Second edition of Black Hat to be in Abu Dhabi

Conference will feature two days of training, two days of briefings this December

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Second edition of Black Hat to be in Abu Dhabi The second Black Hat security conference will be held in Abu Dhabi at the Emirates Palace.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  June 14, 2011

The second edition of the Black Hat security conference will be heading to Abu Dhabi from 12th to 15th December 2011 at the Emirates Palace.

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), represented by the UAE Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT), in cooperation with Khalifa University of Science and Technology has partnered with UBM again to bring the second edition of the information security conference back to the UAE.

"We have decided to partner with UBM to hold Black Hat Abu Dhabi for a second time because of the increasing need to protect our IT systems from attack, because of the enormous success of the first Black Hat Abu Dhabi and partnership fostered between UBM, the TRA, aeCERT and Khalifa University.  The event continues to support the TRA vision to make the UAE's ICT sector a leader in the global market place.  As such, the TRA is proud to be the leading partner of Black Hat Abu Dhabi for the second time," said Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, director general of the TRA.

This year's Black Hat Abu Dhabi will feature two days of training sessions and two days of briefings focusing on discussions and demonstrations of the latest and most important security issues faced in the market today.  

The event is in line with aeCERT's policy of assisting with the identification, prevention and response to cyber-attacks in the UAE and aiding in developing operating mechanisms for the TRA's strategy to increase cyber security in the UAE. 

"We are excited to be able to bring Black Hat back to the Middle East. Our partners are continuing the vision to establish a culture of cyber security within their public and private sector organizations and Black Hat is supporting those endeavours by bringing the best trainings and latest research to Abu Dhabi and the Middle East.  We will to continue to build upon the foundation from last year's event and once again showcase the commitment of the UAE ICT sector to being a leader in the global markets for security," said Jeff Moss, founder and Conference chair of Black Hat. 

The Black Hat conference will run ten training programmes between the12th and 13th of December, followed by three briefing tracks running simultaneously on the 14th and 15th alongside the exhibition. 

UBM is currently inviting potential sponsors, exhibitors and delegates to take part in Black Hat Abu Dhabi.

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