Saudi Arabia getting ready to launch world class hacking event ‘@Hack’

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Saudi Arabia will make a bold foray into the global tech platform later this year with a ground-breaking, mega cybersecurity event that will bring together the world’s best hackers and trainers in the Kingdom.

The Saudi Federation of Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP), which has masterminded some of the Kingdom’s most innovative high-tech boot camps and events, and Informa Tech, organizers of the world’s most renowned cybersecurity networking event series Black Hat, are bringing mega tech event ‘@Hack’ in collaboration with the national telecoms operator STC.

The event is set to take place at the Riyadh Front Expo Centre from November 28 to 30, 2021. It is being hosted in support of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and SAFCSP’s objective to make one out of every 100 Saudi nationals a programmer and raise the Kingdom’s tech prominence.

According to the statement, “@Hack is the official Middle East facilitator and distributor for Offensive Security, a leading cybersecurity training partner for major organizations including the US Armed Forces, Microsoft, Amazon, and IBM. Defining the standard of excellence in penetration testing, their elite security instructors will be among the 50 Black Hat approved trainers to run a powerful training series in the run-up to the event, taking place from November 23-27.”

Faisal Al Khamisi
Faisal Al Khamisi
Chairman – SAFCSP

“We are working diligently to showcase our tech capabilities on the global stage and this collaboration with Informa Tech will deliver one of the world’s largest and most forward-thinking cybersecurity events, right here, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing markets in Saudi Arabia and @Hack will create a social movement unleashing our boundless potential and ambitions, helping to inspire a technological golden era.”

@Hack will also offer business opportunities in one of the world’s largest cyber business halls with over 250 cutting-edge brands, including 40 ground-breaking start-ups, housed in its ‘Innovation City’. More than 250 of the world’s top information security professionals and hackers will present game-changing research, open-source tools, and zero-day exploits.

Mr. Yasser Alswailem, VP of Cybersecurity for STC said, “We’re excited to be a part of this amazing new launch @Hack – in association with the world-famous Black Hat. Having seen the plans for this event, we are proud that Saudi Arabia will host a cybersecurity event of genuine international importance.”

“When you put Saudi Arabia and Black Hat together the result can only be phenomenal, the region has been waiting for a security event like this for years and we are delighted to be one of the first strategic partners,” said Mr. Sanjeev Walia, CEO for SPIRE Solutions.

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