Black Hat MEA Announces New Venue; Reveals Cybersec Experts to Attend Riyadh Summit

13.06.2024 Security
Black Hat MEA Announces New Venue; Reveals Cybersec Experts to Attend Riyadh Summit

Black Hat MEA Announces New Venue; Reveals Cybersec Experts to Attend Riyadh Summit

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Black Hat Middle East & Africa (MEA), one of the world’s leading cybersecurity conference and exhibitions, has already locked in some of the biggest names in information security to speak at this November’s Executive Summit, which is already 80 per cent sold out.

Black Hat Middle East and Africa is a leading cybersecurity conference and exhibition, which will run from 26-28 November 2024 at the Riyadh Exhibition & Convention Centre in Malham.

Organised by Tahaluf in partnership with the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP), this exceptional event draws in a gathering of more than 40,000 information security professionals, along with 450+ exhibitors and 300+ internationally acclaimed speakers hailing from over 120 countries.

Discussing the global evolution of cybersecurity and its latest developments - such as quantum computing & cryptography, supply chain security, remote workforce security and threat detection responses - the annual Executive Summit will see more than 100 Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and other executives in attendance. Many of these senior IT leaders are in charge of security for some of the largest organisations in the world and will use Black Hat MEA 2024 to share their insights and experiences.

The initial line-up includes:

  • Gary Hayslip, Chief Information Security Officer, SoftBank Investment Advisors
  • Lori Wade, IC Chief Data Officer, Office of The Director of Intelligence
  • Sounil Yu, Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Knostic
  • Kevin Jones, Global Chief Information Security Officer, Bayer Group
  • Jennifer Ewbank, former Deputy Director, Digital Innovation, Central Intelligence Agency
  • Jason Lau, Chief Information Security Officer, Crypto.Com
  • Rich Baich, Chief Information Security Officer, AT&T
  • Ashish Shrestha, Chief Information Security Officer, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Lakshmi Hanspal, Strategic Advisor & Investor, Silicon Valley CISO Investments
  • Craig McEwen, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer & Global Head of Cyber Technology & Operations, Unilever

Black Hat MEA is also lining up an exhibition of regional and global cybersecurity leaders and innovators, including some of the sector’s biggest names. The line-up already includes Kaspersky - which successfully blocked 30 million cyber threats in the UAE last year - Fortinet, Opentext, Builder AI, Help AG, Infoblox, Netwitness, Palo Alto Networks, Recorded Future, and Trend Micro.

Black Hat MEA 2024 will be packed with all the interactive features that have seen the event now rank amongst the world’s biggest cybersecurity exhibitions. These include industry briefings and training sessions, the Cyberseed start-up competition, an investor programme, and the Black Hat MEA Arsenal, in which developers showcase the latest open-source tools and products.

In partnership with ToolsWatch, the Black Hat MEA Arsenal will also see presenters interacting with attendees for firsthand experiences. In addition, information security experts will share new industry tricks and trends, and hackers will expose the latest breach techniques. The event will also encompass the Black Hat Campus, which is an area for entry level professionals to attend talks and meet industry experts to understand how they can grow their career in cybersecurity.

The exhibition’s Activity Zone will also host a jeopardy-style Capture The Flag tournament, with over 1000 competing in a series of challenges across various competency levels. In addition, the Cyberseed Start-up Competition will host pitches from startup teams, who will compete for a share of the Cyberseed Prize Fund. The competition will have multiple mentoring sessions where finalists will get to present their ideas to an esteemed set of judges.




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