Spotlight on MENA's ICT security at @HACK cybersecurity event

HSSRDec321@HACK, one of the leading cybersecurity events in the Middle East and North Africa, has been concluded after three days of expert discussions, knowledge sharing, education and hacking competitions redefining the cybersecurity landscape of the region

More than 24,872 attendees from 70 countries joined the event in Riyadh that was organised by the Saudi Federation of Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP) and Informa Tech, in association with the cybersecurity event Black Hat. Highlights of the show included a US$2,66,586 hacking contest, keynote presentations from some of the biggest names in cybersecurity, participation from the leading companies in the ICT industry, and 600 hours of advanced training. @HACK is the biggest live cybersecurity event in the world in 2021, and is second to the Black Hat Las Vegas in terms of education sessions delivered. The summit was presented as part of the Riyadh Season events and entertainment series.

“@HACK has been a tremendous success, with highly enthusiastic participation from the global and regional cybersecurity communities and from Saudi Arabia’s own growing cybersecurity community. The Saudi Federation of Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones is proud to have presented this event, and we believe that the positive response to @HACK, and the local expertise and talent on show, is proof that Saudi Arabia is taking its place as the technology hub of the region, and well on the way to achieving the goal of Vision 2030 to make the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia into one of the leading modern, digital economies in the world,” said Faisal Al-Khamisi, chairman, SAFCSP.

The @HACK Business Hall featured leading companies in the cybersecurity space including Fortinet, Kaspersky, Spire Solutions, IBM, Honeywell, Cisco, RSA, Qualys and Dragos, alongside of 50 Saudi cybersecurity start-ups.

More than 200 expert speakers, including 50 Black Hat-approved trainers presented education and knowledge briefings on the latest developments in security to increase skills and capacity for Saudi Arabia’s technology community and to ensure that the rapid digital transformation of the region remains on track and safe and secure from cybersecurity threats.



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