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Cyber security expo returns for a second year

GISEC to address ways combat the increase in global cybercrimes

Chief research officer of F-Secure, Mikko Hypponen.
Chief research officer of F-Secure, Mikko Hypponen.

Powered by GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK, the second edition of Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) will be held from 9-11 June 2014 at Dubai World Trade Centre and is set to draw 3,000 visitors.

The region's foremost information security platform will gather industry, government and thought leaders as well as international and regional cyber-security experts in various business sectors such as IT, oil & gas, banking & finance, government, legal, healthcare and telecoms, to meet the growing requirements for information security and countermeasures in the region.

Security sessions on vendor-run educational presentations, workshops, demonstrations, informative speeches and case-studies will be held to give IT professionals useful insights to help defend their businesses from cyber-attacks.

IT security expert and chief research officer of F-Secure, Mikko Hypponen will give the keynote address and discuss the significance of critical information security issues to empower businesses with protection.

Hypponen is best known for tracking down the authors of the first PC virus and for naming 'Storm Worm', the Trojan horse attack in 2007. He has also given classified briefings on the Stuxnet worm as well as assisting law enforcement in USA, Europe and Asia on cyber-crime cases.

Hypponen was among the 50 most important people on the Web selected by the PC World magazine and was included in the FP Global 100 Thinkers list. He also received the Virus Bulletin Award, awarded every 10 years, as the Best Educator in Industry.

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"The online risks are changing all the time and online crime is always international crime." Hypponen said. "National police forces and legal systems are finding it extremely difficult to keep up with the rapid growth of online crime, which is why I'll be glad to address the GISEC audience and share the latest news from the online underground."

Also among the high-profile experts speaking at GISEC is chief information security officer at Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Robert Bigman who will deliver a keynote address about commercial IT system security and why most attacks can be thwarted by intelligent IT network architecture.

He will address the reasons why global corporations and governments keep making the same mistakes, as well as why acquiring the best cyber security technology is not necessarily the best approach to prevent cybercrime.

Chairman of the board of directors at (ISC)2, Wim Remes will also speak at the conference and discuss how much security is enough to identify weaknesses. He will also talk about how to measure potential impact and apply strategic approaches to integrate security measures in an ever-evolving infrastructure.

According to Remes, "As technology becomes pervasive in our day to day life, security has developed as a key requirement in all systems we interact with. I believe that sharing knowledge and experience is key to building a trusted and secure society and GISEC enables us to do that."