs) to overcome the presented obstacles and circumstances. It aims to expose the participants from the national Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) or incident response teams, to various scenarios based on case studies and real-life situations.

The 11th Arab Cybersecurity Cooperation Team (ACCT) meeting
10th October 2023

The Directors or the Representatives from (CERTS) will meet at the 11th Annual Arab Meeting (ACCT) to explore areas of cooperation in the cybersecurity field of the Arab Region. This Meeting is a consultative gathering for the General Directors and Heads of the Arab National Cybersecurity Centers to discuss fields of enhancing cyber security in the Arab Region. The Meeting will discuss the most important aspects of joint cooperation, prominent challenges faced in cyberspace, the rapid development of software and threats that pose as a risk to institutions and individuals.

11th Regional Cyber Security Summit
11th – 12th October 2023

The 11th Regional Cybersecurity Summit 2023 aims to share experiences, consolidate and enhance cooperation among countries in the field of cybersecurity and identify clear mechanisms to tackle threats and attacks in the Arab and international cyber space. The Summit will be attended by delegates from more than 60 countries. The Summit will focus on the importance of Cybersecurity Innovation and Industry Development, as innovation is the key driver to enhance the industry and aspires to create smart digital solutions that will enhance the way of life with security as a critical element, to build trust on utilizing technology in safe and productive manner.

The 15th annual OIC-CERT conference & FIRST Symposium for Arab and Africa
11th - 12th October 2023

The symposium provides an appropriate platform for senior ICT and cyber security officials from the African and Arab regions to discuss and formulate strategic directions and plans to tackle emerging threats to the global and regional cybersecurity sector.

Key Highlight

  • Cybersecurity risk and Exposure - A Key Factor in Partnership Decisions
  • The Rising Threat Horizon and Creation of Digital Trust
  • Competitive Security Market Dynamics for Product Leaders
  • AI-Powered Cybersecurity
  • The GCC Approach for a Secure and Resilient Digital Economy
  • Growth of Cybersecurity Industry Creates New Jobs
  • Emerging Technologies Responsible for the Cybersecurity Industry’s Production of Innovative Developments
  • A Modernized Framework to Secure the Digital and Interconnected Economy
  • The Role of Cybersecurity and Data Security in the Digital Economy
  • Behavioral Analytics Became an Integral Part of Advanced Cybersecurity Solutions
  • Cybersecurity and Future Technologies
  • Cybersecurity as an Economic Enabler
  • The Emergent Cyber Response to Support Cyber Innovation
  • Enhancing GCC and International Cooperation to respond to Cyber Threats and promote a Global, Stable and Open Cyberspace

Regional Cybersecurity Summit 2023

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Why Attend?

  • Identify limitations in your current cyber security framework.
  • Develop state-of-the-art cybersecurity management systems to mitigate threats.
  • Identify and analyze scope, challenges and benefits of an efficient cyber security infrastructure
  • FIntegrate early warning systems to identify potential threats and optimize effective monitoring and system integrity
  • Learn of advancements in cybersecurity structures, operational policies, data protection and legal regulations.
  • Discover innovative methods to keep your organization safe from cybercrime and data theft.
  • Overcome current and future challenges in the field of cybersecurity through case studies and success stories.
  • Learn how to integrate cyber risk management practices, latest cybersecurity techniques, disaster recovery patterns and methods of securing critical data.

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Why Sponsor?

  • One on One Interactions
  • Keynote Addresses and Panel Discussions
  • Dedicated Networking Spaces
  • Technology Demos and Presentations
  • Exhibitions and Demonstrations
  • Open Debates and Interactive Dialogues

Steering Committee 2023

Eng. Badar Alsalehi

Director General – Oman National CERT & Head of ITU Arab Regi ...

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H.E Dr. Mohamed Hamad Al Kuwaiti

Head of Cyber Security Council , United Arab Emirates Governmen ...

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Mr. Marco Obiso

Chief, Digital Network and Society Department at International ...

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Mr. Adel Mohamed Darwish

DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNION (ITU), EGYPT ...

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Mrs. Tracy A. Bills, CISSP

Chair of the Board of Directors of the Forum of Incident Respon ...

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Dr. Sherif Hashem

Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at George Maso ...

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Dr. Ahmed Ali Abdel-Hafez

Vice President for Cyber Security Affairs, National Telecommu ...

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Dr. Haji Amirudin

Chief Executive Officer of CyberSecurity Malaysia ...

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Technical Committee 2023

Mrs. Aziza Al Rashdi

Director general assistant Oman National CERT ...

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Mrs. Iman Mahmoud Odeh

Director of cybersecurity development, Oman National CERT ...

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Dr. Haitham Al Hajri

Executive Cyber Security Specialist, Oman National CERT ...

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Mr. Ahmed ElRaghy

Senior Advisor, ITU Arab Regional Office, Egypt ...

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Mr. Marwan Ben Rached

Cybersecurity Coordinator at the International Telecommunicatio ...

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Mr. Maher AlSaleh

Director of Telecommunication and E-Government, The Cooperation ...

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Summit 2023 Speakers

Eng. Badar Alsalehi

Director General – Oman National CERT & Head of ITU Arab Regi ...

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Mrs. Iman Mahmoud Odeh

Director of cybersecurity development, Oman National CERT ...

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Dr. Haitham Al Hajri

Executive Cyber Security Specialist, Oman National CERT ...

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H.E Dr. Mohamed Hamad Al Kuwaiti

Head of Cyber Security Council , United Arab Emirates Governmen ...

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Mr. Marco Obiso

Chief, Digital Network and Society Department at International ...

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Mr. Adel Mohamed Darwish

DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNION (ITU), EGYPT ...

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General Tan Sari Dr. Haji Zulkifeli

Chairman Board of Directors, Cybersecurity Malaysia ...

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Dr. Sherif Hashem

Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at George Maso ...

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Dr. Ahmed Ali Abdel-Hafez

Vice President for Cyber Security Affairs, National Telecommu ...

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H.E Bassam Maharma

President at National Cybersecurity Center (NCSC) ...

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Shaikh Abdulla bin Mohamed Al Khalifa

Deputy CEO for Cyber Operations at the National Cyber Security ...

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Major General (Rtd) Eng. Mohammad A. Boarki

Chief of Kuwait National Cyber Security Center ...

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Dr. Haji Amirudin

Chief Executive Officer of CyberSecurity Malaysia ...

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Eng. Mohamed Ben Amor

Secretary-General of the Arab Information and Communication Tec ...

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Mr. Jean-Robert Hountomey

Co-founder of the Africa Forum of Incident Response and Securit ...

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Mr. Craig Jones

INTERPOL Cybercrime ...

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Ms. Shamane Tan

Chief Growth Officer, Sekuro, Australia ...

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Mr. Karsten Diethelm Geier

Senior Advisor for cyber diplomacy at the Centre for Humanitari ...

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Mr. Ahmed ElRaghy

Senior Advisor, ITU Arab Regional Office, Egypt ...

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Dr. Nadher Alsafvani

MENA Cyber Dialogue Advisor ...

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Dr. Feras Bakkour

Co-founder and Chairman of the Arab Internet and Telecom Union ...

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Dr.Lina Oueidat

ICT Advisor to the Council of Ministers Presidency of the Counc ...

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Dr.Yacine Djemaiel

Chief Executive Officer ...

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Dr Riyadh Al-Balushi

Chief Executive Officer at Decree Tech LLC, Oman ...

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Mr. Khaled Mahmoud Wali

Director for ICT Development -Arab League ...

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Mr Azman Iskandar Ariffin

Chief Information Officer ...

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Eng. Ahmed Helmy

Telecom Egypt Cybersecurity Director ...

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Mr. Tarek Mohamed

Chief Information Security Officer ...

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Dr. Mohamad Nawar Al-Awa

Regional Advisor on Technology for Development in UN-ESCWA ...

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Mr. Taufik Arianto

Deputy Chair of OIC-CERT Head of National CSIRT Indonesia ...

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Dr.Bushra AlBlooshi

CEO Senior Consultant at Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC ...

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Mr.Mohd Shamir Hashim

Senior Vice President,International and Government Engagement C ...

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Mr.Murad Balayev

Head of SOC under Special Communication and Information Securit ...

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Ms. Balques Al Radwan

Programme Management Officer at the UN Counter ...

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Dr. Hulk Zhang

Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Specialist, Huawei UAE ...

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Cyber Drill Speakers 2023

Mr. Marwan Ben Rached

Cybersecurity Coordinator at the International Telecommunicatio ...

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Mr.Amarjit Labhuram

Lead of the Threat Emulation team, CYBER RANGES ...

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Mr. Mazin Al-Abri

Cyber Security Professional ...

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Mr.Vytenis Benetis

Consultant at UNCCT ...

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Mr. Alexander Repin

Lead DFIR Expert, Positive Technologies, Russia ...

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Mr. Sergey Tarasov

Lead Specialist, PT-ESC Threat Intelligence, Positive Technolog ...

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Mr. Rob Floodeen

FIRST Expert ...

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Mr. Sachin Bhatt

FIRST Expert ...

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