Risk & Resilience Top the Agenda at IDC Security Roadshow in Cairo | About IDC | IDC CEMA

Cairo – International Data Corporation (IDC) today hosted more than 150 of Egypt's most influential security decision makers at The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Cairo for the 2019 edition of the IDC Security Roadshow. Running under the theme of 'Business Security: Risk & Resilience', the finely-tuned event served as an exclusive information-sharing forum and networking platform for senior security executives from the country's most prominent enterprises.

Nagia El Emary, country manager of IDC Egypt opened proceedings by presenting the event's keynote address, which was titled 'Security Strategies in the Era of Widespread Innovation'. "Organizations across the Middle East and Africa are increasingly trying to strike a balance between keeping the lights on and improving business agility," said El Emary. "Digital transformation strategies and shifting industry dynamics are driving them to innovate and experiment with new types of technologies, which in turn are creating a complex ecosystem that is beset by new IT security challenges. In this new era, IT security is no longer limited to protecting technology assets; it must also ensure business resiliency. Consequently, as digital transformation initiatives progress, the pressure is mounting on organizations to build business-level strategies for security."

Mohamed Abdel Halim, chief information security officer at the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, continued along a similar theme, providing his own thought-provoking insights into the digital transformation process and its effects on business security. His session provided an invaluable end-user perspective on the security metrics, threat vectors, and solutions that organizations should be scoping as they look to shore up their enterprise defenses and overcome the hurdles that will inevitably complicate their digital transformation journey.

The agenda also included interactive panel sessions that explored the very latest IT security best practices and the need to build effective response plans as part of a comprehensive enterprise-wide security strategy that can adapt to rising threat complexities. These sessions included contributions from some of Egypt's most prominent security thought leaders, including:

  • Wessam Maher, Chief Technology, Information Security, & Risk Officer at American University Cairo 
  • Dareen Shaheen, Head of Information Security at Bank of Alexandria
  • Ayman Zaki, Chief Information Security Officer at I-Score (The Egyptian Credit Bureau)
  • Tarek El-Sherif, Head of Information Security at a leading bank in Egypt

IDC's valued partners for the IDC Security Roadshow 2019 in Cairo included IBM as Platinum Partner; Juniper Networks, in conjunction with Salec Egypt, as Gold Partner; Qualys as Silver Partner; and Global Knowledge as Exhibit Partner.

For more information about the IDC Security Roadshow 2019, please visit www.idcitsecurity.com. You can also search for news or tweet about the event using the hashtag #IDCITSECURITY.