Demand for cyber security in Qatar has grown multifold after the most recent cyber attacks and the approved penalty of 1.37 million USD.

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. Qatar’s Advisory (Shura) Council has approved  the draft of a landmark new data privacy law, requiring companies 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).

Naseba’s 10th Cyber Defence Summit will address the importance of protecting critical infrastructure and sensitive information, help companies procure cyber security solutions and services, and create further awareness of cyber security among the youth of Qatar.

The summit’s two-day agenda will have two different target audiences, with complementary objectives.

Day 1: Over 120 CIOs, CISOs and Heads of IT and Security will participate on a private and complimentary basis. Primarily representing organisations with critical infrastructure and sensitive information, they will discuss current and future challenges along with associated solutions, benchmark standards and strategies with peers, and procure solutions for their ongoing and upcoming projects.

Day 2: As developing sustainable talent is a key recommendation of Qatar’s National Cyber Security Strategy and National Vision 2030, the second day of the summit will consist of a youth empowerment program named “CyQ” (Cyber youth Qatar). Qatar’s platform for developing local cyber security talent, CyQ will gather over 50 University students and young security enthusiasts to create further awareness and test their skills in a variety of “white hat” security areas.

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

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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.

Within a limited time frame, the participants will collaborate, co-innovate and compete to win prizes such as advanced training programs, high-level internships, cyber security mentorship and more.

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2016 Speakers

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
Eng. Al-Hashmi has over 19 years of experience in IT, with particular expertise in cyber security, information infrastructure and ICT systems planning. In his role as Assistant Undersecretary for Cyber Security-QCERT, Qatar’s National Program that safeguards the country’s information and communications systems, he leads a team that works closely with government agencies, financial institutions, energy sector, businesses, and citizens to address cyber security risks, protect sensitive information, and ensure the safety of children on the internet.

  He has been instrumental in the development of a national strategy for cyber security, focusing first on critical sector services within the country. He has also played an imperative role to establish GCC CERT Committee and was appointed Chairman for the first year. The committee addresses cyber security threats in the Gulf region.

  Prior to joining the Ministry, he managed the overall planning and execution of IT operations for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha. He was an active member of the Qatar Armed Forces and served as an IT Manager for the Armed Forces before retiring at the rank of Lt. Colonel (Air/Eng.) 

  Eng. Al-Hashmi holds an MSc in Software Engineering from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor of Computer Science from University of Ohio and domain certifications such as CISSP, CISM and ITIL.
With over 16 years of experience in the IT industry, Mr. Al Shammari 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 Mr. Al Shammari 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 at the Doha Securities Market.

  He was awarded the title of one of the Top 50 CIOs in 2014 by CPI and the Security Best Practice Adoption in Qatar in 2013 by Symantec. He holds a MBA from HEC and BSc in Computer Science from the University of Qatar.
Shaikh Abdulkhader
Mr. Abdulkhader is currently associated with Vodafone Qatar as Chief Technology Security Officer and is responsible for end-to-end information security management, providing a balanced blend of business enablement while minimising information security risks and keeping customer data secured from internal and external threats.

  He specialises in areas of information security governance, risk and compliance (GRC), has undertaken a wide range of leadership and technical roles with proven experience in managing and delivering business and technology projects in most challenging environments, and strives to achieve technology and management excellence in IT.

  He is a performance-centred information security professional with over 20 years of international experience in multinational telecommunications and banking institutions in India, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Australia and the US. He holds security certifications such as CISSP and CISM, and a Diploma in Cyber Law.
Edward Ganom
Mr. Ganom is a senior information security professional with over 15 years of international experience in cyber security and technology risk management. He currently holds the position of CISO at Commercial Bank in Qatar.

Amongst other initiatives, he participated in drafting cyber crime legislation and national cyber security strategies. Previously, he held several key technology management positions in the financial and public sectors in the US and the Middle East.

He holds two Bachelor’s degrees – one in Electronics Engineering and one in Political Science – from two American universities, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Dr. Dacier has more than 20 years of experience in the field of cyber security, and is currently leading the growing cyber security 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 worked as 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 in 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
Mr. Baurichter is an information security professional with 15 years of experience in the field of information security who currently works as the Head of Information Security at Maersk Oil Qatar. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and started his career at Pink Elephant in the Netherlands doing IT service and delivery and migrating companies from Windows 3.11 to Windows NT. He specialised in information security in 2001 and worked for various companies as a consultant. He joined ABN AMRO as an information security officer and started to work for Qatar Petroleum in 2007 and for Maersk Oil Qatar in 2013. He loves the spirit of Open Source Software and is a big fan of Linux in general and specifically Ubuntu.
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.
Mr. Loridon, a graduate of French IT Engineering School, IIE, has worked as an IT consultant for twenty years and as an infosec consultant for more than 15 years.

  He started his career as a Software Developer and worked first in Canada, then in France and in the US. 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 Eastern sister company. He has been leading and implementing successful infosec projects for security agencies, military departments, oil and gas companies and international corporations in Europe and Africa, as well as in the Middle East.

  He has conducted infosec audits, VA/PT, ISO/ISF/ADISC ISMS implementations and Information Security Awareness Training in the energy, finance and government sectors.
Lynel D’Souza
Mr. D’Souza is an Akamai veteran with over 9 years of experience in the Internet technology industry. He has worked with customers all over the world to solve challenges in application delivery over the cloud while ensuring performance and security. He possesses expertise that matches the latest industry trends in the Internet security space, and his accomplishments have established him as a key player in the industry, someone known to a large number of marquee organisations.
Mr. Huneyd currently heads the Corporate Information Security unit at Ooredoo Qatar, reporting to its CEO. He has over 16 years of information security experience. Prior to this, he jointly established the Information Security section and later the Business Continuity Management department at Etisalat in the 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 and CWNA, in addition to being a certified Lead Auditor for the ISO 22301 & ISO 27001 standards.
Sameh Sabry
Mr. 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 information security 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, Mr. Sabry has been named one of the region’s technical decision makers.
Majid Wani
Mr. Wani is a Systems Engineer at Fortinet, currently managing their operations in Qatar. He is an information technology professional with broad experience in IT networking and cyber security.

  Prior to joining Fortinet, he was working with Diyar United Co. (Kuwait and Qatar) as their network and security solutions specialist with extensive experience in designing and delivering secure IP networks.

  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology along with many other industry certifications. His major achievements include acquiring the prestigious Cisco CCIE Certification.
Raviraj Doshi
Raviraj Doshi is the CTO of Smokescreen Technologies and has over 15 years of front-line experience in information security, including digital forensics and incident response. He has run teams that responded to some of the first APT attacks, targeting 40 energy sector companies, at a time when the buzzword had not even been coined.

He has been closely associated with the law enforcement authorities for cyber-crime and has been invited to speak at prestigious conferences like InterOp, ISEA at Indian Institute of Technology, Ground Zero and ISACA. He has also delivered highly technical training for the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
Eng. Ahmad Yasine Alkhiary
Eng. Alkhiary currently serves as the CEO of IT Security Training & Solutions (ITS2). Ever since IT became the major business enablement tool, IT security became the primary concern of every business owner. Protecting organisations, governmental and commercial, in the cyberspace is his main focus at ITS2.

He previously served as the Deputy Director General and CTO of Yesser e-Government Program for 5 years. Prior to that, Eng. Alkhiary worked for 12 years each at Arcom (technical solutions and systems interface technology) and the Ministry of Defence, where he established and managed research centers.

Eng. Alkhiary’s key skills and achievements are in the following domains: e-Government, Value Management, Change Management, Knowledge Management, Business and Technology Consulting and Information Security.

He graduated from the College of Computer Science and Engineering, King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals.
Dana Al-Abdulla
With over 8 years’ experience in the information security field, Ms. Al-Abdulla currently works as the Head of Cyber Security Resiliency Section at Q-CERT (Qatar Computer Emergency Response Team). Her expertise includes incident handling, vulnerability assessment, penetration testing and governance.

She has always been keen to improve information security posture in Qatar. She has participated in different activities, workshops and conferences to raise awareness in information security. Apart from her job responsibilities, she is the Chapter leader of OWASP Qatar. Through OWASP Qatar, she aims to create an active community that gathers many professionals as well as students to share knowledge and expertise about different security topics. As part of her pursuit of social responsibility, she participates in cyber security and safety awareness for children, schools and parents.

She holds an MS degree in Strategic Business Unit Management from HEC-Paris in Qatar. She is also GIAC certified in Security Leadership (GSLC), and was named a top Government Security Leader 2016 at MESA-CISO 100.
Dr. Spiros Bakiras
Mr. Bakiras is an associate professor at the College of Science and Engineering at Hamad Bin Khalifa University. Before that, he held teaching positions at Michigan Tech and the City University of New York. He has over 10 years of teaching experience in cyber security programs, and his research interests include data security/privacy and applied cryptography. He is a member of the ACM and a recipient of the prestigious US National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award.

He holds a BS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Amine Bermak
Dr. Bermak joined Edith Cowan University in 1998 as a research fellow. In 2002, he joined the Electronic and Computer Engineering Department of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), He has also served as the Director of Computer Engineering and the Director of the Master Program in IC Design. He is the founder and the leader of the Smart Sensory Integrated Systems Research Lab at HKUST. Currently, Dr. Bermak is with Hamad Bin Khalifa University. He was nominated for the 2013 Hong Kong UGC best teacher award, and received the 2011 University Michael G. Gale Medal for distinguished teaching. He is also a two-time recipient of the “Engineering School Teaching Excellence Award" at HKUST. Dr. Bermak has received six other distinguished awards, including the “Best University Design Contest Award” at ASP Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Macau 2016. He has over 250 publications and articles to his name, and designed over 30 chips. He has graduated 14 PhD and 16 MPhil students. He is a Fellow of IEEE and an IEEE distinguished Lecturer. He holds a Masters and PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Microelectronics and Microsystems) from Paul Sabatier University.

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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.
IT Security Training & Solutions, or I(TS)2 is the Middle East’s premier provider of integrated security solutions, consulting services, trainings, and certification curriculums. Established in 2003 with its headquarters in Riyadh, KSA, I(TS)2 was the first locally hosted Managed Security Services (MSS) provider in the Middle East, with a fully operational Security Operations Center onsite. The company has expanded its operations with two regional offices in Jeddah and Dammam, and a supporting office in Amman, Jordan. With over 12 years of continued growth and successful engagements with our international partners and clients, I(TS)2 is dedicated to the protection of your information and your business continuity. We leverage our highly qualified team of certified information security engineers to deliver consulting, professional services, outsourcing, and training in information security and business resilience to our clients. For I(TS)2, our message is simple: it’s all about trust!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hadu Projects invites you to rediscover the delicate art of gifting, as corporate gifts say a lot about you and your company. Whether you are looking for the perfect piece of heritage artistry for a special client, a unique modern souvenir for your business contacts, or high-quality promotional give-aways, Hadu has the perfect corporate gift for you. With a track record of innovation and excellence in the gifting industry, Hadu brings exclusive collections and top designs for high-end corporate gifts to the Qatari market.   Since it was established in 2010 as part of the Dallah Group, Hadu Projects has built up an impressive product line of gifts and souvenirs. From inaugurations and corporate gatherings to international cultural events, private parties and local exhibitions, Hadu has arranged for unique gift items and customised solutions for many high-profile clients. Hadu Projects holds the Quality Management System certification ISO 9001:2008, as well as memberships in the international trade associations PPAI and PSI. We are actively pursuing further certifications, reflecting our ongoing ambition to provide the best service possible while maintaining our commitment to health, safety, and the environment.

“The best organised show for cyber security in the Middle East.” 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.” Senior Vice President – Cyber Security, ManTech International Corporation


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


The way one-to-one meetings were formally organized is something I’ll definitely look at when judging future conferences. Director of Managed Security Services, BAE systems Applied Intelligence

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