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Top experts to join Counter Terror Arabia

Abu Dhabi, August 3, 2011

Leading international defence and security experts on counter-terror and criminality will speak at Counter Terror Arabia 2011 on a wide range of current and future issues. 

The conference will review existing best practice and explore the latest techniques and technologies, alongside strategic planning, the integration of different agencies and authorities and the practical aspects of emergency response for both governments and companies.

To be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec) from October 31 to November 2, 2011, and co-located with Fire and Rescue Middle East, Counter Terror Arabia will be the most influential and informative event for everyone concerned with in regional, national and private security in the Gulf and Indian Ocean area.

Christopher Hudson, managing director of organiser Clarion Events Middle East, said: “Some of the world’s leading authorities will give their opinions and advice at Counter Terror Arabia 2011. International and regional defence and security experts will provide a comprehensive analysis on how to tackle the variety of complex challenges posed by domestic and international criminals and terrorists, both now and in the future.

“We are fortunate in having a distinguished group of speakers and panelists, including Dr Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani, secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and rear admiral Christopher Parry CBE, former director general Development, Concepts and Doctrine, UK Ministry of Defence and an internationally recognised authority on transnational terrorism and crime. Alongside our other speakers, we anticipate a great deal of useful interaction and thought leadership, enhancing the region’s growing reputation for innovative thinking and best practice.”

As terror and criminal activities transcend national borders, day one of the conference will have John Bruni, vice president of Royal United Services Institute, highlight the current threats and future risks associated with these activities.

Furthermore, Muhammad Rafiuddin Shah, acting chief officer of United Nations Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) will focus on how a global counter terror strategy can be reached to minimise attacks by those who seek to cause harm and major disruption.

Cyber crime is an established and growing threat to the integrity of civilian, commercial and security structures in the Gulf and Middle East region and forms a key part of the conference programme.

Illyas Kooliyankal, chief information security officer of Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, will speak on cyber vulnerabilities faced by governments and multi-national companies, and Majid Madhloum, head of security quality, UAE Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT), will discuss solutions that can protect systems and information from unauthorised access, as well as outline the work of aeCERT in helping government and other important organisations to prepare for and respond to cyber attacks.

Ahmad Al Haddabi, senior vice president, Airport Operations, at Abu Dhabi Airports Company and Dale R Davis, executive director, National Security Initiatives, Global Strategies Group, Global Integrated Security (Middle East), will discuss programmes for continuous improvement of all aspects of aviation security.

Captain Duncan McKelvie, area marine representative of NYK Line, will highlight the threats to maritime activity and the links between piracy, trafficking and terror. In addition, R S Vasan, head of Strategy and Security Studies at the Center for Asia Studies will speak on the challenges facing the littoral states to the west of the Arabian Sea and how they can protect vessels and crew from piracy and criminality. -TradeArabia News Service




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