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LEAP 2022 to Kick-Off on February 1, 2022

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In February 2022, Saudi Arabia will be hosting the largest technology event ever launched, LEAP, bringing together the global technology community under one roof to tackle the biggest socio-cultural challenges of the world. Taking place from the 1st – 3rd of February 2022 in Riyadh, LEAP is set to become a truly global platform for the entire innovation ecosystem, connecting pioneers and disruptors with business and government leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and more to experience and learn about the technologies of the future.

The event will welcome speakers from all around the world; including Eugene Kaspersky, CEO, and co-founder, Kaspersky; Raghu Raghuram, CEO, VMware; Maelle Gavet, CEO, Techstars; Youngcho Chi, President, and Chief Innovation Officer, Hyundai Motor Group; Peggy Johnson, CEO, Magic Leap; Nnenna Nwakanma, Chief Web Advocate, World Wide Web Foundation and Siim Sikkut, Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO), Estonia. They will be joined by experts from the region; including Eng. Olayan M. Alwetaid, Group CEO, STC; Eng. Salman Al Badran, CEO, Mobily; Ghinwa Baradhi, CIO MENAT region for HSBC and Sky Kurtz, founder, and CEO at Pure Harvest.

LEAP will also feature inspirational stories from people like Steven Bartlett, renowned entrepreneur, and BBC’s youngest ever Dragon, as well as football legends Roberto Carlos and Luis Figo. As global technology giants gear up to participate in one of the region’s most anticipated events, over 700 emerging technology start-ups prepare to showcase their solutions to the world. Organised and produced by Informa Markets, LEAP is sponsored by leading local and international companies including, Microsoft, CISCO, KPMG, SoftwareAG, Nutanix, STC, Zain, Mobily, and Ericsson, who will act together as strategic partners to bring this event to life.

Commenting on the event, His Excellency Eng. Abdullah Alswaha, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, said: “Technology and innovation have enormous potential to transform economies and societies. We live in a time where you either leap or be left behind. We are proud to host LEAP to help the region lead and leapfrog with technology and innovation”.

“Informa are delighted to have launched LEAP in Saudi Arabia. It is clear to us that with the enormous technology projects happening in the country, there is no hub in the world better placed to host such an amazing event,” said Mike Champion, Regional Executive Vice President of Informa Markets, the largest events company in the world. “In its first year, LEAP will be the largest debut technology event in history, and there can be no better evidence than that to prove Saudi Arabia is a future global technology hub.”

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Successful HITB+CyberWeek 2021 Concludes With PRO CTF Competition Final

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Hack In The Box, a cutting-edge platform for technical talks and training in cyber security knowledge, has concluded HITB+CyberWeek 2021, closing the curtain on another resoundingly successful edition at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). Brought by Disrupt AD, ADQ’s ventures platform connect pioneering, visionary, and entrepreneurial minds to displace the norm and scale globally from Abu Dhabi, the highly anticipated five-day hybrid event lived up to its billing as the next meaningful step in cyber security industry progression.

From 21-25 November, HITB+CyberWeek 2021 welcomed over 2,000 attendees and ten start-ups from around the world in a fresh bid to examine the current cyber landscape, analyse its future trajectory, combat emerging threats, and establish a new cyber smart world – hosting conferences, exhibitions, competitions, and training opportunities. Having brought together the world’s leading cyber security professionals to share their latest knowledge, ideas, and techniques with up-and-coming talent and the wider cyber community, the event concluded with an action-packed final day in the UAE capital.

Dhillon Kannabhiran, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, HITB, said: “With the cyber threat landscape expanding as our industry continues experiencing radical change, this year’s HITB+CyberWeek was perhaps the most important to date. The most practical way to drive required cyber security reform and implement innovative, next-generation measures is to bring the world’s greatest minds, influencers, talent, and professionals together. And upon reflection, this year’s event has certainly served as a platform to accelerate these efforts, emulating the success of previous editions and positioning the wider cyber community to realize its objectives and mandates in 2022 and beyond.”

A HITB+CyberWeek mainstay, the final day highlight was the conclusion of the prestigious Pro Capture the Flag (PRO CTF) competition, which saw teams from all over the globe battle it out for glory, USD 116 thousand, and extra bonus prizes for university teams. 25 of the world’s top-ranked teams from different countries were part of the attack-defense format final – with 16 competing for on-site and another 9 virtually – as each sought to detect vulnerabilities and play the role of both threat defenders and attackers. The PRO CTF challenge took place over 30 hours, engaging the audience with live ranking scoring updates on big screen scoreboards across the venue. Bushwhackers, hailing from Russia, once again emerged as this year’s champions to continue their fine record in the competition, followed by C4T BuT S4D and RedRocket from Russia and Germany, respectively.

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More Than 8,000 Attendees and 200 Expert Speakers Join First Day of @HACK in Riyadh

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@HACK, the largest dedicated cybersecurity event in the region opened today in Riyadh, with in excess of 8,000 guests already attending the first day. Over the next three days, upwards of 14,000 thousand attendees from 70 countries are expected at the summit, which features over 200 expert speakers sharing their knowledge to grow the cybersecurity expertise of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The conference was officially inaugurated by Faisal Al-Khamisi, Chairman, SAFCSP, in the presence of His Excellency Engineer Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology.

The conference includes the largest ever Capture the Flag ethical hacking contest in the region, with over 1,000 participants from around the world competing for a prize pool of SAR 1 million. It also features the most extensive advanced technical training program in the world outside of the annual Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.

@Hack is organized by the Saudi Federation of Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP) and leading events specialist Informa Tech, in association with the renowned cybersecurity event organizer Black Hat, and in partnership with the General Entertainment Authority of Saudi Arabia. The conference is three times larger than any previous cybersecurity summit in the region and is the largest cybersecurity event in the world in 2021. @HACK is on until 30th November at Riyadh Front Expo Centre.

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AtHack 2021 to Feature Spire Solutions as Strategic Sponsor

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Saudi Arabia is making huge technology investments towards enabling Vision 2030 and Giga projects like NEOM and has also expressed its interest to bid for World Expo 2030. With all this comes the responsibility to protect the electronic and digital assets that make these initiatives happen. With security at its core, the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP) and Informatech, in association with the iconic Blackhat, are co-organizing @Hack from November 28 to 30 at the Riyadh Front Exhibition & Conference Center.

The organizers have roped in the Middle East and Africa region’s leading value-added distributor Spire Solutions as one of the Strategic Sponsors to introduce regionally relevant cybersecurity solutions to CISOs and other security professionals attending the event. Spire’s Founder and President, Sanjeev Walia said, “Security professionals from our region regularly travel to the USA for Blackhat and it was about time to have its regional version. Thanks to SAFCSP and Informatech for making @Hack happen in Saudi Arabia and inviting Spire to play an important role. We have been supporting the Kingdom with its cybersecurity needs since our inception and have also opened an office in Riyadh to work even more closely with our Saudi customers and channel partners to enhance infosec in the Kingdom. @Hack will be a highly impactful platform to showcase our capabilities to key stakeholders in the Kingdom.”

“We are proud that when @Hack launches it will be the most influential and impactful infosec gathering across the region, 3x larger than any other cyber event. Having the right support system from the industry is crucial. We are pleased to have MEA’s leading VAD Spire Solutions as a Strategic Sponsor to support our vision and introduce regionally relevant cybersecurity solutions, in association with their technology partners, to participants of the event,” said Michael Champion, Regional EVP at Informa Markets.

Dubbed as Spiretrons of Arabia, Spire’s main theme will be ‘Enhancing infosec in the Kingdom”, which is in line with the main theme of @Hack – Infosec on the edge. Spire will showcase several niche solutions and services by featuring its technology partners such as Spire Data (analytics and AI), Cribl (data and SOC optimization), ThreatConnect (RQ, TIP and SOAR), Digital Shadows (digital risk management), Solarwinds (secure IT operations management), Group-IB (threat intelligence and attribution), Gigamon (network visibility), Corelight (network detection and response), Rapid7 (shared visibility, analytics and automation), CyberArk (privilege access management) and Atos (data, identity and access management).

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