Driving OT, IT and IIoT cyber resilience in the IR 4.0 era

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22 - 23 May 2023


Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl
Abu Dhabi

GCC Cyber Security Market Overview


This exclusive white paper provides an extensive analysis with valuable insights into the status of the energy and utilities cyber security market in the GCC region, including growth overview, key, and challenges and trends. It will provide you insights into:
  • Driving OT, IT, and IIOT Cyber Resilience in the IR 4.0 Era Industrial Projects
  • Securing Industrial Control Systems (ICS) From Malicious Attacks
  • Clear Communication Channels and Protocols Between SOC, IT, And OT Teams

2023 Supporting Partners

Event overview

With the increased need to optimize digitalization strategies and technologies within the energy and utilities sector, cyber security remains key to securing and protecting business continuity from critical threats. In fact, in the GCC region, 50% of cyber security attacks target the energy and utility sectors.

These threats are magnified by the drive towards IR 4.0 and the speed at which technologies continue to evolve. Cyber attackers are also continuously adapting their tactics, techniques, and procedures to evade and defeat the latest prevention and response methods causing a national security alert and requiring decision makers to take crucial measures and protect their critical assets

In line with these developments, the 3rd Cyber Security for Energy & Utilities Conference is hosted on the 22-23 May 2023, in Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl, Abu Dhabi, UAE, to provide an annual platform for industry experts from the region’s national oil and gas companies, power generation, and utilities, to meet and share knowledge and contribute to the development of cyber resilience of the industry. The conference will address the emerging cyber threats, explore the best practices and solutions to identify and prevent vulnerabilities and effectively safeguard IT and OT systems, and key strategies to ensure a successful digitalization and business continuity with minimal risks.

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  • Cyber Security
  • Digitalization
  • Automation
  • IT security network
  • IPP & IWPP
  • OT security
  • Digital Security and Risk Management
  • Information Protection
  • Systems security
  • Data Protection
  • Industrial Control
  • Cyber Auditing
  • Security Operation Centers
  • Business Continuity
  • Energy and Power
  • Oil and Gas
  • Utilities
  • Petrochemicals

2023 Advisory Board

H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti
Head of Cyber Security,
United Arab Emirates Government
United Arab Emirates
Ali Abdulla Hassan
Chief of Information Technology
Ministry of Oil Bahrain
Kingdom of Bahrain
Ayman Al Issa
Industrial Cybersecurity Lead
and Senior Expert
McKinsey & Company
United Arab Emirates

2023 Speakers

H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti
Head of Cyber Security,
United Arab Emirates Government
United Arab Emirates
Dr Abdullah Alnajem
Cybersecurity Consultant
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Dr. Abdulwahid Abdullah Al Abdulwahid
Program Director & Assistant Professor of Cyber Security, Jubail Industrial College Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Dr. Ahmed Alketbi

Chief Information Security Officer, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)
United Arab Emirates

Ali Abdulla Hassan
Chief of Information Technology
Ministry of Oil Bahrain
Kingdom of Bahrain
Ayman Al Issa
Industrial Cybersecurity Lead and Senior Expert
McKinsey & Company
United Arab Emirates
Clinton Firth
Global Cybersecurity Energy Industry leader, Ernst & Young Global Limited (EY)
United Arab Emirates
Darron Makrokanis
Chief Revenue Officer,
Xage Security Inc
United Arab Emirates
Eng. Doreb Ebrahim
Technical Advisor, Head of Section of Electrical Strategy Monitoring and Control Department,
Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA)
United Arab Emirates
Dr. Ebrahim Al Zaabi
Artificial Intelligence & Cybersecurity Expert
United Arab Emirates
Evgeny Goncharov
Head of Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, Kaspersky
Ezzeddine Jradi
Chief Transformation & Business Excellence Officer,
Emirates District Cooling (EMICOOL)
United Arab Emirates
Hadi Anwar
Chief Cyber Defense Officer
CPX Holding L.L.C
United Arab Emirates
Hala Alhashmi
IT Chief Officer,
Sharjah National Oil Corporation (SNOC)
United Arab Emirates
Husain Mahmoud Al-Bustan
Chief Information Security Officer,
Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)
Imran Yousuf
Cyber Security Head,
Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC)
United Arab Emirates
Khaled Altenaiji
Cyber Security Head,
Emirates National Oil Company Group (ENOC)
United Arab Emirates
Michael Byrnes Director
Solutions Engineering iMEA,
United Arab Emirates
Mohamad Yakzan
Regional Director Empowering Digital Resilience,
United Arab Emirates
Dr. Mohamed Amine Ferrag
Lead Researcher, Technology Innovation Institute,
Abu Dhabi (TII)
United Arab Emirates
Mohamed Salih
IT Infrastructure Architect, Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC) Kuwait
Mohamed Youssef
Chapter President,
Control System Cyber Security Association International (CS2AI.org)
United Arab Emirates
Professor Mohammad Hammoudeh
SMIEEE, MCIIS, Saudi Aramco Cybersecurity Chair Professor,
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Eng. Olaya Ghenia
Principal Director of Information System Security (CISO),
Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG)
Piyush Thukral
Regional Sales Manager
Cybersecurity, Honeywell
Pranav Bhopatkar
Director Cybersecurity | EEMEA,
IPAC Honeywell
United Arab Emirates
Raddad Ayoub
Partner, Energy Sector Risk & Cyber Leader, Consulting,
Ernst & Young Global Limited (EY)
Africa, India and Middle East (AIM)
Ray Kafity
Vice President,
Xage Security Middle East,
Africa & India (METAI)
Dr Saad Said Alqahtany
Dean, College of Computer Science
& Information Systems (Cyber Security & Digital Forensics Consultant) Islamic University (IU)
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Sam Emmanuel
System Engineer
Forescout Technologies
United Arab Emirates
Shaker Hashlan
ICS Cyber Security Analyst,
Saudi Electricity Company (SEC)
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Shoeb Pawaskar
Head of Cyber Security,
Dubai Cable Manufacturers and Suppliers (DUCAB)
United Arab Emirates
Sithembile Songo
Chief Information Security Officer
South Africa


  • Day One – 22 May 2023
  • Day Two - 23 May 2023  


Registration, refreshments, and networking    


Opening remarks by Great Minds Group   

09:05 – 09-10

Conference Chairman welcome address

09:10 – 09:15

Conference honorable guest welcome address

09:15 –10:00

Opening panel discussion - Driving business continuity and cyber resilience in the IR 4.0 era

10:00 – 10:15

Keynote presentation - Biggest challenges in ICS, OT and IoT security and top market trends and dynamics

10:15 – 11:00

Panel discussion: Securing the Industrial Control Systems (ICS) from malicious attacks beyond the network entry points

11:00 – 11:15

Presentation: OT threats and challenges of 2023

11:15 – 11:30

Presentation: Generative AI for cyber security

11:30 - 12:00 

Networking break and exhibition tour 

12:00 - 12:45

Panel discussion: IT & OT convergence - Accelerating the integration rate through creative cyber security solution innovation and development

12:45 – 13:05

Fireside chat: Adopting best practices to secure smart grids within the plant without compromising operational performance

13:05 – 13:45

Panel discussion: Aligning and integrating operations and communication between SOC, IT and OT teams and optimizing capabilities for a holistic infrastructure security 

13:45 – 14:05

Presentation: The Future of Energy and Utilities Cybersecurity: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities

14:05 – 14:20

Presentation: Post-mortem intervention - Forensics solutions and methods to analyze security breaches and implement the best pre, mid, and post-attack tactics

14:20 – 14:25

4th Cybersecurity for Energy and Utilities Conference KSA Edition Announcement

14:25 – 14:30

Closing remarks by the Conference Chairman

14:30 – 15:30

Networking lunch, and end of day one


Registration, refreshments, and networking    

09:30 – 09:50 

Welcome address and opening remarks by the Conference Chairman  

09:50 – 10:35

Opening panel discussion: The inevitable topic - Overcoming legacy system integration and security challenges

10:35 – 10:50

Keynote presentation – Reducing OT cybersecurity risk with early threat detection & incident response

10:50 – 11:35

Panel discussion: Network security – identifying and preventing potential threats for secure plant connectivity

11:35 – 11:50

Presentation: Rethinking resilience vs. emerging threats

11:50 – 12:05

Presentation: The OT cyberthreat is real: secure your network, internally & externally

12:05 – 12:30

Networking and coffee break

12:30 – 12:45

Fireside Chat: Safeguarding OT and IT environments using AI, ML, and advanced analytics solutions

12:45 – 13:00

Case Study: Utilizing Demilitarized Zones (DMZ) and honeypots to protect energy and utilities cyber assets against advanced persistent threats
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13:00 – 13:45

Panel discussion: Integrating cyber and physical security to maximize energy and utilities assets protection

13:45 – 14:00

Presentation: Minimizing third-party risk and securing supply chains mobility

14:00 – 14:05

4th Cybersecurity for Energy and Utilities Conference KSA Edition Announcement

14:05 – 14:10

Closing remarks by Conference Chairman

14:10 – 15:10

Networking lunch, and end of day one


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  • Cyber Monitoring and Protection Systems
  • Identification & Access Management
  • DMZ – Demilitarized Zone/Network
  • Firewalls – Unidirectional Firewalls
  • Specialized Cyber Security
  • ICS Security
  • Asset Discovery Systems
  • Threat Intelligence
  • Cyber Forensics
  • Artificial Intelligence

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Get in front of your target market

Get access to key stakeholders involved with cyber security in the energy and utilities sector in the region and get insight into their plans to invest in new technologies and spot opportunities.  

Increase your competitiveness

Learn about the challenges faced by the region’s key entities and identify how you can provide them with customised solutions to help them overcome them.   

Generate strong leads

Learn about future cyber security requirements for key energy and utilities companies and influence decision makers and stand a chance of being shortlisted for upcoming projects.  



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