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Salesforce.com to grace security summit

The head of product security for global CRM giant Salesforce.com, Robert Fly, will be one of many international names lined up to speak at the sixth annual ITWeb Security Summit next year.

The summit, SA's premier ICT security event, is designed to get local security professionals and businesses up-to-date with everything they need to know about ICT security risks, trends and solutions. It will be held from 10 to 12 May 2011 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Fly, who heads product security at Salesforce.com, has an increasingly demanding job. Since Salesforce.com hosts critical databases for over 87 000 clients in the cloud, its security needs to be impenetrable. Its CRM solutions for clients must also be 100% trustworthy. Fly will elaborate on what goes into making Salesforce's solutions as secure as they are.

Fly's presence is in line with the 2011 Security Summit's focus on the ICT security realities for enterprises in a connected world.

ITWeb CEO Jovan Regasek says: “We launched Security Summit in 2006 to create a platform for information security professionals to get together once a year, to compare their notes, and to learn from internationally renowned security experts, local best-practice practitioners and their peers.

“Now in its sixth year, the summit has become the IT security event of the year, and has evolved with the industry itself.”

Over the years, the focus has been on social engineering, risk management, and protecting the business information assets.

The increasingly connected landscape business operates in makes it ever more difficult for companies to stay secure while keeping in touch with all their branches, employees and customers via all the new technology channels.

By popular demand, the upcoming security summit puts the focus again on the business of security - exploring the most pressing security headaches faced by CISOs and offering innovative solutions for problems in an increasingly complex and connected landscape.

But IT security novices and the most advanced technical experts have not been overlooked - the conference will include tracks tailored to meet the needs of everyone - from veteran IT security professionals to business people wanting to know more about protecting their enterprise data.

Also on the agenda will be Dan Crisp, strategic director, Global Operational Risk Initiatives at Barclays Bank and Lynn Terwoerds of the Cloud Security Alliance. Delegates will also get insights from big names like Google, NASA and leading IT security vendors.

Students and those new to the world of ICT security can take part in the new Security Basics Boot Camp ahead of the conference, for a crash course in the basics of ICT security.

The event will also allow for hands-on access to the latest IT security solutions in the display area, as well as delivering networking opportunities and entertainment.