11:00 AM | 27 Nov 2018
11:00 AM | 27 Nov 2018
Over 1,200 IT professionals and enthusiasts converge on Dubai as Hack In The Box (HITB) Security Conference opens
Dubai, 27 November 2018 – Dubai is determined to turn the challenges into opportunities as it tackles global cyber security threats on its path to continued growth, the emirate’s IT security chief pledged today. Speaking as he opened the two-day Hack In The Box (HITB) Security Conference, Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC) Director General, His Excellency, Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani explained that the Dubai Cyber Security Strategy launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Rule of Dubai, aims to strengthen Dubai's position as a world leader in innovation, safety and security in collaboration with the relevant partners.
“The bigger the challenges, the more determined we are to ensure that Dubai is the safest city in the digital world,” said Mr. Al Shaibani. “Promoting cyber security research and innovation is a pillar of the Dubai Cyber Security Strategy which will create new jobs and investment opportunities. Rather than viewing it as a challenge, we see it as an opportunity to call for greater collaboration with the private sector to ensure that Dubai remains a global center of excellence – a cyber smart society with a free, fair and secure cyber space that is able to manage the risks it faces while maintaining flexibility and growth.”
The conference is organised by Hack In The Box in association with DESC and local partner DarkMatter Group - the region’s first and only fully-integrated digital transformation, defense and cyber security consultancy and implementation firm. Several prominent figures in the global cyber security industry also spoke at the opening, including Luta Security Founder and CEO Katie Moussouris, an information security veteran who has been a consultant to both the US Government and European Parliament. F-Secure Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen, a worldwide authority on computer security, who is listed among Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers, will be presenting a keynote speech tomorrow.
DarkMatter Group Senior Vice President Sales, Business Development and Marketing, Rabih Dabboussi said: “This is a timely return to the Middle East for the HITB conference, as the region continues its rapid adoption of digital infrastructure and solutions. The rise of smart cities, and the adoption of IOT and AI within many government entities and enterprises raises the demand for cyber security awareness and capabilities. DarkMatter partnered with HITB in the quest to empower the local professional community and pursue the common goal of creating cyber resilience for the entire region. To combat cybercrime, it is essential that we prepare the next generation of digital talent and equip them with the right technical training and skills. Hosting conferences such as this will make the UAE a focal point in the region for cyber experts, helping us attract the most skilled and ambitious in the field.”
Among the various event highlights are a range of live hacking demonstrations, including a car hacking area in which experts will show participants how they are able to take control of modern vehicles remotely. Alongside this, HITB’s popular Capture The Flag (CTF) competition, sees several international teams competing in the kick off leg of the 2019 HITB CTF series. In addition to the professional-level competition, HITB is also hosting an edu-level Capture the Flag for undergraduate and high school students aimed at motivating UAE’s younger talent. In parallel with HITB, DarkMatter Group is organising a business track called ‘Beyond Cyber’ where senior IT and C-level executives are learning about Threat Intelligence, Digital Transformation and Cyber Transformation.
To find out more, visit the event website at https://conference.hitb.org/hitbsecconf2018dxb/ or follow @HITBSecConf on Twitter for the latest event updates or search for the #HITB2018DXB hashtag.Back To Press Releases Listing