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  • Ahmed Saleh

Riyadh prepares for the second edition of "Black Hat" event

Riyadh, November 02, 2023, Riyadh is gearing up to host the eagerly anticipated second edition of the "Black Hat" event, scheduled to take place from November 14 to 16 at the Riyadh Front Exhibition & Conference Center. The event, organized by "Tahaluf" in collaboration with the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones, revolves around the theme "Infosec on The Edge." It is set to bring together prominent figures in the cybersecurity domain, alongside experts, ethical hackers, and enthusiasts in the field.

Recognized as the most attended cybersecurity event globally, Black Hat boasts an impressive lineup, including over 300 exhibitors, 300 speakers, 80 investors, and 50 approved trainers. Additionally, it will feature more than 120 thought-provoking briefings.

The event will introduce new elements such as the Deep Dive Stage, Black Hat Campus, and CISOs Club, complementing its already extensive program, which includes the Executive Summit, Arsenal, Business Hall, Briefings, Trainings, and the CyberSeed Start-Up Competition.

Returning to the fray is the Activity Zone, featuring the popular "Capture The Flag" competition, the Bug Bounty Cup, Drone Zone, Lockpick Village, Smart City Simulation, Chips Off Village, and the Cyber Escape Room. An exciting addition this year is the "Medical Hacking" experience, aimed at raising awareness about the vulnerabilities in medical devices and the critical importance of cybersecurity in this sector.

Black Hat's influential impact is evident through the strong support of its sponsors, with NEOM as its future partner and a lineup of strategic sponsors that includes Sirar by STC, Mobily, SITE, Zain, IBM, Cisco Systems, Trend Micro, Alibaba Cloud, Spire Solutions, HABOOB, BugBounty, and FlagYard. Esteemed gold sponsors, such as Infoblox, Mandiant, Google Cloud, Cloudflare, Ingram Micro, SPCS, Nournet, and Odyssey, further elevate the event's significance.

Faisal Al Khamisi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones, expressed his excitement for the second edition, emphasizing Black Hat's significance as the region's largest and most attended cybersecurity event. Building on the success of the previous edition, this year's event promises new features and a rich array of activities.

Founded in 1997, BlackHat has evolved into a leading global cybersecurity event, expanding its reach from its annual occurrence in Las Vegas to various global destinations, including Saudi Arabia, where it is set to host its second consecutive edition, building upon the resounding success of the previous event.

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