Protecting our Digital Frontiers from Cyber Attack
In the ever-evolving digital landscape of the 21st century, the potential for cyber attack has become a stark reality for organisations worldwide. As an authority in the international cybersecurity community, BlackHatMEA’s role in this expo is to share knowledge, promote awareness and advocate for robust security measures to counter this threat.
A recent article by Black Hat Middle East and Africa: The Attack Surface Grows: Challenges to Cyber Resilience in 2023
looks at high-profile recent cyber attacks,
as well as changes in US legislation that are working to increase resilience against cyber threats. The conclusion is drawn that there is no singular threat and no simple solution to fight it.
Consequently, cybersecurity experts and innovators
are taking a wide view, and developing multi-faceted strategies to protect companies, governments, and digital users.
Witness the world’s best hackers and innovators at this year’s conference,
delivering advanced cybersecurity training sessions. Take part in deeply technical hands-on attack and defence courses on topics ranging from broader offensive security to the latest in penetration testing, infrastructure hacking, mobile applications security, analysing automotive electrical systems and everything in between.
Experience training from the most sought-after international industry and cyber security experts.
Explore the latest innovations in InfoSec by visiting industry disrupting startups in the Business Hall. Arm yourself with knowledge and level up your capabilities to fight cyber attack.
Types of cyber attack under discussion at the cybersecurity conference include the following:
- Phishing Attacks
- Cookie Hijacking
- Denial-of-Service (DoS) and Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) Attacks
- Social Engineering
- Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) Attacks
- SQL Injection
- Zero-Day Exploit
- Insider Threats
Ransomware is a malicious attack that uses software to encrypt the digital files of an individual or organisation and then demands a ransom to restore access.
Protecting against ransomware involves a combination of robust preventative measures such as employee education, timely system updates, strong backup policies and proactive threat hunting.
Phishing remains one of the most prevalent forms of cyber attack. In this deceptive method, attackers pose as trusted entities, often through email or text messages.
They then trick individuals into revealing sensitive information like login credentials or credit card numbers.
Spear Phishing is a recent development that specifically targets individuals or companies.
Malware is short for malicious software. This is code designed to cause damage to a user's computer system or network. Examples include viruses, ransomware, and spyware.
In recent years, the advent of Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) has seen malware deployed over extended periods, emphasising the need for robust detection and response mechanisms.
Cookie Hijacking or Session Hijacking
Cookie hijacking, also known as session hijacking, is an attack where unauthorised parties intercept or steal session cookies to gain unauthorised access to web applications.
This allows the hijacker to impersonate the user's session, leading to potential data theft or manipulation.
Denial-of-Service (DoS) and Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) Attacks
DoS and DDoS attacks are aimed at disrupting a network or service by overloading it with excessive traffic or exploiting system vulnerabilities.
DDoS attacks are often more damaging, leveraging a network of 'botnets' to amplify the assault, causing serious downtime and loss of business continuity.
Social engineering attacks, including baiting, phishing, pretexting, quid pro quo and tailgating, manipulate individuals into performing actions or divulging confidential information.
These attacks often involve tricking users into breaking security procedures, for example by impersonating trusted entities via phishing emails or scam calls.
An SQL injection cyber attack involves the exploitation of vulnerable data-driven applications, primarily those that use SQL for querying database systems.
Attackers manipulate SQL code to gain access to data, highlighting the critical need for robust application security measures and regular patching.
Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) Attacks
In a MitM attack, cybercriminals intercept communication between two parties to steal data or spread malware.
Typically, Man-in-the-Middle attacks occur in non-secure public Wi-Fi networks, underlining the importance of VPN usage and encrypted communication for digital security.
Zero-day exploits take advantage of undisclosed software vulnerabilities before vendors have had a chance to develop patches.
Due to their unpredictable nature, these attacks underscore the necessity of a proactive cybersecurity posture, including threat intelligence and vulnerability management.
Insider threats, whether they come from intentional sources or are accidental in nature, may cause severe damage to an organisation's digital infrastructure.
Comprehensive security policies, access controls, and employee training are vital to mitigate the risk of a cyber attack like this which does not always come from outside.
At Black Hat MEA you will gain insightful perspectives about cyber attacks, the issues they create and the measures needed for defence and resilience.
It is only by understanding the specific threat that we can develop more robust defence mechanisms to safeguard our digital domains and ensure cyber-resilience.
Black Hat MEA Resources for Learning More About Preventing and Responding to Cyber Attack
With the surge in digital transformation and connectivity, cyber attacks have become more complex and innovative. It is crucial to remember that cybersecurity is not a one-time solution but an ongoing process requiring constant vigilance, regular updates and training.
At this year’s cybersecurity conference, listen to international speakers from the cybersecurity industry on a range of topics, including first-hand experiences of dealing with cyber attack.
Learn from the world’s best hackers and trainers as they deliver a specialised series of training to the Black Hat standard. View the 2023 Courses Outline to see available cybersecurity courses, ranging from entry-level to super advanced.
Black Hat Middle East and Africa, with its key partners in KSA, also offers an opportunity to young and qualified Saudi youths to be part of a Cybersecurity Internship Program that aims to develop and promote the next generation of cyber security professionals.
Book Today for Black Hat MEA to become more equipped in ensuring your organisation’s data is protected from cyber attack.