As the largest information and communication technology (ICT) market in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is a prime target for cyber attacks. In 2020 alone, the Kingdom recorded over 22.5 million of them, and the figure is expected to keep increasing. To help keep the cyber threats of both today and tomorrow at bay, Agora Group will host over 200 international cyberwarfare experts at the 5th edition of the Gulf Congress on Cybersecurity in Riyadh.
The one-day event will take place on September 20th, and its goal is to highlight the challenges facing governments, businesses, and individuals in securing the acquisition, protection, and dissemination of data and information in an era of connectivity and mobility.
Here’s a list of the topics that will be the focus of the 5th edition of the Gulf Congress on Cybersecurity in Riyadh:
- Smart Kingdom.
- Integrating cybersecurity policies into the strategic mission of public and private institutions.
- The new normal of work – post pandemic and future trends in remote working. How can cybersecurity cope?
- Cybersecurity and AI an unbreakable bond in a future of automation and orchestration.
- OT cybersecurity – half of all cyber attacks in the Middle East target the oil & gas industry. Previously, these attacks were focused on the IT environment, however, we’ve been seeing an increase in attacks on operational technology.
- Data management, governance and protection.
“Our aim is to create a stimulating and invigorating convocation that links some of the foremost thinkers in the cybersecurity world today to share ideas, raise challenging questions, and inspire thought to action,” state the organizers of the event in the official press release.
Agora Group is expecting more than 150 senior-level attendees at the event. Those who would like to attend and take part in the event should hurry up and register today because seats are limited.
LEAP 2024 Will Shine A Light On Female Innovators In Technology
Women comprise nearly a third of the event’s speaker lineup alongside a dedicated program of high-level content, investment, and mentorship.
LEAP 2024, a premier global technology event, will highlight the achievements of women in the technology sector as it returns for its third edition at the Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Centre in Malham district from March 4 to 7.
Hosted by Tahaluf, a strategic collaboration between Informa PLC, the Events Investment Fund (EIF), and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP), LEAP 2024 will feature a dedicated program titled “Women in Tech”. The program will offer enriching content, investment opportunities, networking sessions, mentorship programs, and a special startup award.
The initiative aims to inspire women to actively participate in the technology industry, aligning with broader diversity efforts. Reflecting the Kingdom’s commitment to equality, the focus on “Women in Tech” coincides with the increasing female participation at LEAP events.
Annabelle Mander, Senior Vice President of Tahaluf, emphasized the event’s commitment to gender inclusivity, stating, “Female representation is across all of LEAP’s features and reflects the event’s mission of driving economic diversification and providing market access to international business. Within Tahaluf itself, half of our team members are women, and women make up half of our SMT, too”.
The “Women in Tech” program will feature distinguished speakers including Nadine Hachach Haram, CEO and Founder of Proximie, and Sahar Albanarna from IMPACTIQUE Bahrain, who explained: “Over 26 million women worldwide with professional experience and degrees are not in the global workplace. This demographic includes a huge pool of untapped talent which technology can help unleash to fuel the co-creation of exponential solutions across multiple sectors. To help women access productive employment, we urge industry leaders to support high-impact female entrepreneurs as a means to boost their economies and accelerate the UN’s sustainable development goals by promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth”.
The event will also provide a platform for female-led startups and entrepreneurs to pitch for funding and support through various initiatives such as the Women’s Investor Forum, Entrepreneur Mentorship Scheme, and the Aviatrix Award at the Rocket Fuel pitch competition, offering a prize fund of US$150,000.