UAE to host the second edition of Cybertech Global in June 2022
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UAE to host the second edition of Cybertech Global in June 2022

UAE to host the second edition of Cybertech Global in June 2022

At the press conference held on November 15 in Dubai, Dr Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, head of cybersecurity, UAE Government highlighted the region’s latest trends in the cybersecurity sector

Divsha Bhat

The Cybertech Global Conference 2022 will be hosted in Dubai for the second time on June 13-14, 2022.

This conference will showcase the most recent technology advancements, challenges, and solutions for combating attacks in the global cyber arena.

As more organisations become aware of high-risk occurrences and threats, expenditures in cybersecurity are growing, and an average 66 per cent of organisations anticipate an increase in cyber spending this year. However, according to a recent PwC poll, more than half the CISOs and CIOs have not fully mitigated the risks associated with remote work (50 per cent), digitisation (53 per cent), or cloud adoption (54 per cent).

During a press conference on November 15, 2021, at Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai, Dr Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, the UAE Government’s head of cybersecurity, stated: “Cyber pandemic is here to stay. Cybersecurity is not the responsibility of the government but every individual.”

Amir Rapaport, founder and chief editor of Cybertech and co-author of ‘Cybermania,’ highlighted the experience of bringing Cybertech Global to Dubai in 2022, the importance of innovation in the cyber domain, and the uniqueness of the event in comparison to those held in Tel Aviv, New York, Singapore, Rome, Tokyo, Kigali, or Miami.

Ankit Shukla, managing director, QNA Marcom, added: “Cybersecurity is not a one-time activity. With new technologies come new threats. So we have joined hands with Cybertech as their local marketing partner and want to educate people in the cybersecurity domain.”

The speakers also talked about the biggest cyberthreats and opportunities in 2022 for the UAE, the region and globally, and the latest trends in the cybersecurity sector.

The Cybertech Global conference attracts C-Level executives, investors, professionals, and government officials from over 80 countries worldwide. The first edition of Cybertech Global UAE took place at Festival Arena, Dubai Festival City from April 5-7 this year. Leading figures in the global cybersecurity industry were in attendance, including Gen. (ret.), David H. Petraeus, former director of the CIA; Mohamed Hamad Hareb Al-Kuwaiti, head of Cybersecurity, UAE Government; Yigal Unna, director general, Israel National Cyber Directorate; and Marwan Alzarouni, director of Information Services Department, Dubai Electronic Security Center.

The event included lectures, plenary sessions in addition to industry exhibitions along with a startup pavilion. DP World, the Israel National Cyber Directorate, FAA, EuroControl, Emirati Airlines, Israel Shipyards, and others participated.

Meanwhile, according to a 2020 study by the Ponemon Institute and IBM security, the cost of a data breach in Saudi Arabia and the UAE rose by 9.4 per cent. On average, these attacks cost companies $6.53m per breach, higher compared to the global average of $3.86m per breach.

Read: The rising cost of cybercrime: Why businesses must invest in cybersecurity

“Battling cybercrime is a multi-front war, and modern-day DDoS attacks are complex, multi-vector, and dynamic. Companies need to make ongoing investments in security to adapt to today’s constantly evolving threat tactics. The more robust a defense is, the more capable a company will be in fending off the growing number of cyber threats,” said Gaurav Mohan, VP sales, SAARC and Middle East, Netscout.

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