Cyber Stability and Security in the Gulf: Challenges and Opportunities

This one-day conference on cybersecurity threats and opportunities in the Gulf region, is jointly hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative and NYU Abu Dhabi’s Center for Cyber Security.
Recent high profile cyber breaches in the region’s finance and energy sectors have highlighted the need to focus on cybersecurity and its importance to state and economic stability. The United Arab Emirates’ unique position as an economic, energy, and transportation hub makes cyber issues even more pressing.
This event will bring together local and US experts from the government and private sector to address these pressing issues at a full-day conference in Abu Dhabi.Topics expected to be covered include: securing energy, finance, and transportation infrastructure; growing a cybersecurity workforce; national security cyber issues; and regional threat capabilities and intent.


Keynote Speaker


H.E. Sorin Ducaru


Ambassador Sorin Ducaru took over the post of Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges in September 2013. He is responsible for providing support to the North-Atlantic Council and for advising the Secretary General on the evolution of emerging security challenges and their potential impact on NATO’s security.

Prior to his appointment as ASG, Ambassador Ducaru served as Romania’s Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council, from September 2006 to September 2013. From November 2011, Ambassador Ducaru was the Dean of the North Atlantic Council.

Ambassador Ducaru was born in Baia-Mare, Romania. He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest in 1988 and the Romanian National School of Political Studies and Public Administration in 1992. He holds a MPhil Degree in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam (1993) and a PhD degree in International Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest (2005).

He joined the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993, assuming various posts such as member of the Policy Planning team, counsellor to the Minister, spokesman of the MFA and Director for NATO and Strategic Issues. From 2001 to 2006, he served as Romania’s Ambassador to the United States of America. In 2000–2001, Ambassador Ducaru served as Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations, in New York.

In the year 2000 Ambassador Ducaru was awarded by the President of Romania the National Order of “Faithful Service” in rank of Commander, followed by, in 2006 the Order for “Diplomatic Merit” and in 2008 the rank of Knight of the National Order “The Star of Romania”. He received the title of “Ambassador of the Year” in 2003 and 2012, from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania.



Dr. David McGlennon

Dr. David McGlennon is Managing Director of the NYUAD Research Institute and vice provost of Research Administration and University Partnerships. The Research Institute funds and supports a portfolio of advanced research projects in areas of global and local importance. He also leads the efforts of NYUAD to develop its research administration and infrastructure, and supports the University in developing strategic partnerships and collaborations with government, industry, and the community in ways that will enhance NYUAD’s research, academic, and student programs. He joined the University after a decade of senior leadership positions in research and outreach in higher education and government in the UAE.

Dr. McGlennon is an environmental scientist specializing in marine and fisheries science, fisheries biology, and fisheries management and policy.

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. is chairman of the Atlantic Council Board of Directors. He began his career in public service as a staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He has served each of the four US presidents since then in critical roles around the world, including as ambassador to Singapore, deputy assistant secretary of commerce for Asia, US trade ambassador, and most recently, US ambassador to China.

Twice elected governor of Utah, Huntsman brought about strong economic reforms, tripled the state’s rainy day fund, and helped bring unemployment rates to historic lows. During his tenure, Utah was named the best managed state in America. Recognized by others for his service, Governor Huntsman was elected as chairman of the Western Governors Association, serving nineteen states throughout the region.

Governor Huntsman ran for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. He currently serves on the boards of Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar Corporation, Chevron Corporation, Huntsman Corporation, the US Naval Academy Foundation, and the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he serves as a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institute, a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a trustee of the Reagan Presidential Foundation, and chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. He has served as a visiting fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as a distinguished lecturer at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

Frederick Kempe

Frederick Kempe has held the position of president and CEO of the Atlantic Council since December 1, 2006. He is the author of four books, and a regular commentator on television and radio both in Europe and the United States. His latest book, BERLIN 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth (foreword by Gen. Brent Scowcroft) was published by Putnam in 2012 and is a New York Times bestseller.

Kempe is a graduate of the University of Utah and has a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he was a member of the International Fellows Program in the School of International Affairs. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Maryland University College and from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina and is a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Said School of Business. He has won the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism’s top alumni achievement award and the University of Utah’s prize for the top young alumnus. He serves on a number of boards of directors, including the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and is on the advisory board of the Transatlantic Policy Network as well as the international advisory council of Atlantik-Bruecke e.V. in Berlin. He also served on the Senior Advisory Group of Admiral James Stavridis, Commander, US European Command (EUCOM). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Under his leadership, the Council has achieved significant growth while considerably expanding its staff, work, and influence in areas that include international security, business and economics, energy and environment, and global issues of transatlantic interest ranging from Asia to Africa.

He comes to the Council from a prominent twenty-five-year career at the Wall Street Journal, where he won national and international recognition while serving in numerous senior editorial and reportorial capacities. His last position with the paper was in New York, where he served as assistant managing editor, international, and “Thinking Global” columnist. Prior to that, he was for seven years the longest-serving editor and associate publisher ever of the Wall Street Journal Europe, simultaneously functioning as European editor for the Global Wall Street Journal from 2002 to 2005. During this time he managed six news bureaus, several satellite offices, a Brussels news desk operation, and he oversaw European and Middle Eastern reporting.

Throughout his tenure as editor and associate publisher, the newspaper won a number of awards including the prestigious Harold Wincott Award as UK Business Journal of the Year, the Media Tenor Award as the top international paper in Europe, and multiple “Business Journalist of the Year” prizes from the World Leadership Forum in London. His teams participated in two Pulitzer Prizes.As managing editor of the Wall Street Journal Europe from 1992 to 1997, he founded and managed the Central European Economic Review (CEER), which covered the countries of the former Soviet bloc. In 1993 he also cofounded Convergence, a magazine on Europe’s digital economy.

Kempe joined Journal in 1981 in London before opening the paper’s Vienna bureau in 1984. He transferred to Washington, DC, in 1986 as chief diplomatic correspondent, and in 1990 opened its Berlin bureau. As a reporter, he covered a number of significant stories, including the rise of solidarity in Poland and the growing resistance to Soviet rule, the coming to power of Mikhail Gorbachev in Russia and all his summit meetings with Ronald Reagan, war reporting in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Lebanon in the 1980s, and the American invasion of Panama. He also covered the unification of Germany and the collapse of Soviet communism.

Dr. James Miller

Dr. James Miller is President of Adaptive Strategies, LLC, which provides consulting on strategy development and implementation, national security, and technology issues.

As Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from May 2012 to January 2014, he served as the principal civilian advisor to the Secretary of Defense on strategy, policy, and operations, and as the Defense Department’s deputy in the National Security Council process for policy development and crisis management. Dr. Miller led the Department’s engagement with allies and partners across the globe, and oversaw the agencies responsible for defense security cooperation and technology security. He previously served as Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, from April 2009 to May 2012. In this role, he guided the Quadrennial Defense Review, Nuclear Posture Review, and Ballistic Missile Defense Review, advanced major reform efforts on export control and security assistance, and oversaw the development and implementation of new national defense strategies for space and cyberspace.

His prior government service includes a term as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Requirements, Plans, and Counterproliferation Policy from 1997 to 2000. Dr. Miller provided oversight for advanced conventional and strategic systems for Chairman Les Aspin as senior professional staff member for the House Armed Services Committee from 1988 to 1992. Dr. Miller’s positions outside government include Senior Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security; Senior Associate for the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Senior Vice President at Hicks and Associates; Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Duke University; and Senior Associate Member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. He served as Chairman of the National Security Strategies and Policies Expert Working Group of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States; Advisor to the Combating WMD Panel of DoD’s Threat Reduction Advisory Committee; and Advisor to the Defense Science Board on Challenges to Military Operations.

Dr. Miller received a B.A. degree with honors in economics from Stanford University. He earned Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He received the Department of Defense’s highest civilian award, the Medal for Distinguished Public Service, four times. He is married to the former Adele Balk; they have five children and live in Arlington, Virginia.

Barry Pavel

Barry Pavel is vice president and director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, focusing on emerging security challenges, defense strategies and capabilities, and key European and global defense issues.

Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, he was a career member of the Senior Executive Service in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy for almost eighteen years. From October 2008 to July 2010, he served as the special assistant to the president and senior director for defense policy and strategy on the National Security Council (NSC) staff, serving both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. Prior to this position, Pavel was the chief of staff and principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations/low-intensity conflict and interdependent capabilities. He helped Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Vickers develop policy on the capabilities and operational employment of special operations forces, strategic forces, and conventional forces. His main areas of work covered strategic capabilities policy, including development of the first Defense Department cyber deterrence strategy and better aligning the department’s approach to cyberspace activities and capabilities with defense strategy and policy. From October 1993 to November 2006, Pavel led or contributed to a broad range of defense strategy and planning initiatives for both the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.

Pavel holds an MA in security studies and an MPA in international relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and a BA in applied mathematics and economics from Brown University. While at Princeton, he was a founding editorial board member of the Journal of Public and International Affairs. He also served in the Office of the Defense Advisor, US Mission to NATO, and as a consultant to the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.

Pavel received a Presidential Rank Award in 2007 in recognition of his career accomplishments. He also has served as a key advisor to policy leadership on civil service professional development and mentorship. He is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and speaks and writes on a wide range of foreign and security policy issues. He also is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

George Patsis

George Patsis is the Founder and CEO of Obrela Security Industries, a leading provider in Information Security Intelligence Services and Technology.

George Patsis is a highly accomplished expert in information security with a proven track record in developing and implementing large-scale security programs for major Global 500 Corporations. As an Entrepreneur he holds a passion for identifying market opportunities and building brands. He pioneers and leads the design and development of innovative services and products in the area of strategic security intelligence and risk management.

George is also a) a member of the Athens Club, founded in 1875 and established since then as a social and intellectual center of a special brilliance, b) a regular member of the Hellenic Association of Mobile Application Services (HAMAC) and c) an active member of both the University College London (UCL) and Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL) Alumni.

George Patsis has studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University College of London (UCL) and holds a MSc in Information Security Management from the Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL).

In 2013 George was selected as a High-Impact Entrepreneur to join the most exclusive entrepreneur network in the world, the Endeavor Global Network.

Patrick J Dempsey

Patrick J Dempsey has more than 17 years of experience in information security, security operations, business continuity and disaster recovery, cyber risk management, and cybercrime investigations. He has performed at the highest levels of private industry and federal government, holding positions such as Chief Information Security Officer, Chief Technologist, Director of Infrastructure, Program Director and Special Agent. Mr. Dempsey has managed multi-million dollar security and technology programs, led incident response and forensics teams, directed cyber threat analysis teams focused on various nation-state actors, and built national-level security operation centers. As a FBI Special Agent, Mr. Dempsey investigated dozens of highly technical, sophisticated cyber crimes and cyber terrorism, and worked with law enforcement and governments around the world. Prior to joining CyberPoint International, LLC, Mr. Dempsey was the Director of the Department of Defense – Defense Industrial Base Collaborative Information Sharing Environment (DCISE) program dedicated to improving the network defenses and overall security posture of cleared defense contracting companies (CDCs) in an effort to protect the companies and multi-billion dollar defense programs from nation-state cyber threats. Mr. Dempsey is currently working with the UAE government to improve and expand national-level computer network defense (CND) capabilities.

Ahmed Husain

Ahmed Husain is the Founder and Managing Director of Reload Consulting Services, the first private CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) in the Gulf region. He consults on cyber-security threats, assists in responding to incidents and helps in the design mitigation process for cyber security in Bahrain. He has assisted financial institutions and large corporations by securing their networks and safeguarding their data. Ahmed has also worked closely with retail, investment, and central banks in the region to establish cyber defence and response teams. In addition, he lectures regionally and internationally on topics relating to information and cloud security.

Ahmed’s action plan is to explore the cyber security system in the UK and the current debates surrounding issues related to security threats and privacy. He hopes to use this experience to develop ways for Bahrain to become a regional hub responsible for developing the legal and enforcement frameworks necessary to protect business, citizens and governments from cyber threats. Ahmed also hopes to explore the privacy laws that are necessary to protect citizens’ personal data from being exploited by the private sector.

Paul Kurtz

Paul Kurtz has been involved with CyberPoint since the company’s founding in 2009 and currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer. Paul leads the development and communication of CyberPoint’s strategic vision for managing cyber threats. He recently relocated to the United States after residing in Abu Dhabi for over two years. A recognized cyber security expert, he has held senior positions in both industry and government. He was the founding Executive Director of the advocacy group, Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA). During his government service, Kurtz served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Critical Infrastructure Protection on the White House’s Homeland Security Council (HSC) as well as in various positions within the National Security Council and the State Department.

Kurtz earned his bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross College and his master’s in international public policy from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

Dr. James Stanger

Dr. James Stanger is a respected authority concerning IT support services, Web technologies, data analysis, network security and open source. He is CompTIA’s senior director of product development for skills certification and a recognized authority in the field of IT certification and long-distance education, working in the field for more than 20 years. He has managed and contributed to certifications for CompTIA (A+, Network+ and Security+), Symantec, IBM and the Linux Professional Institute (LPI).

Dr. Stanger has written books and courses on security, Web technologies and IT support, and has spoken and delivered training worldwide. He is also a respected distance educator, having given Webcasts and education events to global audiences since 2002. He has designed and taught both traditional and online courses, and is also a social media consultant.An award-winning author and blogger, he has written titles for Linux Pro Magazine, Ubuntu User, O’Reilly Media, McGraw-Hill, Prentice-Hall, Wiley and Elsevier. His writings have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Dr. Stanger is an active security consultant. He has worked for various entities, including IBM, the Association for Corporate Council, Brigham Young University and Securify (purchased by McAfee).

Dr. Amr Elchouemi

Dr. Amr Elchouemi holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Dr. Elchouemi started his professional career working for Intel Corporation. During his tenure with Intel, he held multiple positions in areas of software, CAD research & development, and also in microprocessor verification. Dr. Elchouemi also worked for Hewlett Packard for over seven years where the managed enterprise-wide IT projects. Dr. Elchouemi has had a long history with academic institutions with more than 15 years of teaching experience. He was part of the creation of Masters Information Management Systems for Walden University and he also served as an external reviewer for many of other technology-related graduate programs for other online universities. Dr. Elchouemi joined Abu Dhabi Education Council in 2011 where he is serving as the research promotion manager. His research areas include parallel processing, microprocessor verification, and high speed networking.

Paul Casey

Paul Casey is the Director for Strategy and Business Development for Northrop Grumman Corporation in the UAE. He was selected to attend the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell, graduating as an Officer specializing in Air Battle Management.

His career in the Royal Air Force saw him serve in Belize, Cyprus, the Falklands, Norway, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Oman the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in various roles in Control and Reporting Centers, and Air Operations Centers. He also served for four years as an Exchange Officer with the French Air Force.

Paul’s last years in the Royal Air Force were dedicated to the introduction of Network Enabled Capabilities, specifically in the advanced Tactical Data Link domain.  Paul managed all the Joint and Coalition Interoperability programs in the Ministry of Defence before serving as Current Operations lead on the Joint Air Force Component Commander’s staff.

Prior to joining Northrop Grumman Corporation, Paul held several leadership positions in the Defence Industry working in Business Development for BAE Systems in the UK, and holding senior Business Development positions for Lockheed Martin Corporation in Europe and the Middle East.

Dr. Nasir Memon

Dr. Nasir Memon is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy (CRISSP) at NYU Abu Dhabi. His research interests include digital forensics, biometrics, data compression, network security and security and human behavior.

Prof. Memon has earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in Mathematics from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in Pilani, India. He received a Master of Science in Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska.

He has published over 250 articles in journals and conference proceedings and holds a dozen patents in data compression and information security. He has won several awards including the Jacobs Excellence in Education award and several best paper awards. He has been on the editorial boards of several journals and was the Editor-In-Chief of Transactions on Information Security and Forensics.

Prof. Memon is an IEEE Fellow and a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Memon is the co-founder of Digital Assembly and Vivic Networks, two early-stage start-ups in NYU-Poly’s business incubators.

Tom Bossert

Tom Bossert is a Zurich cyber risk fellow with the Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative. He is president of Civil Defense Solutions, a risk management consulting firm. Mr. Bossert previously served as deputy assistant to the president for homeland security, where he advised President Bush on homeland security, counterterrorism, and continuity of operations, and coordinated the US government’s homeland security and counterterrorism policies.

Mr. Bossert earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a law degree from The George Washington University Law School.

Neal Pollard

Neal Pollard is a nonresident senior fellow with the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. Pollard is a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he focuses on US and international cybersecurity policy. He has more than fifteen years of experience in law, policy, strategy, planning, interagency coordination, operations, and technology development for counterterrorism, cyber security, homeland security, and countering weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and has served as a manager and line officer in government, industry, and academia.

Pollard is adjunct professor of microbiology and immunology at Georgetown University Medical Center, where he teaches graduate courses in homeland security for the Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Disease Program. He is also a senior associate of the Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In 2008 he was detailed as director for counterterrorism to the staff of the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism (Graham-Talent Commission). Before government service, he was vice president of Hicks & Associates, and board director and general counsel of the Terrorism Research Center, Inc., a corporation he founded in 1996. Pollard is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he was also an international affairs fellow (2005-2006) focused on cyberterrorism, and he is admitted to the Virginia Bar.

Dr. Terry Thompson

Dr. Terry Thompson is a Vice President with Booz Allen Hamilton where he is responsible for international markets in security and defense. He has managed projects in cybersecurity in the U.S., UK, and Middle East. Based in the U.S., Dr. Thompson spends most of his time in support of Booz Allen’s Middle East and North Africa regional office in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Recent experience includes cybersecurity projects in the UAE, Qatar, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has presented at cybersecurity conferences in Muscat, Dammam, Istanbul, and Dubai.

Dr. Thompson has served as the Officer in Charge (OIC) for projects in cyber security, risk management, and strategy and policy for clients in the UAE and Qatar. He has also served as a senior Subject Matter Expert for information security projects for government and critical infrastructure organizations in the UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Thompson has developed marketing material to support Booz Allen’s international efforts, including articles in the journal Network Middle East.

Dr. Thompson joined Booz Allen in 2003. From 2003-2006, he served as the program manager for Booz Allen’s support for two organizations in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS): the Office of National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) and the Office of the Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis (OI&A). In 2003-2004, Dr. Thompson led two studies examining cross-organizational intelligence support issues. These studies resulted in significant change leading to the growth and evolution of DHS intelligence activities into the Office of the Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis. In 2007-2008, Dr. Thompson served in Booz Allen’s London office where he was responsible for developing business with UK intelligence and security clients. From 2008-2010, Dr. Thompson was a senior manager in Booz Allen Hamilton’s support to the National Security Agency (NSA). In 2009-10, he was Program Manager for the largest Booz Allen program supporting NSA.

Prior to joining Booz Allen, Dr. Thompson served as the Security Advisor to the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). Responding to MDOT’s requirement to enhance interaction with U.S. Government security and intelligence organizations in the period before DHS was established, he helped MDOT develop security relationships with several federal agencies including the National Security Agency, the office of the Assistant U.S. Attorney in Baltimore, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) for Maryland, and the Washington-Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Activity (HIDTA). During this period he also served as a security consultant to the Maryland Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor, the Maryland Security Council, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.

Dr. Thompson served in the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) for 26 years. He was a member of the Senior Cryptologic Executive Service (SCES) for more than 10 years, and during those years served as NSA’s Senior Representative to the Department of Defense, Deputy Director for Support Services (DDS), Chief of Staff for Operations, Chief of the Office of Special Programs, and Senior Representative to the National Reconnaissance Office. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Intelligence Community Assignments Program responsible for developing well-rounded U.S. intelligence officers.

Dr. Thompson served as a Communications and Signals Intelligence officer in the 8th Communications Battalion and 2nd Radio Battalion, respectively, during three years of active duty at Marine Corps bases in Quantico, Virginia, and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Dr. Thompson holds a PhD in Russian Studies from Georgetown University, and was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County from 2003-2011. He developed and taught courses in U.S. national security, Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union, and cyber security at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the New York University, Abu Dhabi’s Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy (CRISSP-AD).

Dr. Thompson’s awards include the Presidential Rank Award, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, and the NSA Director’s Distinguished Service Medal.

Jason Healey

Jason Healey is the director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Atlantic Council, focusing on international cooperation, competition and conflict in cyberspace. He edited the first-ever history of cyber conflict, A Fierce Domain: Cyber Conflict, 1986 to 2012 and co-authored the book Cyber Security Policy Guidebook by Wiley.

His ideas on cyber topics have been widely published in over a hundred articles and essays published by the Atlantic Council; the National Research Council; academic journals such as from Brown and Georgetown Universities; along with the Aspen Strategy Group and other think tanks. Healey is also a board member (and former executive director) of the Cyber Conflict Studies Association and lecturer in cyber policy at Georgetown University.

Healey has unique experience working issues of cyber conflict and security spanning fifteen years across the public and private sectors. As Director for Cyber Infrastructure Protection at the White House from 2003 to 2005, he helped advise the president and coordinated US efforts to secure US cyberspace and critical infrastructure. He has worked twice for Goldman Sachs, first to anchor their team for responding to cyber attacks and later as an executive director in Hong Kong to manage Asia-wide business continuity and create the bank’s regional crisis management capabilities to respond to earthquakes, tsunamis, or terrorist attacks. Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, his efforts as vice chairman of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center created bonds between the finance sector and government that remain strong today.

Starting his career in the United States Air Force, Healey earned two Meritorious Service Medals for his early work in cyber operations at Headquarters Air Force at the Pentagon and as a plankholder (founding member) of the Joint Task Force – Computer Network Defense, the world’s first joint cyber warfighting unit. He has degrees from the United States Air Force Academy (political science), Johns Hopkins University (liberal arts) and James Madison University (information security).

  • Date: October 13, 2014
  • Location: Abu Dhabi


This event was by invitation only.

Time Event
8.30–9.00a.m. Registration
9.00–9.30a.m. Welcome and IntroductionDr. David McGlennon, Vice Provost, Research Administration and University Partnerships, NYUAD
Jon Huntsman, Jr., Chairman, Atlantic CouncilIntroduction of keynote speakersFrederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council
9.30-11.00a.m. Keynote panel:
Cybersecurity threats and opportunities in the Gulf regionSpeakers:  H.E. Sorin Ducaru, Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO
Dr. James N. Miller, Jr., Board Director, Atlantic Council; President, Adaptive Strategies; Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, US Department of Defense
Moderator: Barry Pavel, Director and Vice President, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council
11.00-11.30a.m. Break
11.30-1.00p.m. Information sharing
Information for cybersecurity that will help ensure the defenders have the advantage over attackers
Speakers: George P. Patsis, CEO and President, Ombrella Security
Patrick Dempsey, Senior Program Manager, CyberPoint
Ahmed Husain, Managing Director, Reload Consulting Services W.L.L.
Moderator: Paul Kurtz, Chief Strategy Officer, CyberPoint
1.0–2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00-3:00p.m. Cyber workforce: Finding and Retaining the Top Cyber Talent
Solutions to find and keep the best cyber professionalsSpeakers: Dr. James Stanger, Senior Director, CompTIA
Dr. Amr Elchouemi, Section Manager, Abu Dhabi Education Council
Paul Casey, Director, Strategy & Business Development, Northrop GrummanModerator: Dr. Nasir Memon, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
3:00-3:30p.m. Break
3.30-5.00 p.m. Critical infrastructure cybersecurity
Regional threats and protection of critical infrastructure
Speakers: Tom Bossert, Zurich Cyber Risk Fellow, Atlantic Council,
President, Civil Defense Solutions
Neal Pollard, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Dr. Terry Thompson, Vice President, Booz Allen HamiltonModerator: Jason Healey, Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council
5.00 p.m. Program close