Conference focus on latest developments in cyber security

LATEST developments in cyber security, blockchain and artificial intelligence will be showcased at a conference in Bahrain this week.

The SmartSec Cyber Security and BlockChain Conference will feature sessions that will tackle topics related to using artificial intelligence to automate real-time threat hunting, applying artificial intelligence and machine learning in preventing cyber attacks, developing a cyber security ecosystem, and addressing cloud security and cryptocurrency challenges, along with cyber warfare.


It will be held under the patronage of Electricity and Water Affairs Minister Dr Abdulhussain Mirza from Tuesday to Thursday at the Gulf Hotel Bahrain.

The three-day event is being jointly organised by the Bahrain Technology Companies Association (BTECH) and WorkSmart for event management.

BTECH chairman Ubaydli Ubaydli said the conference was being hosted at a time the country was playing a significant role as a centre of information technology in the Middle East.

He added the conference also aimed to gather the best international professionals in the field of cyber security and blockchain to discuss the latest developments.

“The SmartSec Cyber Security and BlockChain Conference provides a platform that aims to highlight the most important issues related to providing cyber security for infrastructure projects against cyber attacks to the public and private sectors,” he said in a statement.

“SmartSec provides attendees with a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the latest trends, innovation and solutions featured by the international cyber security and blockchain community through workshops and discussion panels.”

An exhibition will also be held following the conference, which WorkSmart chief executive Ahmed Al Hujairi said will aim to attract blockchain and cyber security solutions corporations.

“It will raise awareness about the need to develop the information technology and security sector, which is reflected in the services provided to individuals and institutions of society, as well as presenting the most important developments in cyber security and adopting international best practices in this field,” said Mr Al Hujairi in a statement.

“The exhibition will boost objectives of the conference in highlighting the importance of ensuring information security through the rational and safe use of the Internet and smartphones, and the exchange of knowledge and rich experiences.”

The GDN reported earlier this month that Bahrain was stepping up cyber security measures as more than 50 million attempts to breach government systems were registered in the last 18 months.


The Information and eGovernment Authority (iGA) is in the process of deploying advanced technology that will act as an early notification system to detect and contain threats and protect sensitive government data from ‘keyboard’ armies.

iGA chief executive Mohamed Al Qaed told the GDN at the time that since February last year the authority has foiled more than 5m viruses and 2.7m spam e-mails along with over 50m data breach attempts.

Parliament chairwoman Fouzia Zainal and several MPs have also submitted a proposal to set up a unified GCC Cyber Security Centre.

The move aims to counter cyber piracy and terrorism amidst mounting cyber attacks.


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