BeyondTrust’s VP of APAC & EMEA, Brent Thurrell, kicked off the event by looking back at the year 2017, which experts called the “Year of the Data Breach”. 2017, said Thurrell, saw some of the world’s largest data breaches ever seen and as a result of the aftermath, has significantly affected not just businesses and individuals, but also economies and international politics. For these reasons, the need for more effective cyber security strategies and solutions has never been greater worldwide.