The Saudi capital Riyadh hosted the Black Hat Middle East & Africa Show from 15-17 November 2022 at the Front Exhibition Center.
The event is organized by the Saudi Federation For Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP), in partnership with the General Entertainment Authority (GEA).
As part of the activities of Riyadh Season 2022, the Black Hat Middle East & Africa Show, the world’s largest technology event, witnessed Tuesday, the first day of its activities. Over 75 events, with the attendance of more than 10,000 visitors, varied between workshops, sessions and technical challenges, with the participation of a number of the most important speakers and companies specialized in the cybersecurity sector.
The sessions discussed the latest developments in the field of cybersecurity and cyber considerations, ways to combat fraud and cybercrime, identity theft and fraud, in addition to reviewing ways to escape from cybercrime, information protection, cyber risk assessment, and the possibility of transforming cloud operations, networks and security, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The workshops were held, the most prominent of which were surprises in drones’ hacking, forensics, biohacking, an improved model for detecting credit card fraud using machine learning, in addition to revealing the implications of losing security in the operational environment, the art of hacking infrastructure, ransomware and cyber resilience in the digital age, in addition to detecting sophisticated attack techniques for hacking.
The activities of the first day concluded with a display of drones that formed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s flag, SAFCSP logo, the Riyadh Season, and some creative drawings that were well received by the audience.
The activities of the second day concluded Wednesday with a remarkable turnout of visitors and interested parties, whose number exceeded 11,000, and who toured the corridors of the “Black Hat” event and benefited from dialogue sessions and workshops on technology, in addition to engaging in technological challenges and inspiring experiences with experts and heads of the cybersecurity sector.
The sessions and workshops discussed human security engineering, application penetration, the investment model in cybersecurity in the United States, the Middle East and North Africa, and security awareness for beginners, in addition to attracting cyber talent, creating a security culture, building on a large scale, and assuming the existence of penetration.
Speakers in a session entitled “Data, Privacy and Misleading Information Securing Campaigns” discussed the importance of cooperation among organizations and institutions to confront threats targeting information security, stressing the importance of the role of governments in preserving privacy.
Creativity roams the corridors of Black Hat through challenges, the most prominent of which are: “Catch the Flag”, “Smart City”, and “Bug Rewards Platform Cup”.
“Black Hat” witnesses the gathering of a group of the most prominent experts and speakers in the field of cybersecurity, and it contains competitions and challenges with prizes amounting to more than one million riyals, as it targets those interested and amateurs in the field of cybersecurity in order to enhance the Kingdom’s leadership in this field, by preparing human capabilities from all segments of society in technology specializations.
The Saudi Federation for CyberSecurity, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP) is a national institution under the umbrella of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee.
The Federation seeks to build national and professional capabilities in the fields of cybersecurity and programming in line with the established and internationally recognised practices and standards, to expedite the ascent of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the ranks of developed countries in the domain of technology innovation. Engaging with tens of thousands of ethical hackers, cybersecurity experts and programmers every year, the Federation is on a mission to make 1 in 100 Saudis, programmers.
SAFCSP is the mastermind behind some of Saudi's most explosive tech events, including the world record-breaking Hajj Hackathon, presided over by Steve Wozniak, co-Founder of Apple.