09 April 2015
Dubai, UAE: Boutique human capital & executive search firm Edward W. Kelley & Partners (EWKP) with Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) on April 6 hosted a thought leadership seminar on the topical subject of 'Cyber Security: Moving up the Board Agenda'.
The event held at DIFC with speakers and co-sponsors from top-tier firms PwC, Control Risks, MWR, Marsh and HSBC, focused on providing guidance as to how to prepare, react to and minimize the damage from cyber attacks.
"Cyber risk is a massive threat to companies operating in the GCC", said Mr. Edward W. Kelley, Chairman of EWKP, leading the seminar. "Cyber-attacks are not only increasing but becoming ever more sophisticated."
Cyber risk in North America and Europe is the first or second most critical threat to both governments and corporations, according to the World Economic Forum.
One of the main concerns addressed at the event is that a cyber attack can go undetected for a long time.
"It has been estimated that in Western countries alone, it takes an average of 180 days for a company to discover it has been exposed to a cyber-attack," added Kelley.
"No organization is totally protected from cyber attacks," said Mr. Mohammed Moumena, Managing Partner of EWKP, from Saudi Arabia. "We need to be aware of the best defences and how to respond when cyber-attacks have been detected."
An audience of approximately 160 attended the event at the DIFC including Chairmen & CEO's, Board Members. Senior Executive Officers, Managing Directors and General Managers; Compliance Officers; Chief Risk Officers, Corporate Governance; Management Consultants and Legal Firms representatives interested in the topic of cyber security.
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About Edward W Kelley & Partners
Edward W. Kelley & Partners (EWKP) is a boutique management-consulting firm with specialised services in the areas of Board Advisory, Board Placement, Executive Search and Human Capital Consulting. Founded by Edward W. Kelley, a legendary leader in the management consulting and executive search fields, EWKP offers its services from offices in Jeddah, KSA and Dubai, UAE. Since its founding 10 years ago, EWKP has helped companies achieve better results through thoughtful, professional assistance and guidance in decision-making, executive placements and leveraged human assets. For further information, please visit www.ewkp.net.
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