Another Zenith Live is in the books, and we’re proud to say this was our biggest event and arguably our best one yet. While we wish we could have gathered together in person, the sense of community, engagement, and enthusiasm displayed by attendees, customers, partners, and speakers brought this event together. Two days of real-life transformation stories, keynotes, panels, demos, and training leave us all with a lot to unpack and take with us as we move forward together on our transformation journeys. With that in mind, we wanted to share a quick summary of this year’s Zenith Live so you can catch up on anything you may have missed. (Many sessions are available on demand here.)
Zscaler CEO Jay Chaudhry opened the conference by congratulating the entire IT community for its heroic work last year, keeping their organizations operating and employees working, while highlighting how the pandemic accelerated the need for a modern digital infrastructure based on 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." He explained how the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange, our cloud-native platform that powers all Zscaler services, helped many customers through the transition to work from home and is now enabling new capabilities. The Zero Trust Exchange is helping customers accelerate transformation in three ways: by modernizing the workplace to enable work from anywhere, by eliminating the attack surface to reduce risk, and by transforming security so that it can be everywhere, blocking cyberattacks, preventing data loss, and eliminating lateral threat movement. You can watch Jay’s keynote and many of the other sessions on demand: zenithlive2021.com
Following his opening remarks, Jay was joined by Karl Hoods, Chief Digital Information Officer at the UK’s department for business, energy, and industrial strategy, for the CIO Perspective Panel. They discussed how CIOs are tasked with transforming all aspects of the business and are now empowered to lead a range of initiatives. Karl also explained some of the challenges his organization faced when tasked with quickly and securely providing efficient work-from-anywhere experiences.
In another illuminating discussion, Gulay Stelzmullner of Allianz Technology, Petek Ergul of HSBC, and Alissa Choong of Shell joined Zscaler EVP Kavitha Mariappan for the Women in IT panel. In this fireside chat, they discussed what truly lies beyond C-level attainment, including creating and mentoring tech leaders, championing diversity and inclusion, and making an industry-wide impact. All four leaders shared personal stories of how they used their conviction to succeed in the transformative roles they hold today.
Day two opened with the second installment of “Innovating at the Speed of Cloud," with Amit Sinha, Steve House, and Tony Paterra describing enhancements across the Zscaler platform. Some of them included inline and out-of-band CASB for better data protection and compliance. Security innovations include the first zero trust solution to include active defense, an exciting approach to cybercrime prevention, and we have expanded Cloud Browser Isolation capabilities in both the ZIA and ZPA services to isolate users and devices from potentially risky content.
Customers provided powerful insights
The morning continued with a CISO panel featuring Andrew Vautier of Accenture and Angelique Grado of Technip FMC, who joined Zscaler’s Yogi Chandiramani to address how today’s new hybrid work model may continue indefinitely, and what this means for security teams. In an enlightening discussion, the CISO panel cited the alignment of security and business objectives as a must—in other words, the role of the CISO needs to evolve to straddle both the technical and operational aspects of leveraging zero trust to support new business initiatives and deliver tangible success.
The conversation around elevating IT as a key business enabler continued with the CTO panel. An underlying theme of this year's Zenith Live was embracing zero trust to improve business agility and resiliency to support the needs of today's hybrid workforces. According to our expert panel, including Zscaler's Nathan Howe, Mondi Group's Thomas Vavra, and Richemont International's Eduardo Grilo, the CTO's job is to create a fast, secure user experience for employees both returning to the office and working remotely.
Our customer keynotes included four leaders whose companies have built resilience and agility within their businesses despite COVID-19 setbacks. Claude Pierre of Engie, Alain Delava, also of Engie, Sebastian Kemi of Sandvik, and Andrew Baker of Absa Group shared differing stories but their insights were similar, particularly when it came to the use of zero trust to successfully modernize their companies to enable modern workforce with a great user experience and enhanced security.
We are grateful to all the customers who joined us and spoke at Zenith Live in keynote sessions, in panels, and in our technical breakout sessions. Thank you!
By joining with technology leaders whose services are complementary to the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange, we can provide customers with integrated solutions that enable them to become more secure, resilient, and agile. With our partners, we have formed a strong ecosystem of future-forward thought leadership, strategy, and technology.
Today’s partner summit celebrated exactly that—a group of technology evangelists and leaders joining forces to continue the digital transformation momentum over the next year and beyond.
That’s all folks, see you at Zenith Live 2022!
This concludes Zenith Live EMEA 2021, and what an event it was. Zscaler thanks 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 move full cloud ahead.
If you missed Zenith Live, be sure to view its illuminating sessions on demand. zenithlive2021.com
We hope to see you next year!