PHDays 2: A Recap of Positive Technologies’ 2024 Cybersecurity Extravaganza

Positive Technologies’ Positive Hack Days (PHDays) returned to Moscow in May 2024, once again solidifying its position as a premier global cybersecurity event. Held over four action-packed days at the Luzhniki Sports Complex, PHDays 2, as it was dubbed this year, the event offered a potent mix of technical talks, workshops, exhibitions, and the ever-thrilling Standoff competition. The event also unmasked the top 5 quantum tech cyberthreats. This year’s event witnessed a record number of attendees, industry leaders, and cybersecurity enthusiasts, solidifying its reputation as a must-attend event for anyone invested in the digital security landscape.

A Festival Atmosphere for All
PHDays 2 wasn’t just for seasoned security professionals. The event embraced a “festival for all” approach, catering to a diverse audience. The free public space was a hive of activity, attracting families and students curious about the ever-growing importance of cybersecurity. Interactive exhibits, designed to be engaging and informative, demystified complex security concepts. Visitors could test their digital hygiene skills through gamified experiences and gain a taste of the world of ethical hacking. This focus on public education, according to the company, is a cornerstone of PHDays, fostering awareness and potentially inspiring the next generation of cybersecurity defenders.

Denis Baranov. CEO, Positive Technologies

Expert Zone: Deep Dives and Cutting-Edge Insights
The beating heart of PHDays 2 resided in the ticketed expert zone. Here, industry professionals, researchers, and anyone eager to delve deeper into the technical aspects of cybersecurity found a treasure trove of knowledge. The program boasted a meticulously curated selection of:

Renowned security experts graced the stage, delivering thought-provoking presentations on a vast array of topics. From in-depth vulnerability analyses and exploit development to secure coding practices and cutting-edge incident response strategies, the talks covered a comprehensive spectrum of cybersecurity concerns. This year saw a significant focus on emerging threats such as attacks targeting the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT) landscape and the evolving tactics of ransomware gangs.

Maxim Philippov, Deputy CEO, Positive Technologies

Interactive workshops provided attendees with the opportunity to acquire practical skills in critical areas. Participants could learn penetration testing methodologies, hone their mobile security assessment skills, or even delve into the world of blockchain security. These workshops, led by experienced professionals, offered real-world, hands-on learning experiences that attendees could implement in their professional endeavours.

The undisputed highlight of PHDays 2 was, without a doubt, the Standoff competition. This electrifying event pitted ethical hackers (white hats) against a team of skilled defenders in a simulated cyber warzone. The attackers, armed with their hacking prowess and a thirst for digital conquest, attempted to exploit vulnerabilities and compromise a virtualized environment representing a realistic corporate network.

The defenders, meanwhile, scrambled to fortify their defences, patch vulnerabilities, detect intrusions, and contain the simulated attack. The Standoff unfolded in real-time, offering a thrilling spectacle for attendees and valuable insights into real-world cyberattacks and defence strategies. This year’s Standoff saw a record number of participating teams, showcasing the ever-growing global pool of talented ethical hackers.

PHDays 2: A Catalyst for Progress
The impact of PHDays 2 extends far beyond the four days of the event itself. It serves as a crucial platform for knowledge sharing, community building, identifying new threats, and inspiring the next generation. The talks, workshops, and discussions facilitated a vibrant exchange of knowledge and expertise. Industry leaders shared their experiences and insights, fostering collaboration and accelerating innovation in the ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape.

PHDays 2 fostered a vibrant cybersecurity community. Professionals from across the globe networked, built relationships, and explored potential collaborations. This exchange of ideas and perspectives is crucial in tackling the ever-growing challenges of cybersecurity. The Standoff competition served as a valuable platform for identifying emerging threats. By showcasing the tactics and tools used by attackers, PHDays helps defenders stay ahead of the curve and develop effective countermeasures against these evolving threats.

The public space at PHDays 2 played a vital role in igniting the passion for cybersecurity within young minds. Interactive exhibits and engaging activities not only raised awareness but potentially inspired the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

Positive Technologies is also extending the reach and impact of PHDays beyond the physical event. Recordings of talks and presentations are made available online, creating a valuable resource for anyone seeking to expand their cybersecurity knowledge base. Additionally, the Capture the Flag (CTF) competition, held online in the months leading up to PHDays 2, allows aspiring security professionals from around the globe to test their skills in a virtual hacking environment.

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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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