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CISO 50 & FSA 2023 Celebrates Excellence in Cybersecurity; Winners Announced

The cybersecurity world came alive last night at the stunning Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, The Palm, as industry leaders and decision makers gathered for the highly anticipated CISO 50 & FSA Awards Gala. Sponsored by Cloud Partner – SolarWinds, Gold Sponsors – Barracuda Networks, LinkShadow, MMA Infosec, Resecurity, StarLink and Silver Sponsor – CyberHub 24/7 CSOC Powered by Finesse, this prestigious event celebrated excellence and innovation in the field of cybersecurity and provided a unique platform for networking, knowledge sharing and recognising outstanding contributions to the industry.

The highlight of the evening was an insightful panel discussion titled “The Shifting Security Horizon: Challenges and Opportunities.” Experts from various sectors of the cybersecurity industry engaged in a dynamic conversation, sharing their experiences and insights on the evolving landscape of cybersecurity, particularly in the area of security investments. The panel delved into the latest threats and trends, the role of artificial intelligence and machine learning in cybersecurity, and strategies for staying ahead of cyber adversaries.

The panellists included:

  1. Amit Mehta, Cybersecurity Consulting Practice Lead – EEMEA, Mastercard
  2. Anoop Kumar Paudval, Information Security Manager, Al Nisr Publishing
  3. Ashish Khanna, Global Head of Information Security, Sharaf Group
  4. Mhd Wail Khachfa, Chief Information Security Officer and Business Continuity Manager, Digital Ajman
  5. Rajesh Yadla, Director Head of Information Security, Al Hilal Bank
  6. Waqas Haider, Chief Information Security Officer, HBL Microfinance Bank

Moderated by Anita Joseph, Editor Tahawultech.com and Security Advisor, the engaging discussion shed light on the challenges and opportunities faced by organizations today in the realm of cybersecurity. Attendees left the session with a deeper understanding of the ever-evolving threat landscape and actionable insights to bolster their security strategies.

Another highlight was the announcement of the winners of the CISO 50 & FSA Awards. These awards celebrated individuals and organisations that demonstrated exceptional innovation, leadership, and dedication towards strengthening the cybersecurity ecosystem.

The winners of the CISO 50 & FSA Awards for 2023 are:

CISO 50:

  • Hamda AlMaazmi-Ministry of Health and Prevention
  • Ahmed Nabil Mahmoud Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
  • Wajahat Hussain- Etihad Airways
  • Jayesh Nandanan- Mediclinic Middle East
  • Sunil Kumar Nair- Al Ain University
  • Rahul Cheruvelly- Emirates Hospitals Group LLC
  • Padam Kafle- Aster Hospitals
  • Zahid Syed- Abu Dhabi Ports
  • Jeevan Badigari-DAMAC Group
  • Mhd Wail Khachfa-Digital Ajman
  • Osama Abbas-Emirates Transport
  • Faisal Mukhtar Khan- Dubai World Trade Centre
  • Divij Verma- Mashreq Bank
  • Sunil Kumar Sharma- Aldar Properties
  • Amit Mehta-Mastercard
  • Yoonus Changoth- Nesto Group
  • Hasnain Juzer Ali- Saudi German Health UAE
  • Mohamed Riyasudeen- Al Ain Ahlia Insurance Co (PSC)
  • Manoharan Mudaliar- Truebell Group of Companies
  • Zaheer Shaikh- Al Maryah Community Bank LLC
  • Cybersecurity Leader of the Year-Ned Baltagi, SANS Institute
  • Velmurugan Segamani-Emaar Properties
  • Ala Asali- Arab National Bank
  • Mohamed Gazzaz-Tonomus
  • Adel Alhosani-Dubai Customs
  • Waqas Haider-HBL Microfinance Bank
  • Eissa Naser Al Hammadi-Dept of Health
  • Hamed Obaid Sebait Naseib Areidat- Central Bank of the UAE
  • Aliasgar Bohari-Zulekha Hospital
  • Anas Eltahir- Dubai Government – Legal Affairs Department
  • Sagar Sethi-First Abu Dhabi Bank
  • Phil Westgarth- Network International
  • Gigi Mathew Thomas- Ittihad International Investment
  • Harsh Daftary- Emirates NBD
  • Apparel UAE-Mukesh Kumar
  • Jinson Pappachan-Emirates Policy Center
  • Ashish Khanna-Sharaf Group
  • Vishal Vijaykumar Bhawnani- Virgin Mobile – UAE
  • Anoop Kumar Paudval-Al Nisr Publishing
  • Prabhat Kumar Pathak- Gulf Marketing Group
  • Abbas Sabuwala- DMCC Authority
  • Rajesh Yadla-Al Hilal Bank
  • Nishant Menothparambil- Enova Facilities Management Services
  • Abhilash Radhadevi-OQT
  • Umesh Moolchandani- Bin Dasmal Group
  • Mustansir Aziz- Automech Group
  • Shijin Prasad- Cure Medical Centers, Al Nokhba Medical Centers & Cure Pharmacies
  • Sarith Bhavan- Mubadala Investment Company
  • Mohannad Hennawi- NAFFCO
  • Tony Sweeney- Deribit Sentillia
  • Munish Jain-Dubai Health Authority (DHA)

FSA Awards2023:

  • Best Managed Security Services Provider of the Year- Help AG
  • Best Endpoint Security Vendor of the Year-Sophos
  • Best Security Solutions Provider of the Year-Cloud Box Technologies
  • Best Security VAD of the Year-StarLink
  • Best Critical Infrastructure Security Vendor of the Year- OPSWAT
  • Best Cloud Application Security Vendor of the Year- Barracuda Networks
  • Best AI Security Vendor of the Year-Hikvision
  • Best Network Management Solutions for SMBs- Nuclias by D-Link
  • Best Intelligent NDR Vendor of the Year- LinkShadow
  • Best Cybersecurity Risk Management Vendor of the Year- Tenable
  • Best Privilege Access Management Vendor of the Year Delinea
  • Best Data Protection Vendor of the Year- Veeam Software
  • Best Digitalisation & Cybersecurity Provider of the Year- Bahwan CyberTek
  • Best Anti-DDoS Vendor of the Year- A10 Networks
  • Best Data Analytics Vendor of the Year-SAS
  • Emerging Security Vendor of the Year-Raqmiyat
  • Best Network Security Vendor of the Year-Juniper Networks
  • Best Surveillance Systems Vendor of the Year-Genetec
  • Best Cybersecurity Solutions Partner of the Year-CNS Middle East
  • Outstanding Excellence in IT Training Programs of the Year- Network Binary
  • Best Security Systems Integrator of the Year-MMA Infosec
  • Best Cybersecurity System Vendor of the Year- SolarWinds
  • Best Cloud Security Vendor of the Year-Cloudflare
  • Best Innovative Smart Home Security Vendor of the Year-Ring
  • Best Network for Digital Video Surveillance Systems of the Year-Allied Telesis

The CISO 50 & FSA Awards Gala was a resounding success, bringing together some of the brightest minds in cybersecurity and providing a platform for sharing knowledge and celebrating excellence.

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