Speakers

Faeq Abu- Khair, Technical Account Manager, Qualys


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Yaser Al Mashad, Security Solutions Specialist, F5


Yaser is a field system engineer at F5 networks and a subject matter expert in network security. He has been successful in guiding prestigious clients with the development of IT Infrastructure and security strategies through the use of technology. This role involves integrating best of breed vendor networking and security devices and necessitated skills in routing, switching, security and application switching.

Ahmed Ali, Head of Technical, Contego Solutions


Ahmed Ali is currently the Head of Technical at Contego Solutions where he consults for clients on Information Security, Incident Response and Digital Forensic requirements. He has achieved SANS certification and is a SANS MENTOR. He is certified in different technical qualifications which include, MCP, MCSA and MCSE (+ Security, + Messaging), CCNA, CCNP, Access Data Certified Examiner, GCFE, GCIH and GCFA. Ahmed is specialized in Digital Forensics Laboratories Design, Digital Investigation Systems, Computer Forensics Systems, Mobile Forensics Systems, Network and Media Forensics Systems, and Incident Handling and Response.
Ebrahim Alzaabi, CISO, Government Agency - Abu Dhabi


Mr. Ebrahim Al Zaabi is a senior information security professional who currently serves as the chief information security officer in a Government Agency in Abu Dhabi. He has worked in the information security industry for more than 11 years, and holds the CISA CISM GCFE CISSP ISO22301 ISO27001-LA certifications, and has been responsible for several key information security projects in enterprise, civilian government, and military environments such as EMIRAJE Systems, C4 Advanced Solutions, Global Aerospace logistics, Naval Advanced Solutions. AL Shaheen LLC and Emirates Response Service, His expertise spans the business areas of information security, governance risk and compliance, business continuity, and business process improvement.
Mohammad Amin Hasbini, Senior Security Researcher, Kaspersky


Mohammad Amin Hasbini joined Kaspersky Lab in 2013 as a Senior Security Researcher in the Global Research & Analysis Team (GReAT). Amin is responsible for Kaspersky¹s expert positioning in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, as well as research development and knowledge support of the regional office in Dubai, UAE. Prior to joining Kaspersky Lab, Amin was a Senior Security and Privacy Consultant at Deloitte & Touche ME and before that a Security Engineer at DataConsult Lebanon. Amin lead many infrastructure, security consulting and penetration testing projects for government entities, banks and service providers especially in the Middle East and the GCC region. He is also a trainer for information security courses, like Forensics and malware analysis, EC-Council Ethical Hacker and Cisco CCNA Security. Amin is specialised in Cyber Threat Intelligence and targeted attacks mitigation. He has a Professional Master degree in Security of Networks and Systems (Saint-Joseph University, Lebanon) and working on his PHD at Brunel University London, he also has different certifications from GIAC, EC-COUNCIL, CISCO, EMC RSA, Harvard Business Publishing and British Standards Institution.

Mohammad Ashour, Head of Internal Audit & Compliance, Al Masraf Bank


I have over 23 years banking experience; I have started Banking in 1990 and Audit Profession since 1994, my working experience originated in one of the biggest bank in Jordan (Housing Bank for Trade and Finance-HBTF) for 14 years. I have started working experience in UAE since 2005. Since that I have moved to many of prestigious Banks, currently I am working in Arab Bank for Investment and Foreign Trade (ARBIFT-before) and now called (Al Masraf) in Abu Dhabi as Head of Internal Audit Department since Jan 2013. Presentations in Audit subjects have been given in coordination with some of training center in Jordan as well in Dubai in coordination with Marcus evens. I have a master degree in accounting with Honor and many of professional certificates related to Audit and Fraud.
Kalle Bjorn, Director, Systems Engineering – Middle East, Fortinet


Kalle Bjorn is the Director of Systems Engineering for Middle East with Fortinet, a global leader and innovator in Network Security. He started his career in Helsinki, Finland with Stonesoft Corp. where he held several positions from 2000 to 2005 including Network Security Specialist in Finland and China, Presales Consultant in Switzerland and the Middle East region. Bjorn has acquired significant international experience in networking security and has vast knowledge of technical requirements for security products for enterprise and TELCO customers
Ross Brewer, Vice President & Managing Director, EMEA, LogRhythm


Ross Brewer, Vice President and Managing Director of International Markets Ross Brewer brings nearly 30 years of sales and management experience delivering outstanding results for high tech organizations around the globe. As a respected thought leader and featured presenter on leading information and cyber security topics, he often cited as an expert in a variety of top tier media publications. Prior to joining LogRhythm, he was a senior executive at LogLogic where he served as vice president and managing director of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Brewer previously held key leadership roles, in Europe and the South-Pacific region, on multiple senior executive leadership teams for several companies including systems and security management vendor NetIQ, security vendor PentaSafe (acquired by NetIQ) and Symantec each time delivering consistent, rapid growth over several years.
Rajesh David, Director, Information Security & Architecture, GE Capital


Rajesh serves as the Director, Information Security & Architecture for GE Capital. In this role, he is responsible for the protection of the company information assets, global operations as well as the security architecture strategy. Rajesh’s 15+-year experience includes the areas of technical security architecture, program and budget management, technology and process risk management, audit and compliance, incident management and staff development. Drawing from experience in highly regulated organizations, he is familiar with the standards of regulatory bodies and is adept at creating solutions which produce clear and demonstrative results. As DeVry’s Director of Security Architecture, he led the multiple Enterprise Identity Management workstreams. He enabled data-driven decisions by formulating a dashboard to capture key people processes within the University that drove the Role Based access control design for personnel. He successfully implemented Single-Sign-On(SSO) and Automated Password Reset leveraging a new Oracle tool. Rajesh earned his bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Telecommunications from Pune University, India, his master’s degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago and his MBA in Health Sector Management & Management Information Systems from Charles H. Kellstadt School of Business, DePaul University. He recently attended the CISO Institute hosted by The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business as part of the University’s Executive Education offerings. By virtue of being married to his wife, who is originally from Ohio, Rajesh is a huge Ohio State football fan, and enjoys running, biking and playing tennis.
Andy Heather, VP Sales EMEA, HP Security Voltage


Andy Heather is Voltage Security's Vice President for EMEA. Andy has over 25 years of IT experience in sales, sales management, engineering, and professional services. Andy came to Voltage in January 2013 from Tripwire where he was responsible for leading the EMEA sales organisation. Previously Andy was Sales Director at a leading UK Systems Integrator where he was responsible for Data Centre Solutions, and has held a number of senior sales management roles at HP/Opsware, NetApp, Sun Microsystems and IBM.  Andy is a regular contributor to security articles in online and paper publications.
Hadi Jaafarawi, Managing Director - Middle East, Qualys Middle East FZE


With more than 19 years of Security and Business Development experience in the IT sector in the Gulf Region, Hadi Jaafarawi manages Qualys Field Operations in the Middle East region across both direct and indirect sales. His main focus is understanding and addressing customer requirements to assist them in achieving their overall business goals and IT security objectives. Prior to joining Qualys, Hadi has held a variety of leadership positions with I(TS)2. In addition, he was a certified trainer for I(SC)2, EC-Council and ArcSight and delivered numerous security courses across the Middle East region.
Alain Kallas, Middle East Managing Principal, SecureWorks


Alain has over 18 years of experience in ICT security consulting in the Middle East and Europe, and has successfully delivered numerous information security projects for banking, oil & gas, telecom and government sectors. Alain is experienced in formulating and implementing effective security strategies supporting the business development and highly skilled in security risk management, security threat assessments, penetration testing, developing and implementing E-government security programs, designing and implementing PKI based solutions, business continuity management and disaster recovery planning. Alain holds several professional certifications such as CISSP, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, ISO 22301 Lead Auditor, Usable Security from University of Maryland, Surveillance Law from Stanford University and Challenges of Big Data Security from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mohammed Motassim Khan, Head of Information Security, Commercial Bank International


Mohammed Motassim Khan is responsible for Information Security assurance at CBI. Main areas of responsibilities are covering Strategy Alignment with Business Objectives, Risk, Governance & Compliance, Security Awareness, Proactive Security Events Monitoring, Identity & Access Management, and Physical Security. He is an active member of professional networking groups like ISACA, ISACA UAE Chapter and (ISC)². He has 25+ years of experience in Information Technology and Information Security domains, covering IT Infrastructure & Operations and Information Security Management. He has obtained a Master in Information Security Management and other professional certificates such as CISSP, CISM, CRISC, C|CISCO, ITIL, PRINCE2, CCNA and MCSE.
Andrew Martin, Director IT Risk Europe, Royal Bank of Canada


Andrew is responsible for RBC's IT Risk in the European region spanning Capital Markets, Wealth Management and Investor & Treasury Services. He is currently establishing a 2nd line of defence function to ensure IT Risk is appropriately managed in the organization in close partnership with the Business. Andrew is focused on translating technical security and risk issues into easy to understand language that is both actionable and linked to business objectives. He has led teams across 8 countries utilizing his experience in risk consulting and assessment and all aspects of security operations and investigation. He is also an avid investor with a history of outperforming markets.
Harshal Mehta, Director - Information Security, Carlson Wagonlit Travel


Harshal is a seasoned information security professional with more than a decade of experience spread across Risk Management, Security Governance, Compliance Management, Payment Security and Security Office. He has held various consulting and management roles across the globe delivering high value security consulting projects. Harshal is currently Director of Information Security at Carlson Wagonlit for APAC Region, where he is responsible for regional information security initiatives interfacing with business and stakeholders for aligning security with the business objectives and delivering a sustainable and secure environment. Before Carlson, he held consulting roles in KPMG, Verizon and Wipro Consulting Services. Harshal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology with specialization in Information Security along with various information security credentials like CISSP, CISA and CISM.
Walid Natour, Technical Account Manager - Presales, Qualys


Information Technology professional with more than 10 years of experience acquired through working for different institutions in the Middle East region across different sectors (healthcare, FMCG, education, integrator and banking) in the domain of IT support and systems administration, operations and projects management, consultancy and security. He has managed different projects on PCI DSS compliance, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.
Walid currently holds the position of Technical Account Manager | Pre Sales at Qualys for the Middle East region where he help customers in addressing their IT security requirements with respect to Vulnerability Management, Policy Compliance, PCI and Web Application Security.

Maurice R.P. Smit, Trainer & Consultant, SABSA


Maurice R.P. Smit is an Information Risk & Security management specialist who has worked as an Information Security Officer and Operational Risk Manager within a large international bank. He has over 15 years of IT experience, including development, operational maintenance, and management. And currently works as a strategic trusted advisor for HP customers, throughout several industries. His certifications include SABSA Chartered Practitioner, CISSP, CISA, ITIL v3 - Management of Risk and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor. He is contributor to the development of SABSA methodology, as well as a programme manager for the SABSA Institute. Maurice is a SABSA Instructor delivering SABSA Foundation training several times a year.
Abdulmajid Said, Chief Specialist, Roads and Transport Authority - Government of Dubai


A seasoned technology governance, IT Risk and Information Security expert  with over 14 years’ experience in diversified field and industries. He has co-authored a framework that was awarded the best security framework in middle east by Security Strategist. He has also authored an IT Outsourcing  Framework. He holds a number of security related credentials such as CISSP, CISM, CISA, PMP,MCSE,ISO27001 LA, CGEIT and COBIT 5. His current work as Chief Specialist covers a wide portfolio that includes Rail Control Systems, SCADAs, Intelligent Traffic/Transportation and Corporate information security governance. In addition to this he works as Principal Consultant to CEO’s and Technology Directors covering Technology Governance, Strategy, IT Risk and Project Management.
Mandeep Sandhu, EMEA Cyber Security Strategist, Carbon Black


Mandeep brings over 20 years of experience in the Information technology field and has spent the last 14 years working with a diverse range of innovative security products from network protection to the endpoint. As the Carbon Black Security Strategist for EMEA, Mandeep’s key focus is to help customers increase their overall security posture by empowering them with better detection, Incident Response and protection capabilities and practices. Whilst working with Carbon Black’s technology, Mandeep has gained a strong understanding of many of the latest sophisticated & advanced targeted attacks. Mandeep has successfully worked with some of the world’s largest enterprises across all of the major vertical markets helping these organisations to ensure that business operations are not disrupted, while providing them with the highest levels of security.

Andy Sceats, Managing Director, International Sales, PhishMe


Andy Sceats has over 30 years of experience in Information Technology, and has served in various executive roles at some of the fastest growing and most innovative companies in the networking, security, and telecommunications industries. He possesses a significant depth of knowledge across IT and security organizations, within enterprise and government agencies, globally.  Andy frequently presents at industry conferences and forums across the world and brings a wide range of alternate views of how government, enterprise, and individuals can help beat the challenge from threat activists.
 
Nicolai Solling, Chief Technology Officer, Help AG Middle East FZ LLC


Nicolai Solling joined Help AG Middle East in 2008 as the Director of Technology Services. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing Help AG’s  ME professional services, support services and technical vendor management. Since joining the company, Nicolai has successfully grown the technical team by more than 200% and has been heavily involved in the design, deployment and operation of some of the most challenging network and security infrastructures across Enterprise customers in various industry sectors. Nicolai has been in the IT and Network industry for over 16 years.  In 2000, he was selected as one of 400 graduates out of more than 10,000 applicants for the Internal Cisco Systems Graduate Program, where he received extensive training by industry experts in the field of Networking and IT infrastructure.  Upon completion of the program, he went on to work for Cisco for the Cisco System Advanced Services as the PS Project Engineer focusing on the ISP Segment. Prior to joining Help AG Middle East, Nicolai was the Systems Engineering Manager at Juniper Networks, Northern Europe providing the critical ‘link’ between product line management and customers, assisting sales in successfully delivering some of the biggest and most critical network solutions in the region.
Christopher Strand, Senior Director of Compliance, Bit9


Christopher Strand, PCIP, is senior director of compliance for Bit9. He is Bit9’s subject-matter expert on enterprise network and application security solutions and how organizations can deploy positive security solutions to maintain and improve their compliance posture. Strand has more than 20 years of information technology experience, having previously held security/compliance positions with Trustwave, Tripwire, EMC/RSA and Compuware. He is a PCI professional (PCIP) and a former quality security assessor (QSA). Strand frequently speaks—and often keynotes—on security and compliance issues at industry conferences and seminars. He also is quoted regularly in media articles about security and compliance, especially regarding retailers and other companies that process credit card payments. Strand earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.
 
Tabrez Surve, Senior Security Solutions Specialist, F5


Tabrez is a 14 year veteran of the IT security business. He has held several senior and leading positions with some of the largest and most respected IT security companies in the world. He follows the trends and methods used over the last few years by organised cybercrime groups on the Internet. Tabrez currently holds the position of Senior Security Specialist for Eastern Europe, Middle East & Turkey.

Neil Thacker, Information Security & Strategy Officer EMEA, Websense


Neil Thacker, CISSP, CEH & OPST is Information Security & Strategy Officer, EMEA for Websense.  Neil holds 15 years’ experience in the Information Security industry with 10 years financial services experience in the insurance and banking arena.  Neil is a member of the ENISA Threat Landscape stakeholder group where he contributes to the EU agency program alongside CERTs to position the threat landscape, offer mitigation advice and threat analysis innovation.  Neil is also co-founder of the Security Advisor Alliance, a not-for-profit organisation formed to help security leaders in their role and offer free advice and tools to move towards improved risk and data-centric strategies.
Tanios Ibrahim Zabeneh, Channel Systems Engineer, Fortinet


Tanios Ibrahim Zabeneh is a well-educated and experienced IT Security / Networking professional and currently holding the position of System Engineer at Fortinet Middle East. Tony has very good expertise of mixed IT solutions and infrastructures for over 13 years. Additionally, an education of Business Studies, which allowed him to position Fortinet’s solutions effectively for many of the corporations in the Middle East. He is good at addressing the business pain points and providing technical solutions that has a clear effect on customers competitive advantage.