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Keynotes

Below are current confirmed keynote speakers for RSA Conference 2017 Abu Dhabi. Check back periodically to see an updated list as we get further speaker confirmations. Please note: Reserve a Seat does not apply to keynote sessions. All keynotes are first-come, first-served, so be sure to arrive early. 

Keynote Session Times

TUESDAY 7 NOVEMBER
Time Agenda Item
09.45 - 12.00 hrs Keynote Sessions
WEDNESDAY 8 NOVEMBER
Time Agenda Item
09.45 - 10.30 hrs Keynote Sessions
15.30 - 16.15 hrs Closing Keynote
Laith Alkhouri

Laith Alkhouri

Co-Founder, Director of Advanced Solutions

Flashpoint

Laith Alkhouri is Co-Founder and Director of Advanced Solutions at Flashpoint, a Business Risk Intelligence company. Alkhouri is a native Arabic speaker and On-Air Terrorism Analyst for NBC News. He supports law enforcement on national security investigations, bringing expertise on Deep and Dark Web networks used by terrorist groups and their supporters. Over the past decade, Alkhouri has researched thousands of jihadist ops, analyzing terrorist activities with a focus on the use of technology and the Internet. He’s presented to the State Department, Department of Justice, Department of Defense, House of Representatives, Council on Foreign Relations, NYPD and others. Alkhouri is frequently cited in global media and holds an MS in international affairs and a BA in political science.

Laith’s sessions at Abu Dhabi 2017

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Dr. Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti

Dr. Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti

Executive Director

Signals Intelligence Agency (SIA)

Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti is an Executive Director at the Signals Intelligence Agency (SIA) and an Advisor in analysis and cybersecurity domain. He held various positions at the Ministry of Interior and the Counter Terrorism Center. He was stationed as a Diplomatic Attaché at the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC. He has 18 years of experience and is an avid speaker at conferences.Al-Kuwaiti has published numerous studies and organized various events. He is a member of Society of Engineers – UAE, IEEE Society, Golden Key National Honor Society and Computer Society. He is an Adjunct Professor at Khalifa University and the National Defense College in Abu Dhabi. He holds a Ph.D. in computer engineering and network security, an M.Sc. in telecommunications and computer networks as well as an MA in international and civil security.

Dr. Mohamed’s sessions at Abu Dhabi 2017

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Eng. Mohammed Al Zarooni

Eng. Mohammed Al Zarooni

Deputy Director General for Information & e-Government Sector

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority

Mohammed Zarooni has 15 years of experience in the ICT sector. He is the Head of the Policy and Programs Department at the TRA. At the TRA, he handles several key responsibilities, which include developing national-level plans and strategies, ensuring their alignment with the national goals and their compliance with local laws and promoting the ICT sector. His strategic roles involve assisting the development and implementation of the information and e-government strategy in alignment with the TRA and the national objectives under Vision 2021 and contributing to the TRA’s vision, mission and strategy to ensure the delivery of short, medium and long-term objectives, operational plans and KPIs. Handling key operational plans and KPIs involves developing operational plans for the Policies and Programs Department while ensuring that they align with other initiatives of the TRA and contributing to setting and monitoring KPIs pertaining to the initiatives of the information and e-government sector. In the field of regulations, policies and standards, he manages the development of the regulations, policies, processes and standards of the information and e-government sector to ensure fulfillment of the relevant legislative requirements while delivering a quality and cost-effective service. Zarooni’s contribution in the field of ICT improvement and programs is commendable. He encourages and promotes the establishment and development of ICT-based projects in the UAE to enhance the UAE government’s information infrastructure. He also directs information and cybersecurity programs and initiatives (such as Internet domain names, .aeCERT, etc.) to ensure that objectives of the initiative are achieved in line with the TRA’s strategies and plans. He encourages and promotes public and private sector collaboration on projects and initiatives that enhance the UAE’s information sector. He takes effort to remain abreast of the latest global technologies and developments in the ICT sector to make informed recommendations to the TRA on technologies and developments that can be introduced in the UAE. He ensures the continuous development and promotion of critical Internet resources such as domain names, IP addresses, Internet exchange etc. He enhances the UAE government’s readiness for electronic services in a cost effective and consistent manner. In addition, he also ensures the quality of the e-services to ensure that they are in line with the strategy, processes, standards and service-level agreements (SLA). As the Department Head, Zarooni’s daily management involves managing the operations of the Department, providing guidance and expert advice to his team, encouraging teamwork, facilitating work processes and ensuring a motivated work environment to achieve high performance. In the area of human resources, he oversees recruitment, training and development and performance management of his team. He recruits Emirati talent and contributes to the achievement of Emiratization requirements within the information and e-government sector. He also ensures development and retention of Emirati nationals in line with TRA’s targets and operational needs. In the area of internal and external relations, he maintains a network of industry contacts and manages key relations and negotiations to ensure effective management of policy and programs’ matters. He ensures liaising with other departments in the sector and beyond as and when required.

Eng. Mohammed’s sessions at Abu Dhabi 2017

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Mark Butler

Mark Butler

Chief Information Security Officer

Qualys, Inc.

As Chief Information Security Officer for Qualys, Mark Butler focuses on driving with industry luminaries and Qualys customers how to improve the security of the current computing environment and build security into digital transformation initiatives. Previously CISO of Fiserv, and with over 24 years of experience leading enterprise security teams, Butler has built and developed effective information security programs for executive management, IT leadership and legal counsel, plus provided visibility into business threats and how to defend against them. He holds active Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), PCI Internal Security Assessor (PCI-ISA) and Certified Information Privacy Professional/Information Technology (CIPP-IT) certifications.

Mark’s sessions at Abu Dhabi 2017

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Tom Goodman

Tom Goodman

Director, International Cyber Business

Raytheon

Tom Goodman has over 35 years of experience in cybersecurity and information assurance. He has supported numerous large programs around the world and has led large organizations supporting mission delivery in a variety of areas, including national defense, telecommunications and healthcare. He is a US Air Force veteran and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with a concentration as an Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP). Goodman holds a degree in Information Systems Security Management from Capella University. Goodman is responsible for direct engagement with international customers seeking Raytheon’s cyber-protection systems.

Tom’s sessions at Abu Dhabi 2017

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Zulfikar Ramzan

Zulfikar Ramzan

Chief Technology Officer

RSA

As Chief Technology Officer of RSA, a Dell Technologies business, Zulfikar Ramzan leads the development of RSA’s technology strategy and is responsible for bringing to market innovations that protect customers from advanced cyberthreats. He joined RSA in 2015 from Elastica, where he was Chief Technology Officer. Ramzan holds more than 50 patents and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.

Zulfikar’s sessions at Abu Dhabi 2017

  • The Ripple Effect
    7 November, 2017 | 10.40 hrs | Level 1 | Room: Auditorium
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Dame Stella Rimington

Dame Stella Rimington

British Author

Former Director General of MI5

Dame Stella Rimington was formerly Director General of the Security Service (MI5). She worked in all three main fields of the service—countersubversion, counterespionage and counterterrorism—and became successively Director of all three branches. Appointed Director General of MI5 in 1992, she was the first woman to take the post and the first Director General to be publicly named. She retired in April 1996.Made a Dame Commander of the Bath in the 1996 New Year Honours list, she has received honorary degrees from Nottingham and Exeter Universities. Her autobiography, Open Secret, has been followed by a series of acclaimed thriller novels featuring MI5 agent Liz Carlyle.Dame Stella is known worldwide as she was the role model for the character of “M,” played by Dame Judi Dench in the James Bond 007 films.

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Eddie Schwartz

Eddie Schwartz

Executive Vice President of Cyber Services

DarkMatter

Eddie Schwartz is Executive Vice President of Cyber Services for DarkMatter and has worked in the cybersecurity field for almost 30 years. Schwartz has led large enterprise and startup security companies across a broad range of product and service categories. Previously, he helped pioneer advertising fraud detection at security startup White Ops as President and Chief Operating Officer.

Eddie’s sessions at Abu Dhabi 2017

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Amit Yoran

Amit Yoran

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Tenable, Inc.

As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Amit Yoran oversees the company’s strategic vision as Tenable works to empower organizations to understand and reduce their cybersecurity risk. Yoran brings to Tenable a unique blend of leadership in the private and public sectors. Previously, he served as president of RSA, leading its transformation into one of the most successful global security companies. Yoran joined RSA through the acquisition of NetWitness, the network forensics company he founded and led as CEO. He currently serves as a Board Member and Adviser to several security startups. In addition, he is recognized as a thought leader and influencer in the security industry, and is often sought out to provide expert commentary on his vision for the future of cybersecurity at industry events and in the media.

Amit’s sessions at Abu Dhabi 2017

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