StarLink’s 3rd Annual Security Advisory Summit Focuses on Achieving Next-Generation Compliance

Dubai, UAE December 16th, 2013 –StarLink, the region’s IT Security-specialized “True” Value-Added-Distributor (VAD), conducted its Annual Security Advisory Summit on December 9th, 2013 at the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai. The Summit attracted over 100 attendees including CIOs, CISOs, IT Governance Directors, IT Risk Managers, IT Compliance Managers, and IT Audit and Assurance professionals who came to hear about approaches to achieve next-generation compliance, to improve their organizations’ governance, risk and compliance posture,  as well as, to interact with a customer panel of IT Security leaders.

“This is the 3rd Summit we have had the privilege of hosting and once again it turned out to be a tremendous success. The event included discussions, analysis and deep understanding of IT Security challenges surrounding Compliance today and customers who attended were given real world insight into how Compliance has evolved and what proactive IT Security measures companies must undertake in order to consistently remain compliant.” said Mahmoud Nimer, General Manager, StarLink. “We pride ourselves in being able to provide these thought leadership events on an annual basis, and we look forward to next year’s Summit”, he added.

The Summit was hosted in partnership with 6 of StarLink’s vendors who are IT Compliance leaders in their own right, each of whom presented relevant topics covering the event theme:

  • Enrique Gutierrez Alvarez, Database Security Leader, IBM: Centralizing Auditing and Validation Compliance Controls for Databases
  • Antonio Piazza, Regional Sales Manager, Southern Europe and Middle East, TITUS: How Using Data Classification can Ensure Compliance and Reduce Inadvertent Data Loss
  • Vassilis Boulogiorgos, Solutions Architect for Identity & Access Management, Dell Software Group: Simplifying IAM & Uncover How it Plays a Role in Achieving Compliance
  • Jason Clark, Technical Manager, Tripwire: Automating Assessment of IT Controls to Achieve Continuous Compliance
  • Miguel Braojos, VP of Sales, SEMEA, SafeNet Inc.: Defense-in-depth for Compliance Data Protection
  • Gregory Webb Vice President, Marketing – Venafi: The Certificate & Key Dilemma – Linking Compliance & Encryption Security

As is customary each year at StarLink’s Security Advisory Summit, certain individuals from customer organizations were honored with awards to showcase their Excellence in their field:

  • Abu Haque, ADCB, Senior Manager,  IS Monitoring & Response - Excellence in Information Security Adoption Award
  • Majeed Behzadi, Kuwait Finance House, Executive Manager - IT Infrastructure Planning and Security Management - Excellence in Information Security Program Management Award
  • Amani Aljassmi, Dubai Municipality, Head of IS Security Section - Excellence in Information Security Awareness Award
  • Mahran Bader,  Bank of Bahrain & Kuwait, Senior Manager - IT Security - Excellence in Information Security Compliance Management Award
  • Ghanem Elshahry, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Head of Governance, Risk and Compliance - CISO of the Year Award

The majority of these individuals then joined our customer panel to close the event and reflect on their accomplishments for the year 2013, as well as, their perception of how to achieve next-generation compliance.

About StarLink

StarLink, headquartered in Dubai, is the leading IT compliance driven solutions provider and was founded in 2005. StarLink is recognized as a "Trusted Security Advisor" and market leader in automating the entire IT compliance auditing process to help customers in the Middle East region reduce IT Risk, with a focus on enterprises in the Financial, Telco and Government sectors. StarLink works with organizations to achieve and sustain compliance and optimally manage risks through full policy, procedure and controls lifecycle management. StarLink's solution offerings are now installed in more than 200 data centers in the Middle East, including 100 of the top regional banks and 15 of the regional's top Telcos. The company's customers trust StarLink to secure their critical enterprise data and safeguard access to sensitive data in the most demanding datacenter environments in the region by monitoring, security and auditing privileged user access to provide 100% visibility on all activities.