Dubai, April 19, 2011 – As a curtain-raiser to the much awaited premier security event – Security Strategist 2011, being hosted by Corporate Publishing International (CPI), in association with aeCERT, on the 20th April in Dubai at The Westin Dubai; the organization revealed the preliminary results of a security survey that was conducted in the region with over 185 IT decision makers.

As per the survey results, 53% of the respondents said that their main challenge was building a security strategy that connects people, process and technology; while 47% said measuring ROI on security investments was their challenge. Interestingly, the survey also looked at IT spending on security and found that 88% clearly stated that they have a roadmap for investing in 2011, while only 12% said they had cut back on spending. 59% of those surveyed said their spends would be directed towards Business Continuity, while 41% said it would go towards Managed Security Services.

Commenting on the survey, Kavitha Rajshekar, Director CIO Programmes at CPI said: “Security has always been a key challenge for organization no matter their size. However, by collaborating with CIOs and IT decision makers in the region we hope to create a pertinent learning platform where new technologies, solutions and innovative approaches towards security are brought to the fore. The security survey was conducted as a preliminary exercise to understand core issues of the CIOs today, and to customize the Security Strategist 2011 event around these issues to make it most relevant for them.”

“In today’s environment where information travels faster than the speed of light and traditional mechanisms become obsolete by the minute, the approach to stand-alone security approach is fast changing to accommodate trust and collaboration amongst many stakeholders. The premise of ’isolation for security’ is fast changing giving way collaboration for security. Our endeavor with Security Strategist 2011 is to harness this power of collaboration by bring together multiple stakeholders on a single platform to discuss the key security challenges faced by their organization and assist them in tackling the same in the most efficient manner, ” Ms. Rajshekhar added.

Having brought together over 150 top decision makers and minds in the field of information security in 2010, the second edition of Security Strategist 2011 in association with aeCERT, is expecting to draw 100 plus top decision markers in Information Security from across UAE and GCC.

 

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