GISEC 2023 fulfilled the UAE’s objectives for digital transformation 

The 11th edition of GISEC Global 2023 organized by Dubai World Trade Center and hosted by the UAE Cybersecurity Council was held on 14th, 15th, and 16th March 2023 with a record of 500-plus cybersecurity brands, 300 leading InfoSec and cybersecurity speakers, and 1,000 world’s top ethical hackers to discuss their viewpoints in the global security market.

The event took place with the Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC) as the Official Government Cybersecurity Partner, the Ministry of Interior, the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA), and Dubai Police as Official Supporters.

GISEC Global 2023 was hosted with the theme ‘Connecting minds, boosting cyber resilience,’ which fulfilled the UAE’s objectives on digital transformation in data management, cybersecurity, government services, and governance.

HE Dr. Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti, Head of Cybersecurity, UAE Government highlighted GISEC as the ideal cybersecurity platform and partner with vendors and government entities in the region. He also pointed out GISEC as one of the most important events which are not only for the government but also for the companies which are helping to achieve that resiliency nowadays the sectors like healthcare, education, oil and gas, electricity, water, transportation, and aviation are going through digital transformation. Addressing the CISOs in his keynote speech, HE Dr Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti, emphasized the importance of partnerships and collaborations based on the values of trust and clarity to achieve the goal of building better cyber resilience.

HE Dr Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti was presented with the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards’ Global Leadership Award at GISEC Global’s Mainstage, for his impactful mission to develop cyber talent, spread cyber awareness and cyberculture, and make UAE at the forefront of international cyber resilience.

The event witnessed the CISOs from major corporations across the Middle East, Africa & Asia. Government dignitaries and cyber leaders, some major cybersecurity enterprises from 40 countries, innovators, and global experts joined together to discover innovative and effective strategies. More than 35,000 visitors from 100-plus countries attended the three-day event.

The Middle East’s effective and influential cybersecurity event is a confluence for the global cybersecurity community. The event united cybersecurity experts and the industry’s leading brands in the three days of conference sessions, keynotes, product launches, partner seminars, interactive sessions, briefings, and more. The speakers shared their views across six halls and nine stages – Main Stage, Government Stage, The Global Cybersecurity Congress, Critical Infrastructure Dome, Dark Stage, Nation Stage, Cyber Stars, Xlabs, INSPIRE, Hack360, and the Academy.

The top ethical hackers and infosec leaders like Bruce Schneier (Cybersecurity Guru and one of the world’s most recognizable voices on cybersecurity), Kevin Mitnick (World’s most famous hacker, Global selling author, and top cybersecurity keynote speaker), Jamie Woodruff (The man who hacked Kim Kardashian, discovered vulnerabilities in Facebook, Google and other well-known online apps), Bryan Seely (The only hacker to wiretap the US Secret Service & the FBI, uncovered over 20 million Social Security Numbers and featured on the front pages of Wired, CNET, Forbes, Washington Post & CNNMoney), Matthias Schranner (Former FBI trained hostage negotiator, undercover drugs enforcement agent & author), Sudhakar Ramakrishna (President and CEO, SolarWinds) joined the impactful event and made it a big success by sharing their perspectives.

GISEC Global 2023 was a hub of some major global technology leaders like Huawei, Microsoft, Cisco, Honeywell, and du who came up with their innovative cybersecurity solutions. Moreover, there are some infosec companies like Spire Solutions, CPX, Crowdstrike, Mandiant, Pentera, Pivotal, Port53, Cloudflare, Edgio, Secureworks, Synack, Threatlocker, Votiro, Spidersilk, and Waterfall.

GISEC Global 2023 initiated UnLock – the GISEC Cyber Stars Pitch Competition in which around 100 cybersecurity start-ups revealed their innovative solutions that focused on the future of cybersecurity, that is connecting with investors, mentors, prospects, IT security, and corporate buyers, government officials and influential disruptors. Unlock comprised three categories, Best Global Start-up, Best Regional Start-up, and for academia, the Most Innovative Idea.

Other highlights of the event include World Cyber Championship, Bug Bounty, Women in Cybersecurity, CISO Circle, and Secret Briefings. GISEC invited companies to be part of the largest bug bounty challenge in which the organizations can interact and identify the threats in collaboration with global bug bounty hunters, white hat hackers, InfoSec professionals, and members of the InfoSec communities.

The Women in Cybersecurity was another highlight of the event which was the speaking session of some influential women leaders like Elisabeth Beiter (Chief Administrative Officer, Pivotal Technologies, USA), Clar Rosso (CEO, (ISC), US), Celia Mantshiyane (Chief Information Security Officer, MTN (Mobile Telephone Network), South Africa), Nia Zumot (Cybersecurity Specialist, Microsoft, UAE), Neha Yadav (Global Head of Information Security Assurance & CISO, RAIN, UAE), Shamma Bin Hammad (Founder and CEO, CyberHero, UAE) and more.

In the CISO circle the top CISOs came up with their viewpoints on the cybersecurity challenges and emphasized a resilient and safer cyber future. The session was addressed by HE Dr Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti.

GISEC Global is the platform of solution that brought the stakeholders together in a unified and bold approach to cybersecurity. GISEC 2024 is all set to host on the 23rd, 24th, and 25th of April at Dubai World Trade Centre and the ground is ready for the cybersecurity community worldwide.

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