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OPSWAT roundtable discussion takes a deep-dive into Zero Trust security

Prior to the exciting CIO Leadership Awards 2024 an OPSWAT roundtable discussion took place behind closed doors.

Presented by Sertan Selcuk, VP METAP and CIS for OPSWAT the discussion, titled Zero-Trust Approach to Protecting Critical Environments, delved deeply in an analysis of decades of company data and insights. Also in attendance to provide their support were Rami Nehme, Regional Sales Director- South Gulf, Levant & Pakistan, OPSWAT and Saif AlRefai, Sales Engineering Team Lead- META, OPSWAT.

During the discussion each representative of OPSWAT spoke at length about a different facet of their business.

Sertan Selcuk, VP METAP and CIS for OPSWAT.

Sertan Selcuk, VP METAP and CIS for OPSWAT, initiated the roundtable discussion with a presentation entitled, A Zero Trust approach to protecting critical environments. Within his speech he elaborated a little on how the key principles of Zero Trust can be represented with the five pillars of the CISA Maturity Model. “The five pillars consist of Identity, Devices, Networks, Applications/Workloads and Data. Identity represents continuous validation and risk analysis, Devices support a continuous physical and virtual asset presence, Networks are used to integrate the best practices for cryptographic agility, Applications/Workloads highlight how vital protections against sophisticated attacks in all workflows are, and Data can be strengthened to provide automated categorization and labelling enterprise-wide”.

Saif AlRefai, Sales Engineering Team Lead- META, OPSWAT.

Next to take centre stage was Saif AlRefai, Sales Engineering Team Lead- META, OPSWAT. He helped outline the core elements of OPSWAT’s advanced threat prevention platform- MetaDefender. “MetaDefender is comprised of several vital features which make a critical component of threat prevention and zero-trust security. Firstly it exhibits a Deep CDR used to disarm active embedded threats and reconstruct every file to prevent zero-day attacks and advanced evasive malware. With its advanced capabilities multiscanning can be used to provide a simultaneous analysis with 30+ leading anti-malware engines to detect nearly 100% of known threats. It’s proactive DLP can check for sensitive and confidential file content to prevent data leakage and meet regulatory compliance. The inherent file-based vulnerability assessment constantly scans and analyses binaries and installers to detect vulnerabilities before exposure. Finally it can supply volumes of threat intelligence data to provide enriched insights on threats on billions of hashes, IPs and domains”.

Rami Nehme, Regional Sales Director- South Gulf, Levant & Pakistan, OPSWAT.

Rami Nehme, Regional Sales Director- South Gulf, Levant & Pakistan, OPSWAT, then broke down the critical infrastructure challenges faced by C-Level executives in fortifying these vital sectors. “By securing our societies most critical infrastructure, OPSWAT provides protection for the services that we rely on to stay safe and healthy – and the modern conveniences we’ve come to rely on”. He continued, “Infrastructure protection networks are complex and the challenges most organisations face when attempting to implement them are the network complexity regulation issues, the technology gaps a company may possess after relying on a single antivirus engine for so long and the training gaps caused by a lack of formal critical infrastructure protection certification and training”. On a more optimistic note, Rami concluded that “Each of these problems has a bespoke solution with OPSWAT’s unified platform, a comprehensive platform integrated by design can overcome complexity, purpose-built critical infrastructure covers any technology gaps and our OPSWAT Academy provides practical critical infrastructure protection training and certification in order to combat skill gaps”.


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