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Ayad Sleiman
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Ayad Sleiman

Ed Sleiman is the Head of Special Projects and former CISO of KAUST with previous responsibility for managing the university’s cybersecurity function for almost a decade. He has over 37 years of experience in the IT industry. Prior to joining KAUST, Ed worked for various US firms in security program management, executive management. Notable is his Human Firewall Program that fortified the weakest link in security. Ed Sleiman has a PhD ABD in S/W Engineering from the George Washington University in 2014. He is the recipient of 5 CISO awards and holds 12 professional cybersecurity certifications
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Monday, 27 February, 2023 / 04:15 PM - 04:45 PM GST
Case Study: Building On The 3 Es - Education, Exposure and Experience: Playbook to an Untapped Talent

Come to see how you can remove the biggest obstacle in Cybersecurity history: Talent shortage. We are looking at the unfilled part of the cup when if we look closer, we will see that it has the potential to fill up with purified, usable, and potable water. You just need to start including the other half of the society that fills up the cup: Yes, women. Learn how to do that by listening to the story of Ed Sleiman, the former CISO of KAUST, an international university on the banks of the red sea, and how he did it. Ask challenging questions and get grilled by him on why you’re not able to get your program going.

Tuesday, 28 February, 2023 / 02:45 PM - 03:15 PM GST
Proofpoint: Managing Security Budgets To Reduce Cyber Risk – A Practitioner’s Guide

How you spend your cybersecurity budget may determine the effectiveness of your cybersecurity defences. No one should spend 100k$ on a safe in order to protect 100$. The same holds true for cyber security budget allocations. In this talk, two CISOs share their insights regarding prioritisation of cyber security risks, how much budget to ask for and how these risks may impact business if left unaddressed. Learn how their clear vision is making a difference in managing cybersecurity risks.

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