“Decode” confab to help elevate cyberdefenders’ skills in the “New Normal”

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The sudden emergence of the COVID-19 virus brought about a transformation in all aspects of society, all totally unprecedented. Be it at work, in school, and in the family home, no one expected these changes to happen so soon and almost everybody were unaware and unprepared.

Even in the world of business, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic  necessitated a shift, a pivot  in the way companies do their transactions and the way they provide service to their customers. Numerous businesses were even forced to streamline or even halt their operations.

“The pandemic did not just change the way businesses—and subsequently, their employees—operate; the nature of certain criminal activities have also changed in this time of isolation,” commented several cybersecurity experts in the Trend Micro 2020 Mid-Year Security Report.

“Trend Micro’s mission is to make the internet a safer place, and we will continue to proactively disrupt cybercriminal activities. We’ve never felt more motivated to work toward this mission as people need protection during such times as these. Mutual help and support are extremely important for our goal to succeed.”

As new threats arise, all organizations must accept the need for transformation. Logically, this is the time when information technology (IT) professionals should be armed not only with the right tools but also with the right knowledge and skills. As cyber-defenders, there is the need to elevate their knowhow in order to facilitate their businesses’ transformation in the most rapid, seamless, and secure way possible.

This timely concern and more come into focus in the fourth edition of Decode PH. With the theme “Elevate: Transform Rapidly, Seamlessly, Securely,” the annual conference will also undergo a transformation of its own as it goes fully virtual. From being a one-day event, it will also expand into a 3-day summit from November 10 to 12, 2020.

Decode 2020 is aiming to gather over 3,000 Filipino IT experts from various organizations across the country, and even abroad. The 3-day conference will discuss up-to-date information about the threat landscape, industry trends, and new technologies for the participants’ further empowerment amid these interesting times. Decode 2020 will definitely be bigger, more interactive, and virtual community of Filipino IT professionals across the globe.

As the summit goes virtual, the number of sessions will naturally more than double, from the previous 15 to around 45 sessions this year. Each of the 30-minute sessions will be streamed one by one instead of simultaneously, which was how it was done physically in the previous three years.

Among the highlights are keynote sessions of Hathaway Global, LLC President Melissa Hathaway, who will discuss the way digital infrastructures are responding to “new normal” demands; SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Trusted Technology Principal Philip Casanova, who will share timeless principles he learned in his over two-decade journey as a Philippine-based cybersecurity professional; and Trend Micro Director and Data Scientist for Threat Research Jon Oliver, who will share his assessment of the ongoing evolution of the malware and security landscapes.

Moreover, Decode 2020 will also feature sidetracks outside the regular sessions. As a virtual conference, it will also introduce new features like the virtual lounge where participants can do their networking via a chat box during breaks. At the same time, Decode 2020 will be emerging as a community aside from being an annual summit. Successful registrants will be able to keep their accounts for a year so they can readily playback the summit sessions anytime and possibly interact with other IT professionals in the network.

To register for free, visit the official website at https://decodeph.com/

Please click on the link for DECODE’s Teaser Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1n7wfpso44He3ZXj0db3wk8GFdKhYko1X/view?usp=sharing

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