4 key takeaways from Gartner's Dubai security summit

CIOs and CISOs need to consider the impact that company politics, cloud, AI and the ever-mutating threat landscape have on security policies.

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The Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit in Dubai this week provided an update on cybersecurity threats and solutions, offered by analysts from the market research company as well as various security industry experts. Here are some of the important messages coming out of the two-day event.

Company politics can thwart security

In a keynote address, Gartner Research VP, Jeffrey Wheatman, departed from the traditional technical-oriented presentations to cover the politics of cybersecurity. In a region besieged by bad actors, he suggested that internal disputes could hamper progress on the establishment of effective security postures. Security risk management (SRM) leaders, he said, needed to develop techniques to neutralize internal conflict.

Variants in the perception of best practices, capabilities, budgets and other factors could lead to delays in implementation of vital technologies and policies meant to stabilize environments. Wheatman schooled delegates in the “art of the stall”, in uncovering agendas, and in the importance of clear communication and careful deliberation in a region that is home to many cultures and traditions.

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