Abu Dhabi’s Hack In The Box CyberWeek Set to Drive a Cyber Smart World

Hack In The Box (HITB), known for its cutting-edge technical talks and training in computer security, is returning to Abu Dhabi, UAE with a new hybrid event from 21-25 November 2021. This year’s edition of HITB+CyberWeek is brought by DisruptAD, ADQ’s venture platform that connects pioneering, visionary, and entrepreneurial minds to displace the norm and scale globally from Abu Dhabi. The event will bring together the world’s top thinkers and cyber security experts to share the latest knowledge, ideas, and techniques among security professionals and university students.

Commenting on behalf of DisruptAD, Faisal Al Hammadi, said: “Technological advancements and cutting-edge solutions are becoming more valuable as the world seeks solutions that address the challenges of tomorrow. At DisruptAD, we are on a mission to drive the future of innovation, disrupting priority sectors in the UAE and driving economic growth. As an active partner in the start-up ecosystem, we are looking forward to our participation in HITB+Cyberweek and fostering competitive innovation in Abu Dhabi while also supporting a thriving local community of entrepreneurs and innovators.”

“Our world has changed and so has HITB+CyberWeek. As the world enters unchartered territory in a post-COVID era, we need unique minds that love solving the impossible,” said Dhillon Kannabhiran, Founder and CEO of Hack In The Box. “The UAE has a reputation for visionary thinking and leads the region on numerous fronts including technological advancements. To solve the next generation of cyber security problems, we need to act now to develop the next generation of cyber security warriors.”

Continued Kannabhiran: “That’s why we’re bringing more than just our cutting-edge talks and training for professionals to HITB+CyberWeek – we’re also bringing together start-ups, the world’s best hackers to compete with UAE teams in the Pro CTF competition, and a host of hardware and software-related challenges and mini-workshops to spur the next generation of students to ‘think outside the box’.”

The event combines the HITB Security Conference (24-25 November) with some sessions open to the public and paid training for security professionals (21-24 November). It is the first HITB hybrid event with live streaming for virtual attendees from around the world combined with a physical event at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi where visitors can experience the Security Exhibition, Start-Up Village, and more.

With a prize pool of USD $116,000, 16 of the world’s best CTF teams will be flown into Abu Dhabi to battle it out in a two-day attack and defence CTF competition.  Organized by HITB in collaboration with Hackerdom, Russia’s leading CTF organising crew and, winners of 2019’s Cyber Battle of The Emirates and now the UAE’s first outfit specialized in creating and managing cybersecurity Capture the Flag events and training in the Emirates. The CTF will pit .edu winners from the pre-qualification CTF held in Singapore in August alongside pre-invited PRO teams from around the globe to prove definitively that they are the best of the best. Portions of the contest will also be hybridized for teams unable to make the trip in-person thus making this the world’s first truly hybrid Capture the Flag competition.

“With HITB security conference events in Amsterdam, Singapore, and the UAE, we believe we’re breaking down the boundaries between regions and creating the right environment for a fascinating mix of ideas, networking among like-minded people, and most importantly, the sharing of knowledge.  Let’s face it: our hyperconnected digital world has no boundaries and we believe there should be no limits to the way we collaborate, the way we share the latest research and techniques, and how we train the next generation of cyber warriors. Next-generation problems need next-generation ideas, solutions, and skills. HITB+CyberWeek brings together unique minds to solve the impossible,” added Kannabhiran.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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