@Hack, the world’s largest cybersecurity event, will gather the best minds in information security

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@HACK, the region’s largest dedicated cybersecurity event, will bring together the best minds in information security from around the world in Riyadh this November,  to confront the problems of securing the digital world. The three-day @HACK event will define the future of cybersecurity in the region, ensuring that the Middle East’s and the world’s digital transformations can continue at a rapid pace while remaining safe and secure from cybersecurity threats.

“It gives us immense pleasure to launch @Hack, the region’s largest hacking and infosec event, during Riyadh Season in November – three times larger than any cyber security event that has happened before in the Middle East, Africa and Asia,” said, Faisal Al-Khamisi, Chairman, SAFCSP.

He added, “Saudi Arabia is undergoing a rapid process of digital transformation in line with Vision 2030, and in this highly connected digital world, it is vitally important that we have the knowledge, skills and security tools to protect our critical systems and data. The Saudi Federation of Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP) is proud to be presenting @HACK, and we believe this event will become an essential platform for the global cybersecurity community to come together to share expertise and define the strategies that will ensure that Saudi Arabia, and the world, will be able to reap the benefits of the digital future while preventing cybersecurity threats.”

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“We are very excited to present @HACK in Saudi Arabia, a nation that is taking its place as the leading hub for advanced technology in the region,” said Mike Champion, Regional Executive Vice President of Informa Markets.

He added, “Saudi Arabia’s inspirational vision and their commitment to technological advancement makes the Kingdom an ideal destination for such mega-events, and we look forward to welcoming the global cybersecurity community to Riyadh.”

Almost every part of our life, from banking and telecommunications to social media and entertainment, has shifted to the digital realm as technology continues to grow at a rapid pace. As a result of this increased reliance on technology, there has been an increase in cybersecurity risks, as hackers and criminals continue to hunt for holes and attack IT systems and gadgets. @HACK is bringing together the world’s top cybersecurity professionals to explore novel approaches to addressing cybersecurity concerns and foster collaboration and knowledge transfer to better protect our important digital assets.

The Saudi Federation of Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP) and Informa Markets, the world’s leading events organizer, are hosting @HACK in conjunction with the renowned cybersecurity event Black Hat. The event will comprise a variety of programs, including an Executive Summit, in-depth briefings, training sessions, and hacking challenges, and will be of worldwide relevance.

The Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones trains Saudis in next-generation technological domains such as cybersecurity, software development, drones, and other advanced technologies.

@HACK, which takes place from November 28 to 30, will bring together cybersecurity experts, ethical hackers, risk and IT professionals, government policymakers, researchers and academics, and other security stakeholders to discuss emerging security risks, policy and regulation, best practices, and new solutions to address the wide-ranging issues that the global cybersecurity sector is facing today.

@HACK will draw on Black Hat’s experience in putting on some of the most well-received events in the global cybersecurity community, such as hacking challenges, presentations of cutting-edge research, training and education sessions, and other fun activities to create a must-attend event for the region. Attendees will get vital insight into current and future dangers originating from the rapidly changing security landscape, as well as the solutions that top professionals and security organizations are developing to combat these attacks.

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Among the speakers confirmed to be taking part @HACK are:

Jayson E. Street, VP of InfoSec, SphereNY, who is described by National Geographic as a “World Class Hacker” and author of ‘Dissecting the hack: Series’ who has successfully robbed banks, hotels, government facilities, Biochemical companies, on five continents.

Jenny Radcliffe, AKA The People Hacker, is a Social Engineer hired to bypass security systems. Jenny was recognized as one of the top 25 Women in Cyber in 2020 and won the Most Educational Security Blog 2020. She is also the host of the award-winning podcast “The Human Factor”, interviewing industry leaders, bloggers, experts, fellow social engineers, and con-artists about all elements of security.

Bruce Schneier, dubbed ‘The Security Guru’ by The Economist, is a candid security critic and commentator.His influential security newsletter ‘Crypto-Gram’ has over 250,000 readers, and he has authored over a dozen bestselling books on cyber security, including ‘Applied Cryptography’.

Alongside the global lineup of speakers, @HACK will also feature the leading companies in the cybersecurity space in the Business Hall, including Fortinet, Kaspersky, Spire Solutions, IBM, Honeywell, Cisco, RSA, Qualys, and Dragos. More exhibitors than any cybersecurity event in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia will participate in the show, with demonstrations and product launches of the latest cutting-edge security solutions from across all areas of the industry, including software, services, and training. The Business Hall will include Innovation City, a showcase of some of the most exciting and innovative cybersecurity startups from around the world, adding up to make the largest ever gathering of infosec vendors in the region.

With over 14,000 visitors expected, the @HACK show will feature several different themes and tracks to cater to the diverse audience, including

  • The Executive Summit: The primary conference attracting CISO’s from powerhouse organizations
  • Arsenal–Where developers submit projects and selected developers demonstrate open-source tools at an informal workshop
  • Briefings – Where infosec experts present research on industry trends, hacking tools and security vulnerabilities.
  • Trainings – 50 Black Hat approved trainers will conduct these technical sessions in a hands-on environment.
  • Capture The Flag – a hacking tournament for 1,000+ (300 teams) participants to enhance their ethical hacking skills

The training and technical courses offered at @HACK will cover topics like offensive security, penetration testing techniques, infrastructure hacking, mobile app security, and more.

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