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Next-Generation Security in the Digital Era

Integrated Cyber Defense at the Heart of Digital Transformation

Karachi, August 13, 2018


Digital transformation is becoming increasingly mainstream, with most organizations in the region either planning or already starting their digital journey. To assist this process, organizations are increasingly using digital technologies such as cognitive systems, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, cloud, big data, and the Internet of Things to streamline their operations and improve their customer experience.


These new-age technologies are creating a complex ecosystem and introducing a new series of IT security, compliance, data protection, and regulations challenges. Addressing security in the digital age can no longer be an afterthought and cannot be addressed through the traditional ad-hoc approach of installing end-point security solutions. Organizations need to develop a holistic view of their growing security surface and develop a comprehensive security strategy that encompasses all the security pillars of policy, process, technology, organization, and people.


As such, security incidents are becoming far more complex and persistent than ever before. Many high-profile breaches have shown that a new breed of stealthy attackers are using vulnerabilities in systems – and even the Internet of Things – to bring down services and compromise systems. 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 'Next Generation Security in the Digital Era' event will equip you with expert insights into the security strategies, response tactics, 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 Address


Security Priorities for the Digital Era

Anis Tell
Research Director
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 outline the security priorities that organizations need to consider while engaging in digital transformation


Integrated Cyber Defense at the Heart of Digital Transformation

Haider Pasha
Chief Technology Officer - Emerging Markets, Symantec
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.


Networking & Tea/Coffee Break


Panel Discussion: Security Strategies for the Digital Era
Chaired by Anis Tell, Research Director (Telecom & IT Services), Middle East, Turkey, & Africa - IDC

Haider Pasha
Chief Technology Officer - Emerging Markets, Symantec
Kamran Meer
Head of IT Programs & Projects - United Bank Limited
Muhammad Maad
Chief Information Security Officer - Faysal Bank Limited
Syed Fahd Azam
Chief Information Security Officer, Meezan Bank
Eng. Muhammad Rehan Qadri
Head of IT – Khaadi SMC Pvt Limited
Digital transformation is changing the way we engage with customers, suppliers, and employees, requiring organizations to change the way they incorporate security into their ecosystems. This panel discussion will explore a series of best-practice strategies for proactively addressing security in the modern enterprise.


Women in Technology and CyberSecurity

Zainab Hameed
Member of ISACA Karachi Chapter’s Liaison for SheLeadsTech Initiative

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Networking Lunch


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