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DarkMatter to underpin importance of digital infrastructure resilience at IDC CIO Summit 2016, KSA

  • Senior company executives set to highlight the importance of adding cyber security resilience to digital networks 
  • Saudi Arabia remains the largest IT spender in the region 

DarkMatter, an international cyber security firm headquartered in the UAE, announces its participation as a Summit Partner of the forthcoming IDC CIO Summit 2016 in Saudi Arabia. The event is taking place 4-5 May at the Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina, King Abdullah Economic City, Jeddah.

The theme of this year’s Summit in Jeddah is ‘Transformation in Transitional Times’, and DarkMatter has a number of senior representatives who will address attendees, and offer DarkMatter’s perspective on the requirement to maintain a resilient cyber security posture even during changeable economic times.

Rabih Dabboussi, DarkMattter’s Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development will be present at the Summit, along with Stephen Brennan, Senior Vice President of Cyber Network Defence. They are set to discuss an array of topical issues ranging from ‘Tackling the known threat’ as identified from a cyber security perspective, through to emphasising the critical importance of securing national infrastructure in highly mechanised modern societies during the ‘Citizen Experience: The New Normal for Governments’ session.

Saudi Arabia remains one of the most important IT markets in the region with IDC research forecasting that the Kingdom will remain the largest IT spender in 2016, with expenditure expected to top US$14 billion. The research company also found that a key facet of the digital transformation revolution that is taking shape in the region is the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, which DarkMatter believes needs to be protected from cyber threats in order for the full benefit of high-speed connectivity to accrue to nations, businesses and individuals.

Speaking on DarkMatter’s forthcoming presence at the Summit, Faisal Al Bannai said, “DarkMatter is looking to place cyber security at the centre of discussions regarding national infrastructure and the growth of modern economies. These conversations will be even more pertinent in Saudi Arabia given the massive infrastructure investments the Kingdom has undertaken over the decades, and how it now needs to balance securing and leveraging this infrastructure with lower global oil prices and a consequent budgetary deficit.”

Faisal Al Bannai continued, “Our message at DarkMatter is consistent.  There is a requirement to secure digital networks from cyber security threats that are growing in regularity and impact. The cost of digitisation is an increased threat surface, and what nations, businesses, and individuals need to do is look to incorporate cyber security resilience to guard against attacks, and manage them should they occur.”

IDC CIO Summit 2016, Saudi Arabia is geared to be an opportunity for CIOs and senior ICT professionals to gain insight from industry experts as well as real–world experience from CIOs on critical business and technology issues. The Summit aims to deliver two days of learning, peer sharing and exploration of the latest IT and business trends, including ways to lead an organisation's digital transformation, creating business value using IoT, and developing synergies to establish smart ecosystems.

Already a trusted partner to governments and critical entities, DarkMatter is staffed by tier-one international cyber experts who develop, manage and deploy the most innovative technologies. Solutions adhere to the company’s Cyber Security Life-Cycle, which incorporates a four-stage approach involving planning, detection, protection and recovery.

DarkMatter is leveraging this experience in the wider market as it looks to serve regional and international clients. The company provides a complete portfolio of cyber security solutions and services to organisations that have sophisticated security requirements, from governments and infrastructure operators to large corporations.