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Conference Overview


Conference Overview



The pandemic accelerated the rise of the digital economy, forcing governments globally to rethink several industries’ functioning. It was the power of digital processes that helped keep the economy functional. GISEC’s hard-hitting conference agenda brings together handpicked global CISO’s, CIO’s, CTO’s, Big Thinkers & Futurists, Regulators & Policymakers at the brand new Government, Finance, Healthcare, Telecom, Energy & Utilities conference tracks, hear them unpack innovative strategies for creating a robust cyber-resilient ecosystem that inspires trust in the digital economy.


  • Amer Sharaf

    Amer Sharaf

    Director, Compliance, Support and Alliances, Dubai Electronic Security Center
    Highly skilled on city level systems & adopting several disruptive technologies, ensuring that key security principles and technologies are adopted
  • Faisal Sibai

    Faisal Sibai

    Vice President CISO, "A Soverign Wealth Fund" , Saudi Arabia
    CISO of one of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world with total estimated assets of $347 billion
  • Ahmed Al Zarouni

    Ahmed Al Zarouni

    Vice President, Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD)
    Adding value to all IT and Happiness releated matters
  • Gary Brantley

    Gary Brantley

    CTO, Beazer Homes , United States
    Technology strategist who battled America’s largest cyber security attack
  • Larry Gloss

    Larry Gloss

    Executive Director - Global Public Sector, BluVector , United States
    Multi-award winning military officer who has led startups & Fortune 100 software firms
  • Majed Alshodari

    Majed Alshodari

    CISO, Allied Cooperative Insurance Group (ACIG) , Saudi Arabia
    Multi award-winning cybersecurity leader including Arab CISO Award 2020, Majed has helmed cybersec projects across Banking, Supply Chain, Oil & Gas, Real Estate, Construction, Insurance, Automotive, Investment and more sectors
  • Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola

    Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola

    Chair, African Union Cyber Security Expert Group , Nigeria
    Cybersecurity influencer & powerhouse fueling global strategies & policies
  • Chris Kubecka

    Chris Kubecka

    Distinguished Chair, Middle East Institute's Cyber Program , Netherlands
    Responsible for getting the Saudi Aramco network back up and running after it was hit by one of the world's most devastating Shamoon cyberattacks
  • Nour Fateen

    Nour Fateen

    Sales Manager - EMEA, Recorded Future , United Kingdom
    Cybersecurity specialist helping some of the largest businesses in the world improve their security posture using security intelligence
  • Mohamad Mahjoub

    Mohamad Mahjoub

    CISO, Veolia , United Arab Emirates
    YouTuber, Author, Infopreneur, and a leading voice in cybersecurity, Mohamad has trained over 80,000 students on IT security with his multilingual courses
  • Saqib Chaudhry

    Saqib Chaudhry

    Head of Digital Innovation and Development, Cleveland Clinic , United Arab Emirates
    Frontliner of the digital pandemic, steering the digital innovation strategy for Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
  • Eric Singer

    Eric Singer

    CISO, Schneider Electric , France
    Participated in the creation and management of French government 24/7 watch and alert center and leaded the coordination of cybersecurity crisis simulations


GISEC Main Stage

A stellar lineup of global CISO’s will discuss strategies to take advantage of AI-powered solutions, how to secure 5G - the most important network of the 21st century - and how enterprises can manage their concerns around cloud security. 

Israel Discovery Day

The first Israel Discovery Day will hear from experts who will explore how the advanced technological nation defends its national infrastructure, how it is using AI to mitigate threats, and how it is balancing national security and privacy.

Saudi Focus Day

Cybersecurity is becoming an essential priority in the Kingdom as it pushes ahead with its Vision 2030 ambitions. CISO’s, regulators, policy makers and cybersecurity authorities will reveal the Kingdom's cyber roadmap.

Africa Forum

Africa represents a hugely exciting innovation opportunity, with tremendous potential for technological transformation. African internet users are set to double to 1 billion by 2022, with the demand for advanced cybersecurity solutions and IT security skills set to explode.

Black Stage

The Black Stage will focus on the operations of international organised criminals and hostile activity in cyberspace from terrorist organisations and military cyber warfare, with intelligence briefings on the capabilities of malicious actors. 

GISEC Inspire

GISEC Inspire will bring together leading cybersecurity innovators, government leaders and technological futurists to promote ways to bring women into the cybersecurity field.

Dark Stage

In a world where hackers launch a cyber attack every 39 seconds, the Dark Stage will showcase fascinating live hacks, investigating controversial topics including cyber warfare, nation state attacks, social engineering and the most dangerous activity on the dark web.

X-Lab Stage

Free-to-attend sessions on developments in cyber, cybertech, AI, blockchain and IOT, delivered by some of the best minds global industry has to offer.


CISO’s, CIO’s and Heads of IT are decision makers when it comes to purchasing cyber technology. A new initiative - CISO Club, includes high quality club card that gives access to the show, CISO lounge on site & free parking


Exciting new feature, inviting 80+ global teams, 300+ participants vying for the crown through a nail biting competition!

Public Cyber Awareness

Supporting TRAs objective to increase cyber awareness amongst the public through our series of cybersecurity workshops in English & Arabic.

Certified Trainings

Exclusive certified training's conducted over 3 days. InfoSec professionals can choose topics from :CERTIFIED ETHICAL HACKER, CISM, CISSP, GSEC: GIAC & OSCP


Private consulting rooms where region’s brightest minds offer series of outstanding knowledge transfer sessions to help InfoSec professionals spark new ideas to better protect their companies

GISEC Startups

GISEC Startups will assemble cybersecurity startup investors and founders to discuss the funding challenge expected in 2021 as we move away from technologies widely used during the pandemic, roads to success, and innovations in new and emerging technologies.


AI tops the 8 cybersecurity trends that will shape 2021, AI a friend or foe? hear from the global CISO’s


Unveiling the strategies to secure the most important network of the 21st century


Government Stage

At the center-stage of the Inaugural Government Stage hosted by DESC are the thought leaders from Global Government entities in cybersecurity, facilitating collaboration and exploring essential tools and processes for information and threat intelligence while examining the opportunities for developing cross border partnerships.


  • The `Splinternet`: its impact on Cybersecurity
  • Next generation technology: ubiquitous connectivity, for example autonomous vehicles
  • Cyber Insurance: its advantages and implications on data privacy
  • The deciding factor: International cooperation and collaboration

Israel Discovery Day

The first Israel Discovery Day will hear from experts who will explore how the advanced technological nation defends its national infrastructure, how it is using AI to mitigate threats, and how it is balancing national security and privacy. How foresight and perceptiveness has propelled Israeli ingenuity and innovation for the nation to become a cybersecurity powerhouse and lies at the center of an $82 billion industry?


  • The Israeli cyber ecosystem - trends, investments, increase
  • From 8200 - to Check Point - Why has Israel become a cyber "tech nation"? What are the ingredients to become a cybersecurity leading country?
  • Threats and Challenges - What are the challenges and threats Israel is facing and how Israel should be prepared to defend its national infrastructure system?
  • The next war - how cybersecurity will be reflected in the next war?

INSPIRE (Women in Cybersecurity)

GISEC Inspire will bring together leading cybersecurity innovators, government leaders and technological futurists to promote ways to bring women into the cybersecurity field. Disparity between genders in the workforce has been detrimental, but research shows that increasing diversity is not only good for the company, but the economy as a whole.


  • How it started vs. how it’s going: Overcoming challenges in male-dominated industries
  • Women in cybersecurity – The hard truth in numbers - A macro-outlook
  • Breaking barriers and busting myths: What’s really holding women back in cybersecurity? 

Startup Stage

GISEC Startups will assemble cybersecurity founders, investors and big thinkers as we delve deeper into recent funding rounds, high-growth startups and roads to success, and innovations in new and emerging technologies.

Cybersecurity products, services and professionals have never been in higher demand than right now as governments and business across the world prioritise these technologies to protect the digital transformation. According to a study by CBInsights and PwC, cybersecurity startups received over $10.7 billion in funding in 2020. Cybersecurity Ventures expect cybercrime to cost the world $10.5 trillion annually by 2025.


Award winning CISOs

Learn from Global CISOs setting trends at some of the world’s most iconic companies

Major security agencies

Get intelligence briefings on new threats from major international security agencies

Network with 1,000

+ delegates

Enhance your network, meeting with over 1,000+ fellow delegates; making it the largest cyber security and tech conference in MEASA.

Meet 8,500+ InfoSec professionals

Participate in the largest cyber security and IoT event, where over 8,500 of the region’s InfoSec community converge to source new products and stay up to date with the latest developments.



100+ CIO/CISO/VP of top companies like Telefonica, Saudi Ports, IKEA Group, Amazon Pay India, DHL Express, Dubai Health Authority, Habib Bank Ag, Juma Al Majid Group, Al Maskari Holding, Bank of Jordan, General Motors MENA, Dubai Customs, General Electric MENA, Union National Bank, Majid Al Futtaim Retail – Carrefour, Lulu Group International and many more.

Supporters & Partners


UAE Cyber Security Council


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Telecommunications Regulatory Authority

Official Smart City Partner

Strategic Sponsors & Partners

Strategic Partner


Strategic Partner

  • Recorded Future

Platinum sponsors



Secret Briefing Partner


Diamond sponsors

threat quotient

Attivo Networks - GISEC

XM Cyber - GISEC

Silver sponsors




Recruitment Partner


Training Partner

sans institute

Industry & Association Partner

Germany Association Partner


Supporting Association


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CSI Mumbai

India Pavilion Partner


Association Partner


Knowledge Partner

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