Sam Olyaei

Sam Olyaei

Director Analyst
Sam Olyaei is a Director in Gartner Research, where he is a part of the Risk and Security Management group. Mr. Olyaei brings diverse and international experience in cybersecurity practices to Gartner clients and constituents. He regularly advises Chief Information Security Officers, Chief Information Officers, Chief Risk Officers and non-IT executives on maturing their security and risk practices with cutting edge research and thought leadership.

Specifically, his domain focuses on strategy, governance, staffing/talent management, policies, metrics, and executive/board reporting.

Based in Philadelphia, he is a regular speaker and presenter at Security Summits and Industry Events worldwide.
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Monday, 02 March, 2020 / 01:15 PM - 02:00 PM GST
Ask the Expert: AI in Security — What Works and What Doesn't?

No one can escape the wave of artificial intelligence marketing. The promise of increased security and better automation is appealing to CIOs, but sets the wrong expectations. Being too optimistic about artificial intelligence's impact could hurt the security organization. This session will highlight how artificial intelligence might impact security and risk management, what to expect and how to adapt to the changes.

Tuesday, 03 March, 2020 / 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM GST
Five Questions on Security and Risk That CIOs Must Be Prepared to Answer at Board Meetings

It is now a common practice, and in certain cases mandated by regulation, for a board of directors to require periodic reporting and event-based updates on the state of security and risk management in an enterprise. Developing and communicating an effective message that balances the need to protect with the need to run your business is critical to success. However, in many cases, Security and Risk Leaders are left frustrated and/or unable to answer elementary questions that the Board asks. This presentation will discuss: 1) What is the role of the board and what do they care about? 2) What are some of the most common questions that Board Members ask? (and a talk track for these questions) 3) How can Security and Risk Leaders flip the conversation to educate the Board on issues that they need to know about?

Wednesday, 04 March, 2020 / 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM GST
The Top Security and Risk Management Trends for the Middle East

This presentation will outline ongoing changes in security operations/policy/organization, technical migrations, shifts in security mindsets, societal changes, and modifications in adversarial tactics that CIOs and their direct reports should monitor. Attendees will learn strategic changes that aren't yet widely recognized but will have broad industry impact and significant potential for disruption. Through 2022, technologies related to these trends will reach a level of maturity that crosses a critical tipping point.

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