Konica Minolta will show how security is anchored in corporate culture at the IDC European CISO Summit

| 9 November 2020

The digital workplace provider will host an expert talk and several discussion panels

Malware, ransomware attacks, phishing attacks and cyber-attacks can have dramatic consequences for a company’s business activities. Being fully protected requires a corporate culture in which security is deeply rooted. By participating as a GOLD sponsor in the IDC European CISO Summit on 16–17 November 2020, Konica Minolta aims to show those who attend its expert talk and several discussion panels how companies can anchor security into their corporate culture. The IDC European CISO Summit is aimed at a selected group of 100+ CISOs from various companies in Europe and serves as an information-sharing forum and networking platform. Owing to the current global situation, IDC has decided to make the summit a virtual event.

Security should not be seen as a goal in itself, but as a means to ensure business continuity and optimise business performance. Business strategy and security strategy should be connected. CISOs play a significant role here — by shifting their scope from the security team to the company business, by establishing a new agile security leadership style and by directly influencing the future of work.

That is why, during the European CISO Summit, Yoann Fortini will use his 20-minute TechTalk on 17 November at 12.35 pm CET to speak about "Corporate culture and security: friends or foes?" He will talk about the fact that companies go through different stages in their digital transformation and that they have to deal with disparate levels of security maturity, but that all these situations have something in common: security is a question of corporate culture. He will therefore emphasise the concept of security culture and that this is not only in the hands of CISOs, but is ultimately the responsibility of everyone in the company. He will also give his top 10 tips on how to create a security culture in an organisation.

In addition, Yoann Fortini and Gene Abramov, co-founder and CEO of Depth Security, a cybersecurity consulting company acquired by Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. in August 2020, will take part in four IDC roundtables "IDC Connect" under the title "Why CISOs are the new business change makers" on 16 November (11.45 am CET and 1.50 pm CET) and 17 November (11.30 am CET and 12.55 pm CET). They will talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic has confirmed the relevance of CISOs in particular and about security in general for businesses and the economy. In fact, the role of CISOs will be even further expanded in the near future: from user awareness to business strategy, from day-to-day IT security to advanced cyber security policy. Fortini and Abramov will talk about security as a transversal issue that cannot be considered in isolation, but rather forms the basis for all areas of a company in a connected and integrated ecosystem.

Integrated security services from a certified provider

Last but not least, one of the main paradoxes we see today is that security is considered a high priority in most companies, but that companies do not allocate a sufficient portion of their budget to it. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic is regarded as a kind of fire accelerator that has made the vulnerability of many companies visible, especially through decentralised working. With the support of an external provider, businesses can tackle these challenges. "We are well aware that Konica Minolta is not the provider companies first think of when looking for an expert in cyber security — and if they do consider us, it’s for printer security," Yoann Fortini admits. "But our approach to security is an integrated and holistic one that involves many factors: Through our acquisitions of IT services companies worldwide in recent years, we have brought a high level of external expertise into the company. We have trained our employees on this basis throughout and we have strong partners at hand. This offers our customers — and our main customer base today is SMEs — an integrated, consolidated ecosystem that considers all aspects of the digital workplace, including cyber security, and does so in an easily accessible and reliable manner that is represented globally and available locally at the same time. Our customers receive packaged solutions so that they can concentrate fully on their core business."

This year, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe was awarded ISO 27001 certification for its established Information Security Management System (ISMS). The certificate was issued on the basis of a thorough audit that included in-depth screening of Konica Minolta’s holistic information security approach across all areas, from HR to customer relations, and across all channels, from digital processes to a clean desk policy in the organisation. This makes Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe an ISO 27001-certified supplier.

More information about the IDC European CISO Summit can be found here.

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IT will no longer consist of a central internal network with external access enabled. Rather, its role will transform: it will manage a decentralised network of devices. These devices are intelligently connected and communicate with each other from a multitude of internal access points. We have set up our Intelligent Connected Workplace portfolio to cater to the needs of our customers in making the transition towards the hybrid office.

Yoann Fortini

IT Services Go-To-Market Senior Manager Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH