More than 1100 professionals attend RSA Conference 2016 Abu Dhabi

January 2017

The Conference helped to enable participants withcybersecurity readiness through pre-conference activities, high-level keynotesand thought-provoking sessions.


Abu Dhabi, UAE – 20 November, 2016 - RSA®Conference (, theworld’s leading information security conference and exposition, in conjunction withthe UAE National Electronic Security Authority (NESA) has successfullyconcluded this year’s Conference with over 1100 attendees from around the world.


The Conference featured 35 exhibitors, seventracks and nine keynote sessions which sparked in-depth conversations across arange of topics and industries, including cloud, smart city security,telecommunications, IoT, policy and government. Sponsors and exhibitors thatparticipated at the conference were Cisco, DarkMatter, Qualys Inc., RSA, SpireSolutions and Tenable Network Security, Inc.


Key highlights included:


·        A Live Cyber-CrisisExercise Scenario that tested how governments, the private sector and otherscan work together to respond to threats that directly impact human life, publicsafety and critical markets.


·        Opening Keynoteremarks from Mohammed Al Zarooni, Acting Deputy Director General - Information& eGov Sector, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.


·        RSA ConferenceCyberSafety: Kids initiative that provided guidance to conference delegates onpromoting safe online environments for children today.


·        Closing Keynote –“Risk Management in F1--Team Work & Technology at 350 kph” featured doubleFormula One World Champion Mika Hakkinen and industry executive Mark Gallagher,who delved into the crucial roles that risk management and IT play inperformance driving.


“We’re extremely pleased with the positiveresponse we received for the Conference this year. The success of the Conferenceis a strong testament to cybersecurity being given high priority in the MiddleEast, and we look forward to building on this momentum for conferences in thefuture,” said Linda Gray Martin, General Manager, RSA Conferences.


“Cyber security is viewed as animportant issue worldwide, and the UAE is no exception to this. At the NationalElectronic Security Authority, the digital safety of our nation is a matter ofcritical importance. We look to inform and educate on the significance of datasecurity, which is critical to every organization. We remain dedicated to thiscause, and will continue to be so in order to play our role in protecting theUAE’s cyber-integrity,” stated a spokesperson from the UAE National ElectronicSecurity Authority (NESA).


Exhibitor quotes:


Jonathan Gill, Vice President EMEA, RSA:“As the world transforms digitally and people and things become moreinterconnected - cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities –business and security leaders need to align technology and security with theneeds of the business (a business-driven security strategy), in order to putsecurity incidents into business context so they can take command of theirevolving security posture. The RSA Conference Abu Dhabi provided us with anopportunity to share best practices, continue the conversation about technologytrends, and discuss how to help solve security issues that affect the regionthe most.”


Hadi Jaafarawi, Managing Director,Qualys Middle East: “RSA Conference Abu Dhabi 2016 was a great success as itprovided us with a platform to connect with industry leaders and discuss bestpractices for securing IT environments. We also had the opportunity to showcaseour latest solutions that allow our customers to achieve two-second visibilityacross all of their global IT assets, get the continuous view of their securityand compliance posture and identify those that are already compromised.”


Bulent Teksoz, Global Cyber SecurityStrategist at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence: “The RSA Conference in AbuDhabi was a great opportunity to meet with other industry experts and leadersand compare notes on the latest cyber-defence best practices. Such gatheringsare a testament to the UAE’s position as a regional leader in the fight againstcyber-crime and the country’s efforts in creating a united front againstattacks that are costing organisations in the region billions of Dirhams andirreparable reputational damage every year.”


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