Sara Al Kindi is the Cyber Defense Head at Petroleum Development Oman with responsibility for leading Cyber Defense team (SOC, Incident Response, Cyber Threat Intelligence, Vulnerability Management, Application Security, Network Security, Endpoint Security, and Identity Access Management)
In addition to her current role, she serves SME role with a solid technical skills & experience in ICS/OT Security, Cybersecurity Strategy and Governance, Risk management, Cybersecurity Internal Audit and Cybersecurity Awareness.
Sara received Electrical and Computer Engineering BSc and MBA from Sultan Qaboos University, along with a Masters Degree in Networks and Security from the University of Kent in England. She also has multiple industry Cybersecurity certifications.
Sara Al Kindi is Cybersecurity passionate, innovator and outstanding front-runner, who led exceptional cybersecurity projects and initiatives. She won multiple awards such as Women in Cybersecurity Middle East “WiCSME22” Award as Women Cyber Defense Heroine. In addition, she also won Directorate Chairman’s Gold Award of Excellence from PDO and Cybersecurity Excellence Award from CyberX Global.
Sara is a strong believer that “volunteering and being involved in the community” is vital to support others shine, learn and grow in their career. She is also a member in Women in CyberSecurity MiddleEast (WiCSME) and Cybersecurity Forum for Omani Women. She is also passionate speaker and active member in multiple Cybersecurity forums at national, regional, and international levels. Furthermore, she is A Global Mentor in the UN’s ITU Women in Cyber Mentorship Program 2023 Cohort.