22 Jun 2022

IT Leaders Gather in Abu Dhabi for Latest Installment of the IDC Security Roadshow

Abu Dhabi – International Data Corporation (IDC) today hosted the UAE edition of its IDC Security Roadshow 2022, with more than 100 of the country's most influential security leaders in attendance at the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. The event addressed the theme 'Elevating the Security of the Future Enterprise'.

"Today’s security leaders are examining cybersecurity through a strategic-, business-, and industry-focused lens," says Shilpi Handa, IDC's associate research director for security in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, who presented the event's opening keynote. "Ensuring efficient and effective security across the entire enterprise is a necessity at a time when networks are evaporating, endpoints are proliferating, and relentless adversaries are continually adapting their tactics, techniques, and procedures. In order to defend the new attack surface, organizations need to strategize around output-driven people, processes, and technology initiatives. To this end, 45% of organizations surveyed recently by IDC across the META region said they are now embedding security into the planning, initiation, and assessment phases of all new business initiatives."

The UAE edition of the IDC Security Roadshow 2022 explained why ensuring visibility and control across the entire technology footprint is now vital for organizational survival. With pressing challenges to the security of the future enterprise firmly in mind, industry experts explored a raft of transformative technologies, dissected the ever-growing threat landscape, and examined the increasingly sophisticated nature of cyberattacks. The event showcased insights from a range of respected industry thought leaders as they presented sessions on topics such as:

• Securing Modern Applications: What You Need to Know Now

• The Role of Threat Intelligence Within Cyber-Defense Strategies

• Why Securing Privileged Accounts Is the #1 Priority for CISOs

• Extended Detection & Response: Demystifying Common Myths About XDR

• Securing Digital Transformation

• The Knowledge You Need to Beat Ransomware

• Confidently Secure Your Datacenter Applications

• Why Immutable Storage Must Be a Cornerstone of Your IT Security Strategy

• AI as a Double-Edged Sword: A Tool for Both Defenders & Attackers

• Building Your Cyber Brand

The agenda also incorporated fascinating end-user insights from Jeevan Badigari, director of IT governance and security at DAMAC Group, and Luqman Kondeth, director of campus technology security services at New York University Abu Dhabi.

To learn more about the IDC Security Roadshow 2022, please contact Sheila Manek at smanek@idc.com  or on +971 4 446 3154. You can also join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #IDCITSECURITY.

The UAE edition of the IDC Security Roadshow 2022 in Abu Dhabi was supported by the following organizations: Platinum Partners: Checkmarx, Kaspersky, Delinea; Gold Partners: SentinelOne, Entrust, Veeam, Juniper Networks, Arcserve; Exhibit Partner: Forescout; Supporting Association: Women in Cyber Security Middle East (WiCSME); Media Partners: International Business Magazine, Cyber Defense Magazine.

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