Hack In The Box (HITB), organizer of the HITB Security Conference series, in cooperation with Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC) and UAE-based DarkMatter Group, announced the return of its popular event to Dubai and the Middle East after an 8-year hiatus.
HITB2018DXB, which takes place at the Grand Hyatt Dubai from 25th to 28th November 2018, features a range of high-profile cyber security speakers from around the world who will explore cutting edge developments in the field.
The programme will feature the event’s signature format of 2-day technical courses followed by a 2-day multi-track conference, with a focus on AI and blockchain tech, maker and hacker spaces, a car hacking and hardware-related village, and HITB’s CommSec track, which is collaborating with BSides Dubai to offer free access to 30 and 60-minute tracks that are also livestreamed on YouTube.
Hackers from across the region are also invited to participate in free to the public Capture the Flag (CTF) hacking competitions being held on the sidelines of the event. This includes the professional-level CTF game and an edu-level CTF competition for undergraduate and high school students. Aimed at motivating UAE’s younger talent, the edu CTF is a team-based, jeopardy-style competition that runs over 2-days on 27 and 28 November. The contest features both attack and defence oriented challenges involving reverse engineering, web penetration, crypto, forensics, network analysis and more.
Keynote speakers at the conference will be KPN Chief Information Security Officer, Jaya Baloo who will be sharing insights from her 15-year career in information security; F-Secure Chief Research Officer, Mikko Hypponen, listed as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in Foreign Policy Magazine; and Flashpoint Chief Marketing Officer, Jennifer Leggio who has been shaping the security industry through compelling positioning, thought leadership, and market strategies for nearly 20 years.
DESC is endorsing the Hack In The Box (HITB) event as part of its ‘Dubai Cyber Security Strategy’ key domain which is innovation, where the center is committed to promoting cyber security research & development, in addition to establishing a secure cyber space in Dubai with global influence.
To sign up for the CTFs or find out more about the other hands-on activities, visit the event website at conference.hitb.org/hitbsecconf2018dxb
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