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August 5-10, 2023
Mandalay Bay / Las Vegas
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Black Hat - Omdia Analyst Summit

Location: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

This event will be in-person only and admission is by approval only—and is not guaranteed.


You're Invited To Apply to Attend The Omdia Analyst Summit at Black Hat USA 2023

The third annual Omdia Analyst Summit returns to Black Hat USA featuring the industry’s leading cybersecurity analysts. Delegates will hear about the latest cybersecurity trends, market updates, observations, projections and insights through keynote, panel and fireside chats at this day-long in-person Summit.

The theme for 2023 is Cybersecurity: Maximum Attention, Minimum Budget. Join our experts and you’ll get new insights into:

  • Omdia's Security Decision-Maker Report 2023 - What Are Security Functions Focusing on Today and in the Near Future?
  • The business challenges faced by security budgets
  • Where organizations focus their security spending
  • Clarity around and the emergence of proactive security platforms
  • And much more!

Mandalay Bay, Oceanside D, Level 2
Las Vegas, NV

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Admission to the Black Hat Omdia Analyst Summit is by approval only.

Attendee Guidelines:

  • Have a cybersecurity focus or equivalent job title, be involved with cybersecurity technology or approaches to addressing cybersecurity issues, or otherwise have responsibility to ensure that cybersecurity is addressed in their organization (including board level).

Omdia Analysts

Maxine Holt
Eric Parizo
Fernando Montenegro
Hollie Hennessy
Curt Franklin
Adam Etherington
Ketaki Borade
Don Tait
Andrew Braunberg
Adam Strange
Rik Turner
Jon Ong
Katelyn Galer


Tuesday, August 8, 2023

9:15 - 9:20 AM Welcome and Introductions
  • Maxine Holt, Senior Director – Research
9:20 - 9:50 AM Keynote:
Cybersecurity: Maximum Attention, Minimum Budget

Security has a very high profile in organizations, yet there is little sign of increased budgets to deal with this scrutiny – and indeed, budgets are often being reduced.

This keynote presentation will highlight the business issues driving the attention towards security, both globally and regionally. It will also provide insights for both enterprises and vendors/service providers make the case for better budgets to support the organizational scrutiny in security and provide return on security investment.

  • Maxine Holt, Senior Director – Research
  • Rik Turner, Senior Principal Analyst (via video)
9:50 - 10:10 AM
Proactive Security: Cyber-Resiliency’s Innovation Wave

Omdia defines proactive security as an overarching solution category that enables organizations to proactively seek out security issues – vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, and even poor policy and strategy – before an exploit ever takes place.

This presentation will explain the genesis of proactive security and its place in context with traditional preventative and reactive solution categories; detail the types of solutions and capabilities that illustrate proactive security; underscore why proactive security solutions represent a critical element of an enterprise cybersecurity architecture from this point forward; and outline how solution consolidation is setting the stage for the era of Proactive Security Platforms.

  • Eric Parizo, Managing Principal Analyst
  • Andrew Braunberg, Principal Analyst
10:10 - 10:30 AM
Getting SASE with Security Delivery

As SASE shapes up to be a significant area of interest as organizations refresh their security architecture, some confusion still exists. This short session will cover how Omdia views SASE, SSE, SD-WAN, and where it is going. Content will include key trends in the market, lists of representative vendors, and recommendations for different stakeholders.

  • Fernando Montenegro, Senior Principal Analyst
10:30 - 10:50 AM Networking Break with Analysts
10:50 - 11:10 AM
Investigating the Acronym Soup of Cloud Security

This session will focus on how Omdia views the broader cloud security market – CNAPP, CSPM, CWPP, CPM, CDR, … - and where it is going. We will investigate what role these acronyms play in the cloud security market, key trends of the market, representative vendors, and recommendations for different stakeholders.

Omdia sees the evolution of the Cloud Security market by the vendors taking a platform approach and overtime convergences in Application Security and Cloud Security.

  • Ketaki Borade, Senior Analyst - Infrastructure Security
  • Rik Turner, Principal Analyst (via video)
11:10 - 11:25 AM Fireside Chat
  • Ketaki Borade, Senior Analyst - Infrastructure Security
  • Sponsored by CrowdSec
11:25 - 11:45 AM
Build or Buy? A CISO IT Security Services Guide

Managing security, identity and privacy is the #1 priority among executives globally, and reaching this goal is a burgeoning challenge. Budgets aren't keeping pace with risks and tech proliferation.

Cyber threats, economic instability, evolving regulation, emergent technology and hyper-competitive markets will continue to place pressure on internal IT and security teams. CISOs must respond to minimize risk whilst enabling tech fueled innovation.

This session evaluates the potential and pitfalls of third-party security services to enable a vision of secure IT, will reveal what security consulting and professional services leading organizations are investing now and why, and what to expect from leading providers.

  • Adam Etherington, Principal Analyst - Digital Enterprise Services
11:45 AM - 12:05 PM
Data Security 2.0: The Rise of Data Security Posture Management

Data security, as a distinct component of cybersecurity posture, is maturing fast. Omdia sees global data privacy legislation (and with it very real fines for data breaches or data loss), new roles and resources now in place to manage the way data is used and protected, increased governance around data security, new tools, techniques and approaches to defend data stores, increased budgets and focus all partway shaping the evolution.

Data security has emerged from the peripheries of much wider cybersecurity planning to take up a more centralized and fundamental role. The conversation has seen the need for dedicated data security develop, and is now moving towards the next step of comprehensive data security posture management (DSPM), in a world that is moving rapidly into the cloud. But what is DSPM and why is it, as Omdia believes, the future of data security? The presentation will define DSPM and set it out in the context of enterprise cybersecurity as a whole. We'll examine the constituent parts and reveal why DSPM is such an important and necessary development for data security into 2024 and beyond.

  • Adam Strange, Principal Analyst, Data Security
  • Rik Turner, Senior Principal Analyst (via video)
12:05 - 12:25 PM
Decentralized Identity: Hype or Reality?

Decentralized identity arises from the emergence of blockchain technology, which has had a huge impact on the digital identity sector. The advantages of decentralized identity gives over traditional identity and access management solutions include control, security, privacy and ease of use.

In this session we will explore what is included in decentralized identity together with the potential use cases for the technology. We will also explore what are the key drivers and challenges to the technology becoming mainstream. The main vendors who are playing in the decentralized identity space will also be highlighted. The presentation will also look at core characteristics of decentralized identity including verifiable credentials, decentralized identifiers, decentralized identity wallet and blockchain.

  • Don Tait, Senior Analyst
12:25 - 1:40 PM Lunch
1:40 - 1:55 PM
How Does Generative AI Actually Help Cybersecurity?

The session will begin with defining terms: What, exactly, is "generative AI" and how is it different than the AI customers have grown tired of hearing about over the last five years?

Next, we'll talk about why the differences make generative AI a technology security professionals need to understand.

The third part of the session will focus on the tasks generative AI promises to be very good at, the tasks that are not in its electronic wheelhouse, and how executives can start preparing their organizations to take advantage of generative AI's strengths. Part of this discussion will be a look at some of the potential pitfalls of generative AI, and why "verify, then trust" should be the slogan of everyone adding generative AI to their cybersecurity portfolio.

  • Curt Franklin, Senior Analyst
  • Ketaki Borade, Senior Analyst - Infrastructure Security
1:55 - 2:20 PM
IT vs. Industry: Existing Investments or Specialized Solutions?

Cybersecurity is a must for all industries, but balancing industry priorities and cybersecurity is another topic to tackle.

This session will draw a spotlight on the cybersecurity drivers that are specific to verticals. Omdia will provide insights on the business goals and industry dynamics that need to balanced alongside cybersecurity. One consideration for is whether existing tooling and solutions will suffice. Omdia will provide guidance on where cybersecurity for IT crosses over into the IoT and OT realm, and where it needs specialist solutions.

  • Hollie Hennessy, Senior Analyst
  • Katelyn Galer, Senior Analyst
2:20 - 2:50 PM
Stories from the Field: Successes in Industry-Specific Cybersecurity

Security success in specific vertical market segments like manufacturing, retail, or finance can be a double-edged sword: each vertical has its own special security requirements and challenges, but effective solutions also must fit into a broader security architecture and support overall cybersecurity program objectives.

In this panel, vendors and solution providers will discuss their industry-specific approaches and share success stories from customers on how they’ve helped them meet security challenges unique to their verticals while also supporting broader business objectives.

  • Chaired by Hollie Hennessy, Senior Analyst
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2:55 - 3:15 PM Networking Break with Analysts
3:15 - 3:35 PM
Why Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Is So Hot Right Now

As cyberattacks and the corresponding detection & response tools grow increasingly sophisticated, decision-makers are looking at Managed Detection and Response services to perform threat detection and incident response functions or augment their teams. Navigating a market flooded with non-uniform technologies poses a challenges for decision-makers to identify an appropriate service and providers to engage in impactful long-term partnerships.

Given the growing laundry list of priorities for security analysts, security leaders need a service which reduces time-to-value and provides assurance.

We will examine the redefined MDR, emerging trends in the marketplace, and how providers and decision-makers can align on the value proposition of such a service.

  • Adam Etherington, Principal Analyst - Digital Enterprise Services
  • Jon Ong, Senior Analyst
3:35 - 4:25 PM Analyst Panel and Audience Q&A:
How Organizations Are Addressing Economic Challenges While Driving Improved Security

In this session, Omdia analysts will share their insights on how enterprises are adopting new mindsets, approaches, as well as technologies and services to solve security challenges despite ongoing economic uncertainty. Key topics will include how:

  • The application of Proactive Security can address security and business needs
  • A "platform approach" can address growing IoT/OT security use cases
  • Carefully managing existing resources can enable cheaper cloud data protection
  • Creative use of security services can overcome staffing and technology challenges

The panel will also take audience questions (as time allows).

  • Chaired by Eric Parizo, Managing Principal Analyst
  • Adam Etherington, Principal Analyst - Digital Enterprise Services
  • Hollie Hennessy, Senior Analyst
  • Andrew Braunberg, Principal Analyst
  • Adam Strange, Principal Analyst, Data Security
4:25 - 4:30 PM Closing Remarks
  • Maxine Holt, Senior Director – Research
4:30 - 5:30 PM Networking Reception with Attendees & Analysts





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