Virtual Boardroom

Visibility: You Can’t Protect What You Can’t See

May 13, 2021  |  3:00pm BST

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Since the Covid-19 pandemic spread, employees found themselves working from home, on mass. As a result, IT and security teams found themselves scrambling to support those employees during a great period of change for all. With the vast numbers of employees working from home, considerable amounts of IT kit either went home or it was bought directly by the employee. Not following the procurement process meant IT and security teams had no visibility of those devices.

As well as this, companies adopted new cloud services without following strict security processes greatly increasing their attack surface. Today, IT and security teams are still struggling to reconcile some of the changes that took place. Many of these changes were well documented and followed process allowing security teams to gain visibility and control at an early stage, while others were done rapidly to allow companies to continue functioning during this period of unrest but potentially opening them up to a cyber attack.

This is why visibility is so vital and the corner stone of any cyber security strategy, helping companies to protect assets and sensitive information no matter where they sit. Of course, the increasing complexity of distributed enterprise networks makes this extremely challenging and the key issue here is that you cannot protect what you cannot see.

Join Qualys, alongside other senior IT & security leaders and decision-makers during this interactive 90-minute virtual boardroom which will equip you with insights and enable you to unite with your senior peers to discuss how now, more than ever before, is the time to rethink what we want to achieve around visibility, and how we can keep visibility continuous.

Boardroom Speakers.

Matt Middleton-Leal

Matt Middleton-Leal

Managing Director, EMEA North & South Africa, Qualys

With 20 years spent working in the security industry, Matt brings significant experience to his role at Qualys. He has worked for many organisations, specialising in areas such as risk management, identity and access management, application, network, and database security. Matt most recently held the position of General Manager EMEA and Board member at Netwrix Corporation.  Before this role, Matt was V.P. Northern Europe at CyberArk Software, where he oversaw five consecutive years of 45%+ per annum revenue growth. Before CyberArk he held the position of Business unit executive at IBM Security Systems. Matt joined IBM from CA where he had spent six years, working on their largest information security projects. Matt is a CISSP® – Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Paul Baird

Paul Baird

UK Chief Technical Security Officer, Qualys

Paul is the UK CTSO at Qualys, with the primary responsibility of supporting customers at a C-Level to understand the value that Qualys can bring to their organisations. 

Prior to joining Qualys he worked at Jaguar Land Rover, building their first ever professional internal Cyber SOC from the ground up. Having spent over 20 years in IT he is passionate about delivering the right tools to minimise business exposure to cyber risk. 

Why Attend.

By participating in this 90-minute virtual boardroom, you will also:

  • Obtain an overview of operational technology resources – those assets that are not IT-specific but still rely on computing power to work effectively
  • Discover how visibility is a fundamental strategy to protect your network assets and information
  • Learn about combating threats: without visibility, how can you effectively identify and protect high risk, critical assets?
  • Gain insight and perspective on how Qualys and their customers are managing visibility, and obtain key methods and steps you can implement within your business over the next six months and beyond
  • Immerse yourself into a sharing of experiences over the last 12 months and how you have managed visibility and the processes taken to protect your critical infrastructure assets
  • Join your senior colleagues to identify the challenges faced and collective recommendations surrounding visibility
  • Tangible takeaways: Resources to better equip yourself, your team, and the wider organisation in which you work within as we continue to work from home

Solution Partner.

Qualys is a pioneer and leading provider of disruptive cloud-based IT, security, and compliance solutions with over 15,700 active customers in more than 130 countries, including a majority of each of the Forbes Global 100 and Fortune 100. Qualys helps organizations streamline and consolidate their security and compliance solutions in a single platform and build security into digital transformation initiatives for greater agility, better business outcomes, and substantial cost savings.

The native Qualys Cloud Platform and its integrated Cloud Apps deliver 360-degree visibility across on premises, endpoints, cloud, containers, and mobile environments. The platform delivers the visibility businesses need to assess critical security intelligence continuously, enabling them to automate the full spectrum of auditing, compliance, and protection for IT systems and web applications. Founded in 1999 as one of the first SaaS security companies, Qualys has built a large, impressive customer base and established strategic partnerships with leading cloud providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Platform, as well as preeminent managed service providers and consulting organizations including Accenture, BT, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Deutsche Telekom, DXC Technology, Fujitsu, HCL Technologies, IBM, Infosys, NTT, Optiv, SecureWorks, Tata Communications, Verizon and Wipro. The Company is also a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance.

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