Guest Keynotes

Chris Valasek

Principal Autonomous Vehicle Security Architect & Renowned 'White-Hat' Hacker

Guest Keynote: Defending Networks From An Attacker’s Perspective

Defending networks is hard. You have a limited amount of time, people, and funds to try to secure an incredibly complex enterprise. Between vendor pitches and news headlines, it is easy to get frustrated and not know where to start. 


In this talk, world-renowned hacker Chris Valasek will discuss:


  • How he has successfully attacked a number of products and networks for the last decade and how he has taken this knowledge and used it to help defend products at companies such as Twitter and Uber.
  • Learn to think like a hacker from a hacker and you can better plan and allocate your limited resources to defend your network and assets.
Keynote Panel: Digital Transformation and Cybersecurity – Friends or Foes?


Amer Sharaf, Director of Compliance Support and Alliances, Dubai Electronic Security Center

Abdulkareem Binsheha, General Manager in the Policies and Standards, National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA), KSA

PillairkulamParthasarathy, CISO & Senior VP, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)



Sam Olyaei, Principal Analyst, Gartner

Nader Henein, Sr Research Director, Gartner 


As organizations and national governments in the GCC race towards digital transformation, they expose themselves to a variety of digital risks that traditional information and cybersecurity practices are not accustomed to facing.


In this session, our expert speakers will share insights on: 


  • Regulatory complexity in the face of technology evolution and increasing threat landscape in the GCC
  • Role of cybersecurity in shaping the digital transformation strategies and its impact on policies in the region 

Prepare to be inspired.