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Middle East Cybercrime Forum

The Middle East Cybercrime Forum has successfully taken place in the Movenpick Hotel and Resort in Beirut, Lebanon for two consecutive days with the presence of over 200 IT specialists, law attorneys, judges, police officers, and other distinguished guests and speakers from different parts of the world.

Find below the program of the conference and the related presentations and speeches. Also find notes on the conference speakers and their presentations.

 Note: Click on the picture or name of the speaker to download his/her presentation or speech.

Day 1: February 23, 2006

 Day 2: February 24, 2006


 Nigel Jones
Harmonising Cybercrime Training Across International Borders“

Head of High Tech Crime Training at the National Centre for Policing Excellence at Wyboston, UK. He is responsible for the design and delivery of a high tech crime training program for the police service. Nigel completed his 30 years service with the Kent County Constabulary in 2001.

In addition to wide ranging experience in fraud and computer crime investigation, he was the Secretary of the Association of Chief Police Officers Computer Crime Working Group and the UK Internet Crime Forum as well as being the UK Police representative on the G8 sub group on high tech crime and UK coordinator of a series of G8 Industry conferences. During his time as a fraud investigator h e designed and delivered an academically accredited fraud training program. Nigel is co-author of the ACPO “Computer Based Evidence - Good Practice Guide” and has given presentations at numerous national and international events including the preparation and moderation of a hi-tech crime scenario at the United Nations 10 th Crime Congress. In 2003 he was appointed as project manager of a European Commission Agis funded program to develop a cybercrime training program for the 28 EU and candidate countries. Nigel was honoured with the award of an MBE for outstanding public service by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the 2004 New Years Honours List. In January 2005 Nigel was elected by the Member Countries as Chair of the Interpol European Working Party on IT Crime. and has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Institute of Computer Forensic Professionals .

Craig Blakely
“Cybercrime: The US Approach“

Craig Blakeley is an attorney in the U.S. and Managing Member of Alliance Law Group, LLC, law firm located in Tysons Corner, Virginia. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Law Review.  Following graduation from Law School , he served as a law clerk to Judge Max Rosenn on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Blakeley focuses on matters relating to telecommunications, Internet, and intellectual property.  A significant portion of his legal practice concerns matters outside the U.S. , particularly in the Middle East , including Lebanon.

 Marc Goodman
“International Cybercrime Investigations“

Mr. Marc Goodman has worked extensively with Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organization, headquarters in Lyon, France and currently serves as the Senior Advisor to Interpol's Steering Committee on Information Technology Crime. While at Interpol, Mr. Goodman has coordinated and managed Interpol's program on Criminal Threats to Electronic Commerce. In that role, he helped Interpol develop its global strategy on e-commerce crime and represented Interpol in Vienna at the United Nations Conference on Crimes Related to the Computer Network. In December 2000, Mr. Goodman was asked by the Interpol Secretariat to serve as the co-chair of Interpol's 4th International Conference on Cybercrime in France and did so again at the 5th International Conference in 2002 in Seoul, South Korea. Mr. Goodman works frequently with police forces and governments in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa on a variety of topics related to cybercrime and information security. Mr. Goodman has also researched computer crime at the London School of Economics' Computer Security Research Centre.

 Eng. Mohamad Fawaz
“Information Security Management Systems“

Managing Partner, United Management Bureau, Canada
Experienced executive with an excellent track record in cost control, efficiency improvements and staff leadership. Strong background in quality assurance engineering, business process re-engineering, quality management systems, environmental management systems, occupational health & safety, International Ship & Port Facility Security code (ISPS), Information Security Management System (ISMS) as well as food safety.
Expertise in the ISO 9000, ISO 14000, BS 18001, HACCP, ISPS, QS-9000, BS7799, and ISO/TS 16949. Highly effective negotiator, skilled in dealing with both government and industry. Experienced in the international marketplace. Experienced in real estate, project management and construction projects. Strong background in system and facility assessment related to all type of management systems including ISMS. Experienced lecturer and trainer. Conducted many Management Solution Projects in different and varied types of industries. Conducted and implemented Quality Assurance Systems in Education, developed Key Performance Indicators, and participated in Conferences related to Quality Assurance in Educational Systems and Institutions.

Jacques Bakaev
“Challenges facing law enforcement agencies in the fight against cybercrime“

Jacques Bakaev is a lieutenant colonel in the Internal Security Forces of Lebanon (ISF) http://www.isf.gov.lb. He is a graduate of the Lebanese Military Academy and the ISF institute, he also holds a BS in Computer Science and an MBA.
He served in the ISF for more than 22 years and has a wide experience in law enforcement, IT and administrative development. His major concerns are change management, project management, reengineering, IT security management and cybercrime.He is one of the active persons in the ISF trying to implement an anticybercrime unit.

 Mr. Walid Nasser
“Piracy on the Internet“

Mr. Nasser is currently appointed by the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) as a co-arbitrator to settle a major dispute involving a construction contract in one of the Gulf States. He is the Chairperson of the Intellectual Property Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce (Lebanon) (ICC). Mr. Nasser is licensed to practice law in Lebanon since 1975, and is a member of the American Bar Association. He speaks five languages (English, French, Arabic, Italian and some Turkish).

Mr. Toni Chebli

Tony Chebli, as a CISSP, is the senior Information Security consultant, and the Deputy General Manager of Secor. His responsibilities are to open and penetrate new markets for Secor in the Middle East, gain new clients and maintain the existing ones. His role also is to manage the professional security services, maintain the high quality of the security services assesses and signs security reports. Mr. Chebli, as BS7799 Lead Auditor, has an expertise in the areas of ISO 27001 (formerly know as BS7799-2) Implementation and Certification, ISMS building, his responsibility is to market, sell and execute ISO 27001 consultancy.

 Dr. Fadi Makki

Director General/Advisor to the Prime Minister on Economy and International Trade since November 2006. Before that, he was Director General of the Ministry of Economy and Trade in Lebanon (since October 2002) and part time lecturer at the Business School of the American University of Beirut. For several years, he was the Advisor for the Minister of Finance, Economy and Trade in the State of Qatar in charge with the WTO file in Qatar ensuring the compliance of its laws and policies with the requirements of the WTO agreement. In that capacity he was also a member of the Organizing Committee of the WTO Doha Ministerial Conference which took place in 2001.He worked at the Islamic Development Bank and advised various governments and international organizations , including, Vietnam, Algeria, UAE, Suriname on a variety of WTO related issues. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge in international trade; master degrees from the London School of Economics and Hull University; BA from the American University of Beirut and an LLB from the Lebanese University Law School.
Author of various articles and two books: one entitled Financial Services in the WTO: Internationalisation and the Rule of Law (1999); and another one entitled Between the GATT and the WTO: Lebanon facing the Challenge (2000).

  Andreas Wagner
“Inside Threats, Anomalies and wrong behavior in Networks“

Andreas Wagner is a well recognized Security Expert with more than 10 years experience in Security and 25 years in IT. Speaker on international Conferences and Author of numerous security related articles. With his background in Security, IT-Security and Network Forensic, he guided several projects in international Finance-, Telecommunications-, and Law-Enforcement Organizations, as well as in nearly all branches. In 2005 he acted as a Chief Security Advisor for Saudi Telecom’s Information Security Monitoring Center and SOC.
His ongoing work for Law Enforcement Agencies and Governmental Services has given him a high reputation in Analysis of Cyber crime, unwanted Communication behaviour and targeted monitoring of activities and individuals. As a trainer for Agencies in the Law Enforcement Area he has trained several Organizations in Central- and Eastern Europe, the Arabic world and Asia.
He is the member, founder or co-founder of several European and German security initiatives like EICAR, CTOSE (European Commission), KOSIB and others. Through these initiatives he has built his network into IT-Security related Governmental Organizations, Manufacturers, Institutions and individuals worldwide, who influence the IT-Security world.

Ms. Nibal Idelbi
“Practical Applications of Cybercrime Issues“

Since September 2004, Ms. Idlebi is working in Information and Communication Division at UN-ESCWA. She participates in developing studies and projects for building Information Society in Western Asia. From 2002 to 2004, she worked in her country as Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Communications and Technology in Syria. During that period she supervised Information and Communication Technology and International Cooperation divisions. She participated also in the formulation of National ICT strategy for social and economic development.She has also worked in many cooperation projects with the European Union. She was the coordinator of bilateral cooperative project between the European Commission and Syria in the field of Higher Education, and she was the Local Project Manager of two Euro-Med projects within INCO-DC programme. In addition, she was Management Board Member of Syrian Computer Society (SCS) from 1997 to 2002. She headed the Training Committee in SCS, and she was key person in the National Program for Computer Training. Her experience with the private sector was with Telmat Multinode firm in France, as she was study engineer in parallel and distributed system. Ms. Nibal Idlebi has Engineering Degree from “Ecole Supérieur d’Electricité (Supelec)” in France, “Dipôme d’Etudes Approfondies” in Software Engineering and Operating Systems from “Ecole National Supérieur d’Informatique et de Mathématique Appliquées de Grenoble (ENSIMAG)”, and Ph D. in Computer Science from Nancy 1 University in France with specialization in Parallel Processing and Distributed Systems.

Ms. Therese Saliba Khairalla
“Data Retention vs. Data Privacy“

Ms. Khairallah is the Operations Manager of IDM IncoNet Data Management, the leading Internet Service Provider in Lebanon. Holding an Electrical & Electronic Engineering degree from the Lebanese University and a diploma in Engineering from Supelec Engineering School Paris, she started her career with BULL (Paris, France) where she worked for 6 years in networking systems. Since, she acquired over twelve years experience working with ISPs and data providers, managing and solving all Internet operations’ related issues.

Mr. Fadi Moubarak
“Securing the Intelligent Information Network“

Company: Cisco Systems
Postion: Regional Sales Manager, Levant Area

Career Overview:

Fadi, An AUB Graduate in Electrical Engineering and lately completed his MBA degree, started his Career with NCR corporation in Lebanon as a system engineer for high end systems, where he gained the necessary initial exposure before moving to Qatar. There, inspired by the introduction of the Internet to the area, moved into Networking Sales where he helped in building NCR System Integration team for network infrastructure using leading products from different vendors.
The multivendor experience, couple with cross industries exposure and complemented with Salas Management roles across the area, gave him the necessary in depth understanding of the ICT industry, its evolution and a clear vision where things are heading.After spending one year with Tellabs, developing their business in Iraq, the natural next step for Fadi was to lead Cisco Systems Operations in the Levant area, to continue Cisco growth in an Area that is undergoing a transition where ICT industry is becoming at the heart of the economy growth.

 Mr. Ali Nahle
Laws and circulars relating to electronic payment systems
Director of Information Technology at the Central Bank of Lebanon (BDL)

 Dr. Amine Awad

 Salam Yamout
“Data Privacy“

President of Women in IT

 Khalil Abd El-Masih
“Cybercrime: Business and Social Perspective“

Enterprise and Partners Group manager at Microsoft (Eastern Mediterranean)

 Rania Hajj Chahine
“حماية البيانات الشخصية في القانون اللبناني: هل يجب تنظيمها؟ “

Attorney at Law

 Judge Nidal El Chaer
الاطار التشريعي لجرائم المعلوماتية و الانترنت“

 Judge Fawzi Khamis
نحو إطار تنظيمي ملائم لمكافحة جرائم المعلوماتية في لبنان “

 Toni Issa

 Sanaa Awada
حماية الأطفال من سوء استخدام الانترنت و استغلالهم“

Higher Council for Childhood

 Aly Harakeh
“Protecting Children on the Internet“

Business Software Alliance (BSA)

 Ghassan Talhouk
“Security in Online Transactions“

Corporate Account Manager, MICROSOFT

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