DOHA: The GCC Digital Security Forum will be held on February 4 and 5 at St Regis Hotel.
The forum will be held under the patronage of the Minister of Information and Communications H E Dr Hessa Al Jaber.
It is being organised by MEEZA in collaboration with Al-Iktissad-Wal-Amaal Group. Cisco is strategic sponsor.
MEEZA CEO Ghada El Rassi (pictured) said, “We are very pleased with the support we received from both public and private sectors alike and are proud that the forum has attracted an array of speakers that include ministers, heads of regulatory bodies, as well as leaders in regional and international organizations from the telecom, banking and financial sectors.
She added: “We are expecting high calibre delegates from as many as 15 countries across the region.
“This only proves the overwhelming importance that digital security is playing in our lives today and in the future.
“We need to get together to enhance our cooperation and create stronger strategies to mitigate the risks and overcome the perils that the digital arena bring.”
“Enterprises in the Middle East need to act immediately to put effective security practices into place in order to protect their assets, information, and themselves online.
“With the threats facing cyber security evolving all the time, it is important that businesses change their mind-set in security to help ensure that their networks and vital corporate information continue to be protected,” said Den Sullivan, Head of Enterprise and Architectures for Cisco, Middle East, Africa and Russia. Cisco believes that in order to meet with the rising security demands that mobile traffic usage, and cloud computing trends have brought, more automation needs to be introduced to reduce labour intensive tasks and streamline processes.
Organisations are in need of tools that intelligently identify and automatically alert companies to relevant security events.
Faysal Abou Zaki, Deputy CEO of Al-Iktissad-Wal-Amaal Group, said “The GCC Digital Security Forum will be a meeting ground where experts can shed light on topics such as activities and institutions most vulnerable to penetration from Digital criminals, classical sources of threats and digital intrusions, in addition to the cost of digital crimes on today’s economies.
The latest trends and solutions are on the forefront of the forum’s discussions.
The forum is the first step in a series of ongoing discourse between public and private sector, and joint programs for dealing with digital attacks.”