DECODE 2020 to gather IT professionals, tech experts in 3-day virtual conference

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Published on November 7, 2020

Leading cybersecurity company Trend Micro is bringing together Information Technology (IT) industry experts from different parts of the globe to talk about the latest developments in the cyber world.

Dubbed DECODE, the premier cybersecurity conference in the Philippines is scheduled from November 10-12, 2020 and will be held virtually for the first time since its first staging in 2017.

Alma Alvarez, Trend Micro Director of Threat Research, Cyber Threat Training and Threat Hunting, said they are targeting 3,000 participants for the event. The company has been organizing the conference to augment the cybersecurity skills gap in the Philippines and at the same time maintain its expertise in the industry.

This year’s theme, “ELEVATE! Transform Rapidly, Seamlessly, Securely,” calls for transformation in the cyber industry with the rise of new threats to organizations, particularly with many employees working from home as a health measure against COVID-19.

IT industry experts

The three-day conference will feature various industry experts from different parts of the globe to speak about the latest developments in the cyber world and is open to IT professionals from different industries in the country for free. To secure your slot in the event, visit www.decodeph.com.

Aside from its regular sessions, DECODE will have more than 40 virtual breakout sessions over the three-day period, giving participants the chance to interact with the speakers at the networking lounge during breaks.

They can also learn about various latest global trends on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Protection and Privacy, Cybercrime and Incident Response, among others, during a panel discussion of threat experts.

The conference aims to share with local technology professionals up-to-date information about the threat landscape, industry trends, and new technologies in order to empower them to secure the digital infrastructures of their organizations, as well as to inspire them to embark on a continuous learning journey.

International speakers

Six international speakers will deliver keynote addresses during this year’s DECODE confab.

Martin Rösler, Senior Director of the Trend Micro Forward-Looking Threat Research (FTR) team, will give a talk on “The Game Changer – How the Pandemic is Changing Your World.” In this session, Rösler will look at some of the new cyber risks, threats, and challenges the world is facing today.

A presentation on “Innovation or Disruption” will also be delivered by Myla Pilao who leads the security research communications at Trend Micro. Pilao will examine how countries and organizations are being disrupted by a myriad of digital threats and risks, and why it’s crucial that they reexamine their existing security architecture to make it robust against present cyber threats.

Robert McArdle, the Director for Cybercrime Research of the FTR team, will discuss “Cybercrime in 2020 and Beyond: Not Everything Changes in a Pandemic.” McArdle will delve into how cybercrime, as an industry, has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cyber threat landscape

Melissa Hathaway, president of Hathaway Global LLC and a leading expert in cyberspace policy and cybersecurity who served in two U.S. presidential administrations, will present a discussion dubbed as “Exposed: Attack Surfaces Widen as the World Increasingly Relies on Digital Infrastructures.” In this session, she will tackle the increased reliance on digital tools and broader exposure to cyber risks to ramp scam individuals, ransom businesses, disrupt critical infrastructures, and attack governments at all levels.

Philip Casanova, a Partner at SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co.’s Technology Consulting, will share the timeless principles he learned in his over two-decade journey as a cybersecurity professional in his talk dubbed as “Principles to Live by for Cybersecurity Leaders.” His presentation aims to strengthen the mindset, persona, and posture of current and aspiring cybersecurity leaders in this evolving cyber threat landscape.

Craig Jones, Director of Cybercrime INTERPOL, will talk about INTERPOL’s Global Cybercrime Programme which aims to reduce the global impact of cybercrime and protect communities for a safer world. In the “Cybercrime Through the Lens of Law Enforcement and Private Partners” session, Jones will discuss why it is crucial that law enforcement agencies and private partners collaborate in investigations to thwart cybercriminal operations and reduce the risks it could pose to ordinary users and enterprises.

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