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IDC IT Security Summit 2018

Delivering Pervasive Security for the Digital Era

Abu Dhabi, April 19, 2018


Digital transformation is becoming increasingly mainstream, with the majority of organizations in the region either planning or already starting their journey. To assist this process, they have started using innovative technologies such as cognitive systems, virtual and augmented reality, robotics, and the Internet of Things to streamline their operations and improve their customer experience. Running alongside 3rd Platform solutions like cloud, mobile, social, and big data, these new innovation-accelerating technologies are creating a complex ecosystem that is introducing a new series of IT security challenges.

As such, security incidents are becoming far more complex and persistent than ever before. Recent high-profile breaches showcase that a new breed of stealthy attackers are using vulnerabilities in systems and even the Internet of Things to bring down services. With digital transformation, security needs to become more pervasive; it needs to be embedded into the vision of the organization and treated as a core metric. Organizations can no longer settle for standard security solutions; they must move forward by embracing a proactive approach to the issues of defense, protection, mitigation, compliance, trust, and risk.

Against this backdrop, IDC’s Security Summit 2018 will equip you with expert insights into the security metrics, threat vectors, and solutions that you should keep in mind as you work to develop a sustainable security roadmap for your organization.





Time Event & Speakers

Registration, Networking & Welcome Coffee & Tea


Networking and Fun Activities begin in Exhibit Area


Early Bird Raffle Draw – Win Dinner for 2 at Burj Al Arab


Welcome Address


Keynote: Security Metrics for the Digital Era

Anis Tell
Research Director

The following presentation will provide an overview on the complexity of the security landscape in the region. It will cover the uptake of digital transformation and the rising security risks. It will cover the security metrics organizations need to consider as a part of the security strategy.


Integrated Cyber Defense at the Heart of Digital Transformation

Karthik Ramakrishnan
Sr Systems Engineer, Symantec Middle East 2018

This session starts by discussing the key trends in digitization across various industries along with the cyber security challenges being faced today. It then focuses on the typical attack surfaces organizations are trying to defend in their environments and how core technologies from Symantec can support them. There is a specific focus on building an Integrated Cyber Defense platform followed by how organizations need to begin this journey by incorporating a Cyber Resilience strategy. We close by discussing what key questions the board should ask in order to stay engaged in building this integrated future.


Pervasive security in a connected world

Fahem Al Nuaimi
CEO, Ankabut


Panel Discussion: New Age Security Strategies

Muhammad Naveed
IT Manager ,Abu Dhabi Terminal
Fahem Al Nuaimi
CEO, Ankabut

Tea/Coffee Break


Technology Tracks (Parallel Sessions)

Technology Track Session A:Strategies for New Age Cybercrime

11:30 - 11:35

Raffle Draw from Raffle coupon –Samsung S3 Gear Frontier

11:35 - 11:55

The Cost Of Our Connected World

Dimitris Raekos
General Manager , ESET Middle East
11:55 - 12:15

Deception-based Threat Detection: Myths and Realities

Ray Kafity
Vice President - Middle East Turkey and Africa, Attivo Networks
12:15 - 12:30

Modernize Your Endpoint Security: No Magic Bullets, you need an Arsenal!

Michel Tannous
Enterprise Sales Engineer, Middle East, Bitdefender
12:30 - 12:45

Futuristic Cyber Security: Current Trends, Addressing Challenges and Opportunities

Dr.Hoda Alkhzaimi
Director of Center of Cyber Security, New York University Abu Dhabi
12:45 - 12:55

Roadmap 2018

Anis Tell
Research Director
12:55 - 13:00

Raffle Draw from Raffle coupon –Dinner Voucher from Sofitel

Technology Track Session B :Data and Network Strategies in the Digital Era

11:30 - 11:35

Raffle Draw from Raffle coupon –Samsung S3 Gear Frontier

11:35 - 11:55

Digital Transformation: Cure-all, Placebo or Poison Pill?

Mahdi Naili
Senior Systems Engineer, Fortinet
11:55 - 12:15

Cybercrime and How It Affects You!

Dario Pattarini
Practice Manager - Security, CA Technologies
12:15 - 12:30

Don’t drown in a sea of cyberattacks

Vaishnavi Ketharnathan
Product Specialist, Manage Engine
12:30 - 12:45

Software-Defined Secure Network

Mohamad Makhzoum
Cyber Security Specialist, Juniper
12:45 - 12:55

Roadmap 2018

Swapna Subramani
Research Manager, Systems & Infrastructure Solutions, IDC Middle East & Africa
12:55 - 13:00

Raffle Draw from Raffle coupon –Dinner Voucher from Sofitel


Networking & Fun Activities continue in the exhibit Area


Final Raffle Draw in the Exhibit Area – Canon Scanner Image Formula



General Information

Date and Time

Thursday, April 19, 2018



Registration Fee

  • Free of Charge : For End Users (not IT +consultant companies)


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  • 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
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