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Threats to sporting events getting global attention

Qatar weighs in over upcoming soccer World Cup


Nightclubs, political events and holiday festivities have been in the bull’s-eye of Islamic terrorists, and now a bigger target is getting attention, according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Jam-packed sports stadiums with tens of thousands of fans are a concern because of the 2022 FIFA World Cup championships scheduled in Qatar, in the heart of the Middle East.

The Gulf nation is hosting a meeting to “discuss and share best practices to mitigate potential threats facing major sporting events.”

The meeting is to look at concrete recommendations for improving physical features that can enhance security, as well as the security “architectures” for major events.

“The great opportunities presented by the World Cup to host nations inevitably come with challenges. The security risk which accompanies such a great event is one of the most prominent challenges which host nations must work to overcome,” said Ali Mohammed Al-Ali, a Qatari official who is with the nation’s committee for “Delivery & Legacy.”

“In a rapidly and constantly changing international context marked by evolving security concerns, international policing must pull together a diversified range of expertise to ensure major events remain safe and secure to protect the public, and ensure competitors can concentrate on their performance without distractions about their safety,” added Falah Abdulla Al-Dosari of Project Stadia.

Project Stadia was established by INTERPOL, the international police agency, to coordinate crime-fighting around the world.

“This is a role INTERPOL’s Project Stadia undertakes to help guide law enforcement worldwide to deliver excellence in major event security,” al-Dosari said.

For the rest of this report, and more, please go to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Access the Region's Most Exclusive Business Exhibition Platform

With the exclusivity of the CYMASS 2017 Security Conference peaking curiosity, and the programme of international experts growing, the number of available exhibition spaces are being snapped up fast!

CYMASS 2017 takes place on 21 & 22 February 2017 in Dubai (UAE) and offers the highest level of one-on-one networking and business opportunities to industry professionals and decision-makers.

Never Get Lost in the Crowd!
CYMASS has a limited number of exhibition packages available - in this way, conference organisers ensure that each and every brand presented on the CYMASS platform receives maximum exposure.
"We didn't want to overload CYMASS with hundreds of exhibitors, each fighting for their 60 seconds of face-time," said David Khandan, Executive Director of Austability.

"There are a limited number of spaces. This ensures CYMASS exhibitors that they don't get lost in the crowd and their brands are noticed!"

Industry Briefing
Billed as a professional, security-level industry briefing to the region's top decision makers, the event is one of the most exclusive opportunities on the 2017 calendar.

The Best of Benefits
To connect with the best in the business and present your brand to an elite audience of decision-makers, CYMASS 2017 offers:

  • Excellent exposure within a high-calibre event: the 1st of its kind in the world!
  • Exclusive access to, and proactive placement at the forefront of, key decision-makers involved in the dynamic development within the region and internationally.
  • Access to the world’s leading experts offering information otherwise inaccessible to the public.

More Doors Open for Danger Despite Efforts

Despite security efforts, the increasing penetration of technology is opening more and more doors for danger!  This is according to Craig Sheridan, international expert on securing places of mass gathering and confirmed speaker at the CYMASS 2017 Security Conference, taking place in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) in February next year. 

“Although our security procedures are effective thus far,” said Sheridan, using the airline industry as an example, “Changes in industry such as the modernisation of air-traffic control and the widespread use of tablet-based electronic flight bags (EFBs) are creating more access points for hackers!”

International Experts

Sheridan, who is the appointed Head of Security for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, offers a wealth of expertise in his field.  

He is just one of a handful of international experts at the CYMASS 2017 Security Conference.  These speakers will guide industry leaders in the latest developments and trends concerning places of mass gathering with specific reference to the benefits and disadvantages offered by the cyber sphere.

Present and Future Threats

“We have, to date, confirmed a number of top-line speakers who are experts in their fields for the conference. They will present a veritable smorgasbord of information to conference delegates," said Dr. Abdullah Al Hashimi, Divisional Senior Vice President of Emirates Group Security.  "The attending industry stakeholders will take away the latest information and market trends regarding leading industry-practices, in both securing their organisations from present threats as well as future dangers, from the event.”

CYMASS 2017 Speakers

Over the two day event, which is presented by Austability and Emirates Security Group, the UAE will see the following speakers present a dynamic line-up of case studies and presentations:

IBM Oz’ Top Cybernaut

Making widespread headlines recently after taking up the position of National Cyber Security Executive for IBM’s Cyber Security Centre in Australia, Kevin Zuccato will address the changing nature of crime and security based on globalisation and the pervasiveness of technology, as well as threats that disruptive technologies, such as the ‘Internet of Things’.

The Mass-Gathering Expert

Craig Sheridan, a former commander of the New South Wales Police Force and the security risk consultant, presents lessons learnt in managing mass-gathering events such as New Year’s celebrations and Australia Day.  Sheridan will discuss ‘The Electronic Achilles Heel’, discussing cyber attacks on mass gathering events, critical infrastructure and mass transport interchanges, as well as the airline industry and stadia.

The Cryptographer to Decode our Future

Hassan Alnoon will present ‘Beyond 2020: The Cryptographer's guide to decoding the Future’, following the historic journey of cryptographic implementation, from Enigma (the WWII invention that decoded war correspondence) to cryptography today and its rapid advances. He will look at how a future not resistant to cyber-attack, coupled with field professionals lacking the understanding of using information security solutions supported by weak cryptography, could result in disaster!

The Architect of ICT

Jorge Sebastião is a seasoned professional who focuses on business value. With more than 29 years of ICT experience, he is the creator of the A6 process of security: Assess, Architect, Apply, Administer, Awareness & Agility.  Jorge, who will speak on behalf of Huawei at CYMASS 2017, architects practical and business-focused solutions using best practices for C Level on Cloud Computing, Managed Security Services, Governance and Disaster Recovery to name but a few!

The Man Who Secured the G20

Presenting a case study on ‘Securing of the G20 Leaders’ Summit’, counter-terrorism and disaster management expert, Bob Waugh will review the operational planning for the largest security operation in Australian history, focussing on the issues confronted by a modern police force when dealing with expected threats from protests, terrorism & cyber-attack during high profile events.

Drones & CEO’s … All in a Day’s Work!

CYMASS supporting partner, ENIGMASEC will review social media-related opportunities (companies/CEOs increasingly advertise their whereabouts on social media for charity or speaker events to increase engagement and enhance branding), and how these open opportunities for cyber-criminal attacks. ENIGMASEC will also speak on drone privacy and how Wi-Fi-operated drones offer cyber-security opportunities, and also drone-threats via hijacking or attack platforms on critical infrastructures or areas of mass gathering.

More Speakers to be Announced

“Over the next month or so, we will reveal more information regarding the incredible speaker line-up for the conference programme, but for now, this should provide some insight into the incredible wealth of content provided by subject matter experts available to delegates at CYMASS 2017,” said David Khandan, Executive Director: Strategy and Relationships of Austability. 

“We look forward to providing a platform that not only offers excellent opportunity for meaningful one-on-one business networking, but expert information dissemination from some of the world’s best!”

Early-Bird Rate Closes Soon!

Confirmed bookings on or before 10 December 2016 qualify for the CYMASS 2017 Security Conference Early-Bird Rate of USD $1,100 per person.  

From 11 December 2016, Standard Conference Rates apply (USD $1,800 per person). 

For details on preferred group-booking rates, email Eleanor Collins via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 00971 4 4347638.

UAE to Host First Ever Conference on Protecting Places of Mass Gathering in the Cyber Age

Protecting places of mass gathering with specific reference to cyber security will be the focus of the inaugural CYMASS Security Conference, to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, early in 2017.

Presented by Austability and Emirates Group Security, the event will gather senior industry representatives and subject matter experts from around the world to discuss strategies to secure and protect places of mass gatherings with the assistance of cyber security and to also protect such locations from the threat of malicious cyber-attacks.

“While we think of mass gathering, and the joy or excitement associated with attendance of games, concerts, conferences or social gatherings, those in the criminal justice field clearly recognize the potential of these events to have an opposite effect by attracting criminals," said Dr. Abdullah Al Hashimi, Divisional Senior Vice President of Emirates Group Security. 

"Places of mass gathering are potential targets for cyber-attack that can lead to major disruption, would it be at the airport, concerts or exhibitions".

"The opportunities for cyber-crime are endless, the targets are often unaware of the risk, and in most of the cases have little or no effective defence. It is time to be proactive before becoming reactive in a world where technology and internet communication are changing dramatically and our dependency is at the utmost.” he said.

The CYMASS 2017 Security Conference will take place on 21 and 22 February 2017. The event will present an exciting line-up of international subject matter experts addressing topics such as:

  • The grave cost of disruptions caused at mass gatherings through cyber-attack.
  • The latest developments in perimeter surveillance through detection software & hardware.
  • Securing mass transportation venues.
  • Disaster prevention, emergency readiness, response and recovery in our most popular tourist hotspots.


“In recent years, places of mass gathering have come under increased scrutiny regarding the ability to protect and secure visitors or daily traffic, whether from malicious threats or natural disaster,” said David Khandan, Austability's Executive Director: Strategy & Relationships.

“A surge in the worldwide reliance on technology has often endeavoured to support ease of flow and safety in these places, but manipulation of the cyber sphere can lead to disaster when left unchecked.

"CYMASS is the first platform of its kind to address the relationship between these two topics - cyber security and securing places of mass gathering - and will present an impressive level of expertise on the subject to industry representatives committed to developing their operational effectiveness within this scope,” said Khandan.

Who will be there?
The conference is aimed at a number of industries including those related to safety, security, crisis management and operational risk, but also sectors catering to places of mass gatherings – an element that CYMASS organisers feel with bring a unique, interesting and invaluable perspective to the industry at large.

“CYMASS 2017 will also offer powerful appeal to representatives of leisure or tourism-related organisations, such as tourism hotspots, sporting venues and religious sites for mass gatherings, and of course, travel-related organisations such as airports or mass transport systems. These areas are often overlooked in terms of the influence that cyber threats, trends and developments can have on them, thus offering much content for conversation and debate,” added Khandan.

Invitation Only
While CYMASS access will be limited to a select number senior industry representatives, organisations seeking expert guidance on securing places of mass gathering via integrating effective cyber security frameworks, are urged to apply for conference access early on.

“Attendance will be on an invitation-only basis, but we will open the conference to public ticket-applications for a limited period of time,” said Khandan.  “Due to the nature of the information that will be discussed at the conference, which can be sensitive in nature from a security point of view, it is important we ensure all attendees are pre-approved.”

Drone intrusion shuts down Dubai, Sharjah airports

Unauthorised drone activity shuts down both the Dubai and Sharjah airports
For the third time this year, a drone intrusion into high-security airspace has briefly suspended operations at Dubai International Airport suspended operations while nearby Sharjah International Airport also shuttered its airspace.
Federal aviation officials said both airports closed air operations for nearly 90 minutes on Saturday evening to ensure the airspace was clear of drone interference.

Saif Al Suwaidi , Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), confirmed the temporary closures of the airports in a statement after normal flight operations resumed.
“Airspace around Sharjah and Dubai International was closed from 7:25pm to 9:10pm this evening due to unauthorised drone activity resulting in a number of delays at the airport," Al Suwaidi said.
An unauthorised drone was said to have been spotted in Al Warqa area of Dubai as investigators carried out a sweeping search for the unidentified flying machine.

The delay caused flight delays confirmed a Dubai Airport spokesperson in a statement sent to Gulf News.
“Airspace around Dubai International was closed from 1925 hrs to 2045 hrs on Saturday due to unauthorised drone activity resulting in the diversion of 22 inbound flights. Dubai Airports is working closely with its stakeholders to return operations to normal to minimise customer inconvenience,” the spokesperson said.
“Safety is our top priority and Dubai Airports reminds all UAV operators that any and all activities are not permitted unless authorised by regulatory authorities and are strictly prohibited in restricted areas including within 5 kilometres of any airport or landing area."

The drone intrusion comes not long after a similar interruption closed Dubai International Airport on September 28 when another drone wandered into the secure area over the facility.
That intrusion prompted airport managers to shutter the facility for 30 minutes before air services were fully restored roughly two hours later.
The lockdown of air services at the time was critical to ensure passenger safety and caused minor delays for a total of 90 flights across Dubai.
Last month's brief closure followed a disruption on June 11 leading to the closure of Dubai airport for 69 minutes and the diversion of 22 flights to neighbouring airports like Al Maktoum International, Sharjah airport and Fujairah airport.
In late September, a senior staff member of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said that a new UAE law to restrict import and sale of drones will soon be implemented in the UAE due to the growing use of drones in the country.
Mohammad Al Dossary, director of air navigation and aerodromes department, said the authority is working with the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology on the new law.

“We are working with the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology on a law that will have a framework for the UAE on the sale and import of drones. Once the law is implemented, you will have restrictions on the sale and import of drones and only certain sizes of drones will be there in the market,” Al Dossary told reporters at the Drones Middle East conference in Abu Dhabi.
Currently drones can be purchased from retailers in Dubai and some other parts of the UAE. However, Abu Dhabi banned the sale of drones last year due to risks posed to the aviation sector.
“The challenge that we are facing is people are not aware of the requirements. Several incidents have happened in the UAE caused by individuals who are not familiar with our requirements and they fly the drones,” Al Dossary said.
More than 400 drones have been registered with the GCAA, mostly for commercial purposes for use in real estate, agriculture and the oil and gas industry.

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