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Time Event & Speakers

Registration & Networking


Welcome Address

Hamza Naqshbandi
Country Manager, Saudi Arabia, IDC

Security Strategies in an Era of Multiplied Innovation

Ranjit Rajan
Associate Vice President – Research, IDC Middle East, Turkey & Africa (META)

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


Using Intelligence to Build a Resilient Organization

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..


Driving Security via Platforms

Most large organizations must manage 50+ security products and 20+ providers. Security platforms and security ecosystems offer comprehensive, integrated solutions from a single vendor, or integrated solutions via an app marketplace. This presentation will evaluate whether this is the way to solve the scale and complexity challenge.


Tea/Coffee Break & Networking


Harnessing AI for Security Automation & Orchestration

Information is the new oil. Leveraging information for security purposes is a growing use case in several sectors such as government, telecommunications, and finance. At the same time, AI allows for improved threat intelligence and fraud detection, as well as increased security automation and orchestration, thereby reducing manual tasks and accelerating incident response. This session will explore how AI can be utilized for security use cases.


End User Presentation: Digital Transformation & Its Effects on Business Security

As organizations introduce innovative technologies into their ecosystems, they are simultaneously creating new types of risks and vulnerabilities. This presentation will provide an end-user perspective on the steps organizations can take to ensure business security as they engage in digital transformation.


Raffle Draw Prayer Break (Duhr Prayer Time 11:54)


Gold Track Session (Parallel Sessions)

Gold Track Session A: Convergence of OT & IT Security
Chaired by Uzair Mujtaba, Program Manager, IDC

12:15 - 12:20

Raffle Draw

12:20 - 12:45

Addressing the Security of Critical Systems

12:45 - 13:10

Security & the Extended OT Environment

13:10 - 13:40

Panel Discussion: Best Practices Around OT Security

13:40 - 13:45

Raffle Draw

Gold Partner Session B: Making Cloud Security a Reality
Chaired by Jawad Khalil, Program Manager, IDC

12:15 - 12:20

Raffle Draw

12:20 - 12:45

Securing Multiple Clouds Within Your Organization

12:45 - 13:10

Enhancing Security with Cloud

13:10 - 13:40

Panel Discussion: Effective Security Strategies for the Cloud

13:40 - 13:45

Raffle Draw


Lunch & Networking Break


Sliver Track Session (Parallel Sessions)

New-Age Security Dimensions
Chaired by Jawad Khalil, Program Manager, IDC

14:35 - 14:40

Raffle Draw

14:40 - 14:55

Addressing Security Complexity in the Digital Era

Hadi Jaafarawi
Managing Director – Qualys Middle East
14:55 - 15:10

Addressing Security Complexity in the Digital Era

15:10 - 15:35

Panel Discussion: Building an Effective Security Strategy

15:35 - 15:40

Dealing with Modern Risks
Chaired by Mufasir Yousuf, Senior Research Analyst, IDC

14:35 - 14:40

Raffle Draw

14:40 - 14:55

Modern Data Security Strategies

14:55 - 15:10

The Rise of Insider Risk

15:10 - 15:35

Panel Discussion: Ensuring Effective Data Security & Insider Risk Management


Final Raffle Draw


Summary and close


Ronita Bhattacharjee

Vice President, Conferences

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