Dubai IT expo likely to draw 3,000 trade visitors
Dubai, April 15, 2014
Around 3,000 trade visitors from 51 countries and more than 100 exhibitors from the world’s leading information security brands are expected to take part in the second edition of Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference (Gisec) in Dubai.
Addressing issues on global cybersecurity vulnerabilities and threats against systems, applications, and personal networks, the event will be held from June 9 to 11 at Dubai World Trade Centre.
Gisec 2014, the region’s only large-scale information security platform, will gather international and regional cybersecurity experts in various business sectors such as IT, oil & gas, banking & finance, government, legal, healthcare and telecoms. Ninety-one per cent of last year’s attendees were purchasing decision makers from a wide range of industries.
The two-day IT security-focused conference segment of Gisec hosts delegates from over 18 countries. In addition, free-to-attend security sessions on vendor-run educational presentations, workshops, demonstrations, informative speeches and case-studies will be held.
Cybersecurity awareness continues to be on the rise in the Middle East. According to International Data Corporation (IDC), the amount of money spent on IT security continues to grow at 15 per cent a year, and in some cases, companies are spending big to protect their networks.
The Gisec conference will focus on how to tackle the most sophisticated cyber threats in 2014, including threat intelligence and analytics, malicious insider attacks, cloud security, and mobile security among others.
The exhibition segment of Gisec will feature a range of companies from security software developers, security software providers, cloud solution providers, security hardware manufacturers, ISPs, MNOs, police forces, banks, telecommunications regulators, and data warehouse providers among others.
Tareque Choudhury, chief security officer and head of Professional Services, BT Global, added: “As the Middle East rises in prominence on the global stage, so will the levels of cybercrime that are experienced. The organisations, public or private, that are driving the growth in the Middle East are very attractive targets for cyber criminals and no one is immune, not even smaller organisations.”
According to Guy Meguer, general manager-Cybersecurity at Airbus Defence & Space, formerly Cassidian Cybersecurity; “At the show, we will be presenting our latest managed services for detecting and fighting advanced persistent cyber threats on IT networks. This solution, named Keelback, provides continuous monitoring, threat intelligence, malware investigations and immediate alarms, in case of attacks via the networks or directly on the hosts.”
Trixie Loh Mirmand, senior vice president at Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “Companies in the Middle East are becoming more aware of IT security issues with the majority spending considerable portions of their IT budget on security. With Dubai considered the regional hub for the IT industry, Gisec serves as a critical information security knowledge platform and provides organisations not only with worldwide best practices but also global and regional service and solution providers in cybersecurity.”
In addition to the conference and exhibition, Gisec will hold free-to-attend Security Sessions that will include vendor-run educational presentations, product demonstrations and case-studies to help defend businesses from cyber-attacks.
Regional IT professionals will also receive workshops and training sessions based on the official Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) Review Seminar. CISSP is an independent information security certification governed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium.
IT Security Awards
Gisec will also host IT Security Awards, the region’s first award of its kind that recognises excellence in implementation of projects and applications in the IT security industry by private enterprises and public-sector organisations. The awards, to be held on June 10, will feature specific awards categories in each of the different vertical markets represented in the show as well as recognising individuals who have made a specific contribution to the industry.
Among the key sponsors of the exhibition are BT Global as Strategic Sponsor; GBM as Diamond Sponsor; Spire Solutions and Protection Group International as Platinum Sponsors; and Access Data and F5 Networks as Gold Sponsors. Meanwhile, Palladium is the sponsor for the IT Security Awards. – TradeArabia News Service