Region’s Evolving Threat Landscape Set to Dominate Agenda as IDC’s IT Security Roadshow Returns to Abu Dhabi

International Data Corporation (IDC), the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets, is gearing up for the return to Abu Dhabi later this week of its hugely popular IT Security Roadshow. Taking place at the Le Méridien Abu Dhabi on April 17, the eighth edition of this pioneering annual conference will bring together around 100 of the UAE capital’s most senior IT security managers for a series of in-depth discussions on global best practices, next-generation IT security trends, and the major challenges and opportunities posed by both. The arrival of IDC’s IT Security Roadshow 2013 in Abu Dhabi serves as a timely reminder of the constantly evolving threats that the wider Middle East and Africa region is now facing. Indeed, the region has become one of the first ever battlegrounds for all-out ‘cyber warfare’, with Stuxnet and versions of Flamer impacting the energy sector, and Anonymous launching attacks in both Turkey and South Africa. Such instances have undoubtedly helped push IT security firmly to the forefront of the IT decision maker’s agenda. “The past two years have seen an intensification of the threat landscape in the Middle East and Africa as attacks have increased in both frequency and complexity,” says Megha Kumar, IDC’s research manager for software and enterprise solutions in the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey. “Incidents are no longer limited to isolated breaches but have progressed to become large-scale denial-of-service attacks, identity thefts, and targeted attacks. Even more recently, cyberspace has become a platform for political activism with Web sites being defaced and defamed in direct retaliation against governments.” Compounding the graveness of this new reality is the fact that the volume of information being generated by the region’s organizations continues to grow at an exponential rate, adding a new level of complexity to the management of IT security. Meanwhile, the proliferation of new devices and applications as organizations increasingly embrace virtualization, cloud, mobile, analytics, and social media has opened up yet more avenues through which threats can take hold. Against this backdrop Ms. Kumar will open the IT Security Roadshow 2013 in Abu Dhabi with an in-depth assessment of these new realities and the impact they are having on organizations as they strive to pre-empt and contain future attacks. An enviable lineup of industry experts will then serve up advice on the strategies and solutions that organizations in the UAE should now be employing to ensure the highest levels of risk mitigation possible. Participating in a series of presentations, real-life case studies, panel discussions, and open Q&A sessions, they will address a wide range of security-related issues and present tips on securing the ever-expanding enterprise network, implementing Web application security, performing security risk analysis, capitalizing on the benefits of next-generation firewalls, extending security to the physical layer, and improving the effectiveness of security controls. In order to ensure the very latest technology developments are covered at the IT Security Roadshow 2013 in Abu Dhabi, IDC has partnered with a number of cutting-edge software and technology vendors. IBM is the event’s Platinum Partner, while Kaspersky Lab, help AG, Dell SonicWALL, Palo Alto Networks, and Schneider Electric will participate as Gold Partners. Check Point Software Technologies, Computerlinks, and Cyberoam make up the roster of Silver Partners, and Security Kaizen Magazine and Teletimes International are the Media Partners. IDC’s IT Security Roadshow 2013 began in Ankara on March 5 and is set to visit a total of 12 of the region’s foremost business hubs during its tour of the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey. The full schedule for the remaining events is as follows:  Abu Dhabi – April 17  Doha – April 23  Cairo – April 29  Nairobi – June 5  Johannesburg – August 7  Casablanca – November 14
For more information about IDC’s IT Security Roadshow 2013 and to learn about the range of flexible partnership opportunities on offer, please contact Ms. Ronita Bhattacharjee, associate vice president for conferences at IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, at rbhattacharjee@idc.com or on +971 4 391 2747.