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Governance & Risk Track

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Balancing Cybersecurity Risks using “Zero Trust Network Architecture"

1510hrs - 1540hrs

Abbas Kudrati,


Abbas Kudrati, a long-time cybersecurity practitioner and CISO, is Microsoft Asia’s Lead Chief Cybersecurity Advisor for the Cybersecurity Solutions Group. In addition to his work at Microsoft, he serves as an executive advisor to Deakin University, LaTrobe University, HITRUST ASIA, EC Council ASEAN and to several security and technology start-ups. He supports the broader security community through his work with ISACA Chapters and student’s mentorship. 

He is also a part time Industry Professor with Deakin University and regular speaker on cybersecurity, cloud security, governance, risk and compliance.



While the concept of 'zero trust' is not new among enterprises, however, the recent events, the modern workplace has changed radically in recent months with the balance tipped from an onsite to a remote workforce almost overnight.

We have seen increased cyber risk due to expansion of the attack surface which has moved out from organisations perimeter to end user’s home.

While corporate strategies around the perimeter security using new technologies have driven good business outcomes, this "new normal" of working from The challenge is : How can security leaders can balance the risk as well avoid being obstacles and become catalysts for change and deliver business value using the "zero trust" architecture.


This session discusses:

  • How security risks are increased due to digital transformation and remote working.

  • How Zero Trust Network Architecture can help in reducing cyber risks.

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