RSA Conference 2017 Abu Dhabi advances regional cyber security agenda

Annual event closes with more than 1100 attendees, 34 sponsors and exhibitors

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RSA Conference 2017 Abu Dhabi advances regional cyber security agenda The closing keynote was presented by former director general of the United Kingdom’s MI5, Dame Stella Rimington.
By  David Ndichu Published  November 14, 2017

Over 1100 global and regional infosecurity specialists attended the 2017 RSA conference, the organisers have revealed, as the show came to an end last week.

The Conference featured 34 sponsors & exhibitors, five tracks and nine keynote sessions that covered topics around Cybercrime & Threats, Security Strategy, Infrastructure and Operations.

Key highlights of the show included opening Keynotes delivered by Dr. Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti, executive director, Signals Intelligence Agency (SIA), followed by Eng. Mohammed Al Zarooni, deputy director general for information & e-government sector, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority. 

The closing keynote was presented by former director general of the United Kingdom’s MI5, Dame Stella Rimington, who spoke on leadership and teamwork, in addition to anecdotes about her life and career.

There were also more than 35 track sessions which covered trends including Blockchain, AI, Cloud, IoT and Ransomware.

“At RSA Conference, we aim to deliver a compelling platform and extend an agenda of keynotes and session that are closely aligned with market moves and industry developments. The success of this year’s Conference proves that cyber security is firmly established in the region’s business agenda and provided an opportunity for knowledge-sharing and public-private discussions on the most pressing trends and topics,” said Linda Gray Martin, general manager, RSA Conferences.

Sponsors and exhibitors that participated at the conference were RSA, Qualys, Dark Matter, Spire Solutions, Tenable, Raytheon and Etisalat among others.

“RSA Conference 2017 Abu Dhabi remains one of the most important global forums for cyber authorities and market innovators to gather to discuss both the challenges posed by the growing worldwide cyber threat and the solutions we can offer our customers as they seek to protect their data, critical infrastructure and military hardware," said Tom Goodman, director, international cyber business, Raytheon.

“Tenable was honoured to have participated in RSA Conference 2017 Abu Dhabi and applauds regional business leaders as they focus on securing their organisations against cyber threats,” said Amit Yoran, CEO, Tenable. “Tenable is on a mission to help organisations understand the reality of their continuously evolving modern attack surface – which includes using our deep expertise into assets, networks and vulnerabilities to help businesses manage, measure and reduce their cyber risk and factor cyber exposure into every strategic business decision.”

Eddie Schwartz, executive vice president of cyber services at DarkMatter said, “RSA Conference was a good opportunity to catch up with industry peers and discuss some of the most topical issues affecting our industry. The gathering in Abu Dhabi did not disappoint, and we appreciate the opportunity to have held useful interactions and to reiterate the point that for cyber security to be effective, it needs to keep pace with the exponential growth we see in other areas of technological advancement.”


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