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Najwa Aaraj

Najwa Aaraj

Vice President of Special Projects

DarkMatter

Najwa Aaraj is Vice President of Special Projects at DarkMatter, where she is responsible for evaluating and customizing secure product architecture; for evaluating, designing and setting up special projects related to authentication and cryptology systems; and for overseeing the development and operation of DarkMatter’s test and validation labs. She earned a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Princeton University and has more than 10 years of experience working in the United States, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and Asia with global firms such as Booz & Co, NEC Labs, IBM Security Research Labs and Intel. Aaraj has particular expertise in cryptography, trusted platforms, security architecture for embedded systems, software exploit detection and prevention systems, and biometrics.

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Matt Alderman

Matt Alderman

Vice President, Global Strategy

Tenable Network Security

As Tenable's Vice President of Global Strategy, Matt Alderman is responsible for monitoring security trends and developing long-term strategies for new solutions and product development to meet the emerging needs of customers across the globe. An information security and compliance veteran with 20+ years of experience designing and implementing solutions, Alderman came to Tenable from RSA, where he led product strategy and messaging for Archer. Before RSA, he was responsible for enhancements to the SaaS platform and Policy Compliance solution at Qualys, where he also co-authored and published Policy Compliance for Dummies. Alderman was the Founder and Chief Technical Officer at ControlPath, where he and co-inventor Sean Molloy were issued US Patent 7,788,150: Method for assessing risk in a business.

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Saif Al Nuaimi

Saif Al Nuaimi

Chief of Regulatory and Strategic Affairs

NESA

Saif Al Nuaimi is currently the Chief of Regulatory and Strategic Affairs at the National Electronic Security Authority of the United Arab Emirates, with a mandate to issue and enforce Information Security Policies and Standards to government and critical entities within the nation.

Saif’s sessions at Abu Dhabi 2015

  • Strength in Unity
    4 November, 2015 | 09.00 hrs | Level 1 | Room: Auditorium
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Richard Clarke

Richard Clarke

Chief Executive Officer

Good Harbor Security Risk Management

Richard Clarke is CEO of Good Harbor Security Risk Management, which advises companies and governments on cybersecurity. Clarke served for thirty years in the U.S. Government and advised three consecutive presidents as Special Advisor to the President for Cyberspace and National Coordinator for Security and Counter-terrorism. Since leaving government, he has served as an on-air consultant for ABC News, taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and written seven books, including the national best seller Cyber War. He served on President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology and serves on Governor Cuomo’s Cyber Security Advisory Board. He is a senior advisor to SRA International and a board member at Bit9, Veracode and Nok Nok Labs.

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Karl Gumtow

Karl Gumtow

CEO and Co-Founder

CyberPoint International

Karl Gumtow is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of CyberPoint International, a rapidly growing cyber security company delivering and integrating innovative, leading-edge products, solutions and services to customers worldwide. Having worked for more than two decades at all levels of the commercial and U.S. Government security communities, he is known for his deep technical expertise and record of leading organizations though complex, challenging and mission-critical problems in the rapidly evolving cyber field. Strongly committed to corporate social responsibility, he's recently been recognized as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year and one of the Daily Record's Most Admired CEOs. He holds engineering degrees from the Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University.

Karl’s sessions at Abu Dhabi 2015

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Wolfgang Kandek

Wolfgang Kandek

Chief Technical Officer

Qualys

As the Chief Technical Officer for Qualys, Wolfgang Kandek is responsible for the innovation aspects of the Qualys Cloud Security platform. Kandek has over 25 years of experience in developing and managing information systems. His focus has been on Unix-based server architectures and application delivery through the Internet. Prior to joining Qualys, he was Director of Network Operations at the online music streaming company myplay.com and at iSyndicate, an Internet media syndication company. Earlier in his career, he held a variety of technical positions at EDS, MCI and IBM. He earned master's and bachelor's degrees in computer science from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.

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Paul Nicholas

Paul Nicholas

Senior Director, Trustworthy Computing

Microsoft

Paul Nicholas is a Senior Director for Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing. Paul has been leading cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection policy for 18 years. He leads the Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy Team which focuses on advancing cybersecurity, cloud computing and risk management. Paul actively participates in World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Risk and Resilience. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2005, Nicholas spent eight years in the U.S. Government, focusing on emerging threats. During this time, he served as White House Director of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection, a senior policy advisor in the U.S. Senate and a Department of Defense analyst. Paul earned a B.A. from Indiana University and an M.A. from Georgetown University.

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Ashok Sankar

Ashok Sankar

Senior Director Cyber Strategy

Raytheon|Websense

As Senior Director of Cyber Strategy at Raytheon|Websense, Ashok Sankar is responsible for evangelism of the company’s vision and security solutions portfolio, leading thought leadership and strategic initiatives, customer engagements and content marketing for the company’s portfolio of information assurance and cyber security technologies. He brings expertise across security, mobile, cloud, virtualization and analytics technologies and their applications in public sector and commercial industries. Prior to joining Raytheon|Websense, Sankar held product and market leadership roles at RightNow Technologies, SpringCM, NetSec and IBM. He has presented at seminars and conferences on topics that include security, mobile technologies, cloud computing, content management and industry applications.

Ashok’s sessions at Abu Dhabi 2015

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Amit Yoran

Amit Yoran

President

RSA

As President, Amit Yoran is responsible for developing RSA’s strategic vision and operational execution. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Products, where he provided leadership for RSA’s product development and product management organizations. Yoran founded and served as the Chief Executive Officer of NetWitness, the market-leading network forensic product provider, which was acquired by RSA in 2011. In 2003 and 2004, he served as Founding Director of the US-CERT program. Prior to that role, Yoran was Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Riptech, which was acquired by Symantec in 2002, and where he subsequently served as Vice President of Worldwide Managed Security Services. Yoran is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and George Washington University. 

Amit’s sessions at Abu Dhabi 2015

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