Sept. 24, 2012
-- First Information Security (FIS), a company dedicated to offering a comprehensive range of security services and products that are in compliance with the latest international industry standard requirements, has been named as the Gold Sponsor for this year’s edition of the Saudi Arabia CIO Summit Series, which will run from September 25, 2012 to September 26, 2012 at the Hilton Hotel in Jeddah. This year’s event is being held under the patronage of His Excellency (HE) Engr. Mohamed Jamil Bin Ahmed Mulla, Minister of Communications and Information Technology with the theme, ‘Driving the agenda for business success.’ Prominent security leader, internationally recognized inventor, expert cryptographer and current FIS CEO, Dr. Taher Elgamal, Ph.D. , will be one of the featured speakers during the exciting two-day event, where he will talk about the latest security trends and its significance across Saudi Arabia's IT market.
The Saudi Arabia CIO Summit is expected to attract the participation of the Middle East region’s top CIO’s and provide them with a strategic platform to present their first hand visions while at the same time learn from experiences of pioneering thought leaders of leading global ICT organizations. The event is focused on a five-point agenda that aims to tackle key issues and trends like the CIO’s role in driving in more business agility; IT project prioritization;
emerging trends in unified communication and the power of social collaborative tools; data centre manageability, business continuity and disaster recovery and the power of advanced analytics.
“These are truly exciting times for Saudi Arabia’s IT market as businesses and organizations are becoming more aware of the significant advantages and benefits to be gained from utilizing world class fully reliable security services and products,” said Dr. Elgamal. “CIO’s in Saudi Arabia and the rest of the region as well are faced with the challenge of utilizing and deploying the latest technology at the lowest cost with the best return on investment. Participating at this event will give us the key opportunity of leveraging the wide range of services and products that FIS has to offer across these local businesses, which is guaranteed to give them both the confidence of security and a step ahead of the competition.”
Dr. Elgamal’s speech will revolve around Governance, Risk Management and Compliance. The leading internet security pioneer and cryptographer will discuss key issues in risk management like business dependence on IT; connectivity the threat of loss of information and leakage. He will also talk about compliance and touch base on connected issues like internal and external regulations and cite examples of companies who have reaped positive results, Lastly, Dr. Elgamal will discuss the significance of governance—how it is measured and the controls that are enforced as part of the business.
Aside from Dr. Elgamal, the Saudi Arabia CIO Summit will also feature talks given by industry experts like Abdulaziz Al-Helayyil, Country Manager, IDC Saudi Arabia; Steven Frantzen, Senior Vice President, Research, (EMEA Region), MD (CEMA Region), IDC and Jyoti Lalchandani, VP & Regional MD, IDC Middle East, Africa and Turkey. The event will also showcase other activities like CIO trends and networking opportunities;
discussions and presentations on the latest ICT trends and developments in the next five years; insights on cutting edge best practices and analysis on winning strategies implemented by empowered CIO’s.