Cybersecurity in the spotlight at Intersec 2023
  • Dubai Electronic Security Centre (DESC) and UAE Cyber Security Council announced as Government Partners for Intersec 2023
  • Dedicated Cybersecurity Conference alongside the exhibition

Dubai, UAE: The Dubai Electronic Security Centre (DESC), which works to ensure the emirate becomes a leader in cybersecurity and the protection of information from external cyber threats, has become the official government partner of Intersec 2023, the world’s leading trade fair for safety, security and fire protection that will run over 47,000sqm at Dubai World Trade Centre from January 17-19.

Intersec’s Cyber Security sector will host cyber solutions experts, from national leaders to public and private sector professionals, cyber connoisseurs to advisors, cyber economists to corporate buyers. Among the high-profile exhibitors will be NX Digital Technology, a leading Middle East Artificial Intelligence & Cybersecurity service provider, the UDA’s FM Approvals, and Israel’s Cellebrite GmbH.

“Intersec brings the entire security supply chain to Dubai,” said Alex Nicholl, Show Director at Intersec organiser Messe Frankfurt. “Cyber security is an integral part of that, and its importance continues to grow. The biggest names in Cyber Security in the Middle East and from further afield will gather at Intersec 2023, creating an unmissable three days for global CTO’s, CISO’s, Heads of Cybersecurity and System Integrators, among others. It is an honour to have DESC and the UAE Cybersecurity Council as Government partners, emphasising the importance of this burgeoning sector.”

DESC will be holding one-of-a-kind cybersecurity awareness session will under the initiative Cybernode, developed in partnership between DESC and Thales. Cybernode was launched under DCIPark, which aims to up-skill the cyber workforce in the UAE and beyond, towards achieving a safer cyberspace. DCIPark provides world-class cybersecurity training, crash courses and advanced scenarios.

“Considering today’s advancing technology, cybersecurity is an absolute necessity for businesses, especially with remote working culture and digital transformation,” said Dr Bushra Al Blooshi, DESC’s Head of Research & Innovation. “A recent global study shows that cyber fundamentals fails to exist in certain organizations and processes, which can cause major security and financial challenges. Attendees at Intersec 2023 will be able to learn how to prevent this through essential cyber security measures, including the Five Pillars of Cybersecurity Hygiene, at these exclusive Cybernode sessions.”

DESC will also press the case on advancing the digital economy when Dr Al Blooshi delivers a second day keynote address entitled Pioneering Digital Economy: Integrated & Innovative Smart Secured Services Ecosystem at Intersec’s invite-only Security Leaders’ Summit, one of four conference tracks running under the theme ‘Integrated Tech For Global Security: Protection, Disruption, Sustainability.’

“To reap the immense rewards of the digital economy, we need to pioneer an integrated and innovative smart secured services ecosystem,” said Dr Al Blooshi. “By collaborating on this aim, I believe communities and countries will always grow by making technologies in their own countries and exporting to others.”

Support for Intersec also comes from Government Partner the UAE Cybersecurity Council. In November 2020, the UAE Cabinet agreed to establish the UAE Cybersecurity Council with the aim of developing a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy and creating a safe and strong cyberinfrastructure in the UAE. The Council, chaired by the Head of Cyber Security for the UAE Government, contributes to creating a legal and regulatory framework that covers all types of cybercrimes, securing existing and emerging technologies, and establishing a robust ‘National Cyber Incident Response Plan’ to enable a swift and coordinated response to cyber incidents in the country.

These two Government Partners will also be leading Intersec’s three-day Cyber Security Conference, which will deep-dive into cyber security policing, national security, cyber resilience, blockchain, and smart cities.

“The conference will explore the latest trends, drivers, challenges, and successful case studies across industries that are playing a substantial role in shaping the cybersecurity industry’s growth,” added Nicholl.

Crucial panel discussions include ‘Security Battle in a Converging IT/OT World: Improving Critical Infrastructure Resilience’, ‘Enabling Innovation’, and ‘Zero-Trust’ and will feature insights from global, regional, and local industry leaders and experts. The conference will also address new age talent with Talal Alasmi, Director of Information Security – Department of Electronic Information Security at Oman’s Ministry of Education, presenting on the theme ‘Creating Cyber Minds.

“We are delighted to once again host the Cyber Conference at Intersec 2023,” said His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti, Head of the UAE Cybersecurity Council. “The UAE Cybersecurity Council will encourage local and international government attendance, promote and highlight local initiatives, and contribute to the three-day dedicated conference programme. Cybersecurity and protection of digital assets is top of the agenda globally and our partnership with Intersec reinforces the importance of keeping the UAE safe and secure from cybercrime.”

Intersec 2023’s knowledge programme will also feature seminars devoted to safety and health, as well as a dedicated conference for the fire and rescue sector.

The 24th Intersec will cover more than 47,000 square metres with more than 950 exhibitors from more than 120 countries displaying in excess of 10,000 products over six categories and more than 10 national pavilions. The event is expected to draw up to 30,000 professional visitors.


About Intersec

Intersec is the world-leading emergency services, security, and safety event that will take place from 17 – 19 January 2023 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) and will be staged under the theme of ‘Uniting the World’s leading industry specialists for the safety & security of future generations.’ It will unite the global security industry and accelerate conversations to explore strategies and source technologies for the challenges faced by global security leaders and professionals promoting bilateral trade, commerce, and innovation across borders.

For more information, please visit our website.

Background information on Messe Frankfurt

The Messe Frankfurt Group is one of the world’s leading trade fair, congress, and event organisers with their own exhibition grounds. With a workforce of 2,200 people at its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main and in 28 subsidiaries, it organises events around the world. As in the previous year, annual sales for 2021 were significantly lower owing to the COVID-19 pandemic: approximately €154 million compared with Group sales as high as €736 million in pre-pandemic 2019. We serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields.

Sustainable business practices are a central pillar in our corporate strategy and strike a healthy balance between ecological and economic interests, social responsibility and diversity. Another of Messe Frankfurt’s strengths is its powerful and closely knit global sales network, which covers around 180 countries in all regions of the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. We are using our digital expertise to develop new business models. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).

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About Messe Frankfurt Middle East

Messe Frankfurt Middle East’s portfolio of 16 exhibitions includes Automechanika Dubai, Automechanika Riyadh, Beautyworld Middle East, Beautyworld Saudi Arabia, Hardware + Tools Middle East, Hypermotion Dubai, Intersec, Intersec Saudi Arabia, Gifts & Lifestyle Middle East, Light Middle East, Materials Handling Middle East, Materials Handling Saudi Arabia, Middle East Cleaning Technology Week, Paperworld Middle East, Prolight + Sound Middle East, and SPS Automation Middle East. In the 2021/22 event season, Messe Frankfurt Middle East exhibitions combined featured 2,394 exhibitors from 53 countries and attracted 83,124 visitors from 116 countries.

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