IDC CISO Roundtable 2018

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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

Welcome Tea & Coffee


Welcome Address


Keynote: Security Metrics for the Digital Era

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

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.

09:40-10:45 Session 1: Incorporating Data Encryption for Improved Security
Chairperson: Ranjit Rajan, AVP Research, IDC

As organizations increasingly utilize cloud and integrated networks, it will be critical to address data security by considering data encryption. If organizations fall victim to a breach, they are able to still mitigate the incident by having the proper data encryption solutions in place.




Threat Intelligence

Brian Gumbel
Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales,Forescout

Panel Discussion
Chairperson: Ranjit Rajan, AVP Research, IDC


Tea & Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:05 Session 2: Integrated Security Strategy with Security Services Chairperson: Ranjit Rajan, AVP Research, IDC

The Digital economy requires agile and responsive organization that will need to utilize solutions such as cloud to provision infrastructure and applications. Organizations can utilize cloud to provision access to security solutions while ensuring they have secure cloud environment. It also brings to light the need for advanced data governance and concern around privacy. The ideal cloud security strategy brings into play a hybrid security model and ensure overall compliance. This session will address aspects that decision makers need to keep in mind for a secure cloud deployment.






Panel Discussion

12:05 - 13:10 Session 3: Trusted Transactions with Blockchain Chairperson: Ranjit Rajan, AVP Research, IDC

Blockchains are distributed ledger technologies that allow for secure and trusted transactions. As new use cases arise organizations need to evaluate which use case with me be critical for them. This sessions looks what are blockchains, why they are needed and on-going challenges.






Panel Discussion
Chairperson: Ranjit Rajan, AVP Research, IDC


Session 4: End User Panel Discussion: Strategies for New Age Security Decision Makers
Chairperson: Ranjit Rajan, AVP Research, IDC

Harpal Singh
Head of IT Risk & BCM - Emirates NBD

Summary & Close




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