Cyber Security: Status Quo, Challenges and Opportunities

  • 25 February 2019
  • 17:00 - 19:30
  • Arab Youth Center, IPIC – Abu Dhabi, 8th floor


  • Price is inclusive of 5% VAT.

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Join the Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi and the BENELUX Business Council for an informative session on the state of Cyber Security in 2019.

The realm of cyber security has become more complex in the last few years. Concerns and breaches have been on the rise and this will likely continue as we move into 2019. Cyber security is no longer only a concern of large organizations. An increasing number of smaller organizations have been hit, as their defenses are less advanced compared to larger organizations.


  • 5:00-5:30: Networking and Introductions
  • 5:30-6:00: Cyber Security Status and Statistics
  • 6:00-6:30: The Future of Cyber Security and Challenges
  • 6:30-7:00: Building Better Practices for Cyber Security: Recent Trends in Digital Forensics and Incident Response
  • 7:00-7:30: Panel Discussion: Reshaping The next Innovation Cycle of Cyber Security


Jennifer Lynn (Christianson)
Director, Digital Forensics and Incident Response, KROLL;
Jennifer Lynn is a Director in Kroll’s Cyber Security and Investigations practice, based in the Dubai office. She has nearly 20 years of experience leading technical investigations within law enforcement, military, banking, intelligence, and BIG4 organizations. Jennifer has deep technical knowledge and extensive experience in digital forensics collection and analysis as well as being a skilled instructor. She has served in multiple leadership roles in professional organizations and gives back to the community as a mentor to rising cybersecurity professionals.

Hoda A.Alkhzaimi
Director for center for cyber security and research assistant professor in department of engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi

Hoda A.Alkhzaimi is currently a research assistant professor in New York University and the Director of Center of Cyber Security in New York University AD. She served in different posts for research and development in Cyber Security and Cryptology for the past years. She headed the Department of Research and Development for Cyber Security and Cryptology in different national initiatives in the United Arab Emirates along with her associations to different security initiatives nationally and internationally. Alkhzaimi has a specific expertise in cryptology; cryptanalysis, constructing and validating security hardware and software components, constructing trusted security architectures for different environments in different products for the respective industries. Hoda Alkhzaimi obtained her PhD in Cryptanalysis from Denmark Technical University. Her current research interests include Space, Aerospace, and UAV security, constructing and analyzing cryptographic primitives, validating and investigating links between different cryptanalytic approaches and utilizing cryptographic primitives in different cyber security architectures as in Internet of Things and big data analysis among others.

Mohammed Bin Bouta Al Harsousi
Founder and MD at CyberGate Defense.

Proud Founder of CyberGate, a specialized Cyber Security partner that offers world cutting edge defensive technologies.Born from East Gate, a leading military supply company for the UAE Armed Forces & National Security. East Gate is an Emirati establishment found in the 80’s that provides world most advanced military defense solutions.CyberGate recognizes the forecasted digital shifts across all sectors and works very closely with both the defense and financial sectors, providing them advanced cyber solutions enhancing their cyber resilience.


Sana Bagersh
Innovation Advisor | CEO BrandMoxie | Founder Tamakkan

Sana Bagersh is Innovation Advisor at the Abu Dhabi Municipality. She also oversees BrandMoxie, a leading marketing agency in the UAE that focuses on comms strategy, digital marketing and events.  Bagersh is also founder of Tamakkan , an entrepreneurship and innovation platform that she established in 2009. In addition she is editor of Tempo's online magazine which focuses on youth empowerment, social entrepreneurship and on promoting diversity and sustainability. Bagersh is also founder of The Smovies, a film competition platform that empowers filmmakers to create stories that promote peace, diversity and sustainability.