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IDC CISO Roundtable 2018

Delivering Pervasive Security for the Digital Era

Dubai, April 11, 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


Early Bird Raffle- Samsung S3 Gear Frontier


Welcome Address

Ranjit Rajan
Associate Vice President – Research, IDC Middle East, Turkey & Africa (META)

Keynote: The Role of the CISO in the Digital Era

Ranjit Rajan
Associate Vice President – Research, IDC Middle East, Turkey & Africa (META)

This presentation will address the complexity of the region’s security landscape, examining the uptake of digital transformation and contextualizing the rising security risks. It will also take into the account the changing responsibilities of the CISO and engagement with the board.



Transforming Security through Visibility and Orchestration

Brian Gumbel
Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales,Forescout

The concept of deploying multiple layers of security controls throughout IT systems was just the first step. Now organizations are equipped with a broad portfolio of tool sets, providing a false sense of security. In this session, we explore the market dynamics and challenges of layered security with one example of how overconfidence in a defense in-depth strategy paves the way for cybercriminals.


Cyber Security Trends For 2018

Tony Jarvis
Chief Strategist, Check Point

The security industry suffers from one critical problem – we tend to make it more complicated than it needs to be. Businesses need to know in very clear terms what threats they are facing, the risks they represent, and the various options they have in dealing with those threats. Instead, we’re often confronted with fearmongering, marketing hyperbole and product pitches. None of this helps organisations who are already grappling with competing projects and limited resources.What we need instead is simplicity. Security is a business enabler, and it is only when it is viewed from a business perspective that we can truly make the right decisions. Learn what trends we see presenting themselves throughout 2018, and how you can navigate the threats effectively while getting on with business.



Tea & Coffee Break


Raffle Draw Win an Apple AirPod-courtesy Check Point


Panel Discussion: Strategies for New Age Security Decision Makers
Chairperson: Ranjit Rajan, AVP Research, IDC

Harpal Singh
Head of IT Risk & BCM - Emirates NBD
Amit Bhatia
Head of Information Security Risk – Dunia Finance
Anshul Srivastav
Chief Information Officer-Union Insurance Company P.S.C
Safdar Zaman
Head of IT Strategy & Governance-IT,Nakheel

This presentation can provide insights and guidance for new age security decision makers to build a robust security strategy


Summary & Close

Ranjit Rajan
Associate Vice President – Research, IDC Middle East, Turkey & Africa (META)



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