HITB+CyberWeek 2021 officially underway as keynotes and exhibitions take centre stage in Abu Dhabi

The cyber security community came together for insightful cyber security discussions and showcases on an action-packed first day

HITB+CyberWeek 2021 officially underway as keynotes and exhibitions take centre stage in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi: The world’s cyber security community came together on day one of Hack In The Box (HITB)+CyberWeek 2021 as the annual industry showpiece officially got underway in the UAE capital. Brought by DisruptAD, ADQ’s ventures platform that expands the commercial potential of innovative tech start-ups and breakthrough technologies from Abu Dhabi, HITB+CyberWeek’s opening day comprised keynote speakers who offered their perspectives on the latest cyber topics. Driven by the pillars of Hacking, Making, Building, and Breaking, attendees and cyber security professionals took on an insightful, informative, and highly beneficial journey at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

HE Dr Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Government’s Head of Cyber Security, delivered an opening keynote speech in which he discussed the urgent need to create a culture of cyber security: “When assessing the current and future cyber landscape, there can be no doubt that the cyber pandemic gripping the industry is here to stay. Ransomware-driven attacks have been become more commonplace, particularly here in the Middle East and cyber-attacks show no signs of abating. Therefore, it is the shared responsibility of governments, organizations, and individuals to find solutions together. By ensuring that the most pressing factors are identified and integrated, we can secure tomorrow’s digital government and economy starting today.”

Matt Johnson, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Ledger, then joined the proceedings as an international keynote speaker, discussing the world of alternative payments and cryptocurrency. Speaking after his address, he said: “Cyber security is an integral component of alternative payments and cryptocurrency, and we have seen massive changes take place in both these areas over the past 12-18 months. It was a real pleasure to be involved here today to examine these changes and explore what we believe will be key trends in the future. Mainstream curiosity is here, and now is the time for us to transition this curiosity to secure mainstream adoption.”

Day One showcases

The keynote speeches certainly set the tone for what followed throughout day one, with attendees eager to explore the exhibition. Aside from conferences, competitions, and training opportunities, anticipation was also high because of the exhibitions on display at HITB+CyberWeek 2021. A series of futuristic, innovative villages showcased the latest technologies, including The StartUp Village by DisruptAD and the debutant ‘Payment Village’, where many visitors became familiar with ATM hacks with Timur Yunusov, a payment and application security expert and one of the exhibition’s organizers. His presence and insights were invaluable throughout the day, and Timur has contributed to various payment security research pieces and cyber security conferences.

DisruptAD took centre stage highlighting the long-term benefits of building capacity among students and young cyber security talent to nurture the skills, knowledge, and expertise necessary to protect online assets and digital infrastructure.

Commenting on the HITB+Cyberweek 2021 day one highlights, Dhillon Kannabhiran, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, HITB, added: “Excitement and anticipation had been building in the weeks leading up to this year’s event. With the first day now concluded, it’s pleasing that the event is living up to its billing as a pivotal chapter in the next stage of world-class cyber security development.”


About ‘Hack In The Box’

Hack In The Box (HITB) is a series of network security and hacking related conferences held annually around the world. HITB conferences offer cutting-edge hardcore technical talks delivered by some of the most respected names in the computer security industry.  Held annually in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, they are among the foremost platforms for the discussion and dissemination of next generation cyber computer security issues.  HITB+CyberWeek will bring together the world’s top thinkers and cyber security experts to share the latest knowledge, ideas and techniques among security professionals and students from November 21-25 at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

About DisruptAD

DisruptAD, ADQ's venture platform, was launched to accelerate the future of innovation. The platform offers productive incubation, investment and commercial scaling opportunities for tech start-ups in a state-of-the-art infrastructure for a digital led age. DisruptAD aims to advance R&D and unleash the potential of the UAE’s innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem through highly skilled tech talent.

DisruptAD is attracting and creating a thriving community of founders, fund managers, incubators, and accelerators to globally build, support and scale disruptive technologies from Abu Dhabi.

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