Enabling Security for a Remote Workforce During the COVID-19 Challenge

Fortinet Webinar: Middle East & Africa

May 12, 2020


The COVID-19 outbreak has forced organizations across the world to direct their employees to work from home. Particularly in this region, where working from the office has been the norm in many key sectors, enabling work from home for a large workforce has been a significant challenge. Providing secure access across data, applications, and enterprise networks for this remote workforce at scale has now become a key priority for IT security personnel. Secured identity and access management, threat management, and incidence response, along with other critical security factors, must be reviewed in this context. 

In this webinar, jointly hosted by IDC and Fortinet, we will analyze the key security challenges and discuss the best practices that IT managers can adopt while enabling a remote workforce and navigating this crisis.


Who Should Attend?

This webinar has been designed as an information-sharing forum and networking platform for senior security decision makers from the most prominent enterprises across the Middle East, Africa & Pakistan region. The agenda is guaranteed to reflect the most pressing global security challenges, while also addressing the current needs of the local market and providing ample scope for in-depth and engaging discussions.

Why Attend?


Explore key trends shaping security decisions across the region


Learn about proven best practices through real-life case studies


Get inspired by the professional stories shared by industry pioneers and IDC analyst


Gain a clearer understanding of current security challenges


Engage Digitally 1-2-1 with the region's foremost ICT pioneers


Time Event & Speakers

Welcome Address

Varun Kukreja
Senior Program Manager, Senior Program Manager - IT Security MEA, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey

Cause & Effect: Understanding Teleworking Risks & How We Can Respond

Varun Kukreja
Senior Program Manager, Senior Program Manager - IT Security MEA, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey
Most senior IT executives never considered a scenario like the COVID 19 pandemic. Even comprehensive business continuity plans rarely considered long-term teleworking scenarios. This has created a unique challenge around the world in ensuring that employees and customers can continue to access enterprise resources securely. This keynote addresses current challenges and identifies some priorities that can help tackle these unprecedented risks.


Enabling a Secure Workforce

Patrick Grillo
Senior Director, Solutions Marketing, Fortinet
Providing secure remote access to employees has been a long-standing part of any IT strategy, but with the recent need for more employees to work remotely, organizations can find their existing capabilities overwhelmed. While supporting this type of workforce with little to no notice is critical to ensure business continuity, guaranteeing the security of both the remote employee and the organization is equally crucial. This session will examine how organizations can prepare themselves to support the rising number of remote users with potentially differing capabilities. It will also highlight if two-factor authentication is a requirement for every organization.



Panel Discussion: Firefighting & Strategizing: How IT Leaders Are Ensuring Productivity & Security in Teleworking

Varun Kukreja
Senior Program Manager, Senior Program Manager - IT Security MEA, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey
Patrick Grillo
Senior Director, Solutions Marketing, Fortinet
Saqib Chaudhry
CISO, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Ayad Ed Sleiman
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology - KAUST
Sanjeev Jhurry
Head Of Information Security, Bank One
Tobe L. Nnadozie
Divisional Head, Technology and Innovation, CSCS
This pandemic has brought IT leaders to the forefront of creating digital responses, particularly leaders of organizations that need to reconsider their business plans. CISOs, CIOs, and IT leaders now must ensure productivity in all daily operations and lead new initiatives while guaranteeing the security of enterprise resources. This panel discussion will focus on understanding how IT leaders, CISOs, and CIOs are balancing the act of firefighting and strategizing.



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General Information

Date: Tuesday, 12th May, 2020

Time: 1.30pm UAE time

Language: English

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



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