DarkMatter to discuss securing digital infrastructure in KSA
The IDC CIO Summit 2016 takes place on 4-5 May at the Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina, Jeddah
DarkMatter has announced its participation as a summit partner of the IDC CIO Summit 2016 in Saudi Arabia.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$14bn.The findings 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 protections is a must from cyber threats in order for the full benefit of high-speed connectivity to accrue to nations, businesses and individuals.DarkMatter will have 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, DarkMatter's senior vice president of sales, marketing and business development and Stephen Brennan, senior vice president of Cyber Network Defence, are set to discuss topical issues including tackling known threats and the importance of securing national infrastructure.DarkMatter's CEO 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."He 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."The summit's theme is ‘Transformation in Transitional Times' and 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.It is taking place 4-5 May at the Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina, King Abdullah Economic City, Jeddah.