Trend Micro to host first virtual Decode confab

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SOME 3,000 participants are expected to participate in this year’s first virtual Decode conference, an annual cybersecurity gathering of information technology (IT) professionals in the country.

Slated on Nov. 10 to 12, the event hosted by Trend Micro Inc. aims to bridge the cybersecurity skills gap in the country and further raise awareness on cybersecurity, especially during this period of coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s theme is “Elevate! Transform Rapidly, Seamlessly, Securely.” This calls for transformation in the cyber industry with the rise of new threats concerning organizations.

Decode 2020, which will feature various industry experts from different parts of the globe to speak about the latest developments in the cyberworld as well as other issues and concerns faced by the industry, presents an immense opportunity to IT professionals.

The conference will have six international keynote speakers. It will also have more than 40 virtual breakout sessions.

The three-day event will tackle various latest global trends on artificial intelligence, machine learning, data protection and privacy, cybercrime and indecent response, among others.


Although, Trend Micro has been hosting this annual conference since 2017, Alma Alvarez, director of Threat Research, Cyber Threat Training and Threat Hunting at Trend Micro, said talking more about IT security is more fitting now as the world is facing a pandemic that forced companies to speed up their digital transformation journey.

She said the work-from-home setup is just one aspect that needs a secure and solid IT security backing to protect businesses and organizations.

“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,” said cybersecurity experts in the Trend Micro 2020 Mid-Year Security Report.

Skills gap

Moreover, the conference also aims to address the cybersecurity skills gap in the Philippines. Alvarez said with the amount of data being processed every day plus the rising number of cyberthreats, there is a need to upskill the country’s IT professionals.

“IT professionals must always be equipped not only with the right tools, but with the right skills and knowledge. In the fight to keep the connected world safe and secure, these cyber defenders must elevate beyond the ordinary and transform rapidly, seamlessly and securely,” Trend Micro said.

The Decode virtual conference is open to all IT professionals from different industries for free. (KOC)