ABOUT Digital Forensics & Analysis Summit GCC

Cyberspace is growing and the digital world is forever expanding into all areas of our lives. 23% growth in active social media accounts (UAE since 2014), 48% mobile social media accounts, internet penetration at 51% and 73% proliferation of smartphones and a CCTV camera seemingly at every corner; the numbers alone demonstrate that digital sources are valuable forensics sources.

Abu Dhabi will soon see more speed cameras in the western region, Madinat Zayed is investing in 16 high-tech cameras while Dubai Police recently developed a 100millionUSD forensic lab with a specialised digital unit not to mention the aeCERT which is making headlines. Similar investments are seen across the GCC where Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar now have highly capable CERT centres to deal with Cybercrime and the type of attacks which have become too common.

The Digital Forensics and Analysis Summit will provide a platform for international experts and GCC practitioners to share best practice and real life case studies on how technology is used in their forensic departments to extract evidence that is able to stand up in trial. We will also be joined by experts that use digital tools to enhance their traditional forensic investigation demonstrating the opportunities for inter-discipline coordination and applying a ‘total-policing’ approach.

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An excellent opportunity: The UAE is a regional leader

Did you know?
  • GCC and UAE especially are seeing huge growth in social media accounts, internet penetration and smartphone use. All present a wealth of forensic data
  • 100Million USD investment by Dubai Police on a world leading forensics centre
  • Sharjah Police’s strategy to invest 30million AED in SMART camera systems over 2015-2018

Top Reasons to attend

  • Aligned with UAEs leadership objectives to ensure a safe, just and thus happy society for all residents.
  • Aligned with regional leadership objectives to fight all forms of crime and terrorism based on correct evidence
  • Support improvement in digital forensics ability in all forms of crime whether its pickpocketing or cybercrime
  • Learn from International Case Study examples to ensure you learn the best practices from police services who face different kinds of challenges
  • Evaluate new technologies and equipment solutions to ensure forensic investigations produce court worthy evidence that clears up doubt I even the murkiest crime cases
  • Benchmark current technology and equipment solutions to ensure only the best is made available to best serve the law
  • Experience high tech devices and equipment solutions and showcase research & development from selected companies that have truly innovative ideas
  • Network with peers to share ideas and best practice from around the GCC and the world
  • Understand the latest developments in the digital forensics sector
  • Hear case studies on how advanced digital forensics was used to provide evidence in court
  • See how different authorities play a pivotal role in bringing digital evidence to court
  • Meet international experts share their best practice and know-how
  • Expand your network of contacts

2017 Advisory Board

  • Mounir Kamal

    Director Incident Handling and Digital Forensics
    Q-CERT, Qatar

  • Thomas Kohler

    Digital Forensic Laboratory Manager
    European Anti-Fraud Office, Belgium

  • Sherein Ghaleb

    International Association of Law and Forensic Sciences (IALFS), Egypt

  • Salah Menshawi

    Head of Toxicology and Lab. Department
    Ministry of Interior Medical Services Dept., Saudi Arabia

  • Abdul Rauf Chaudhary

    Managing Editor
    Arab Journal of Forensic Sciences and Forensic Medicine, Saudi Arabia

2017 Speakers

  • Mounir Kamal

    Incident handling and digital forensics manager
    Q-CERT, Qatar

  • Abubakar Arshad

    Cyber Security Advisor
    Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Kingdom of Bahrain

  • Saeed Al Abadi

    Senior Manager - Security Incident Response Team

  • Alexander AA

    Cyber Intelligence & Fraud Investigations, Visa

  • Bryan Stirewalt

    Managing Director of the Supervision Division

  • Darren Mullins

    Director of Forensic Technology
    Deloitte Corporate Finance Limited (Regulated by DFSA)

  • Jennifer Housego

    Head of Digital
    Essex and Kent Police, United Kingdom

  • Marwa El Mahdi

    Associate-Litigation Dept
    Al Tamimi & Co

  • Osama Daneshyar

    Senior Associate, Financial Crime
    Al Tamimi & Company

  • Vishnu Manohar Cholapurath

    Forensic Technology & Discovery Services

  • Prof. Dr. Sherein Ghaleb

    International Association of Law and Forensic Sciences (IALFS), Egypt

  • Dr. Salah Menshawi

    Head of Toxicology and Lab. Department
    Ministry of Interior Medical Services Dept., Saudi Arabia

  • Dr. Abdul Rauf Chaudhary

    Managing Editor
    Arab Journal of Forensic Sciences and Forensic Medicine, Saudi Arabia

  • Noha Amin

    Head of Information Security Unit
    Kuwait Finance House, Bahrain

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The ACM Interface+ Format

The ACM Interface+ conference format is designed to optimise the valuable and finite time our busy delegations can dedicate to being out of the office while also enhancing their enjoyment of the ACM on-site experience. Specifically tailored to our region of operations here in the Middle East, the Interface+ format maximises networking opportunities, facilitating the building of profitable relationships within the context of a dynamic, efficient and relevant learning environment.

ACM conference days, using the Interface+ format, have an earlier start than conventional agendas and conclude with a late lunch. The conference sessions are regularly punctuated by refreshment and networking breaks to allow for unhurried face-to-face interaction between peers, colleagues and business prospects. The mid-afternoon conclusion of our formal conference agenda allows for government representatives and busy executives to adjourn earlier in the day, having still enjoyed a full and rich programme of content. Post-lunch, ACM will offer additional, optional learning and networking opportunities in the shape of workshops, product demonstrations, technology launches, site visits, pre-arranged 1-2-1 business meetings and hosted receptions.

Interface+ makes timing sense for our delegates and business sense for our sponsors.