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The Asia-Pacific Region is Moving Full Cloud Ahead

June 23, 2021 - 5 min read

Zenith Live APJ marks the end of what I believe was our most extensive and possibly our best Zenith Live to date. First of all, thank you to all our attendees, customers, partners, and speakers across the Asia-Pacific region whose enthusiasm and insights made this event as successful as it was. Zenith Live APJ featured two days of real-world accounts of business transformation, with keynotes, panels, demos, and training, leaving us all with a lot to explore further as we move forward together on our transformation journeys. With that in mind, I wanted to share a quick summary of this year's Zenith Live APJ so you can catch up on anything you may have missed. 

Let's begin with day one.

Day one highlights

Kicking things off was Zscaler CEO Jay Chaudhry, who started the conference by acknowledging how challenging last year was for IT teams around the globe. Yet, perseverance and quick thinking kept organizations running and employees working. He also touched on how the pandemic expedited the need to build modern infrastructures around zero trust

In Jay's words, "IT has proven time and again its resilience in not just adapting to change but being the catalyst for change." Continuing, he detailed how our cloud-native platform, the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange, assisted countless customers in quickly transitioning to work-from-anywhere, while enabling new capabilities for the returning hybrid workforce. He highlighted the three ways the Zscaler platform is helping businesses transform. They include modernizing the workplace to enable work from anywhere, eliminating the attack surface to reduce risk by transforming security so that it can be everywhere, blocking cyberattacks, preventing data loss, and stopping lateral threat movement. 

You can watch Jay's keynote and many of the other sessions on-demand:

Insights from APJ CXO panel 

Following Jay's opening remarks, I took the digital stage with top APJ CXOs, including Mohit Kapoor of Mahindra Group and Lucious Lubo of Tech Mahindra. During this CXO panel, I had the pleasure of chatting with both leaders about how they securely leveraged the power of the cloud to modernize their businesses, offer more products and services, and drive innovation, all while streamlining their digital footprints.

Mohit and Lucious both cited security built around zero trust as a critical factor in their ability to modernize at the speed they did, allowing them to quickly scale secure app access for employees, partners, and customers. 

Moreover, both Mohit and Lucious spoke to me about the very real threats to their supply chain, factories, and manufacturing processes with the recent uptick in these sorts of attacks. With Zscaler, not only can they better protect these systems, but they can also identify and recover from threats in real time. 

Leading change: Women in IT

Also, on day one was our fireside chat, Women in IT: Expanding Influence and Leading Change. Tanya Graham, Executive General Manager of Strategic Programs at Healthscope, joined Zscaler's Kavitha Mariappan for a candid conversation about C-level attainment and making an industry-wide impact by leveraging emotional intelligence, mentoring others, and conviction. 

During this session, both leaders touched on how you can advocate for inclusion by using your career story to inspire a new generation of leaders—and how all leaders can champion the creation of supportive and equitable workplace communities. 

Day two highlights

Day two began with part two of "Innovating at the Speed of Cloud," with Amit Sinha, Steve House, and Tony Paterra. This session covered enhancements across the Zscaler platform, including inline and out-of-band CASB for better data protection and compliance. Moreover, they shared insight into security innovations, including more robust threat protection and expanded Cloud Browser Isolation capabilities in ZIA and ZPA services to isolate users and devices from potentially risky content.

Customers provided powerful insights

The morning continued with insights from Rasik Vekaria of BP, David Branik of DHL, and Andrew Baker of Absa group. During these inspiring sessions, all three leaders addressed how they improved business agility and resiliency despite the pandemic.. Each customer exec shared how they are using zero trust to successfully modernize their companies and deliver enhanced user experiences and improved security to their employees—regardless of location. 

All of us here in APJ are grateful to all the customers who joined us and spoke at Zenith Live in keynote sessions, panels, and technical breakout sessions. Thank you! 

ThreatLabZ keynote: Insights from the front lines of the world's largest security cloud 

Zscaler ThreatLabZ experts presented research into emerging attacks discovered and analyzed with our world's largest security cloud. The panel dissected recent attacks while sharing best practices on securing your enterprise from sophisticated threats targeting your software, supply chain, Microsoft Exchange servers, and more. 

That said, this session wasn't all doom and gloom. Deepen Desai detailed how Zscaler's disruptive protection suite unifies our industry-leading threat intelligence, world-class experts, and innovative technology to give you peace of mind from the most advanced attackers.

Partners highlighted their commitment to secure transformation

Creating a robust ecosystem of partners whose technologies complement the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange is critical for successfully helping customers become more secure, agile, and resilient in the APJ region. Today's partner summit celebrated precisely that—a group of technology evangelists and leaders joining forces to continue the digital transformation momentum over the next year and beyond.

This concludes Zenith Live APJ 2021 and what an event it was. On behalf of Zscaler, I would like to thank you for making this our best Zenith Live yet! We hope you found our speaker sessions, training, panels, and workshops informative and relevant as you continue moving full cloud ahead. 

If you missed Zenith Live, be sure to view sessions on demand:

We hope to see you next year!

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