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Gulf International Cyber Security Summit (GICS 2012)

Gulf International Cyber Security Summit (GICS 2012)

December 09, 2012

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The First Edition of the Gulf International Cyber Security Symposium (GICS) was held at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on December 9 and 10.

GICS had the prestigious patronage of the UAE Ministry of Defence and Official government support from the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA), AECERT, Dubai eGovernment and the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce. GICS gathered UAE Government and Military delegations and well as a large participation from the private sector to hear from the wide array of experiences from the highly prestigious panel members that attended and presented.

The First Edition of GICS looked at the broad topic of Cyber Security and discussed various issues from a policy level and later debated operational level challenges across a wide array of sectors including; Government and Defense Sector, Critical Infrastructure, and the Financial Arena. Commercial partners Parsons and Lockheed were highly instrumental to the success of GICS. Media partners that covered the event were International Media Partner IHS Janes, Official Media Partner Nation Shield, Arabic e-Media Partner SDA & Media Partners The Security Review, Defence21, Virus Bulletin, Digital Manufacturing Report, Al Jundi Journal.

Read our post-event press releases for more details about the proceeding of GICS 2012.

Confirmed Agenda - Day One
Cyber Policy and Strategic Defense Day
08:00-08:55 Registration and Networking Session with Refreshments
   
GICS Opening Session
08:55-09:05 Welcome and Opening Remarks
  Riad Kahwaji, CEO, INEGMA
09:05-09:10 Welcome Address
  His Excellency Major General Mohammed Al Essa,
Ministry of Defence, United Arab Emirates
09:10-09:20 Keynote Speech
  His Excellency Humaid Mohammed Al Qutami,
Minister of Education, United Arab Emirates
09:20-09:30 Keynote Speech
  His Excellency Mohammed Nasser Al Ghanim,
Director General, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA),UAE
09:30-09:40 Keynote Speech
  His Excellency Ahmed bin Humaidan, Director General of Dubai eGovernment
   
Session One: The Age of Cyber Warfare
Moderator: Major General (Ret.) Khaled Abdullah Al Buainnain,
Former Commander, UAE Air Force and Air Defence
09:40-09:55 Attribution and Making Distinctions Between Attacks By State and Non-State Actors
  Rear Admiral Arnaud Coustilliere, Cyber Security General Officer, Ministry of Defense, France
09:55-10:10 Defining Readiness for Cyber Warfare
  Dr. (Eng) Mohamed N. Alahbabi, Chief Information Officer (CIO) & Space Advisor, Center of Excellence & Development - UAE Armed Forces
10:10-10:25 Reacting to Cyber Attacks and Defining Proportional Responses
  David Ferbrache, Head of Cyber Policy and Plans, Ministry of Defence, UK
   
10:25-10:45 Interactive Panel Discussion
10:45-11:15 Networking Session with Refreshments
   
Session Two: Responding To Cyber Threats Strategically
Moderator: Dr. Theodore Karasik, Director for Research & Consultancy, INEGMA
11:15-11:30 Cyber Defense Initiatives: Strategy and Implementation
  Lieutenant Colonel Faisal Mohammed Al Shamari, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Abu Dhabi Police GHQ and Director – UAE Ministry of Interior Child Protection Centre
11:30-11:45 Crafting A Coherent Response To Cyber Security Challenges
  General (Ret.) Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi Bin Mohamed, Chairman of CyberSecurity Malaysia, Chairman of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation - Computer Emergency Response Team, Former Chief of the
Malaysian Army
11:45-12:00 TBC
  His Excellency Khalfan Sa’eed Al Ka’abi, First Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry
   
12:00-12:15 Interactive Panel Discussion
12:15-12:45 Networking Session with Refreshments
   
Session Three: Focus Group - Organizing for Cyber Security Nationally
12:45-13:45 Moderator: William C. Bodie, Global Business Development Manager, Parsons
  Panelists:
  Lord John Reid, Former Home Secretary & Secretary of State for Defence
  General (Ret.) John Abizaid, Former Commander, United States Central Command (CENTCOM)
  Vice Admiral (Ret.) Robert Murrett, Former Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, United States
   
13:45 Close Remarks for First Day followed by Lunch
   
Confirmed Agenda - Day Two
Infrastructure & Operations Day
09:00-09:10 Opening Remarks
  Riad Kahwaji, CEO, INEGMA
   
Session One: Capacity Building for Cyber Security
Moderator: Sabahat Khan, Senior Analyst & Business Development Manager, INEGMA
09:10-09:25 The Experience of Dubai eGovernment: Evolution towards a Secure Collaborative Connected Government 
  Wesam Lootah, Assistant Director General , Dubai eGovernment
09:25-09:40 Investigating Cyber Crimes – Identifying Key Challenges and Latest Lessons Learned
  Major (Eng.) Rashid Ahmed Lootah, Director of Electronic Evidence, General Department of Criminal Evidence and Criminology, Dubai Police
09:40-09:55 Cultivating ICT and Network Security Expertise and Leadership - Building Capacity Domestically
  Dr. Andrew Jones, Program Chair MSc. Information Security, Khalifa University 
09:55-10:10 Things to Consider When Building a National Cyber Capability
  Robert Eastman, Former Director of Systems Engineering, OTC and Vice President Global Solutions, Lockheed Martin
   
10:10-10:30 Interactive Panel Discussion
10:30-11:00 Networking Session with Refreshments
   
Session Two: Focus Group - Intrusion Detection and Incident Management
11:00-12:00 Moderator: Illyas Kooliyankal, Head of Information Security & Business Continuity, ADS Holdings
  Panelists
  Tariq Al Hawi, Director, aeCERT
  Johan De Meyer, Chief Information Officer, Mashreq Bank
  Zafar Mir, Regional Manager Information Security Risk, HSBC MENA
  Rinaldo R Oliveira, Head of IR GRC and IT Security,
Commercial Bank of Dubai, Dubai
   
12:00 Closing Remarks Followed by Prayers and Lunch

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Dubai: Day 1-December 09, 2012

Under the Patronage of the UAE Ministry of Defense and with the official government support from Dubai eGovernment , Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and aeCERT, the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) held the first edition of the Gulf International Cyber Security Symposium- GICS- on December 09 & 10, 2012 at The Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, UAE.

The first day was attended by a crowd of senior officials, business and political leaders and diplomats of different countries as well as industry representatives.

Opening Session:
Riad Kahwaji, INEGMA CEO, opened the conference by welcoming the audience and the delegates to the first edition of the GICS conference. He thanked the UAE Ministry of Defense, represented by His Excellency Major General Mohammed Al Essa, and also he thanked Dubai eGovernment ,Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, Telecommunication Regulatory Authority and aeCERT for their official government support.

His Excellency Major General Mohammed Al Essa, gave the keynote speech stating: “Under the leadership of our President &Supreme Commander HH. Sheikh Khalifah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, HH. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai , and the follow-up of HH. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, we at the UAE Ministry of Defence and the three services of the Armed Forces have been working closely on enhancing the security of our advanced digital communication systems and rapidly-evolving information infrastructure which we have succeeded to establish over the past years, and how to sustain a high level of readiness to face any threat to our national and regional stability.” He added: “The UAE Armed Forces and security agencies have come a long way in the past couple of decades and have seen considerable progress on all fronts, especially in enhancing defensive capabilities in area of cyber space. The UAE firmly believes that cyber security can be achieved only through cooperation with the peace-loving countries. Hosting such a conference by the UAE adds a real value to the efforts that aim to address the cyber security threats and cybercrime in its various forms.”

UAE Minister for Education Mr. Humaid Mohammed Al Qutami, stated in the second keynote speech: “The United Arab Emirates, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, President of the State, and his brother His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and their brothers, Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, has realized the importance of keeping pace with global technological development, and its necessity in continuing the process of development and prosperity..” He added: “The Ministry of Education is currently implementing a set of projects and initiatives in this regard, including the Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Smart Learning, which adopts a comprehensive methodology to develop the educational system, along other projects the Ministry seeks in order to provide citizens with tools that help them deal with high-tech advancements in a safer technical environment.”

The opening session was closed by the third keynote speech of His Excellency Ahmed bin Humaidan, Director General of Dubai eGovernment who discussed the growing role of e-governance in the UAE as a wave of the future.

First Session:
The first session moderated by Major General (Ret.) Khaled Abdullah Al Buainnain, Former Commander, UAE Air Force and Air Defence and President of INEGMA, featured three speakers. Rear Admiral Arnaud Coustilliere, Cyber Security General Officer in the Ministry of Defense in France delivered a lecture on “Attribution and Making Distinctions between Attacks by State and Non-State Actors.” He also remarked that the technical forensic is only a part of identification axis and is not in the tempo of strategic decision process.

Dr. (Eng) Mohamed N. Alahbabi, Chief Information Officer (CIO) & Space Advisor, Center of Excellence & Development in the UAE Armed Forces discussed: “Defining Readiness for Cyber Warfare.” He described the recent changes in UAE laws governing cyber security.

Mr. David Ferbrache, Head of Cyber Policy and Plans in the Ministry of Defence in UK gave a presentation about: “Reacting to Cyber Attacks and Defining Proportional Responses: Mr. Ferbrache argued that the cyber policy and planning needs to be updated constantly on a regular basis because of new and emerging threats.

Second Session:
The second session was moderated by Dr. Theodore Karasik, Director for Research & Consultancy in INEGMA and it featured two speakers. Lieutenant Colonel Faisal Mohammed Al Shamari, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Abu Dhabi Police GHQ and Director in UAE Ministry of Interior Child Protection Centre discussed “Cyber Defense Initiatives: Strategy and Implementation.” Also, he discussed how Abu Dhabi policy is concentrating on child abuse via cybercrimes.

General (Ret.) Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi Bin Mohamed, Chairman of CyberSecurity Malaysia, Chairman of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation - Computer Emergency Response Team, Former Chief of the Malaysian Army had a lecture on “Crafting A Coherent Response To Cyber Security Challenges.” Gen Mohamed stated lessons learned from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Computer Emergency Response Team “OIC-CERT” and how South East Asian States can help Gulf States with lesson learned when it comes to cybercrime.

Third Session
The third session of day one of the conference ended up with a focus group that was moderated by Mr.William C. Bodie, Global Business Development Manager at Parsons that explored “Organizing for Cyber Security Nationally.” This session included a panelist of three speakers: Lord John Reid, Former Home Secretary & Secretary of State for Defence, General (Ret.) John Abizaid, Former Commander in the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) and Vice Admiral (Ret.) Robert Murrett, Former Director in the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, United States. The focus group contained wide ranging views on how individual countries organize themselves on a national level for cyber security.

GICS 2012 sponsors were: Gold Sponsor: Parsons and Silver Sponsor: Lockheed Martin.

The conference concluded with enormous success.

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Dubai: Day 2-December 10, 2012

Under the Patronage of the UAE Ministry of Defense and with the official government support from Dubai eGovernment, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and aeCERT, the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) concluded the first edition of the Gulf International Cyber Security Symposium- GICS- on December 10, 2012 at The Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, UAE.

Opening Remark:
The second day of the conference started with an opening remark delivered by Dr. Theodore Karasik, Director for Research & Consultancy in INEGMA, where he thanked again the UAE Ministry of Defense, represented by His Excellency Major General Mohammed Al Essa, and also he thanked Dubai eGovernment ,Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, Telecommunication Regulatory Authority and aeCERT for their official government support and the audience for their attendance, this remark was followed by two plenary sessions.

First Session:
The first session was moderated by Mr. Sabahat Khan a Senior Analyst & Business Development Manager at INEGMA, featured four speakers. The speakers discussed e-government in Dubai and benefits and challenges. The participants were: Mr. Wesam Lootah an Assistant Director General at Dubai eGovernment had a lecture on “The Experience of Dubai eGovernment: Evolution towards a Secure Collaborative Connected Government.”

Followed by Major (Eng.) Rashid Ahmed Lootah, Director of Electronic Evidence at the General Department of Criminal Evidence and Criminology in Dubai Police had a presentation about: “Investigating Cyber Crimes – Identifying Key Challenges and Latest Lessons Learned.”

Dr. Andrew Jones a Program Chair MSc. Information Security in Khalifa University discussed: “Cultivating ICT and Network Security Expertise and Leadership - Building Capacity Domestically.”

Mr.Robert Eastman, Former the Director of Systems Engineering, OTC and Vice President Global Solutions at Lockheed Martin concluded the first session of day two by discussing: “Things to Consider When Building a National Cyber Capability.”

Second Session:
The second session of day two of the conference ended up with a focus group that was moderated by Mr. Illyas Kooliyankal, Head of Information Security & Business Continuity in ADS Holdings. The panelists of the final session in the GICS conference discussed “Intrusion Detection and Incident Management.” This final session included a panelist of four speakers: Mr. Tariq Al Hawi, Director, at aeCERT,Mr. Johan De Meyer, Chief Information Officer, at Mashreq Bank , Mr. Zafar Mir the Regional Manager Information Security Risk at HSBC MENA,Mr. Rinaldo R Oliveira the Head of IR GRC and IT Security at the Commercial Bank of Dubai, Dubai. This focus group debated the needs for a secure technology computing as it is becoming more complicated.

GICS 2012 sponsors were: Gold Sponsor: Parsons and Silver Sponsor: Lockheed Martin

The conference concluded with enormous success.

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GICS 2012 in the News

GICS accumulated wide regional media coverage, links to some coverage are provided below:
The National
Reuters
Al Khaleej
Wam
Al Ittihad
Al Bayan
Moe.gov.ae
Alwatan
The National
Alpha News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentations

Rear Admiral Arnaud Coustilliere
Cyber Security General Officer, Ministry of Defense, France

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Lieutenant Colonel Faisal Mohammed Al Shamari
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Abu Dhabi Police GHQ and Director
UAE Ministry of Interior Child Protection Centre
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Wesam Lootah
Assistant Director General , Dubai eGovernment
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Major (Eng.) Rashid Ahmed Lootah
Director of Electronic Evidence, General Department of Criminal Evidence
and Criminology, Dubai Police
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Dr. Andrew Jones
Program Chair MSc. Information Security, Khalifa University
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Robert Eastman,
Former Director of Systems Engineering,
OTC and Vice President Global Solutions, Lockheed Martin
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Sponsors

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Lockheed Martin is a leader in geospatial intelligence and command and control systems to support a broad array of missions, from law enforcement and national security to emergency response and public safety. Our systems enable advanced geospatial analysis, responsive and coordinated police operations, intuitive intelligence gathering, and smart, flexible planning for emergency scenarios – all integrated into a cohesive and secure national infrastructure. What sets us apart is our in-depth understanding of your mission. We bring our best technology and brightest minds to create innovative solutions to your toughest security challenges, and we’ll work side-by-side to understand your needs and map out a solution that fits your budget and your mission. Website: www.lockheedmartin.com

 

 

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