The German ISW 2017 took place on 20-21 June 2017 in Frankfurt and it was special in many ways. Not only could we celebrate its 10th anniversary together with 30 of the leading security vendors. For the first time ever, all seven NTT Group companies in the region (Arkadin, Dimension Data, e-shelter, itelligence, NTT Communications, NTT Data and NTT Security) invited their customers to this joint security conference and took an active role in representing the NTT Group as one company with an impressive joint NTT Group booth and meeting area within the exhibition.

Over the course of the conference, we welcomed over 500 attendees including clients, security experts, press, international keynote speakers and NTT Group staff and vendors.

The main theme at this year’s ISW was the role that security plays in the transformation of business. More and more companies have implemented or are in the process or designing a digitalization strategy to prepare for the digital disruption. This raises a number of important questions. What kind of regulations are required to handle the complexity of the millions of IoT devices? How can businesses build a secure and agile cloud environment? How can companies handle the global threat landscape and move towards a holistic and proactive security strategy with smart, machine learning solutions? Is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becoming a curse or a blessing for the society and companies?

Digital transformation provides an unprecedented opportunity for businesses to increase innovation, agility and growth but it can also easily put them at risk. After two days of expert talks and inspirational keynotes from Google’s Maya Kaczorowski, Bruce Schneier, NTT Security and a lot of other leading experts, I’m more than ever convinced that everyone who forgot to put information security on the board agenda is at the edge of failing with his digital transformation strategy.

For NTT Security, it is the key to supporting our clients with an adaptive and integrated security approach, supporting the business not only IT. Digital transformation will accelerate this trend also in the entire market – adopt and be secure, or fall behind in the digital race. It was an honour hosting such an outstanding business driven security event in Frankfurt. We the NTT Group are ready for the digital journey! Are you ready too?