Ashraf Abdelazim, Manager, MEA Threat Management Portfolio, IBM Security

Ashraf Abdelazim

Manager, MEA Threat Management Portfolio, IBM Security

Ashraf Abdelazim is currently leading the operations of IBM Security’s Threat Management Portfolio in the Middle East and Africa to help enterprises to have better visibility into threats and what really matters when it comes to cyber threats, respond faster, smarter and better to security incidents and build a proactive environment for orchestrating and automating incident response through a comprehensive approach by aligning people and processes. Ashraf has worked in the field of Information Technology and Information Security for over 18 years and has fulfilled a variety of technical, presales, sales and business development roles with leading Middle East and African organizations. He was one of the youngest professionals in North East Africa to get certified on heterogeneous environments and one of the few specialized in implementing/integrating heterogeneous environments and providing security controls for it. Ashraf has a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from a leading Egyptian university and a Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) from the Project Management Institute. For the last 12 years he's been working on business development for Information Security technologies in the Middle East and Africa with a track record of achievements and awards for his employers and the technologies he presents.

Ashraf Abdelazim will be speaking on the following topic:

The role of orchestration in incident response

Faced with an avalanche of alerts, insufficient staffing and a bewildering regulatory environment, it's no wonder that most organizations struggle to respond effectively to cyber attacks. Successfully resolving attacks requires fast, intelligent and decisive action - organizations need to have an orchestrated plan in place before an attack occurs. Indeed, the best organizations leverage an orchestrated response capability to achieve cyber resilience, the ability to weather the inevitable cyber attacks, as just another part of doing business. In this presentation we will explore the latest incident response methodology and technology. Can automation really save the day? Or are the naysayers correct that the automation cure is worse than the disease itself? From instant escalation, to automatic enrichment, to guided mitigation, Ashraf will explore the latest incident response techniques and share what works and what doesn't. Attendees will gain a framework for understanding their incident response capability and a maturity model for evaluating opportunities for orchestration/automation.

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