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Lt General Dahi Khalfan Tamim opens Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference 2014

June 10, 2014

GISEC, the region's exclusive large-scale information security platform, focuses on critical issues on cybercrime in the region

Experts gather to brace up for new cyberthreats as the Middle East's annual spending on I.T. security continues to grow at 15% a year

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai, today opened the 2nd Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) 2014 at Dubai World Trade Centre, taking place until 11 June. As the region's only large-scale information security platform, the event addresses issues on global cybersecurity vulnerabilities and threats against systems, applications and personal networks. The conference segment of the event witnessed a large influx of attendees due to recent cyberthreat incidents such as the Heartbleed security bug, which was announced globally earlier this year.

Lieutenant General Tamim visited several stands of participating companies and brands, which represent all of the key sectors within the industry from security software developers, security software providers, cloud solution providers, security hardware manufacturers, ISPs, MNOs, police forces, banks, telecommunications regulators and data warehouse providers. These companies showcased their latest information security products and solutions designed to fight increasing threat to cybersecurity.

"This event is very important for all professionals in the information security sector to learn about the latest hardware, software and applications. The cybersecurity sector has become increasingly important because of the growing value of information, the development of technology and the means of storing and sharing information across the Internet via secure methods. It is critical to ensure that valuable data and information are safe from breaches and attacks," said Lieutenant General Tamim.

"In light of recent global cyberattacks, GISEC is a timely and highly anticipated event that addresses these potentially devastating breaches in cybersecurity. The GISEC Conference serves as a platform for international and regional industry leaders to address ways to combat existing and future cybersecurity issues as companies make significant investments to protect their networks," said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Dubai World Trade Centre.

Wael El Kabbany, Managing Director, Middle East and North Africa, BT Global Services, said: "As one of the world's leading providers of communication services and solutions, we are very excited to be the strategic sponsor of the most important security event in the Middle East.  This is a great platform for us to demonstrate our solutions, network with key players and highlight some of our cyber security thought leadership."

GISEC has gathered more than 3,000 trade visitors from 51 countries and more than 100 exhibitors from the world's leading information security companies and brands. GISEC also welcomes regional and global experts in cybersecurity exchanging thoughts on the most critical issues confronting cybercrime in the region.

Sanjeev Walia, Director, Spire Solutions, commented; "Being part of GISEC, the Middle East's most anticipated I.T. security knowledge platform, as a Platinum Sponsor allows us to not only showcase our products and services to our target audience, but also gives us the perfect opportunity to connect with CIOs, CTOs, CSOs and senior management from key industries around the world. GISEC is one of the largest specialised exhibitions in security technologies in the region and the conference also provides a venue to tackle important issues in cybersecurity."  

Providing critical insights to defend business from cyberattacks, free educational presentations, workshops, product demonstrations, informative speeches and case studies were organised during the opening day of GISEC. The  topics highlighted include; Detection and qualification of malicious activities; Hardware encryption with benefits of solid state of disk; The critical patch you are missing against security incidents; Enhancing productivity through Centralised Access Management; Endpoint security solution against APT and Using Analytics for Risk Insight.

Meanwhile, the next two days of GISEC will focus on the Gulf Information Security Conference headlining key industry experts including Robert Bigman, former Chief Information Security Officer at the CIA; Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer at F-Secure; Wim Remes, Chairman of the Board of Directors at (ISC)2 and Konstantinos Karagiannis, Director of Ethical Hacking, BT. The conference will tackle issues on how to win war against sophisticated hackers.

Other topics to be discussed at the conference are cybersecurity framework and how to build a practical and integrated cybersecurity framework; combining technical and non-technical solutions in reducing risk of insider threats; securing the mobile environment; developing international and regional CERT cooperation to improve resilience; and cyber-security in digital oilfields among others. Case studies will also be presented such as building a defensive strategy on cloud usage, management and deployment; threat intelligence and analytics; and managing a malware outbreak.

Among the key sponsors of the exhibition are BT as Strategic Sponsor; GBM as Diamond Sponsor; Spire Solutions and Protection Group International as Platinum Sponsors; Access Data, Websense International, FireEye and F5 Networks as Gold Sponsors; Research in Motion (Blackberry), CSC Computer Sciences, Guidance Software and Palo Alto Networks as Silver Sponsors. Meanwhile, Paladion is the sponsor for the IT Security Awards.

Powered by GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK, the region's leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) event, GISEC is strictly a trade-only event and is open to business and trade visitors from within the industry only. GISEC is open 10am-6pm from 9-11 June. Visitor attendance is free of charge. For more information, please visit

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