Information Security at Black Hat MEA
Information Security, or InfoSec, has never been more relevant. In our highly interconnected, digital world, the job of an information security analyst in ensuring secure processing and storage of information has become paramount.
Every year at this prestigious cybersecurity expo, a diverse and knowledgeable audience gathers to focus on this subject that is not only critically important but also constantly evolving.
Join the international infosec community at the Black Hat Briefings to share and learn from the latest research in risk, developments and emerging trends.
Listen to security experts from around the globe as they present their ground-breaking research, new-found vulnerabilities, open-source tools, zero-day exploits, and much more.
This collaboration is a necessary response to the recent surge in technological advancements,
especially in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). In a world that is now a global village, international businesses, governments, and individuals are interconnected like never before. While this interconnectivity has facilitated ease in operations and communications, it has also paved the way for a myriad of security vulnerabilities.
InfoSec on the Edge
addresses issues from personal data breaches to large-scale cyberattacks on corporations and governments, focusing the spotlight on this industry as the linchpin that determines the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of our digital assets.
As we progressively digitalise every facet of our lives and businesses,
we inadvertently increase the surface for potential cyber threats. Therefore, understanding and implementing robust information security measures is not just necessary, it is an imperative.
The Key Elements of Information Security
InfoSec is built on the three fundamental principles of Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability, often referred to as the CIA triad.
ensures that data is accessible only to those who are authorised.
guarantees that the data is accurate and dependable, free from unauthorised changes.
makes sure that the data is readily available to authorised parties when needed.
These principles work in unison through key elements to build a robust framework that can withstand the relentless onslaught of cyber attacks. At Black Hat MEA cybersecurity expo, you can delve deeper into each of those key elements. See how every layer of an organisation's infrastructure has unique security considerations and requires specific tools and practices. Learn how the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) role involves adopting an integrated approach to cybersecurity management to significantly reduce risk and build robust defences against ever-evolving cyber threats.
End Point Security
Endpoint security pertains to securing endpoints or entry points of end-user devices such as computers, laptops, and mobile devices from potential cyber threats. It uses security software installed on the client-side hardware to detect and block malicious activities.
In the context of today's work-from-home and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) culture, become more aware of the crucial role endpoint security plays in preventing breaches of information security policy that could compromise your entire network.
Physical security is the first line of defence in any information security strategy. It involves securing physical infrastructure and hardware from unauthorised access, damage, and theft. This includes server rooms, data centres, and individual workstations, employing measures like surveillance cameras, biometric access controls, alarms, and secure locks.
Although the digital aspects of cybersecurity take precedence at ‘InfoSec on the Edge’, the importance of physical security cannot be understated. Raise your awareness of how a physical breach can lead to severe data loss, unauthorised access to systems, or disruption of services.
Data encryption is a critical aspect of data security. It involves converting data into a code to prevent unauthorised access. Only those who have the encryption key can decode it.
Hear first-hand from top information security engineers on how today’s encryption methods take various forms, from encrypting data ‘at rest’ in databases to data ‘in transit’ over the internet. Come to value the importance of encryption in industries like banking, healthcare, and e-commerce, where sensitive data is frequently transmitted.
Network security involves the implementation of measures to secure the integrity and usability of network and data. It includes both hardware and software technologies that manage access, prevent breaches and limit any damage caused.
At our Briefings, discover the key elements of network security, including firewalls, anti-virus and anti-malware software, intrusion detection systems (IDS), and secure network architecture.
Application security involves taking measures during the application development phase to prevent threats and breaches that could occur through vulnerabilities in the application. It encompasses the use of software, hardware, and procedural methods to protect applications and application programming interfaces from external threats.
Take the opportunity to investigate the aspects of application security, including secure coding, vulnerability scanning, regular updates and patching. As apps become a routine part of business and personal life, join the discussion about how their security is increasingly critical to prevent breaches that could lead to data loss or unauthorised access.
As organisations increasingly shift their operations to the virtual world, the importance of cloud security has skyrocketed. Cloud security involves protecting data stored online from theft, leakage, and deletion. Measures used vary and can include encryption, identity and access management systems, and firewalls.
Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSP) at this event will help you appreciate how, whilst providers ensure a certain level of security, the responsibility is often shared with users, highlighting the importance of understanding security protocols in cloud environments.
Emerging Threats and Trends
As we stand on the threshold of an era dominated by the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and quantum computing, the need to protect our digital landscape becomes ever more pressing. Cybercriminals are evolving too, leveraging advanced technology to orchestrate sophisticated attacks. Ransomware attacks, for instance, have increased in complexity and frequency over recent years.
At the same time, we are witnessing a sharp rise in insider threats, state-sponsored attacks, and supply chain attacks, further compounding industry challenges.
To combat these burgeoning threats, we must develop and adopt new strategies. This includes harnessing AI and machine learning to predict and mitigate threats, implementing zero trust architectures, and focusing on privacy by design. We also need to foster a culture of cyber security information consciousness amongst all stakeholders - because, in the end, humans can be the weakest link in security.
See how Black Hat MEA is working in the region to raise awareness through investment in training, skills and regulatory compliance:
- The Black Hat Review Board comprises some of the industry's most credible and distinguished security professionals and thought leaders across various areas of expertise within the information security community.
- Our Cybersecurity Internship Program offers an opportunity to young and qualified Saudi youths to build cybersecurity industry skills.
- The Black Hat UAE Chapter brings an international collective of infosec professionals and enthusiasts together to help combat threats to cybersecurity against the UAE and the region.
As technology continues to evolve, our training and focus must be to ensure that adequate protective measures evolve with it. Book now to join the quest, where all stakeholders - governments, businesses, academia, and individuals, meet in Riyadh to collaborate and contribute.
As we continue to traverse the vast terrain of the digital world, we must strive to ensure that our footsteps do not leave a trail for cyber predators.
A single breach can lead to catastrophic outcomes, including economic loss, damage to reputation, and even national security threats. The onus of maintaining the sanctity of data falls on us, as InfoSec professionals.
Over the three days of Black Hat MEA, participate in exciting discussions and thought-provoking sessions to learn from businesses and organisations how they are investing in information security to adapt and fortify their defences and safeguard our digital world.