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Uzair Mujtaba
Program Manager — IDC Saudi Arabia

Security Metrics for the Digital Era

Uzair Mujtaba
Program Manager — IDC Saudi Arabia

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.


OT Security - understanding OT security threats, challenges, & mitigations

Tamer Aboualy
MEA Security Partner & Lead and Global OT Security Consulting Lead, IBM Security

Effective cyberdefense requires a holistic security approach incorporating broad process and technology strategies. To be fully prepared and decrease the probability of targeted attacks, future potential threats need to be considered as well. This session will look at how threat intelligence can help organizations identify ongoing security threats and take precautions against future dangers


Approach of Digital Transformation

Anas Mosa
Head of IT, Sunbulah Group


Tea/Coffee & Networking Break


Securing the Modern Hybrid Infrastructure

Faeq Abu-Khair
Technical Account Manager, 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.


How to Make Your Software Security Program Successful

Ajay Bongirwar
Region Head, India & Middle East, Checkmarx

As new code deployments accelerate through wider adoption of DevOps methodology, maintaining software security is crucial to you and your customers. Is your software security program up to the challenge? You may not be getting the most out of your software security program, but Checkmarx can help you diagnose your difficulties.

Join our security experts to learn how to improve your program for better, faster results.

- Learn how to minimize security vulnerabilities

- Understand the importance of automation to software security

- Get 10 best practices for improving your software security program

- Determine which incremental improvements will make the most difference in your software security program.

- Leave with an understanding of how software security fits into the overall security of your organization



Cybersecurity in IoT

Feras Alazwari
VP Security Business Unit, AEC


Cloud AI - Momentum, Maturity & Models for Industry 4.0 Success

Mohammed Khursheed Akhtar
Data Scientist, Associate Professor KAU Web Observatory for Web Studies, King Abdulaziz University (KAU)

Final Raffle Draw – Chance to win a night stay for two at Park Hyatt Jeddah


Lunch & Networking


Ronita Bhattacharjee

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

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