Digital transformation is changing the way industries operate. Transformation is rapidly becoming a key priority in most industries, as organization seek to adapt to changes by leveraging digital technologies to create digitally-enhanced products and services and build customer-centric business models.
However, while digital transformation is an exciting journey, a large proportion of organizations are unable to move beyond ad hoc digital projects and achieve scale. They are stuck in a "digital deadlock", which is estimated to affect nearly 60% of organizations.
Join us at GBM Security Summit 2019 to get a comprehensive update on how security can break the digital transformation deadlock, and how you can ensure a secure transformation.
Join speaking sessions to learn from the world's leading technology providers.
Visit each station at the Solutions Hub to explore live demos and interact with the experts for the security solutions that matter to you.
Hear from your peers, see how security impacts their digital transformation and how they take action.Enjoy networking lunch.
With a number of booths to visit, Solutions Hub offers four stations where you can experience live demos, presentations on various security solutions and 1-1 interactions with GBM experts and leading security solution providers.
Be sure to visit each station to make the most of the event. The solutions to be displayed during the summit will be:
Cloud & Data Security
Security Analytics & IoT
Interested in having a 1-1 conversation with GBM experts? Just tick the "1-1" box with your preferred solution upon registration, and we'll arrange it for you during "Meet the Experts at Solutions Hub" session.
Registration and Explore Solutions Hub
Register on-site, get your badge and take a tour at the Solutions Hub, where you can check different security solutions.
Keynote: Welcome Note
Keynote: What is the Unspoken Truth?
Hear from OMANTEL
Meet the Experts at Solutions Hub
Take a deep dive at the Solutions Hub, visit each station and meet with the experts to explore different security solutions
Hear from Security Leaders
VP of INS, Security and Mobility, GBM
Business Unit Executive, Security Solutions Middle East, Africa and Turkey, IBM
Abdullah Hamood Khalid Al Barwani
General Manager Corporate Security, OMANTEL
Abdullah has more than 19+ years' experience in information technology and security management. Abdullah Obtained his Bachelors in computer science form the USA and focused his career in information security and obtained important certifications such as MCSE, CISM and SABSA. He worked for the Ministry of Defense for 6 years in different specializations before he was appointed the first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in the Chief of Staff Office (COSSAF) as a reward for his great achievements. Abdullah established the first information security management program in the ministry and initiated an awareness and training program for the staff covering multiple regions.
Abdullah joined the Information Technology Authority (ITA) in 2006 where he started his management role as a director and then as a General Manager for the Information Security Division supervising a national program to enhance information security within the government of Oman as part of the National eGovernment program. To achieve this objective, Abdullah has recruited and developed the first national information security expert group that consisted of 26 experts with different academic certifications including masters and PHDs. The program currently provides 7 critical Security Managed Services to more than 400 government departments. These services include providing consultancy and advisory services to all government organizations in information security strategy, organizations structure and technical architecture.
With a career shifted to management, Abdullah obtained his MBA in 2013 from the UK giving him a new perspective to management that is business driven which enabled him to have stronger management skills even outside the technical domain. Abdullah came back to take a bigger responsibility within ITA where he earned the trust of the board of directors to be appointed as the General Manager for the Infrastructure Division supervising major national projects such as the Government datacenter, the national contact center, the national payment system and the Government Cloud.
Abdullah is also a steering committee member in many national critical programs such as the Public Key Infrastructure, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, national cyber security and Smart City
Since mid-2017, Abdullah started a new career journey by joining the national telecom operator of Oman (Omantel) as a GM for the corporate security division with a responsibility to establish SOC services covering both IT and Telecom domain as well as other Managed Security services including security advisory. Key projects included the implementation of a signaling firewall, LTE Gateway, Network compliance and Advanced Persistent threats protection. To govern the security program, Abdullah has contributed to the certification of the ISO 27001 and PCI. Other governance frameworks established was IoT and NFV frameworks based on GSMA frameworks.
Ayman leads the sales and business development initiatives of Cisco security solutions and consulting services across Middle East. He has helped customers achieve their Information Security business requirements by leveraging Cisco as a trusted Security partner and leveraging Cisco unique capabilities on delivering a threat-centric approach to secure their organizations.
Prior to joining Cisco he worked for Symantec and other security vendors on the capacity of "Principal Security Consultant" promoting information security business to Telecommunication Providers, Financial Institutions and Public Sector (Military, Education & Government).
Ayman has more than sixteen years of experience on information security consulting services, solutions and Managed Security Services (MSS) and has also been a guest speaker at various events, seminars and client engagements and he has several information security industry certifications.
Hani Nofal is the Vice President of Intelligent Network Solutions (INS), Security and Mobility at GBM, responsible for leading the INS organization across the Gulf and Pakistan with responsibilities focusing on customer satisfaction, profitable growth and building a strong solutions and services portfolio
In his role, Hani is in charge of the development of strategies for maintaining and growing relationships with partnerships and alliances. Additionally, Hani leads the GBM Cyber Security Practice across the organization.
Joe Ruthven joined IBM in 1992 as a system engineer in the areas of OS/2 and IBM Personal Systems. Since January 2012, he has been leading the business successfully in the region as Business Unit Executive for IBM Security Solutions in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey.
Joe has been instrumental in assisting large financial institutions to adopt state of the art security solutions that is assisting these organizations to stay ahead of the ever-evolving cyber security threat. Key customers include Standard Bank, First National Bank, Nedbank, Riyadh Bank, Saudi British Bank, Yapi Kredi Bank, Garanti Bank, Zenith Bank, Kenya Commercial Bank, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, First Gulf Bank, HSBC Turkey and more.
Key solutions adopted by these institutions include security operations and response, identify and access management, data security, mobility and end-point management as well anti-fraud solutions especially aimed at the online and retail banking environments.
Joe holds an Honors degree (Bachelors of Commerce) in Information Technology.
Previously, he was the Business Development Manager for the Bahrain Economic Development Board, which is dynamic public agency that is responsible for attracting inward investment into Bahrain, enhancing the
investment climate and driving economic development. He focused on
promoting Bahrain's financial services sector and attracting new investments
into this sector. Successes include expanding existing companies and
attracting new ones such as banks, asset & wealth managers, insurers and
ancillary services providers.
He also worked with existing financial players, financial associations, central
bank, lawyers and others to drive development in the sector and make it more
conducive and attractive for business. His most significant work to date was
devising and implementing a countrywide strategy to drive the growth of the
sector through a collaborative approach with key players in the sector.
Before joining the Bahrain Economic Development Board, he worked for Ernst
& Young where his work centered on conducting feasibility and market
studies, operations plans, strategic documents and private placement
memorandums for a wide array of clients. He also led the implementation of a
governance, risk and compliance platform in the Bahrain office and trained all
Prior to that, he worked in SEI Investments in London focusing on UK and
European Equities within the Investment Management Unit.
He has a MSC from Imperial College London and a BSc from the University of
Exeter (first class honors).
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General Manager, GBM Abu Dhabi
As the General Manager for GBM Abu Dhabi and Yemen, Miguel Khouri has a track record for strengthening and enriching relationships with a wide-range of customers and industries.
With over two decades in IT Consultancy, Business Management, and Business Development across the GCC, Khouri’s leadership has consistently delivered business growth for GBM Abu Dhabi. His guidance in value-added IT and business solutions provides tangible results for a host of public and private clients in the government, banking and finance, telecommunications, oil and gas, education and retail sectors.
As General Manager, Khouri has nurtured GBM Abu Dhabi local expertise and in-depth knowledge of the market, and has helped to develop a collaborative network of offices across the region that enables clients to benefit from best-in-class IT consultancy.
Prior to joining GBM Abu Dhabi as General Manager in 2011, Khouri was the Director of GBM’s Intelligent Networking Solutions (INS) for the entire region.
Earlier to that, Khouri worked for 8 years with Saudi Business Machines.
Miguel holds a Bachelor degree from University of Balamand in Lebanon, where he majored in Computer Engineering.
Senior Cybersecurity Director – EMEA
Service Providers and Middle East & Africa
Global Security Sales Operations, Cisco
As Senior Cybersecurity Director for EMEA SPs and MEA, Fady’s role is to focus on delivering Cisco’s vision of integrated cybersecurity for Cisco’s customers and partners, overseeing the day-to-day business and driving growth plans across the region.
Fady focuses on empowering customers, including Service Providers, Government and Private entities, to securely create and deliver value as every country, city and company becomes increasingly digital and migrates to the cloud.
Fady is a Cisco veteran with a proven track record of delivering sales across the region for more than 17 years. He has worked in several roles including East Region Operations Director for Cisco Middle East, General Manager for Cisco UAE, Enterprise Sector Regional Sales Manager and Service Provider Sector (Telcos) Regional Sales Manager.
Prior to joining Cisco, he was Regional Manager at Nortel (MEA), and Product Manager at Ericsson and held international long-term assignments in Sweden, Greece, Indonesia and Egypt.
Fady holds a BE degree in Computer & Communication Engineering from the American University of Beirut.
Regional Technology Director | Middle East & Turkey
Melih Kirkgoz is the Regional Technology Director covering Middle East & Turkey Regions and based in Fortinet Dubai Office.
He is the technology evangelist and spokesperson within the region.Also a member of the elite “Office of the CTO” consultants group led by Fortinet President and CTO Michael Xie himself since 2015.
In this prestigious role he helps to shape company core technologies roadmap acting as a bridge between the field and Fortinet R&D and Product Management.
His highly focused and advanced Cyber Security Career (22+ years) is spread over different roles requiring diverse skills:
VP Security Sales, IBM MEA
Head of Cyber Security
United Arab Emirates Government
Dr. Al Kuwaiti is appointed into the Cabinet as the Head of the Cyber Security for the UAE Government since 2020. As the Head of the Cyber Security, his mandate includes being the Chairman of the UAE Cyber Security Council as well as Managing Director of the National Data Centre under the Supreme Council for National Security. As the Head of Cyber Security for the UAE Government by investiture, Dr. Al Kuwaiti has legal authority over all aspects pertaining securing the cyberspace for the entire Nation.
In his current role, Dr. Al Kuwaiti is tasked with the responsibility of charting a cyber security strategy for the Nation that not only ensuring that the UAE will be entering into the digital era with fully capable of dealing with the new threat landscape brought about by the pandemic, but also to ensure UAE’s leadership in cyber security globally towards establishing the UAE as the world’s leading trusted digital hub supporting the Nation’s digital transformation agenda and the digital future of all residents who made UAE their home. Towards that end, he led the Council to put together an implementation plan to protect the UAE cyberspace through emerging technologies such as Cloud, Big Data and AI in a wholeof-government approach coordinating and orchestrating efforts between Emirates or government entities via a unified platform built and managed by the Council.
Founder & CEO
Coordinates Middle East
Tarek is the Architect and CEO of Coordinates – A leading Cybersecurity Managed Detection & Response firm in the Middle East, now part of GBM.
Powered by machine learning, automation & orchestration, Cor, Coordinates’ platform enables the seamless integration of any technology to provide defense-grade services to enterprises of all sizes.
The company platform enables Automation and Orchestration of the entire cybersecurity lifecycle across Monitoring, Detection, Response & Remediation.
Between 2004 and 2014, Tarek was the Managing Director at Cisco, where he led the strategic direction, investment, and overall execution of Cisco’s total business in the region.
Before Cisco, Tarek had a career with Schlumberger and 3Com in various executive leadership roles.
Tarek has been voted twice as the top Networking and Communication Executive in MENA and MENA’s 6th most powerful technology executive.
General Manager, GBM Dubai
Ossama El Samadoni is the General Manager of GBM Dubai. He has over 30 years of experience working in the region. He has a prominent track record in strengthening business growth in an increasingly competitive market, while supporting organizations of all sizes to navigate digital disruptions and IT transformation challenges.
Samadoni holds a B.Sc. in Engineering and MBA in Marketing, is fluent in Arabic and English, and is the Vice Chairman of SNIA Middle East.
Vice President of Digital Infrastructure Solutions,
Hani Nofal is an ICT executive with more than 25 years of industry and leadership experience in the region. He held several roles in global organizations including Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq, 3Com and Cisco Systems.
Hani joined GBM in January 2012. Since then, he’s been part of the executive team and currently leads GBM’s Digital Infrastructure and Cyber Security business across the Gulf and Pakistan. He’s responsible for the development of regional and global alliances delivering solutions that support organizations to realize their digital transformation agendas and protect them from cyber threats.
Prior to joining GBM, Hani was Cisco’s Senior Regional Manager. During his tenure at Cisco, Hani supported the company’s rapid growth and expansion in the UAE and Gulf and was responsible for several strategic successes in the region, achieving significant agreements and milestones.
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