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

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 Riyadh early next month of its hugely popular IT Security Roadshow. Taking place at the city’s Four Seasons Hotel on April 8, the eighth edition of this pioneering annual conference will bring together around 100 of the Kingdom’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 Saudi Arabia 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 Hamza Naqshbandi, a senior research analyst for IT services at IDC Saudi Arabia. “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, Mr. Naqshbandi will open the IT Security Roadshow 2013 in Riyadh 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 invited industry experts will follow as they serve up advice on the strategies and solutions that Saudi organizations 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, including the implications of ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) initiatives and the motivations that are driving the constant development of malware.

In order to ensure the very latest technology developments are covered at the IT Security Roadshow 2013 in Riyadh, IDC has partnered with a number of cutting-edge software and technology vendors. FireEye, Kaspersky Lab, Qualys, Dell SonicWALL, F5 Networks, Secureway Network Distributors, Fortinet, and Palo Alto Networks will participate as the event’s Gold Partners, while ESET will serve as Silver Partner. Stonesoft is the roadshow’s official Exhibition Partner for Riyadh, and Teletimes International is the Media Partner.