Everyone in our EMEA region is getting ready for the exciting time we’re going to have next week in Lisbon, Portugal. From February 20-23 is Gemalto Accelerate, our annual sales kickoff with our top 100 partners from the EMEA region. This year, we’re doing things a little differently, and that starts with the name of our sales and partner kickoff. Accelerate is about providing the latest insights on data security and the solutions we offer to help accelerate the performance of our team, our partners, and our customers.
We’ll have more than two dozen sessions presented by the Gemalto executive team and solutions experts on the most important data security trends and issues that are top of mind for enterprises and other organizations across a wide range of industries. We are also excited to have two great outside speakers at Accelerate 2017. IDC data security analyst (and former CRN security reporter) Rob Westervelt will join us and speak our team and partners about the latest security trends among enterprise, financial services and retail markets. In addition, Peter Hinssen, one of the most sought after thought leaders on radical innovation, leadership, and the impact of all things digital on society and business, will be our keynote speaker.
One hot topic that will be featured throughout our kickoff event is the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, simply known as GDPR. IDC predicts that by 2019 GDPR will be a $1.8 billion opportunity for security vendors, so we are having a dedicated session on Compliance to address this regulation as well as several other regulatory drivers, including eIDAS. In addition, we will have sessions dedicated to understanding the latest security trends and solutions related to financial services and banking, the cloud, blockchain, IoT, payments, and retail, just to name a few. And specific to our partners, we’ll be sharing the latest enhancements and improvements to our Gemalto Cipher Partner Program.
Last and definitely not least, we’ll be recognizing our top partners for their contributions to our joint success last year. The awards will be for EMEA Distributor of the year, EMEA Partner of the year, and EMEA Partner Marketing Excellence.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in Lisbon. It’s time to Accelerate!