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Whitehall Media announces the launch of its flagship enterprise-focused InfoSec event in Dubai

Manchester, UK – January 2017 – Whitehall Media is excited to announce the launch of its first ever Enterprise Security and Risk Management (ESRM) event in Dubai, set to take place on 11 October 2017 at the Conrad Hotel.

The prestigious conference is set to attract hundreds of delegates from large enterprise organisations across the MENA region. Industry experts and thought leaders will deliver practical case studies, interactive seminar sessions, panel discussions and keynote presentations. The all-day event will share best practice, map the latest trends and technologies, identify new frontiers and opportunities, discuss ways to transform InfoSec into an actionable and critical business resource and elaborate on how effective risk management can add value to the enterprise – all with a view to helping delegates stay ahead of the curve.

ICT spending in the Middle East topped $200 billion in 2016 as organisations across the region increasingly embraced digital transformation initiatives in a bid to streamline their costs and bolster their agility. The UAE has emerged as a trailblazer in its adoption of the most disruptive and advanced technologies as it looks to diversify its economy, make businesses more efficient, and government more responsive. The drive to make innovation a cornerstone of growth has led to an acceleration in the adoption of the latest state-of-the-art technologies, and a growing consciousness about the importance of cyber security especially as Dubai evolves to be among the top smart cities in the world.

Many enterprises are facing serious challenges around skills, preparedness and response, and in establishing a consistent threat intelligence and risk management regimen that deters breaches and attacks. The UAE government is responding to these challenges through a wide variety of initiatives designed to bolster resilience and counter the growth in cybercrime.

Waqas Hashemi, founder and CEO of Whitehall Media, commented:

“Concerns around security are particularly relevant to the UAE as it is a global hub of trade and investment. As the country transitions towards digital and brings its smart city agenda to life, it must address security concerns in a rapidly changing and hyper-connected business environment.

“More data and greater connectivity means porous perimeters and increased exposure to the risk of cyber-attacks. Breaches have been growing across all key sectors like financial services, oil and gas, retail, construction and healthcare. One survey showed that as many as a third of UAE firms were hit by data breaches in the last year alone, and half of those surveyed were unaware they had been breached.

“Our event will bring together senior decision-makers and practitioners to discuss how companies can bolster their defences and resilience by implementing more advanced techniques, tools and technologies to counter growing cyber risks. With hundreds of delegates in attendance, Whitehall Media will provide a high level platform for discussion on how organisations can better protect and safeguard their critical data assets and how technology can help to solve strategic security issues.”

ESRM Dubai is a sister event to ESRM UK, being held for the seventh time in April 2017, and ESRM Europe, being held in the Netherlands for the second time in March 2017.

About Whitehall Media: 

Founded in 2006, Whitehall Media has a ten year track record in organising successful large-scale events for large enterprise organisations in both the UK and Europe on a wide variety of topics including big data analytics, cyber security, government reform and innovation, identity and access management, mobile device management and software defined networking. The company specialises in creating events that merge solution buyers and sellers in an innovative and strategic business exchange. Every year its events attract up to 10,000 senior IT and business leaders from across every major business sector. A full calendar of events can be found at www.whitehallmedia.co.uk/future-events/

Seventh annual central government technology conference to draw senior civil servants and discuss the use of transformative working practices and innovative technologies

Manchester UK, 5 September 2016 – Hundreds of senior civil servants are set to converge on the Inmarsat Conference Centre in London on 28 September 2016 for Whitehall Media’s 7 th annual Central Government Business and Technology conference.

The event is set to explore central pillars of reform, with a particular focus on how technology is helping to unlock efficiencies and deliver better value for the UK taxpayer.

Speakers will focus on the latest developments, technology capabilities, procurement reform, data science and digital transformation among other topics.

Featured speakers include:

  • Director of Common Technology Services, Government Digital Service
  • Fraud, Error and Debt Programme Director, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Head of Knowledge, Information Management, Assurance and Intelligence, DVSA
  • Digital Director, The National Archives
  • Head of Corporate Services, The Pensions Advisory Services
  • Chief Information Officer, Cafcass
  • Head of IT Services, Food Standards Agency
  • Chief People Officer, Cabinet Office

The will be chaired by Dr Mark Thompson, Strategy Director, Methods Group & Senior Lecturer in Information Systems at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Ahead of the event, Waqas Hashemi, CEO of Whitehall Media, said:

“The government is transforming the way it interacts with citizens while also encouraging a culture of experimentation and innovation within the Civil Service, a culture that shapes the way in which public services are designed and delivered. Along with digital transformation, mission IT systems, infrastructure and back office services have also been subject to overhaul. These areas are in very different stages of development and require organisations and governance structures both within and across departments to evolve too.

“This year we are delighted to play host to an array of expert speakers across central government, all of whom will be keen to share their insights and experiences to help inspire change and provide delegates with fresh momentum to drive forward their own strategies. We will be exploring the diverse ways in which government is embracing innovative technologies to deliver high quality public services, and how the Civil Service is moving towards becoming a leaner, more entrepreneurial organisation.”

Platinum sponsors for the event are Forgerock and Pentaho.

Gold Sponsors include Rimini Street, UKCloud, Cyberark, Sungard Availability Services, Fujitsu and Littlefish.