Time Event & Speakers

Registration & Networking


Welcome Address

Manish Ranjan
Program Manager, Software, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey

Security Metrics for the Digital Era

Manish Ranjan
Program Manager, Software, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey

Organizations in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa are increasingly trying to find a balance between keeping the lights on and improving business agility. National-level strategies and shifting industry dynamics are driving organizations in the region to innovate and experiment with new types of technologies, and thereby change IT and business-wide processes. IT security is no longer limited to protecting technology assets; today, security also aims to ensure business resiliency. As digital transformation initiatives progress, organizations will need to build business-level strategies for security. This presentation will examine the current state of the security landscape and explain how risk, trust, and consent must be built into security strategies as we enter an era of multiplied innovation.


Enterprise Digital Security Transformation

Sunil Varkey
CTO & Security Strategist, Symantec

With the adoption of social, mobile, AI and Cloud, enterprise business models, architecture and threat landscape are continuously changing. Trust in the digital environment and regulations are mandating new approach in securing enterprises. Symantec’s Integrated Cyber Defense platform with termination points focus and zero trust approach is leading the security industry.


Strategies for Securing a Hybrid Cloud and Data Center Environments While Still Enabling Business Agility

Mahmoud Arabi
Head of Business Development - Levant, Trend Micro

When it comes to cybersecurity, it’s important for enterprises to look at the big picture, taking into account current data center investments and future plans while ensuring not to slow down the business. This session will cover such strategies for securing your data center and/or your private/hybrid/public cloud without compromising the agility of your business.  



Securing Operational Technology — Protecting Nations from Cyberattacks

Osama Abduo
Principal Systems Engineer,Fortinet Middle East

Industrial control (ICS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems are being increasingly targeted by hackers involved in terrorism and cyberwarfare. Besides factories, these systems run critical infrastructure like power plants, water treatment utilities, and traffic control networks. An attack on these systems can cause financial and brand reputation losses, produce national security threats, and even result in death. This session will present a highly reliable security solution that integrates industry-specific security intelligence with networking to provide broad visibility, superior protection, and automated threat response.


Tea/Coffee & Networking Break


Cybercrime and the Financial Services Industry

Tarek Kuzbari
Regional Enterprise Director Middle East, Bitdefender


Securing the modern hybrid infrastructure

Faeq Abu Khair
Director Technical Account Management Post Sales, Qualys

As Enterprises step into their digital transformation journey, they are exploring and adopting new technologies and concepts like containers, DevOps, Mobility, IoT, OT and Cloud while still maintaining their traditional data centers. Thus, we see the rise of the modern hybrid infrastructure which forces Enterprises to re-think their IT infrastructure, applications and security. This presentation provides an insight on the challenges of securing a modern hybrid infrastructure and provides an insight on the future of security.


End User Presentation

Nasser Sami Zagha
Chief Technology Officer, International General Insurance Holdings

12:15-13:00 Session : Building an Effective Security Strategy


Panel Discussion: Building an Effective Security Strategy

Manish Ranjan
Program Manager, Software, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey
Nasser Sami Zagha
Chief Technology Officer, International General Insurance Holdings
Riyad Jazmawi
Head of Information Security, Investbank

The following panel discussion seeks to offer guidance on how organizations can build effective security strategies that can adapt with rising threat complexity. It looks to provide guidance around security management and building effective response plans.


Final Raffle Draw


Summary & Close




Ronita Bhattacharjee

Vice President - Conferences, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey

+971 4 391 2747

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