The second edition of the world’s fastest growing cybersecurity event "Black Hat" was launched Tuesday at the Riyadh Front Exhibition & Conference Center (RFECC) featuring the participation of experts, speakers, and investors.
The opening ceremony was attended by top officials and the Chairman of the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming & Drones, Faisal Al-Khamisi.
During his speech he conveyed the significance of the three-day event, saying the gathering “embraces InfoSec experts and innovators from major global companies, enthusiastic to share their expertise through more than 600 hours of content over the next three days.”
"We are proud that last year, Black Hat Riyadh edition became the world’s most attended cybersecurity event, with 30,000 attendees," he added.
"With the opening of this edition, we are prepared to surpass our own record, welcoming more participants from all over the world, with more than 60,000 registered, more than 250 sessions, 350 leading companies from 70 countries, as well as prizes exceeding SAR1 million for the competitions and challenges during the event.”
He also referred to the role of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, saying “We attribute every milestone in the technology sector to our visionary and inspiring leader.”
Annabelle Mander, Senior Vice President of Tahaluf expressed her gratitude to the Saudi Federation For Cybersecurity, Programming & Drones, saying “The growth of Black Hat Middle East and Africa can be attributed to a partnership, in one of the thrilling markets globally. I would like to express my gratitude to our partners and friends at (SAFCSP) for their contribution, in making this achievement possible”
During the event there was an announcement regarding the collaboration between "HABOOB", owned by the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity and Programming & Drones, and Mandiant by Google Cloud, aiming to deliver "Chronicle Cyber Shield" solution to the Kingdom.
This collaboration represents a step towards enhancing cybersecurity services across the government entities. The "Chronicle Cyber Shield" offers an integrated solution that empowers government entities to proactively and effectively detect cyber threats using technologies and resources while staying updated on the developments in this field.
The opening day of the Black Hat conference covered a range of subjects including discussions on cyber risks, the impact of software in warfare, techniques utilized in transportation hacking and the application of AI in development and security enhancement. The sessions were enriched by the presence of speakers like Sam Curry, Zscalers Chief Security Officer, Chris Wysopal, Veracodes Co-founder and CTO Graham Ludlow, Chief Cybersecurity Officer at Marriott Vacations Worldwide, and Camille Fasquez, a partner at Brown Rudnick.
The Cyber Seed Startups have commenced unveiling four distinct awards: the Innovative Ideator for startups in their infancy with promising ideas poised to enter the market, the Shining Seedling for startups in the early stages of development beyond the ideation phase, Established Excellence for experienced startups making significant waves, and the Saudi Superstar, providing an opportunity to showcase and promote the wealth of cybersecurity talent within the Kingdom.
Simultaneously, the Activity Zone promises awards exceeding SAR1 million across various competitions, including the CTF Competition, Bug Bounty Cup, Cyber Escape Room, Smart City Simulation, Chip-off Village, Drones Zone, Smart Contract Hacking, Medical Hacking, and Lock pick Village.
The Black hat event runs until November 16, featuring the participation of renowned exhibitors such as IBM, Cisco, Huawei, Spire Solutions, Trend Micro, Mandiant, Google Cloud, Cloud flare, Qualys, Illumio, SITE, Mobily, Cyberani, Al Moammar Information Systems, Haboob, and Sirar by stc, DSS Shield, Cipher, among many others.