Kuwait, November 27, 2019 Kuwait Petroleum Company (KPC) & Subsidiaries and EQUATE announced today that they will inaugurate the Kuwait 4th Industrial Automation and Control Systems (KIACS) Conference 2019, which will be held at Maha Ballroom- the Regency Hotel, on December 1st and 2nd, 2019. The conference will gather experts in the oil and gas, technology and other industries to showcase the latest advancements made in the field of cyber security in response to evolving threats on industrial control systems.
The conference will be hosted under the Patronage of Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity and Water. KIACS 2019 focuses on the progressive approach in detecting and eradicating increasingly sophisticated and complex cyber-attacks against the industry.
Commenting on the upcoming conference and its objectives, the head of IT Steering Committee in the K-Companies and Kuwait National Petroleum Company Deputy CEO for Projects, Mr. Abdulla Fahhad Al-Ajmi, said: “We reaffirm our commitment to addressing challenges to our cyber security and the solutions that aim to protect our industry. At this unique conference, we shall discuss how to face those threats to the control systems.”
For his part, Vice President for Technical Services at EQUATE, Nawaf Al-Khaledi, commented: “We are pleased to contribute to addressing the challenges at every level of industrial control systems and to share experiences. This will help develop the necessary governance and compliance measures required to counter these challenges. We look forward to host speakers from across the globe and sectors to join efforts in safeguarding the overall sustainability.”
KIACS 2019 Conference is sponsored by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), Fortinet, Schneider Electric, Oracle, Honeywell, Thales and Kuwait University.
Over 1,800 individuals will be attending the Conference, including 20 global and local experts who will be drawing attention to the latest advancements made in the field of cyber security in response to evolving threats on industrial control systems.
About KIACS Cyber Security Conference
Kuwait hosts the 4th issue of Kuwait Industrial Automation and Control Systems Cyber Security Conference (KIACS). It is the first of its kind in Kuwait. It addresses the cyber security threats and cyber crisis in Industrial Control Systems (ICS) for oil, gas, petrochemical and power plants. Organized and hosted by Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), its subsidiaries and EQUATE Group, the key objective of the event is to share experience, leverage knowledge and impart awareness among the industrial communities in Kuwait, neighboring Gulf countries as well as relevant international parties.