• Chethan Machaknur

Saudi Arabia’s top Cyber Defense experts to explore cyber/info security readiness alongside top tech


World Cyber Security Summit – KSA is taking place virtually on 26th October 2020. The conference is expected to convene over 200 participants online including, government leaders, CISOs and cyber security experts from across the globe to discuss the latest strategies, opportunities and trends in the post COVID-19 era.


The summit will be hosted on Vmeets, an advanced virtual events platform. Vmeets provides a modern digital experience platform for immersive and interactive virtual events that create real engagements, deliver data and drive revenue.


Cyber-attacks hit 95 per cent of businesses in the Kingdom last year which mainly involved operational technologies. The current growth of Covid-19-related adaption in remote working practices has led to the increasing risk of data breaches and threats to organizational security.


About 60 per cent of KSA Cyber Security leaders see managing security as their biggest ongoing technology challenge and are placing cyber security investment as their topmost business objective, particularly as part of their digital transformation agendas in 2020 – 2021.


Cyber security readiness has become one of the major performance indicators of transformation initiatives across the Kingdom as the average data breach in Saudi Arabia now cost companies US$ 6.52 million, a 9.4 per cent increase from 2019.


#WCSSKSA will feature virtual keynotes, technology use cases, panel discussions, product showcases and more. Leading solution architects in the cyber security realm will be showcasing latest innovations to tackle cyber threats. The participants will also have an opportunity to discuss their challenges in secure, private one-to-one consultation and networking rooms.


“World Cyber Security Summit will address some of the burning cyber security challenges faced by governments and enterprises in Saudi Arabia. We have hand-picked speakers from a broad range of industries. The event will also host technology providers specialised in cyber security to help organisations identify threat areas and suitable solutions to tackle them,” said Mithun Shetty, CEO of Trescon.


Some of the leading industry experts speaking at the summit include:

• Mike Loginov, CISO & CTO of NEOM, Saudi Arabia

• Mohd. Tariq Ahmed Khan, Head of Information Security Audits at Arab National Bank, Saudi Arabia

• Darweesh Al-Buainain, CISO at Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Company (SATORP), Saudi Arabia

• Muath Al Homoud, CISO of TASNEE, Saudi Arabia

• Dr Viktor Poli, CISO for International Labor Organization, Switzerland

• Ali Abdulla Hasan, Head of IT, National Oil & Gas Authority, Bahrain


The cohesive agenda will cover topics such as ‘Cyber Security and Defense Strategy for Government; Improving Threat Intelligence, Detection and Response for Cloud Security; Creating Cyber Security framework for Critical Assets and Critical Infrastructure and the role of SOAR to streamlining security operations; to name a few.


The Saudi Arabia edition of World Cyber Security Summit is officially sponsored by Platinum Sponsor - Palo Alto Networks, Inc; Gold Sponsors; Cloudflare, Inc.; BTAS; Cybereason and Digital Shadows Ltd. Silver Sponsors - Eastvantage and SHELT, Bronze Sponsors - Synack and ZeroFox

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