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UAE CISO Roundtable

Preparing for a New Era of Cyberthreats


Security leaders are at the frontlines of maintaining security in a rapidly evolving threat landscape punctuated with relentless threat actors. In the UAE, security professional in both the private and public sectors face incredible challenges. Their organizations demand best-in-class security as well as the agility and speed needed to make the right decisions and balance enterprise-related risks and benefits. Our latest research shows that cybersecurity metrics are now the number-one KPIs for measuring the performance of IT teams in the region, and we forecast that annual spending on cybersecurity across the region will top $5 billion by next year.

Security heads today have a multidimensional role. In addition to maintaining security, they also handle evolving business and digital concerns. However, what used to work before is no longer remotely sufficient today. Security leaders must take a business and ROI-driven approach to protecting the organization from any outside threats. They must constantly innovate and leverage automation to match and exceed the level of sophistication of bad actors.

The 2023 edition of the IDC UAE CISO Roundtable will explore the current state of the cybersecurity market in the UAE and the wider Middle East region. IDC analysts and a host of regional and global security experts will take a deep dive into the challenges facing CISOs today and highlight the strategies that can be leveraged to instill reliable security practices into corporate cultures. These analysts will also demonstrate how the near-universal adoption of remote and hybrid work practices has impacted the CISO role – even while the attack surface continues to expand.


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Tuesday May 16, 2023

Registration & Networking


Opening Act


IDC Welcome Address


Opening Address


IDC Keynote: Shaping Security Strategies for the Digital-First Organization


Protecting what’s now and what’s next - Building Security Resilience in a hybrid world


Q&A (Ask Questions & Stand a Chance to Win a Raffle)


Understanding the Supply Chain and its Potential Vulnerabilities


Q&A (Ask Questions & Stand a Chance to Win a Raffle)


Tea / Coffee & Networking Break


CISO Panel Discussion : Building Digital Trust: Identity, Privacy, and Data Security


The Need for Industrial Organizations to Incorporate Centralized Security Management Tools to Bridge the IT/OT Gap


Q&A (Ask Questions & Stand a Chance to Win a Raffle)


Proactive Security Projects Must Become a Business Goal and a CISO Priority


Q&A (Ask Questions & Stand a Chance to Win a Raffle)


Panel Discussion: How New Technologies Are Changing the Definition of Digital Trust


Panel Discussion: Enabling Cybersecurity Resilience to Keep Up with Rapid Digitalization and a Shifting Threat Landscape


CISO Panel Discussion: Securing Workforce: Challenges and Solutions


Lunch & Networking


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