IDC, Microsoft host digital event to discuss business continuity and cybersecurity

Industry leaders discuss new ways to enable the workforce to stay secure and productive while working remotely

Microsoft, IDC

IDC and Microsoft today hosted an exclusive webinar featuring industry experts to discuss business continuity and its challenges, as organisations in the region and around the world maintain the remote working norm. The session titled ‘Powering Through Together ‘explored the recent surge in uptake of cloud technologies and collaboration tools and urged business leaders to take a holistic approach to cybersecurity, while ensuring productivity of their workforce.

IDC research indicates that after an initial surge in IT investment in communication and collaboration solutions, focus is now on accelerating digital transformation using highly secure cloud-based platforms to deliver solutions that accommodate remote work and provide reliable, secure accessibility. Mark Walker, associate vice president, Vertical Industries for IDC Middle East and Africa, delivered the opening keynote and discussed the challenges that leaders are facing during the unprecedented times, as well as the implications on businesses considering the outlook.

Ann Johnson, corporate vice president for Cybersecurity Solutions Group at Microsoft, shared her perspective on business continuity, and laid out guidance for businesses to adapt and enable secure remote work options to become more operationally resilient in short and longer term.

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“Cloud technology and artificial intelligence help unlock new capabilities to extend the power across endpoints, networks, data, applications, and infrastructure to improve productivity and collaboration as we must also be empathetic to the end user experience during times of constant disruption,” Johnson added.

The AI capabilities built into Microsoft Security tools are trained on 8 trillion daily threat signals backed by insights from 3,500 security experts. Custom algorithms and machine learning models make, and learn from, billions of queries every day.

During the webinar, Microsoft experts from the Middle East and Africa highlighted key security strategies that can help organisations in improving their security posture. Mina Nagy, Azure security lead shared best practices for security professionals on how an organisation can enable security and management for their remote workforce. And Mehmet Uner, services strategy lead discussed ways that can allow secured access to cloud and on-premises applications with ease of modern management capabilities for all devices.

The session also hosted a panel discussion with participants from the Financial services industry. Yuri Misnik, group technology office at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) shared insights on the strategy put in place while implementing remote working procedures.

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