IDC IT Security Roadshow 2009

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IDC IT Security Roadshow 2009

Balancing Reality and Perception in a New Economic Era

Athens, March 11, 2009


A computer virus spreading beyond Earth to the International Space Station and a hacker intrusion into the Large Hadron Collider computer network illustrate how IT security, or rather a lack of it, can endanger major human undertakings, whether due to human error or negligence, technical failure, or faulty design. With new attack vectors and vulnerabilities being discovered on a daily basis, IT security has come to the fore for every business striving to protect its investments. Furthermore, new technologies such as Web 2.0, widespread mobile solutions, and new regulatory requirements create additional demands on IT security across all sectors.

IDC’s IT Security Roadshow has established itself as a flagship regional event providing a platform for the exchange of ideas, sharing of experience, and discussion on best practices among independent experts, analysts, industry leaders, and users of IT security solutions.

In addition to its traditional stops in major cities across Central and Eastern Europe, IDC's IT Security Roadshow has expanded for 2009 into major new business centers in the east of the region.

The seventh IDC Security Roadshow has invited top IT security experts to share their unique expertise. Among them are the following:

Laurentiu Popescu
Country Manager, IDC Romania
Laurentiu Popescu joined IDC in October 2001. As a country manager, he oversees IDC's operations and research in Romania. Prior to joining IDC, Mr. Popescu worked as a research analyst with the Middle East Marketing Research Bureau, a Cypriot marketing research company based in Nicosia. He was also a consultant with Greek business consulting firm IEBA, International Economics and Business Advisors. Mr. Popescu holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Bucharest Academy of Economic Sciences and a Master’s of Science in Decision Sciences from the Athens University of Economics and Business.

Roland Ficht
Director Infrastructure Services, Amadeus Data Processing GmbH
Graduating from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, with a diploma in computer science, Roland has pursued a twenty year career in systems and technology. His roles have given him insight and experience of quality assurance, rollout preparation, desktop PC developments, SLA negotiation with service providers, and WAN network design and operations for Amadeus Germany GmbH. From April 2000 he spent five years as Head of the System Services Business Unit operating the network and applications for Amadeus Germany GmbH. In 2005 he moved to Amadeus Data Processing GmbH in Erding to become Director of Infrastructure and Corporate Information Security heading up data center infrastructure, internal services and overall responsibility for information security within the Amadeus Group.

IDC's IT Security Roadshow helps you prepare for the future, tackling topics such as:
  • Balancing Reality and Perception in a New Economic Era
  • Managing Security Information and Emerging Vulnerabilities
  • Security as a Service – What to Consider When Choosing Security as a Service?
  • Building a Real-Time, Adaptive Security Infrastructure
  • Securing Business Mobility – A Virtual Workspace on a USB Flash Drive
  • Identity at Your Service(s): The Rise of Service-Based Identity and Access Management
  • Compliance and Security – How Critical Is It to Your Business?
  • Protecting Business in a Web 2.0 World

Who Should Attend

  • Chief Security Officers, Directors of Enterprise Security, CIOs, CTOs, CISOs
  • Privacy Officers, Network Security Managers, Server Application Managers
  • Antivirus, Email Monitoring, VPN, and 3A Managers
Representatives from the following industries:
  • Banking, Financial Services
  • Transportation, Utilities, and Logistics
  • Telecommunications
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Manufacturing
  • Trade


Time Event Speakers

Registration and Welcome coffee


Welcome and Conference Opening

Panagiotis Papaspiliopoulos
Special Advisor in Telecommunications , Ministry of Transportation and Communications

Greece – “State of the Art” in Network and Information Security, IDC-ENISA Country Reports

Stylianos Charalambakis
Research Analyst, Software and IT Services, IDC Greece

IDC Keynote Presentation: Balancing Reality and Perception in a New Economic Era

Laurentiu Popescu
Country Manager, IDC Romania
In a world where rapid changes occur in the economic environment, companies are seeking ways to rationalize spending and reduce costs. In the process of cutting IT budgets, IT security can also be affected. In this presentation, IDC will outline the economic challenges companies will have to cope with in the upcoming years. We will also point out why security levels should not be diminished during "troubled times" and what business value security solutions bring to an organization.

“It’s more than just binary code, it’s all about Criminals”.

Edward P. Gibson
Chief cyber Security Adviser (CSA), MICROSOFT Ltd., UK
Despite the mutating threats of cyber attacks, online extortion, or spam, a well-structured information security strategy can safeguard your business and ensure that risks are managed with commitment and understanding. Given the current economic times customers need that little bit of extra assurance they are taking the right steps to secure and keep private information which is the lifeblood of their operations - irrespective of size of business. Yet, because the internet is not territorial or jurisdictionally bound, organized crime efforts to steal everything you hold dear by extortion, threats, intimidation – not in the bricks and mortar world but in the online world, our normal responses to ‘attack’ are not as effective. But there are solutions . . . and sometimes they are free. Ed Gibson will discuss why he joined Microsoft as well as give a peek inside his 'cyber life' utilizing anecdotes from his 20 year career with the FBI including the most recent 5 years when he was assigned as a Diplomat to the US Embassy London in charge of all the FBI's cyber investigations in the UK. You might be surprised!

Securing the Smarter Planet

Peter Stremus
ISS Security Solutions Leader, IBM Europe
A new computing model is emerging, leveraging many advancements in technology. For example, cloud computing helps address the demand for ubiquitous access of information driven by the maturing role of the Mobile Web, the rise of social networking, globalization and the availability of global resources as well as the onset of real time data streaming and access to information. These are all becoming interconnected phenomena and the advancements in technology are driving this at breakneck speed. It takes a dynamic infrastructure to allow an organization to adapt quickly. To be dynamic means to improve service, reduce cost and manage risk. This presentation goes into how IBM sees security evolving in the new reality of the smarter planet.

Networking Break


Panel Discussion


Real-Life Case Study by IBM

Peter Stremus
ISS Security Solutions Leader, IBM Europe

Real-Life Case Study by Microsoft


Measuring the Status of Information Security in a Globally Distributed Organization

Roland Ficht
Director Infrastructure Services, Director Corporate Information Security, Amadeus Data Processing GmbH
To gain support for information security, we need to show value and the progress of implementation. In case of information security hard facts on technical systems alone are not sufficient, we also need to get an overview about soft facts.

Key Issues:
  • What are the challenges for measuring information security in an distributed organization?
  • How to judge the maturity of a security organization.
  • What KPIs are important?
  • 13:20

    Networking Lunch


    Economic, legal and technical implications of software piracy. How enterprises benefit from legal software.

    The current economic crisis calls for the restoration of growth, stability and trust for each company that can be achieved through resource management, including Software. Ms Arhontoula Papapanagiotou will speak about the value and benefits of legitimate Software by analyzing the legal, financial and technical dangers of illegal Software use by the enterprises. Ms Papapanagiotou will also present, for the first time in Greece, the new global approach of BSA on Resource Management Software, the BSA SAM Advantage.

    Information Security & Risk Management - Current Trends & Challenges

    Anestis Demopoulos
    President of ISACA Athens Chapter/Manager Ernst & Young, Advisory Services, ISACA
    Within the current business environment and financial crisis, cost containment solutions may lead to significant changes to the budgets dedicated to information security programs. Also, new initiatives for IT cost reduction may result in solutions that may impose new risks for information security. During this presentation we will discuss current trends and challenges in these areas, security issues to be considered, as well as techniques for monitoring the effectiveness of IT security programs and the value delivered to an organization.

    Infrastructures, Content or Confidence

    Anta Giannopoulou
    Supervisor, Special Secretariat of Digital Planning

    Career Advice for Security Professionals: How does the credit crunch affect Security Professionals in 2009, What’s is the Real Story?

    Iain Sutherland
    Managing Director, Information Security Solutions
    Looking at how Security Professionals are being affected by the credit crunch in 2009, looking at the value of qualifications and how they help a Security Professionals’ career progression. We will also look at what skills employers are looking for and which employers are looking for good candidates.

    Closing Remarks


    Conference Raffle Draw and Closing


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