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AI, Cybersecurity take centre-stage at GITEX 2020

The 40th edition of GITEX Technology Week, the only major technology event to go live in 2020, today brought back in-person conferences, which saw artificial intelligence and cybersecurity experts shed light on issues including the ethical governance and associated bias with AI. GITEX highlighted the Safest Cyberspace in the World initiative by the Dubai Electronic Security Centre, while HE Dr Mohamed Hamad Al-Kuwaiti, Head of Cyber Security, UAE Government, discussed the importance of AI resilience during the pandemic.

AI resilience during the cyber pandemic era

Traditional cyber threats, coupled with challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, have compelled organisations to look ahead and build resilient systems and processes that can better withstand future pandemics.

At GISEC, the region’s leading cybersecurity conference, hosted under GITEX, HE Dr Mohamed Hamad Al-Kuwaiti, Head of Cyber Security, UAE Government, discussed the cyber threat landscape, and how the UAE government is leveraging AI to build a more resilient post-pandemic world.

DESC highlights Safest Cyberspace in the World

With a broader aim of positioning Dubai as an international role model for cybersecurity, the Dubai Electronic Security Centre discussed the Safest Cyberspace in the World initiative at GISEC 2020, the region’s leading cybersecurity event, hosted under the GITEX umbrella at Dubai World Trade Centre.

Dr Marwan Alzarouni, Founding Member of Dubai Electronic Security Centre and Artificial Intelligence Ethical Committee, Director, Information Services, DESC, deep dived into the Dubai Cyber Security Strategy, explaining the goal of protecting Dubai from a range of cybersecurity risks and support the emirate’s economic growth.

In July, Dubai launched the Dubai Cyber Index, an initiative that seeks to promote healthy competition among government entities in the field of cybersecurity and encourage the development of capabilities and excellence in this area.

IBM, Smart Dubai tackle AI bias

AI was meant to solve one of the biggest problems of our society – the problem of bias. However, when algorithms fed into computers and systems are trained on faulty, biased data they are bound to make mistakes, negatively impacting and influencing human experiences and decision-making.

Dr Seth Dobrin, Chief Data Officer IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software, Vice President and Chief Data Officer, IBM Analytics, IBM, was joined by HE Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General, Smart Dubai and CEO, Dubai Data Establishment, to discuss the issue on stage.

Throughout his career, Dr Dobrin has generated value across a range of industries by applying data and AI ethically, and is currently responsible for the digital transformation of cloud and cognitive software operations using data and analytics.

Ethical governance of AI: How do you tame a wild horse?

Dr Juergen Rahmel, Chief Digital Officer, AI and ML Advisor, HSBC, discussed why the full potential of AI can only be realised within a framework that supports trust and operates in a scope that benefits each stakeholder. Deep-diving into how he developed AI ethics and data principles which are now a benchmark for the fintech world.

 

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