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IDC IT Security Roadshow 2017

Retaining Control of the Digital Enterprise

Doha, April 27, 2017


Across the region, organizations are now having to operate under extremely challenging conditions, characterized by low oil prices, currency fluctuations, and a delicate political ecosystem. This has led to a prioritization of projects, with organizations realizing that they must now innovate and provide a superior user experience if they are to succeed in the face of aggressive competition. As such, there has been a considerable increase in the number of organizations exploring, planning, and engaging in digital transformation.

But if this drive for digital transformation is to bear fruit, the implementation of best-practice security measures is an absolute must. Indeed, the well-documented incidents that have hit the financial sector over the past year highlight the vulnerabilities that come with being part of an interconnected world. And this increasingly complex threat landscape is piling yet more pressure onto IT decision makers to re-evaluate their security strategies, develop dynamic policies, and create new synergies capable of enabling a secure, resilient, and compliant ecosystem.

Against this backdrop, IDC’s IT Security Roadshow 2017 will offer expert advice on establishing a seamlessly secure enterprise that utilizes a cutting-edge security roadmap as the foundation for delivering true digital transformation.

Do you think security is about scare tactics?

It isn’t. These days, it isn’t even about fear or doubts. It is about the desire to learn more, to be ahead of the game, to know when to embrace new technologies and when to discard old ones.

Our mission is to provoke thoughtful exchange through a holistic approach to information security and what it means for organizations today. We want to change the view of security from a cost center and a “police entity” to an integral element of business initiative. We believe it’s time to shift the paradigm of security from the preserve of IT to a key component of company culture.

All forward-thinking leaders welcome

IDC’s Security Summit is a must-attend event that brings together IT Security professionals from the top Middle Eastern organizations, thought-leading IDC analysts, industry gurus, and vendors of cutting-edge security solutions for networking, learning, and experience exchange.

Come speak, share, and challenge ideas with other IT Security professionals like you. All in the interest of improving security and furthering the culture that surrounds it.

Key Agenda Topics

Find answers to your questions:

  • Did you know that the number of CISOs that "provide valuable guidance to senior leadership related to cybersecurity” is declining?
  • Do you have an issue with finding skilled people and retaining talent?
  • Do your line-of-business colleagues drive you insane because they bought another app or service?
  • How solid is your cloud strategy?
  • Is BYOD right for your organization?
  • How do you react to GDPR and other upcoming regulations?
  • How responsive is your incident response?
  • Do you feel like the board gives you plenty of responsibility, but not enough autonomy?

Key Discussion Areas:

  • The Evolution of Security
  • Aligning Security with Business Objectives
  • Closing the Security Expertise Gap
  • Cyber Security Laws in Turkey
  • Soft Skills Needed for inter-department Communication
  • Privileged Account Management
  • Behavioral Analysis on Social Networks
  • IoT Security
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Big Data Analytics for Security






Time Event & Speakers

Registration, Networking & Welcome Coffee & Tea


Early Bird Raffle Draw


Welcome Note

Megha Kumar
Research Director, Software, Middle East & Africa

Building The New Security Roadmap

Megha Kumar
Research Director, Software, Middle East & Africa

Organizations are striving to execute digital transformation processes and bring innovation to the forefront. Organizations are further aiming to transform their processes, operations, and leadership to become digital enterprises. Specifically, companies are investing in 3rd Platform technologies and innovation accelerators to meet their targets within given timelines. However, organizations have to deal with the rapidly changing demands of their customers as well as a threat landscape that is getting increasingly complex. Organizations also have to contend with new vulnerabilities and technologies, meet customer demand for a seamless experience, and increasingly address issues relating to risk and trust.

The following keynote presentation will look at the trends impacting the security landscape in the region. It will also explore the issues that organizations will need to address in the digitally transformed era and outline what factors they need to consider in their security road maps for the future.


Building You Cloud Security Strategy

Waseem Halim
Senior Security Consultant - GULF, Palo Alto Networks
Not too long ago, the core of the traditional data centers was on premises servers running all manner of apps. With the maturing of virtualization technology and the need to standardize infrastructure and be more agile/flexible, private clouds are widely adopted by customers. Almost as rapidly as private cloud adoption occurred, organizations are moving workloads to public cloud environments such as amazon or azure.

In this keynote, Tarek Abbas will look at the trends of both private and public cloud adoption impacting the security landscape and how Palo Alto Networks platform help in securing such deployments.




Data Encryption: Can We Still Keep Secrets?

Edward Ganom
CISO- Commercial Bank in Qatar

Panel Discussion:Addressing the New Security Ecosystem

Shaju Bhaskaran
Chief Information Security Officer, Ahlibank
Shaik Abdulkhader
Chief Technology Security Officer, Vodafone
Krishnakumar Kottekkat
Head of IT Strategy & Governance, Aspire Zone Foundation
Samir Pawaskar
Head - Cyber Security Policy & Standards, Cyber Security Division, Ministry of Information & Communications Technology, Qatar

This panel discussion will examine how organizations are addressing the new set of security channels and dynamics associated with the drive for digital transformation. The panel will provide valuable insights into the practices and protocols they have incorporated within their own organizations.


Tea & Coffee break in the Expo Area


(Parallel Sessions)

Ballroom 1
Track Session A
Session Chairperson: Saurabh Verma, Program Manager - IT Services, Middle East, Africa & Turkey - IDC

12:00 - 12:05

Raffle Draw

12:05 - 12:25

Protecting the Human Point Against Rising Data Security Threats

Elias Samarani
Sales Engineer, Forcepoint
12:25 - 12:40

The Enterprise Immune System: Using Machine Learning for Next-Generation Cyber Defence

Michael D’Arcy
Commercial Director, Darktrace
12:40 - 12:55

Ransomware Exposed

Muazzam Qazi
Qatari Territory Account Manager, Check Point Software Technologies
12:55 - 13:15

Cyber Threat Intelligence: A Hack Is Worth a Thousand Words

Syed Peer
IT Manager, Qatar Fertilizer Company (QAFCO)
13:15 - 13:20

Roadmap to 2017

Saurabh Verma
Senior Research Manager, IT Services, Middle East & Africa
13:20 - 13:30

Raffle Draw

Ballroom 2
Track Session B
Session Chairperson: Megha Kumar, Research Director, Software, Middle East & Africa - IDC

12:00 - 12:05

Raffle Draw

12:05 - 12:25

It’s Time To Change the Way We Think About Cyber Security

Jai Prakash
Systems Engineer for Middle East - Fortinet, Fortinet
12:25 - 12:40

DNS Security – The Lost Conversation

Wissam Saadeddine
Regional Sales Manager, Infoblox Middle East
12:40 - 12:55

One Platform

Rami Al-Ajrami
Regional Director MENA - SOTI Inc., Soti
12:55 - 13:00

Roadmap to 2017

Megha Kumar
Research Director, Software, Middle East & Africa
13:00 - 13:10

Raffle Draw


Lunch in the Sridan Restaurant


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General Information

Date and Time

Thursday, April 27, 2017



Registration Fee

  • Free of Charge : For End Users (not IT +consultant companies)
  • USD 500 Per Participant : For IT vendors, and IT consultant companies


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Partnership Opportunities

Why sponsor the IT Security 2017?

  • Brand association with Senior IT Decision Makers, CISOs and Influencers via the extensive promotional campaign pre- and post-event
  • Position your company as one of the leading Security Solutions players in the Region
  • Meet face-to-face and build connections with a targeted group of qualified end users and decision makers
  • Hold meaningful conversations with potential customers – generous time set aside for networking
  • Secure post show appointments by collecting leads & conducting surveys through the exhibition

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