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.