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Moustafa Hamwi Embrace the passion of an award-winning author and speaker, and the world’s leading expert on the topic of passionate leadership—Moustafa Hamwi. Hamwi is known as “The Passionpreneur” due to his success in empowering leaders to work and live passionately. His book, Masters of Success, is an Amazon bestseller and winner of the Quilly® Award 2016, presented by The National Academy of Best-Selling Authors®. In his thought-provoking closing keynote address—Passionate Leadership—Hamwi will share leadership insights and his own research on passion and the power that feeling connected and aligned to a bigger mission can have on your organisation and on you personally.


Mark your calendars for 29-30 November 2017 and join us in Dubai, UAE! Don’t miss the opportunity to earn up to 23 CPE hours and be a part of the top area conference for Audit and Security professionals.

There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of this industry and it is crucial now more than ever for you to stay current in your field. Gain knowledge to advance your career and organizational goals by attending the Asia Pacific CACS 2017 Conference. Our goal is to hear you say “that was INCREDIBLE!”


Grow Your Network

You will have direct access to the leaders in the industry, with our expert speakers in the breakout sessions and the leading suppliers in the Expo Hall.

Enhance Your Knowledge

This year’s programme offers topics that are current and timely, subject matter that is cutting edge, and a thought-leadership perspective that challenges today’s industry as well as new ideas.

Thursday Night Social Event

Thursday, 30 November | 18:30 – 21:30

A unique desert venue located in Dubai Heritage Vision, just a short drive from the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel and set in 37 million square feet of undulating sand dunes surrounded by indigenous regional flora and fauna in a typical desert oasis landscape. It encompasses a Traditional souk, a Bedouin style seating, 5-star dining experience with spectacular live Arabian Entertainments and much more. We will offer guests an experience of true Arabian hospitality, heritage and culture, in calm environment set in natural Reserve. The event is complimentary with your registration, be sure to check off the box for this event when you register. Guest tickets are available at $150.00 US each.
Discover Arabian Desert: Sahara Experience


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Earn up to 23 CPE hours by attending this conference.


JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay
Dubai, 121000 United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971.4.4140000

Save when you book under the ISACA Room Block!

With the ISACA block from Tuesday, 28 November – Friday, 1 December–the cost is 2400 AED (US $653.42)

Without the ISACA block from Tuesday, 28 November – Friday, 1 December–the cost is 2925 AED (US $796.35)

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Topic Areas for 2017

The Asia Pacific CACS Conference is the premier conference for Audit/Assurance, Compliance, Risk, Security and Strategy/Governance professionals. Hosted by ISACA International Headquarters, this year’s programme will include sessions on:


1-Day Workshops; Pre-Conference (7 CPE)

Tuesday, 28 November | 9:00 - 17:00

As the programme is developed, we will continue to add information to this page – check back frequently for updates!

Moustafa Hamwi2017 Closing Keynote Address

Passionate Leadership

Moustafa Hamwi
Award Winning Author & Speaker, Passionpreneur and Chief Energy Officer

This talk is based on the works of work of Dr. Marshall Goldsmith in the area of leadership and Moustafa’s research on passion. The passionate leader will be required to give people a sense of being connected and aligned to a bigger mission to have the mindset that it is a privilege to have an impact on people’s lives, and do work that will move the needle in the world.

Moustafa Hamwi is an award-winning author and speaker, and the world’s leading expert on the topic of passionate leadership—how it can be and needs to be achieved in the business world. He is known as “The Passionpreneur,” due to his success in empowering leaders to work and live passionately. His book, Masters of Success, is an Amazon bestseller and winner of the Quilly® Award 2016 by The National Academy of Best-Selling Authors®.

Hamwi has been selected by Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, the world’s “#1 Executive Coach,” as one of top 100 coaches globally. Hamwi has been featured on the blog of Thinkers50, which is the world's most prestigious ranking of the top 50 management thinkers in the world.


2017 Keynote Speakers

Eddie Schwartz2017 Opening Keynote Address

The Future of Cyber Security in the Fifth Wave of Technology Innovation

Eddie Schwartz
Executive Vice President, Dark Matter

We are well into the fifth wave of technology innovation. Just as the PC, the Internet, smartphones, and social media all fundamentally changed every aspect of our day-to-day personal and professional lives, the fifth wave introduces a range of exciting advances, any of which represent absolute game changers. Blockchain, machine learning and artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and a Smart World – all will impact our lives and the livelihood of our family in less than a decade. And yet, in our profession, we continue to struggle with securing the first through fourth waves, with the same broken controls, the same failed audits and unpatched systems, the same feeling that the bad guys always are a step ahead. This presentation examines the upcoming tsunami of technology innovation, key unaddressed cyber risks, and how our profession must begin thinking about the future of cyber security and information resilience in the fifth wave.

Eddie Schwartz is EVP of Cyber Services for Dark Matter and has worked in the cyber security field for more than 25 years. Schwartz has led large enterprise and start-up security companies across a broad range of product and service categories. Previously, he helped pioneer advertising fraud detection at security start-up White Ops as President and COO. He also worked as Global Leader for Cyber Security Solutions at Verizon, Chief Security Officer for RSA, Co-Founder and CSO of NetWitness (acquired by EMC) where he led the groundbreaking creation of technology to detect advanced persistent threats, EVP/CTO of ManTech, GM of Global Integrity (acquired by INS), SVP of Operations of Guardent (acquired by VeriSign) where he pioneered managed security services, VP/CISO of Nationwide Insurance, and was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service. Schwartz serves on the board of advisors for start-ups Observable Networks (recently acquired by Cisco) and My Digital Shield, and is the Chairman for ISACA’s Global Cybersecurity Taskforce. He has a B.I.S. in Information Security Management and an M.S. in Information Technology Management from the GMU School of Management



Tuesday, 28 November 2017


8:30 – 17:00

Registration Open

8:30 – 9:00

Arrival Coffee

9:00 – 17:00

WS1-COBIT 5 for Risk

Wednesday, 29 November 2017


7:30 – 18:00

Registration Open

8:00 – 8:30

Arrival Coffee

8:30 – 10:15

Opening Keynote Eddie Schwartz: The Future of Cyber Security in the Fifth Wave of Technology Innovation

10:15 – 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:00

111–Understanding Risk Based IT Auditing
112–WannaCry! Makes you WannaCOBIT!
113–Defining an Information Security Incident Response Procedure
114–IoT-Privacy Maturity Framework & Solutions

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:00

121–Please check back soon for updated content!
122–Measurement Metrics for IT Governance
123–Cyber Warfare & the New Threats to Security
124–Encryption: Lower Risk, Increase Compliance

14:00 – 14:15

Coffee Break

14:15 – 15:15

131–WannaCry? No Wanna Get Wiser
132–Centralized Management of Risk and Compliance
133–Data Protection in High Risk Markets
134–Complying with Bank Regulation Requirements Using MENA

15:15 – 15:45

Movement Break

15:45 – 16:45

141–Away from Failures of Continuous Auditing
142–Initiating GEIT, Oman Ministry of Manpower
143–Cloud Security: Oil and Gas
144–Data Transfer Between EU and ROW after GDPR

16:45 – 17:00

Movement Break

17:00 – 18:00

151–Banking Fraud Detection with Data Analytics
152–Holistic IT Governance
153–Please check back soon for updated content!
154–Please check back soon for updated content!

18:00 – 19:30

Networking Event

18:15 – 18:45

Spotlight Sessions 1–3
SS1-The Enterprise Immune System: Using Machine Learning for Next-Generation Cyber Defense

Thursday, 30 November 2017


8:00 – 17:30

Registration Open

8:00 – 8:30

Arrival Coffee

8:30 – 9:30

211–Audit and Green IT
212–Roles of Audit and Risk Managers in ERM
213–Harmonizing Cloud Security in Multi-Cloud Environments
214–Privacy By Design

9:30 – 10:00

Coffee Break

10:00 – 11:00

221–The Changing Focus of IT Audits
222–COSO in the 21st Century
223–SSH Keys—Lowest Cost, Highest Risk Tool
224–Art of Performing Risk Assessments

11:00 – 11:15

Movement Break

11:15 – 12:30

231–Please check back soon for updated content!
232–IT GRC Maturity - Balanced Score Card Way
233–Monstrous Threat for IoT - Ransomware
234–Adopting GDPR Using COBIT 5 pt 1

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:30

241–NIST Cybersecurity Audit/Assurance Program
242–Data Governance Using COBIT 5
243–Cyber Resilience for the Changing World
244–Adopting GDPR Using COBIT 5 pt 2

14:30 – 15:00

Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:00

251–Auditing Against NIST Cybersecurity Standard
252–Mapping of COBIT 5 with PMI Standards
253–Culture & Leadership - Key to Cybersecurity
254–Complying with UAE Regulations Using an Integrated Framework

16:00 – 16:15

Movement Break

16:15 – 18:00

Closing Keynote Moustafa Hamwi: Passionate Leadership

18:30 – 21:30

Social Event–Discover Arabian Desert: Sahara Experience


Continuing Professional Education Credits

To maintain ISACA certifications, certification holders are required to earn 120 CPE credit hours over a three-year period in accordance with ISACA’s continuing professional education (CPE) policy. Attendees can earn up to 23 CPE credits; 16 by attending Asia Pacific CACS, and up to 7 for the pre-conference events. ISACA conferences are Group Live and do not require any advanced preparation.

Please note that the session scanners at the Conference do not track CPE credit hours. You will still need to allocate your CPE hours in “My ISACA” following the conference. Certificates of Attendance will be accessible via your MyISACA account. To view your certificate, log into your account and navigate to the “myDOWNLOADS & CERTIFICATES” tab. There you will find a “MY CPE CERTIFICATES” section where all your ISACA event CPE Certificates will live.

Your Certificate of Attendance details the maximum number of CPE hours you could have earned by attending this event. CPE policies for each ISACA certification, as well as details on how to report your CPE hours, are available here on ISACA’s website. Reporting can also be done by submitting information on the annual renewal invoice.

Conference Registration Fees

Register and pay before 11:59PM CST (UTC-6) on Monday, 27 November 2017
Member US $795 Non-member US $995

Register and pay on site
Member US $895 Non-member US $1,095

One-Day Workshops
Member: US $400 Non-Member: US $500

Cancellation Deadline:

31 October 2017

Attendance Justification Letter

Registration and Payment Policy

Registration submissions for this conference and any additional workshops are not processed, and a seat is not confirmed or reserved, until full payment is received. All submissions not paid in full will be placed on a waitlist and priority will be given to paid registrants in a payment first-come, first-serve basis. Space is limited, so it is highly recommended that payment is provided at the time of submission to guarantee a seat within the conference and all related events.

Registration rate is determined by the date payment is received by ISACA HQ and current membership status. Please plan accordingly, as it may take 10 or more business days for a wire transfer or mailed check to reach ISACA. Should we receive payment after a registration rate deadline, your account will be adjusted to reflect the current due amount. Entrance to the conference and all related events is contingent upon full payment.

Discounts for the Conference are available, detailed below. In order to verify eligibility for any of these discounts, please contact or +1.847.660.5670. Note that discounts cannot be credited to you after the transaction has been completed. All discounts are applied to the main conference registration fee, and cannot be applied to workshop registrations. Discounts cannot be combined or compounded with any special registration rates available.

Academic and Student Discounts

ISACA offers a $100 discount to academic institution employees and students. Please note that you must be an ISACA Student member in order to receive the student discount; additional membership and qualification details can be found here. For additional registration details and eligibility verification, please contact ISACA’s Conference Department at +1.847.660.5670 or

Group Discounts

ISACA offers discounts to organisations sending 4 or more employees to a single conference. Group registrations must be processed in a single registration transaction. Please contact the ISACA Conference department for more details at +1.847.660.5670 or; cannot be combined with any other registration discount offerings.

Government Discounts

ISACA offers a $100 conference registration discount to government employees. Please contact the ISACA Conference department for more details and eligibility verification at +1.847.660.5670 or; cannot be combined with any other registration discount offerings.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be submitted in writing by the published deadline to receive a refund of registration fees. A cancellation charge of US $100 will be subtracted from conference refunds, and US $50 per workshop from workshop refunds. No refunds can be given after the date specified. Attendee substitution is permitted at any time until the conference. If a nonmember is substituting a member, then there will be additional nonmember fees.

NOTE: Registration is contingent upon full payment of the registration fee. To guarantee registration, conference fees must be received by the published deadline. It may take 10 or more business days for a wire transfer or mailed check to reach ISACA, so please plan accordingly. If, for any reason, ISACA must cancel a course or event, liability is limited solely to the registration fees paid. ISACA is not responsible for other expenses incurred, including travel and accommodation fees. For more information regarding administrative policies, please contact the ISACA conference department.
Phone: +1.847.660.5670
Fax: +1.847.253.1443

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    Chicago, IL 60674 USA
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ISACA reserves the right to alter or delete items from the programme in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Material has been prepared for the professional development of ISACA members and others in the IT audit, control, security, and governance community. Neither the presenters nor ISACA can warrant that the use of material presented will be adequate to discharge the legal or professional liability of the members in the conduct of their practices. All materials used in the preparation and delivery of presentations on behalf of ISACA are original materials created by the speakers, or otherwise are materials which the speakers have all rights and authority to use and/or reproduce in connection with such presentation and to grant the rights to ISACA as set forth in speaker agreement. Subject to the rights granted in the speaker agreement, all applicable copyrights, trade secrets, and other intellectual property rights in the materials are and remain with the speakers.

Please note: unauthorized recording, in any form, of presentations and workshops is prohibited.

Not a member of ISACA? Join today!

When you register for the conference as a nonmember, the difference between member and nonmember conference fees can be applied towards ISACA membership. This means you can become a member at the international and chapter level for little to no additional cost; it just depends on your local chapter dues. To take advantage of this great offer, check the box on the registration form. For more information about ISACA membership, visit the web site at or contact the membership department at

NOTE: This offer expires 30 days after completion of the event. Nonmembers pay the nonmember conference fee when registering.

Permission to be Photographed

By attending this event, the registrant grants permission to be photographed and videotaped during the event. The resultant photographs and videos may be used by ISACA for future promotion of ISACA’s educational events on ISACA’s web site, in social media and/or in printed promotional materials, and by attending this event, the registrant consents to any such use. The registrant understands any use of the photographs and videos will be without remuneration. The registrant also waives any right to inspect or approve the aforementioned use of any photographs or videos now or in the future.


Business casual is appropriate for this and all ISACA conference events.

Dubai is a city that must be seen to be believed. Record-breaking architecture stands alongside traditional quarters, while manmade islands jut out of the coastline.

Conference Venue

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

Sheikh Zayed Road
Business Bay, Dubai
121000, United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971.4.4140000

A 5-star destination in Dubai, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is a striking addition to an already spectacular skyline. As the world's tallest hotel, it boasts over 1,600 guest rooms and suites spread out across two towers and 72 spectacular floors. Enjoy panoramic city views from luxury accommodations, all outfitted with spa-like marble bathrooms, 46-inch LCD TVs, and plush bedding. Explore the hotel's dazzling array of amenities, such as its signature SARAY Spa and state-of-the-art health and fitness center. Catering to travelers of all tastes, the hotel offers diverse restaurants from which you can explore the flavors of Dubai and beyond. Centrally located on the Dubai Water Canal, the hotel offers guests easy access to such notable attractions as the world-renowned The Dubai Mall and the jaw-dropping Burj Khalifa. Come discover why the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is an unforgettable experience in a truly unforgettable city.

Click here to reserve your room today!

ISACA Group Rate: AED 800 + 10% municipality fee + 10% service fee
+ AED 20/night Tourism Dirham fee

Room rates are inclusive of:

  • Complimentary Breakfast Buffet
  • Complimentary Basic Wi-Fi

Group Rate Deadline: 4 November 2017
Check In Time: 15:00
Check Out Time: 12:00

There are a limited number of rooms available at ISACA’s Group Room Rate and reservations will be handled on a first come-first served basis. All reservations made after the deadline or after the room block fills are subject to space and rate availability. In order to guarantee hotel reservations, guests will be required to provide credit card information when making the reservation.

Help Us Help You!

For the best possible experience, ISACA strongly encourages all conference delegates to stay at the host hotel. It is the most convenient location for attendees to be able to participate in all conference activities at a reasonable price. Also, every reservation made for those attending ISACA events will help us to fulfill our commitment to the hotel, which in turn allows ISACA to continue to keep the cost of the conference fees and membership dues as low as possible.


Dubai General Information

Population: Dubai 2,749,285
Territory: 4,114 km² (1,588.4 square miles)
Official Language: Arabic, but also widely spoken are Persian, Malayalam, English, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, and Tagalog
Money and credit cards: Arab Emirate Dirham (AED); Most major credit cards are widely used and accepted
Government: Emirate
Capital: Abu Dhabi
Provinces: Dubai is one of 7 emirates in the United Arab Emirates
Climate: March-November 35 ºC/95ºF
Demographics: Emirati 19%, other Arab and Iranian 23%, South Asian 50%, other expatriates (includes Westerners and East Asians) 8%
Electric Adaptors: Most plugs are type G British BS-1363/Adapter, but there can also be Type C or Type D. Current is 220/240 volts and a voltage converter if the device indicates it is for 110/120 volts

Dubai Important Information

Visa: Many travelers can obtain visas upon arrival to Dubai. Please check here to find your visa requirements.

Thank You to Our 2017 Sponsors!

Bronze Sponsor


Darktrace is the world’s leading machine learning company for cyber security. Created by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, the Enterprise Immune System uses AI algorithms to automatically detect and take action against cyber-threats within all types of networks. A self-configuring platform, Darktrace requires no prior set-up, identifying advanced threats in real time, including zero-days, insiders and stealthy, silent attackers.



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