Cyber Resilience Symposium

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The third edition of the Cyber Strategists Summit and Awards 2024 took place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Dubai on April 23rd. This gathering brought together industry practitioners and cybersecurity experts from the region to delve into innovative approaches to bolster cyber resilience and explore new advancements in the field.

During the event, we had the privilege of honouring security professionals who have showcased exceptional leadership and innovation, as well as acknowledging vendors for their significant contributions to the industry.

The summit commenced with insightful keynote address by Rajesh Yadla, CISO of a leading bank in Dubai. He provided a fascinating glimpse into the current challenges faced by CISOs and illuminated how these challenges can be transformed into opportunities. His address, cleverly intertwined with examples from the world of Lightening McQueen, sparked engaging discussions among attendees.

A highlight of the event was a thought-provoking panel discussion on the emerging threats in the cybersecurity space. The esteemed panellists, including Shadi Khuffash, Sr. Sales Director – South Middle East at Fortinet; Keyur Shah, Senior Sales Engineer at Sophos; Tarek Kuzbari, Regional Director MEA of PICUS Security; Sunil Paul, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Finesse; and Murali Konasani, CEO of Teksalah, shared invaluable insights. The overarching takeaway from this enlightening discussion was the paramount importance of collaboration. Emphasizing the significance of building a cohesive community comprising CISOs, partners, customers, and C-suite executives, the panel stressed that leveraging the latest technology in tandem with collaborative efforts is imperative in addressing the evolving cybersecurity landscape.

Overall, the Cyber Strategists Summit and Awards 2024 served as a platform for fostering knowledge exchange, driving innovation, and reinforcing the collective commitment to enhancing cybersecurity practices in the region.


Below is the list of Cyber Strategists Awards winners:

Sabin Subramannian – Park Regis Business Bay (Seibu Prince Hotels Worldwide Inc.)

Vats Varun – Sobha Realty

Ramadam Mohamad Ali – Ajman Transport Authority

Abdulrahman Khaiwi – Emirates National Schools

Raveesh .P – Nesto

Mohamed Arief – Mawarid Holding

Kashif Khan – ADNIC

Mohanad Kattan – ADNIC

Oma Martins-Okonkwo – IHS Towers

Gaurav Manaktala – Arabian Healthcare Group

Rajesh Yadla – Al Hilal Bank

Shahab Uddin – Ittihad International Investment LLC

Kausar Nur Mukeri – Gems Education

Jayesh Nandanan – Mediclinic Middle East

Goutam P. – IFFCO Group

Saquib Farooq Malik – Al Tamimi & Company

Ashok Prasanna – Al Ansari Exchange

Santhosh John Thomas – African+Eastern

Mohan Durairaj – United Arab Bank



Cybersecurity Innovator of the Year – Cyberreason

Excellence in SASE Solutions – Fortinet

Intelligent Cyber Defence Provider of the Year – HelpAG

Managed Detection and Response – Secureworks

Cybersecurity Training Excellence Award – SANS Institute

Leadership in Digital Risk Protection – SearchInform

Emerging Vendor in Antivirus Innovation – Avast Business

Leadership in Security Validation – Picus Security

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