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IDC IT Security Roadshow 2017

Retaining Control of the Digital Enterprise

Abu Dhabi, May 11, 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, today’s 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 Tea / Coffee
First 100 Attendees will receive Virtual Reality Boxes


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.


Securing The Future: CyberSecurity In The Age of Digital Transformation

Cedric Warde
Senior Manager Commercial, Du Telecom

Threats are evolving. A new approach to cyber security is required

Mazen Dohaji
Regional Director – Middle East, Turkey & Africa, LogRhythm
It is a simple concept: the earlier you detect and mitigate a threat, the less the ultimate cost to your business. By implementing an effective end-to-end threat management process that focuses on reducing detection and response times, businesses can be able to prevent high-impact security incidents such as major data breaches. This presentation will thus examine how this process — which is called Threat Lifecycle Management (TLM) — can help organizations improve the efficiency of their security operations. It will also highlight how TLM can by scaled appropriately and used to lower the TCO and maximize the ROI of the security technologies in place at an organization.


Tea / Coffee Break & Networking


Red Team Exercises

David Michaux
UAE’s ‘ethical hacker’ & Director, Whispering Bell

The presentation focuses on the fact that many companies here have spent millions of AED on buying products yet still have gaping holes in their security, Red Team exercises are designed to show these flaws through simulated ‘Ethical Hacking and Social Engineering exercises’


Building You Cloud Security Strategy

Tarek Abbas
Technical Director, 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.


The Emerging Threat Landscape – A view on Global and Local Cyber Threats

Bayan Achkar
Security Consultant, Symantec MEA

Tea / Coffee Break & Networking


(Parallel Sessions)

Track A - Crystal Ballroom A
Chaired by Megha Kumar, Regional Director Software, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey, IDC

12:15 - 12:20

Raffle Draw

12:20 - 12:40

Protecting the Human Point Against Rising Data Security Threats

Mr. Kamlesh Luhana
Sales Engineer, Forcepoint
12:40 - 12:55

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

Michael D’Arcy
Commercial Director, Darktrace
12:55 - 13:10

Ransomware Exposed

Ram Narayanan
Channel Manager, GCC, Check Point
13:10 - 13:25

End-Users Threats & Analytics

Ahmed Yehia Seleem
Regional Manager, Nexthink
13:25 - 13:30

Roadmap to 2017

Megha Kumar
Research Director, Software, Middle East & Africa
13:30 - 13:35

Raffle Draw (Win a couple stay at Sofitel Corniche)

Track B- Crystal Ballroom B
Chaired by Saurabh Verma - Program Manager - IT Services, MEA and Turkey, IDC

12:15 - 12:20

Raffle Draw

12:20 - 12:40

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

Mahdi Naili
Senior Systems Engineer, Fortinet
12:40 - 12:55

Next Generation endpoint Protection

Amer AlSharkawi
Sales Director – MEA & Turkey, DriveLock
12:55 - 13:10

A people Centric Approach to Security 

Samer Hani
Sales Director- EEMEA, RES
13:10 - 13:15

Roadmap to 2017

Saurabh Verma
Senior Research Manager, IT Services, Middle East & Africa
13:15 - 13:35

Raffle Draw (Win a couple stay at Sofitel Corniche)


Networking & Raffle Draw in Exhibition Area
(Tweet & win, Meeting Voucher Raffle Draw)


Lunch in Crystal Ballroom A & B

General Information

Date and Time

Thursday, May 11, 2017



Registration Fee

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


For More Information, contact:

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