Now in its 14th year, the ITWeb Security Summit will bring together leading international and local industry experts, analysts and end-users to examine the latest trends and solutions, as well as the latest threats facing SA businesses today, says Angela Mace, CRM and Events director at ITWeb. "As a leader in the VAR space, Networks Unlimited will add tremendous value to the event."
Anton Jacobsz, managing director of Networks Unlimited South Africa, says it's important to provide a platform for the industry where companies can get information, updates and see solutions that are available on the market, which they may not necessarily be exposed to. An event like this is such a platform.
He says the cyber security space is moving so fast that many products are already outdated or made redundant by newer solutions almost as soon as they are introduced. "Some vendors have adapted faster than others, and newer products work better and are far more effective from a ROI perspective."
The ITWeb Security Summit 2019 is an opportunity for customers to see what is happening in the cyber security world. "It's a common point of discussion that SA is a year behind the rest of the world when it comes to implementing cutting-edge or newer, more disruptive, technologies."
Jacobsz says some partners in SA are a lot slower to adopt these technologies due to additional investment required, installed base and existing revenue streams. "So it's an education process in the partner as well as the customer space. There are many businesses in SA that are on the cutting edge of technology, business processes, and are far ahead of other companies in other parts of the world.
"We need to assist them in implementing solutions that help them get there quicker and cheaper, and to be more competitive. This goes for all industries and solutions, not just ours."
Jacobsz believes one of the summit's biggest draw-cards is the formal and informal networking opportunities. "Networks Unlimited is a distributor, so we can't sell directly to customers, but we and other cyber security companies will be there to promote new and exciting ideas, solutions and developments in the security sector."
Many customers do not have the time to do as much research as they would like to, he adds. This event will provide a platform to get a holistic approach to what is happening in the industry and what is available to them.
"Many large system integrators will sell a product because of the margins they make, their rebates and their investment in a particular product, and not necessarily because it is the best fit for the customer. While not the case in every instance, it does happen, and I believe through the summit, customers will have an opportunity to see for themselves what is out there to assist them meet their obligations in terms of compliance, GDPR and corporate responsibilities."