Security Strategist 2013 – speakers announced

The speakers have been announced for CNME’s upcoming Security Strategist 2013 event, taking place on April 22 at the Habtoor Grand Hotel, Dubai.

The agenda, running from 9.30am to 4.30pm is packed with some of the region’s top CIOs and technological influencers, who all have important points to make about the state of IT security in the Middle East.

This year’s speakers include Ahmed Qurram Baig, IT Security and Compliance, Dubai World Trade Center and Ahmed Ebrahim Al Ahmed, CIO, Nakheel, who will both provide industry talks. Dr Deepak Kalra, Group IT Manager, Safeer Group, meanwhile, will deliver a talk on securing BYOD networks.

The event also feature Ali Alamadi, Manager – Strategic Consulting, Help AG, who will offer the complete picture on data loss prevention, and Hazem Bayado, Technical Manager, Novell Middle East, who will discuss the merits of identity and access management.

Nagaraj Hebbar, Senior Sales Engineer, FVC, will also discuss agile security, hitting on points of risk management, governance and compliance. And Niraj Mathur, Security Practice Manager, GBM, will speak about risk mitigation.

Other talks on topics such as social media risks and case studies will also make up the Security Strategist 2013 agenda. To view the full agenda, click here.

Registrations are still open for this year’s Security Strategist 2013 event. To attend, it is necessary to register with us, which can be done by clicking this link. Register now to guarantee your place at the region’s most important security conference.

Over the last year, information security has become one of the top and most important priorities in the IT world. Several high-profile security breaches around the globe had already grabbed the attention of the Middle East IT industry, but it took the first major attack on a regional organisation –Saudi Arabian Aramco – to really bring it home that cybercrime is something CIOs should be taking very seriously.

Hacking has changed. It’s become something far more severe than simply bringing down websites. It is organised crime, an industry in its own right, and it can have destructive consequences on the victims. The ‘Shamoon’ malware set about wiping parts of Saudi Aramco’s master boot record (MBR) on the hard drive of any Windows system it could reach – a technique designed to cause chaos on target networks. It succeeded, reportedly destroying 30,000 systems.

Subsequently, IT decision makers in the region are lining up to understand how they can make sure the same does not happen to their organisation. This goes beyond simply implementing the latest security solution – it’s about changing the whole mindset of a company.

Security Strategist 2013 is a platform that will bring together the IT industry and security experts to attempt to find these answers. It will feature presentations from leaders in the field to educate on how to combat these threats, and the opportunity to discuss these very risks that are keeping CEOs awake at night.

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