Saudi IT community gathers for security event

More than 75 IT and security managers from various industry sectors gathered in Saudi Arabia this month for the first in a series of security conferences.

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  January 22, 2004

More than 75 IT and security managers from industry sectors including banking, government and large enterprises gathered in Saudi Arabia earlier this month for the first in a series of security conferences. Called Security Empowerment Events, the conferences are being organised by IT Security Training & Solutions, I(TS)2, a provider of security solutions, services and training. The series of seminars was kicked off with an event entitled Infrastructure Essentials which was held at Riyadh’s Four Seasons Hotel earlier this month and included guest speakers from international companies such as Lancope, Micromuse, SPI Dynamics and Teros. Guest speakers included Engineer Abdulrahman Al-Friah, from the kingdom’s communications & IT commission (CITC) and the president of New Horizons Saudi Arabia, Al Waleed Al Daryaan. The conference was opened with an address from Shaikh Abdulmajeed bin Abdullah Al-Shaikh, who stressed his commitment to providing the Saudi market with the necessary resources and education to help combat cyber terrorism. The Event also included a short speech by Al Daryaan, who announced the new partnership between New Horizons Saudi Arabia and I(TS)2 to deliver internationally-recognised security certifications to the Saudi market. Samer Omar, CISSP, CCSP, and vice president of professional services for I(TS)2, also addressed the conference. “I(TS)2’s slogan is ‘security empowerment through security education,’ and this event and all future events are an example of how we will be focused on providing as much information from our international security partners to decision-makers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure that they have all the information they need to make informed decisions and support their efforts to defend their enterprises,” he said. The event was a full day event that also included presentations by Thomas Dam from Lancope who addressed the growing need for behavioural intrusion detection systems and Kerry Koutsikos from Micromuse who introduced the benefits of security information management through products like Netcool for Security Management. Additional presentations were conducted on critical topics like Security Application Gateways and Web Vulnerability Assessments by Steve Momchilovich of Teros and Alex Bausch of SPI Dynamics.

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