Cisco to address im­por­tance of cloud se­cu­rity at Du’s Cy­ber­se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence 2016

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

DUBAI: Cisco to­day an­nounced its spon­sor­ship of the Du Cy­ber­se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence to be held in Dubai on Oc­to­ber 9, 2016 at Mad­i­nat Jumeirah. Given the in­creas­ing tran­si­tion of ser­vices and stor­age into the cloud and the preva­lence for mo­bile ser­vices and ap­pli­ca­tions, Cisco will use this plat­form to share in­sights and shed light on how public sec­tor or­ga­ni­za­tions can keep sys­tems safe from in­tru­sions while safe­guard­ing in­for­ma­tion and pri­vacy. The high-level event will bring to­gether in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity lead­ers from the govern­ment, se­cu­rity and fi­nan­cial sec­tors who will share their ex­pe­ri­ences and dis­cuss the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the field of online se­cu­rity.

Cloud rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­nity for tel­cos and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Ser­vice Providers (CSPs) con­sid­er­ing their huge cus­tomer base, cus­tomer care cen­ters and billing sys­tems, net­works and their IT in­fra­struc­tures based on data cen­ters. For­rester fore­casts that the global mar­ket for cloud com­put­ing will grow from $40.7 bil­lion in 2011 to more than $241 bil­lion in 2020. Yet, se­cu­rity is still the num­ber one con­cern for en­ter­prises that move parts of their IT into the cloud. “While multi-cloud en­vi­ron­ments are in­creas­ingly be­com­ing the an­swer to IoT, cy­ber­se­cu­rity is an in­cum­bent ur­gency as the world gets more and more con­nected. Cloud com­put­ing is a dis­rup­tive tech­nol­ogy model that is chang­ing the way public sec­tor or­ga­ni­za­tions evolve their dig­i­tal busi­ness mod­els, con­sume in­for­ma­tion and tech­nol­ogy, and de­ploy and de­liver new ser­vices. As ICT sys­tems are ex­tended and merged, there is grow­ing fear that sen­si­tive data that is col­lected and held by public en­ti­ties will be vul­ner­a­ble to crim­i­nal hack­ers or other types of unau­tho­rized dis­clo­sure. Public sec­tor or­ga­ni­za­tions and ser­vice providers are es­pe­cially vul­ner­a­ble be­cause their op­er­a­tions are tied so closely to the public’s trust,” said Scott Man­son, Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Leader for Mid­dle East and Turkey, Cisco.

“Se­cu­rity must be in­te­grated into the very fab­ric of an or­gan­i­sa­tion, and it takes a se­cu­rity-con­scious or­ga­ni­za­tion to en­sure that ev­ery level of cy­ber pro­tec­tion is met. We are ex­tremely proud of our as­so­ci­a­tion with Du and sup­port their ef­forts to high­light the im­por­tance of se­cu­rity as a growth en­abler and a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage,” con­cluded Scott Man­son.

Ac­cord­ing to Gart­ner Inc , the mar­ket for cloud-se­cu­rity ser­vices is ex­pected to reach nearly $4 bil­lion in rev­enue in 2016, up from $2.1 bil­lion last year. As more busi­nesses move to the cloud, it’s es­sen­tial that com­pa­nies work with part­ners that un­der­stand best prac­tices of cloud se­cu­rity and pro­vide trans­parency when it comes to their so­lu­tions. At the Du Cy­ber­se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence, Cisco Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Ex­pert, Naji Ukaily, will address is­sues re­lated to dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion and how public sec­tor can as­sess the se­cu­rity pos­ture of spe­cific cloud ser­vice im­ple­men­ta­tions, whilst re­duc­ing the as­so­ci­ated risks in a unique, scal­able way. His key­note, ti­tled “Cy­ber­se­cu­rity in the Dig­i­tal Econ­omy”, will be de­liv­ered on Oc­to­ber 9, 2016 at 12: 45 PM.

DUBAI: Scott Man­son, Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Leader for Mid­dle East and Turkey, Cisco.

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