• Azeem Aleem
    Director, Advanced Cyber Defence Europe, Middle East and Africa
    Date: 20 September 2017
    Time: 1320 – 1350 hrs
    Venue: R 310 - 311, Level 3

    An experienced information risk & security executive with over 15 years of demonstrated field experience focused on developing and implementing cyber counter threat and exploitation solutions and operations to address new innovations, applications and applied advanced cyber defence analytics.

    Azeem has been at the forefront of architecting cyber resilience capability against Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) for some of the best financial, government and public sector organisations across Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle- East. He has worked extensively with the national and international law enforcement agencies around threat intelligence framework, detection, and investigation of cybercrime.  As a subject matter expert, he has made frequent appearance on regional television and radio programmes such as CNN Arabia, BBC Japan, and BBC Radio 1 etc.
    A published book author and academic criminologist, he has also authored several periodical on advanced security threats in peer-reviewed journals and security magazines. He is an eminent plenary conference guest speaker both at the national and international level.

    He has an extensive experience in managing P&L by driving operational excellence, change management, and process re-engineering. Proven track record of developing business domain by providing Technical and consultative leadership, with the ability to identify new talent, develop existing personnel and form effective partnerships.


    The aim of this session is to give a brief insight into the development of intelligence-driven security operation centres. The importance of reducing risk and protecting sensitive information assets is paramount to our nation’s security and to the financial well-being of the industry. Both public and private enterprises face the growing threat of hackers, aggressive competitors and Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) from adversary nation-states. A robust tactical operations strategy is required to proactively detect, deny and demobilize these advanced threats. In this session, we aim to address the increasing risks associated with advanced cyber-attacks/fraud and the emerging threats.  Using a tactical based approach and predictive analytics, the session will encourage discussion on developing innovative defence, discovery, architectural design, testing, implementation, and operations.

  • Dr Nadhem AlFardan
    Senior Security Architect
    Cisco Systems
    Date: 20 September 2017
    Time: 1140 - 1220 hrs
    Venue: MR 310-311, Level 3

    Dr Nadhem AlFardan has 17 years of experience in the area of Information security and holds PhD in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London. 

    Nadhem AlFardan has been engaged in assessing, designing and building SOCs worldwide, including the design of managed SOC services for service providers. He is CISSP certified and is an ISO 27001 lead auditor.

    During his PhD research, Nadhem AlFardan published a number of papers in prestige conferences such as IEEE S&P and USENIX Security, mainly around cryptoanalysis topics. His work involved him working with organizations like Google, Microsoft, Cisco, Mozilla, OpenSSL and many others, mainly to help then assess and fix major findings in the TLS/SSL protocol. His work is being reference in a number of IETF standards.


    Traditional security operation centres are predominantly data collectors and correlators, with analysts performing repetitive and manual tasks when analysing and investigation potential security incidents, leading to substantial inefficiency and inconsistency, and in some cases drastic failures, despite how much resources you invest in the SOC. To survive in today’s challenging and demanding threat landscape, SOCs must evolve. One key enabler of this evolution is integrating automation and orchestration into the SOC fabric. In this session, we research how to practically introduce automation as a step towards achieving the holy grail of SOC orchestration. We also showcase examples of automating a number of SOC tasks, quantitatively demonstrating the SOC efficiency improvements.

  • Eugene Aseev
    VP of Engineering, Head of Singapore R&D Centre
    Date: 19 September 2017
    Time: 1610 - 1650 hrs
    Venue: MR 310-311, Level 3

    Before joining Acronis in early 2016, Eugene headed Anti-Malware team at Kaspersky Lab, where he developed multiple patented anti-malware technologies and before that – headed the Security Research team at GeoEdge where he introduced security solutions against various web attacks.

    In his career, Eugene has conducted numerous workshops and public-speaking engagements on Ransomware, blockchain and other areas based on his 10-year experience.


    Ransomware is strongly predicted to be the No.1 threat in 2017 and with the recent stunts anti-malware industry has been facing, it seems true. Our talk is about Ransomware pandemic that causes files alterations and encryption, leads businesses to stall and traps medical equipment – all in order to make a hefty extortion and possibly ruin your busines for good. It’s also about how to effectively fight it off.


    • Today’s landscape and major security flaws, trends overview
    • Biggest ransomware outbreaks and what caused them. The WannaCry nightmare – conspiracy or not, the story continues.
    • Time to fight back with latest technology: behavioral heuristics to detect anomalies, automatic restoration for zero-time gap
    • Ransomware of the future: what to look out for. Major issues: constant attacks on backups, sophisticated content alterations, Ransomware locker type on smart devices, going after critical infrastructures