MeDirect CTO discusses digital security at PwC tech week conference

Chris Portelli, Chief Technology Officer at MeDirect has participated in a panel discussion titled, ‘Securing your digital footprint in today’s world’. The discussion was part of the Tech Week event currently being organised by PwC.

During the conversation, which included an overview of the impact of geopolitical issues such as the war in Ukraine on IT Security, Chris stressed the importance of integrating IT security from the outset of any technical development within an organisation and that security should be an inherent feature of any application.

“Adopting a DevSecOps mindset and leveraging automation throughout the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is crucial. By integrating security practices at every stage of development, organisations can proactively identify vulnerabilities and mitigate risks effectively,” explained Chris. The adoption of this mindset also requires board members to understand the value of cybersecurity so that the relevant resources are allocated. Chris emphasised that by placing security into the core of product development, organisations can deliver robust solutions and strengthen customer trust. Thanks to this approach, MeDirect has been able to develop a mobile application and online banking platform which provides both security and flexibility to customers.

Free online medirectalk to explore BlackRock’s view on three key investment sectors

MeDirect will give Investors in Malta the opportunity to learn more about the outlook in three key investment sectors during its next medirectalk, taking place on 25 May. Technology, Healthcare and Financials will, in fact, be the focus of this free online event which will also feature the views of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager.

medirectalks take place online or in person on a regular basis throughout the year, providing access for Malta based investors to some of Europe’s leading investing experts. Organised by MeDirect, they are part of the bank’s ongoing efforts to provide all those who wish to invest with the best possible tools and information.

Ingrid Micallef, Head – Products & Marketing Malta at MeDirect Bank, said, “Technology, healthcare and financials have been very much at the forefront of investors’ minds in recent weeks and months. We felt, therefore, that it was important to create an event which takes a more detailed look at these sectors and how they might evolve in the months ahead. We will look at emerging themes such as Generative AI, Reshoring and Electric Vehicles, the role of healthcare in providing resilience in equity markets and the opportunities in financials following the recent volatility in the banking sector.”

Joining the free webinar will be AJ Ziegler, Vice President at BlackRock and a Product Strategist in BlackRock’s Active Equities Group together with Matthew Kilroy who is also a Vice President at BlackRock and who will moderate a Q&A session. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance as well as during the event itself.

“Investment decisions can certainly be challenging, even more so in the current environment, which is why MeDirect continues to create opportunities to provide investors with valuable insights on key sectors. This upcoming medirectalk will hopefully help investors in better understanding how best to position themselves,” continued Micallef.

To register, free of charge, for the upcoming medirectalk go to

The speakers themselves, personally or on behalf of the institutions they are representing, are not responsible for the opinions they express during the discussions.

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