More Than 1100 Professionals Attend RSA Conference 2016 Abu Dhabi

- Nov 20, 2016

The Conference helped to enable participants with cybersecurity readiness through pre-conference activities, high-level keynotes and thought-provoking sessions.

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 20 November, 2016 - RSA Conference (, the world’s leading information security conference and exposition, in conjunction with the UAE National Electronic Security Authority (NESA) has successfully concluded this year’s Conference with over 1100 attendees from around the world.

The Conference featured 35 exhibitors, seven tracks and nine keynote sessions which sparked in-depth conversations across a range of topics and industries, including cloud, smart city security, telecommunications, IoT, policy and government. Sponsors and exhibitors that participated at the conference were Cisco, DarkMatter, Qualys Inc., RSA, Spire Solutions and Tenable Network Security, Inc.

Key highlights included: 

  • A Live Cyber-Crisis Exercise Scenario that tested how governments, the private sector and others can work together to respond to threats that directly impact human life, public safety and critical markets. 
  • Opening Keynote remarks from Mohammed Al Zarooni, Acting Deputy Director General - Information & eGov Sector, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority. 
  • RSA Conference CyberSafety: Kids initiative that provided guidance to conference delegates on promoting safe online environments for children today. 
  • Closing Keynote – “Risk Management in F1--Team Work & Technology at 350 kph” featured double Formula One World Champion Mika Hakkinen and industry executive Mark Gallagher, who delved into the crucial roles that risk management and IT play in performance driving.

“We’re extremely pleased with the positive response we received for the Conference this year. The success of the Conference is a strong testament to cybersecurity being given high priority in the Middle East, and we look forward to building on this momentum for conferences in the future,” said Linda Gray Martin, General Manager, RSA Conferences.

“Cyber security is viewed as an important issue worldwide, and the UAE is no exception to this. At the National Electronic Security Authority, the digital safety of our nation is a matter of critical importance. We look to inform and educate on the significance of data security, which is critical to every organization. We remain dedicated to this cause, and will continue to be so in order to play our role in protecting the UAE’s cyber-integrity,” stated a spokesperson from the UAE National Electronic Security Authority (NESA).

Exhibitor quotes:

Jonathan Gill, Vice President EMEA, RSA: “As the world transforms digitally and people and things become more interconnected - cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities – business and security leaders need to align technology and security with the needs of the business (a business-driven security strategy), in order to put security incidents into business context so they can take command of their evolving security posture. The RSA Conference Abu Dhabi provided us with an opportunity to share best practices, continue the conversation about technology trends, and discuss how to help solve security issues that affect the region the most.”

Hadi Jaafarawi, Managing Director, Qualys Middle East: “RSA Conference Abu Dhabi 2016 was a great success as it provided us with a platform to connect with industry leaders and discuss best practices for securing IT environments. We also had the opportunity to showcase our latest solutions that allow our customers to achieve two-second visibility across all of their global IT assets, get the continuous view of their security and compliance posture and identify those that are already compromised.”

Bulent Teksoz, Global Cyber Security Strategist at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence: “The RSA Conference in Abu Dhabi was a great opportunity to meet with other industry experts and leaders and compare notes on the latest cyber-defence best practices. Such gatherings are a testament to the UAE’s position as a regional leader in the fight against cyber-crime and the country’s efforts in creating a united front against attacks that are costing organisations in the region billions of Dirhams and irreparable reputational damage every year.”


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