Demand for cyber security in Qatar has grown multifold after the most recent attacks.

Critical sectors in Qatar – including but not limited to finance and energy – have increased their dependency on technology and state of-the-art ICT solutions to deliver high-quality, efficient, and effective services. With Qatar’s Advisory (Shura) Council unanimously approving the draft of a landmark new data privacy law, companies are now required to increase their level of data security and protection against cyber threats. Failure to do so could result in hefty fines of up to 1.37 million USD (5 million QAR).

The 9th Cyber Defence Summit will address the importance of protecting critical infrastructure and sensitive information, and help companies procure cyber security solutions and ser vices. Organised by Naseba, the summit will gather over 120 CIOs, CISOs and Heads of IT and Security primarily from government agencies, defence and security authorities, banking andfinancial institutions, oil and gas companies, utilities, telecom and ISPs, large enterprises and universities.

Majority of the attendees were decision makers and key influencers. We are confident of doing business with them soon.

Associate Vice President, Spire Solutions

Summit format

Meet buyers who have already expressed an interest in your type of solutions. These private sessions are designed to create deal-flow opportunities and new business relationships.

1 week prior to the summit you are sent a complete list of delegate attendees, including their company names, job titles, solutions of interest, readiness to buy, budget and number of nodes in organisation. This allows you to tailor your presentations accordingly.

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Highlight your expertise and position your organisation as an industry leader by delivering a keynote or leading a panel discussion to the entire audience.

Participate in more than 8 hours of networking that help you build and cement business relationships and explore new ventures.

The summit’s dedicated corporate space gives you the opportunity to showcase your range of products and services to all attending pre-qualified decision makers.

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Eng. Khalid Al-Hashmi

Eng. Khalid Al-Hashmi

Assistant Undersecretary of Cyber Security, Ministry of Transport & Communications View Profile


IT Director, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy View Profile
Shaikh Abdulkhader

Shaikh Abdulkhader

Chief Technology Security Officer (CTSO/CISO), Vodafone Qatar View Profile
Edward Ganom

Edward Ganom

CISO, Commercial Bank of Qatar View Profile


Research Director, Cyber Security, Qatar Computing Research Institute View Profile
Peter Baurichter

Peter Baurichter

Head of Information Security, Maersk Oil Qatar View Profile
Eng. Khalid Al-Hashmi
With over 16 years’ experience in the IT industry, Sami currently holds a tremendous responsibility at the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy as their IT Director. The committee is responsible for the delivery of FIFA 2022 World Cup, and Sami and his team will oversee IT including cyber security before and during the games.

Some of his previous roles include IT and Telecommunications Manager at ORYX GTL, Head of Applications Support Section in the Information Systems Department of RasGas and financial applications manager in Doha Securities Market.

He was awarded one of the Top 50 CIOs in 2014 by CPI and the Security Best Practice Adoption in Qatar in 2013 by Symantec.

Sami holds a MBA from HEC and BSc in Computer Science from University of Qatar.
Shaikh Abdulkhader
Edward Ganom
Dr. Marc Dacier has more than 20 years of experience in the field of cybersecurity, and is currently leading the growing Cybersecurity Group at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI).

He has made seminal contributions in quantitative evaluation of operational security, intrusion detection, intrusion tolerance, honeytokens, honeypots, analysis of real world malicious cyber campaigns (spam, botnets, web security, etc.) and, most recently, BGP security.

Prior to QCRI, he has been a security consultant; created the Global Security Analysis Laboratory at IBM Research; was a professor at Eurecom; and built the European Research Labs at Symantec and managed all the ongoing collaborative research projects.

He holds a PhD from the INPT, France, and has served on more than 60 program committees of all major security and dependability conferences and as a member of the editorial board of several technical journals.
Peter Baurichter
Shenoy Sandeep is currently the Associate Vice President at SPIRE Solutions. While heading the region for the SPIRE suite of information security solutions, Shenoy has delivered value added advisory services in the space of cyber security, security engineering, and threat intelligence.

With extensive experience in leading critical information security projects in the defense, government, telecom, BFSI and critical infrastructure verticals, Shenoy has been regarded as a subject matter expert amongst his peers and customers. His key areas of focus include incident response, advance threat detection, governance risk and compliance, enterprise vulnerability management, real world penetration testing and security architecture design.
Kalle Bjorn is the Director of Systems Engineering for Middle East with Fortinet, a global leader and innovator in Network Security. He started his career in Helsinki, Finland with Stonesoft Corp where he held several positions from 2000 to 2005 including Network Security Specialist in Finland and China, Presales Consultant in Switzerland and the Middle East region.

He has acquired significant international experience in networking security and has vast knowledge of technical requirements for security products for enterprise and TELCO customers.
Enrique Duvos
Dr. Zaki Qureshey
Zaki Qureshey is an independent computer security and digital intelligence consultant. He is the founder and chairman of E2 Labs, a Hyderabad based IT security provider.

As an avid cyber security expert, he has done extensive research on network security, concentrating on social engineering to detect hackers. His career has been enriched with key assignments at prominent national and international organizations, such as Union Carbide. In the last few years, Qureshey has been conducting workshops and guest lecturing for educational and governmental institutions, IT giants, and business leaders.

Zaki Qureshey has done BCA and MCA with numerous international certifications to his credit, that include CCSA, CCNA, MCSE, NCQE, CNS and CFE (U.S) to name a few.

In recognition of his technical expertise and E2-Lab’s laurels , Zaki Qureshey has received many awards and accolades, including one of the Top 50 Entrepreneurs of India, numerous “Best Speaker” awards, the TIECON Top 50 Special Award in Silicon Valley, and E2-Labs was named one of the Top 100 Companies in Asia by Red Herring in 2006.
Gilles Loridon, a graduate of French IT Engineering School, IIE, has worked as an IT Consultant for twenty years and as InfoSec Consultant for more than fifteen years.

He started his career as a Software Developer and worked first in Canada, then in France and in the USA. In 1999, he joined CEIS, the European leader in strategic security, as a Senior Security Consultant and later on, took the position of CEO of Global Security Network, its Middle East sister company. He has been leading and implementing successful InfoSec projects for security agencies, military departments, oil & gas companies and international corporations in Europe, Africa, as well as in the Middle East.

Gilles has conducted InfoSec Audits, VA/PT, ISO/ISF/ADISC ISMS implementations and Information Security Awareness Training in the Energy, Finance and Governmental sectors.
Mustapha currently heads the Corporate Information Security unit at Ooredoo Qatar, reporting to its CEO and has over 16-plus years of information security experience. Prior to this, he jointly established the Information Security section and later the Business Continuity Management department at Etisalat, UAE. In those positions, he played a key role in creating a risk based Information Security Management framework and led the implementation of effective security controls.

As a previous member of the ISACA UAE Chapter, he has been instrumental in enhancing awareness among UAE ISACA members while leading the CPE event program and organizing the ISACA UAE ISAFE Conference.

He holds numerous industry recognized certifications including CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, AMBCI, BCCE, CWNA in addition to being a certified Lead Auditor for the ISO 22301 & ISO 27001 standards.
Sameh Sabry
Mr. Sameh Sabry joined Spire Solutions in 2013, and is currently the firm’s Associate Vice President. His current remit includes managing a host of professional services across important industry sectors spanning the Middle East and North Africa as well as India. He has demonstrated real value to clients’ businesses through enabling a proactive approach towards providing senior advisory informationsecurity services.

His work covers enterprise solutions, vulnerability and risk assessments, penetration testing, security framework design and architecture review while also conducting live hands on training sessions on information security trends. With over 10 years of information security experience across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, Sameh was named one of the region’s top technical decision makers.


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Spire Solutions is the region’s leading distributor of information security solutions and services. The company has exclusive distributorship agreements with the world’s best-known security solutions. The key to Spire’s success is in bringing niche solutions to the market that do not create one problem while solving others. The company works with a selective range of technology partners, while leveraging its channel partnerships to help organisations build and maintain a secure, compliant and more confident operation. Spire further provides an array of services that include governance, risk and compliance, malware audits, vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, web application security testing, security design and architecture review, and security operational support. Additionally, Spire provides training and education on the use of its hardware and software solutions. Spire’s strategic focus would continue to be anticipating and identifying challenges faced by organisations, and proactively providing effective solutions to help to improve their security posture and at the same time optimise their resource utilisation.
Fortinet is a global Cyber Security leader with a mission to deliver the most innovative, highest performing solutions to secure and simplify your IT infrastructure. Fortinet solutions have been widely adopted in the carrier, enterprise, MSSP and SMB markets. Due to constant innovation of our custom ASIC technology, feature rich operating system – FortiOS – and management capabilities as well as industry leading threat research Fortinet has attracted a large and rapidly growing customer base including the majority of the Fortune Global 100. This dedication has resulted in a highly satisfied end user community and allows Fortinet to set the pace in the Cyber Security market. Our market position and solution effectiveness has been widely validated by industry analysts, independent testing labs, business organizations, and the media worldwide. Our broad product line goes beyond simple network security to help secure the extended enterprise. Fortinet is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with offices around the world. Founded in 2000 by Ken Xie, the visionary founder and former president and CEO of NetScreen, Fortinet is lead by a strong and seasoned management team with deep experience in network and security.
Global Security Network (GSN) is a UAE based, French-owned company with more than 16 years of experience in delivering high-end IT Security projects. GSN focuses on specialized IT Security solutions & services for the military, law enforcement, critical infrastructure and oil & gas sectors in the Middle East. GSN is the value-added distributor of Fox-IT Netherlands, in the Middle East. GSN is responsible for the distribution of the Fox Data Diode, the leading European one-way gateway solution for national security, SCADA, and ICS/DCS applications. GSN wields its hands-on knowledge of Information Security from its law enforcement and critical infrastructure engagements to develop very well received Information Security Awareness Training program. We have developed and delivered very successful IS Awareness program since 2004 reaching thousands of customers’ employees. GSN also offers the full spectrum of IS consulting services such as VA/PT, Risk Management, Auditing (ISO -27001, IEC62443, ISF) and Incident Management.
E2-Labs is a Hyderabad-based IT security provider that designs, develops and delivers information security training and information assurance services that meet military, government, private sector, and institutional specifications.

Established in 2003, E2-Labs is one of Asia's leading information security organization, with Asia's first Anti-Hacking Academy in Hyderabad, India. E2Labs has become the de facto standard for governments and organization worldwide.

Its programs are designed to extend employment, education, and entrepreneurial opportunities in the world by bolstering the job preparatory skills level for large pool of prospective employees. E2-Labs provide services such as network security services, information security consulting, and vulnerability assessment and penetration testing (insecure communication, information leakage and improper error handling, security misconfiguration).
Akamai® is the leading provider of Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, making the Internet fast, reliable and secure. At the core of Akamai's solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform™, a next-generation CDN combined with cloud services to provide extensive reach, unmatched reliability, security, visibility and expertise. Akamai helps enterprises around the world optimize website performance and software delivery with solutions for web acceleration, mobile optimization, application delivery, streaming media and mobile video. Akamai’s Cloud Security Solutions include web application firewall (WAF) and DDoS mitigation tools for protection against web security threats such as DDoS attacks. Akamai removes the complexities of connecting the increasingly mobile world, supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and helping enterprises provide a secure, high-performing web experience on any device, anywhere.
Tripwire is a leading global provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, enabling enterprises, government agencies and service providers to effectively secure their businesses. Tripwire solutions are based on high-fidelity asset visibility and deep endpoint intelligence combined with business-context. They enable security automation through enterprise integration.

Tripwire’s portfolio of enterprise-class security solutions includes configuration and policy management, file integrity monitoring, vulnerability management and log intelligence. Together these solutions deliver unprecedented visibility, along with business context and security business intelligence necessary to protect sensitive data in extended enterprises from breaches, vulnerabilities, and threats.
Stormshield, a fully-owned subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, offers innovative end-to-end security solutions worldwide to protect networks (Stormshield Network Security), workstations (Stormshield Endpoint Security) and data (Stormshield Data Security).

These next-generation trusted solutions, certified at the highest level in Europe (EU RESTRICTED, NATO and ANSSI EAL4+), ensure the protection of strategic information and are deployed through a partner network of distributors, integrators and operators in businesses of all sizes, government institutions and defence organisations worldwide.
Soft lab Business Solutions (SBS) is a 100% Qatari system integrator and consulting company with a network of value-added alliances and technical partnerships.

SBS is a provider of studies, projects, solutions and application deployment, leveraging high skills in international security technology. Thanks to joint research and development, SBS can deliver solutions in banking and government, including: secure payments, BI and analytics, cyber security, prevention and surveillance. Mobile and social media are areas where SBS can provide world-class excellence.
Osirium provides privileged access management, task automation and session recording, to protect privileged accounts across the enterprise. In the modern world, it can be hard to see who has access to what on your network. Add in the complexities of outsourcing and control diminishes further. Osirium readdresses this balance for end-user organisations and MSSPs, managing tens of thousands of privileged credentials, outsourcing safely and keeping compliance happy.

We enable a least privileged model, giving organisations strong control over who can do what, where and when on systems, devices and applications. Using Privileged Task Automation, help desk teams no longer need full access to privileged accounts. Pre-packaged tasks are easy to select and quick to execute; eliminating the possibility of human error.

Designed for simplicity, ease-of-use and to require minimal deployment effort. Speed to value is a key measure for all organisations; our approach enables an agile deployment across a multi-vendor estate.
Based in Qatar, iBusiness Int'l Solutions consists of a team of experts working from a state-of-the-art application lab to provide innovative IT solutions to clients across the GCC. Our strong business focus, business acumen and technology expertise allow us to offer our clients powerful solutions and strategies that are closely aligned with their long-term business objectives. Our partnership involves a long-term view that sees us working closely with our clients during a project’s conception, planning and implementation. We take the time to understand the requirements of our client’s businesses and develop solutions that deliver real value to our trusted customers.
Bitdefender is a global security technology company that delivers solutions in more than 100 countries through a network of value-added alliances, distributors and reseller partners.

Since 2001, Bitdefender has consistently produced award-winning business and consumer security technology, and is a leading security provider in virtualization and cloud technologies.

Through R&D, alliances and partnership teams, Bitdefender has elevated the highest standards of security excellence in both its number-one-ranked technology and its strategic alliances with the world’s leading virtualization and cloud technology providers.

The way one-to-one meetings were formally organised is something I will definitely look at when judging future conferences.


Very well organised summit and the proactivity shown by naseba’s team in connecting us with the attendees was amazing. Country Manager – Saudi Arabia, Fortinet


“The best organised show for cyber security in the Middle East.” Gilles Lorridon Chief Executive Officer Global Security Network


“ We met with companies who had genuine needs and the one-to-one meetings allowed us to have an interactive discussion with them to see how ManTech can address their problems.” Eric Eifert Senior Vice President – Cyber Security, ManTech International Corporation

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