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Abu Dhabi’s Hack In The Box CyberWeek Set to Drive a Cyber Smart World

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Hack In The Box (HITB), known for its cutting-edge technical talks and training in computer security, is returning to Abu Dhabi, UAE with a new hybrid event from 21-25 November 2021. This year’s edition of HITB+CyberWeek is brought by DisruptAD, ADQ’s venture platform that connects pioneering, visionary, and entrepreneurial minds to displace the norm and scale globally from Abu Dhabi. The event will bring together the world’s top thinkers and cyber security experts to share the latest knowledge, ideas, and techniques among security professionals and university students.

Commenting on behalf of DisruptAD, Faisal Al Hammadi, said: “Technological advancements and cutting-edge solutions are becoming more valuable as the world seeks solutions that address the challenges of tomorrow. At DisruptAD, we are on a mission to drive the future of innovation, disrupting priority sectors in the UAE and driving economic growth. As an active partner in the start-up ecosystem, we are looking forward to our participation in HITB+Cyberweek and fostering competitive innovation in Abu Dhabi while also supporting a thriving local community of entrepreneurs and innovators.”

“Our world has changed and so has HITB+CyberWeek. As the world enters unchartered territory in a post-COVID era, we need unique minds that love solving the impossible,” said Dhillon Kannabhiran, Founder and CEO of Hack In The Box. “The UAE has a reputation for visionary thinking and leads the region on numerous fronts including technological advancements. To solve the next generation of cyber security problems, we need to act now to develop the next generation of cyber security warriors.”

Continued Kannabhiran: “That’s why we’re bringing more than just our cutting-edge talks and training for professionals to HITB+CyberWeek – we’re also bringing together start-ups, the world’s best hackers to compete with UAE teams in the Pro CTF competition, and a host of hardware and software-related challenges and mini-workshops to spur the next generation of students to ‘think outside the box’.”

The event combines the HITB Security Conference (24-25 November) with some sessions open to the public and paid training for security professionals (21-24 November). It is the first HITB hybrid event with live streaming for virtual attendees from around the world combined with a physical event at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi where visitors can experience the Security Exhibition, Start-Up Village, and more.

With a prize pool of USD $116,000, 16 of the world’s best CTF teams will be flown into Abu Dhabi to battle it out in a two-day attack and defence CTF competition.  Organized by HITB in collaboration with Hackerdom, Russia’s leading CTF organising crew and CTF.ae, winners of 2019’s Cyber Battle of The Emirates and now the UAE’s first outfit specialized in creating and managing cybersecurity Capture the Flag events and training in the Emirates. The CTF will pit .edu winners from the pre-qualification CTF held in Singapore in August alongside pre-invited PRO teams from around the globe to prove definitively that they are the best of the best. Portions of the contest will also be hybridized for teams unable to make the trip in-person thus making this the world’s first truly hybrid Capture the Flag competition.

“With HITB security conference events in Amsterdam, Singapore, and the UAE, we believe we’re breaking down the boundaries between regions and creating the right environment for a fascinating mix of ideas, networking among like-minded people, and most importantly, the sharing of knowledge.  Let’s face it: our hyperconnected digital world has no boundaries and we believe there should be no limits to the way we collaborate, the way we share the latest research and techniques, and how we train the next generation of cyber warriors. Next-generation problems need next-generation ideas, solutions, and skills. HITB+CyberWeek brings together unique minds to solve the impossible,” added Kannabhiran.

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Intersec 2022: Airbus SLC to Show Off its Portfolio of Communication Products

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Airbus SLC has revealed its participation at this year’s edition of Intersec, the world-leading emergency services, security, and safety event, which is set to open on January 16 to January 18, 2022, at the Dubai World Trade Center. The Airbus SLC stand will be located at Stall No. D18 in Sheikh Saeed Hall 3. During their presence at the exciting three-day event, Airbus SLC will be throwing the spotlight on its latest additions to its extensive communications portfolio which will include the portable Everus Tactical Cell, the Ergo Plugin for Tactilon Dabat, the Tactilon Agnet Unified Client, and the Tactilon Dabat with Super Connectivity (SC).

The portable Everus Tactical Cell is the right solution for both military and security markets. Designed specifically to enable rapid deployment of a private, stand-alone 4G cell intended for small user groups, the Everus features rugged, military-grade hardware that can withstand extreme environmental conditions.

Airbus SLC will also be holding product demonstrations for its Tactilon Agnet solution, a push-to-talk and end-to-end encrypted system that delivers the best of both Tetra and broadband solutions as well as the Tactilon Dabat solution which focuses on public safety mission-critical LTE networks especially in the efforts to transform smart cities. Both solutions showcase the future of seamless TETRA and LTE integration.

Selim Bouri, Head of Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific for Airbus Secure Land Communications said, “We are looking forward to our coming participation at Intersec 2022, which has been dubbed to be the largest edition of the globally recognized event. Joining the show will give us the opportunity to highlight our newest products, newer additions that are expected to play a key role in helping maintain the security and safety sector of the UAE and the rest of the region. We are also excited to meet with other companies, and explore potential partnership and joint cooperation opportunities.”

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Ooredoo Qatar Chooses Fortinet Secure SD-WAN

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Ooredoo Qatar, a part of Ooredoo Group – a leading international communications company operating across the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia, announced that Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated, and automated cybersecurity solutions, has been chosen to deliver its Secure SD-WAN solution to boost Ooredoo’s Enterprise EDGE portfolio.

Enterprise EDGE is Ooredoo’s managed SD-WAN service that allows enterprise customers to create a network by mixing and matching services from a wide range of WAN connections. Having transformed its network to be SD-WAN ready, Ooredoo offers a new capability unrivalled by traditional connectivity services.

By leveraging Fortinet Secure SD-WAN, Ooredoo now has access to a security-driven networking approach that consolidates SD-WAN functionality and next-generation firewall security in a single offering. This approach fits squarely with Ooredoo’s objectives to allow business customers to leverage the Ooredoo Advantage, thereby making Ooredoo ‘Best for Business’.

“Ooredoo is a problem solver with the best ICT solutions to address business challenges,” said Thani Ali Al Malki – Executive Director Business at Ooredoo Qatar. “In an entrepreneurial environment faced with increasingly sophisticated security challenges, the peace of mind inherent in Enterprise EDGE built on Fortinet solution will reassure business customers across Qatar, which will then contribute to the complete customer satisfaction for which we aim.”

Fortinet Secure SD-WAN is designed to improve user experience and simplify operations at the WAN edge. This will provide Ooredoo’s customers with a secure SD-WAN solution that integrates next-generation firewall with advanced SD-WAN networking functionality to effectively protect customers’ data and applications along with a high level of visibility, reporting, control and scalability.  It also can be added on top of any standard connectivity services such as National IPVPN, Business Internet, Business Broadband or Mobile Broadband.

As one of the first service providers in the market to offer an in-country SD-WAN solution, Ooredoo’s technical capability means that the new forms of managed customer premise equipment (CPE) will add value to conventional connectivity services by providing enhanced SD-WAN networking features such as application-aware traffic steering, dynamic path selection with service-level agreement (SLA) measurements, and self-healing capabilities.

“We are pleased to strengthen our partnership with Ooredoo Qatar, and enable them to provide secure SD-WAN services to its customers,” said Alain Penel, Regional Vice President – Middle East, Fortinet. “Through our unique security-driven networking strategy which tightly integrates an organization’s network infrastructure and security architecture, Fortinet is enabling Ooredoo with the capability to scale its network and change without compromising security operations while providing superior end-user experience and higher performance to support business customers in their digital transformation efforts.”

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Quantum Xchange Partners with Spire Solutions

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Quantum Xchange has entered into a strategic partnership with Spire Solutions, a top value-added distributor and preferred cybersecurity solutions provider servicing the Middle East and Africa. Spire customers, partners, and prospects will benefit from access to Phio Trusted Xchange (TX), Quantum Xchange’s out-of-band key delivery system that enables users to future-proof the security of their data and communications networks; overcome the vulnerabilities of present-day encryption techniques, for instance, keys and data traveling together; and protect against man-in-the-middle, harvesting, and future quantum attacks.

Phio TX from Quantum Xchange acts as a simple architecture overlay that works in tandem with conventional encryption systems and any TCP/IP connection (wireless, copper, satellite, fiber) to decouple key generation and delivery from data transmissions. With Phio TX a second, quantum-enhanced encryption key is sent out-of-band down a separate quantum-protected tunnel and mesh network to multiple transmission points. Continuous key rotation takes place on every transfer, further heightening the system’s security.

“We are in the early stages of the greatest migration in the history of computing as nearly every organization in the world will need to update and transition their legacy encryption to new quantum-safe standards,” said Sanjeev Walia, Founder and President of Spire Solutions. “Quantum Xchange’s unique technology greatly eases this burden, offering an affordable and dynamic next-generation key delivery architecture for stronger data security today and quantum-safe protection from future threats. We are pleased to have QXC as a partner and to add Phio TX to our portfolio of the world’s best security products and services.”

Phio TX embraces crypto agility, supporting quantum keys generated from any source, i.e., Quantum Random Number Generator (QRNG), Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), or a combination, and all Post-Quantum Cryptographic (PQC) key encapsulation candidate algorithms being evaluated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) scheduled for standardization in 2022. The FIPS-validated network security appliance also meets the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) protocol for QKD. With Phio TX, users can start with PQC, then easily scale to QKD protection levels with no interruptions to their underlying infrastructure and no network downtime.

“Spire Solutions has a proven track record successfully introducing new cybersecurity solutions to more than 15 countries in its region, making them an ideal partner for Quantum Xchange as we look to expand our global visibility and reach,” said Eddy Zervigon, CEO of Quantum Xchange. “Spire’s dedicated division focusing on cyber threat intelligence, comprehensive risk protection, and response complements our mission to protect and preserve the digital infrastructure that runs our global economy by bringing to market a standards-based, quantum-ready solution that can easily meet the risk mitigation needs of a business at any time while delivering an infinitely stronger cybersecurity posture to any network environment.”

Quantum Xchange will join Spire Solutions stand H1 A120 at #LEAP22, the inaugural global platform for the most disruptive technology professionals taking place at the Riyadh Front Expo Centre in Saudi Arabia from Feb. 1-3, 2022.

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