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The issue of electronic security will take centre stage at this year’s GITEX Technology Week.

Security takes centre stage
Abu Dhabi Police will have a presence at the CyberSecurity @ GITEX section.

The issue of electronic security will take centre stage at this year’s GITEX Technology Week. Reflecting the increasing vulnerability of corporate IT networks, the new CyberSecurity @ GITEX feature will offer presentations on cybercrime awareness and mobile malware, identity cloning, malware through widgetisation, credit card fraud, phishing websites, social media malware and more.

The event will also feature live demonstrations of security best practices from Abu Dhabi Police, McAfee, aeCERT and Black Hat.

“Cyber security in the modern age is not a luxury, but a crucial necessity that should form a key part of our social existence as we integrate more and more into a digital lifestyle that crosses over from the corporate world into our private lives,” said Capt Mohamed Obaid Alobaidli, IT R&D Section Manager, IT & Telecommunication Dept, Abu Dhabi Police, Tetrabyte Sponsor of CyberSecurity @ Gitex. “For Abu Dhabi Police, cyber security is one of the key areas that we are constantly monitoring and forms an important focus in our awareness building campaign.”

A plethora of big names from the field of electronic security are exhibiting at this year’s GITEX, including providers of anti-virus and anti-malware software, security appliances, firewalls, whitelisting solutions, access control systems and more.

The Global CyberLympics Championships, which sees hackers from all over the globe compete in ethical hacking challenges, will also take place at CyberSecurity @ GITEX.
Ten participating teams of six members each will be asked to take part in a series of ethical hacking games of both offensive and defensive security challenges, which will be broadcast on a live screen. The challenges will cover web applications, operating system compromise, exploit hunting and lock picking.

“Cyber security is one of the clear priorities for many businesses operating not just in this region, but around the world,” says Trixee Loh, Senior VP, Dubai World Trade Centre.

“The CyberSecurity @ GITEX feature will help to ensure that small and medium enterprises, larger organisations and members of the public are aware of the latest quality products that are available. It is not only the world class exhibitors who will showcase the very best the industry has to offer, but some of the most experienced and respected figures in the ICT security field will be sharing their thoughts on the issues, challenges and solutions that face businesses today. The CyberLympics will certainly be an exciting addition.”

The Global CyberLympics is organised by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), an organisation that certifies individuals in a range of e-commerce and information security skills.

The EC-Council hopes the CyberLympics challenge will help it to unify global cyber defence by discovering new talent, educating the public and creating cohesiveness between information security professionals.

“We are very proud to be partnering with GITEX to host the Global CyberLympics Middle East & India Championships,” said Leonard Chin, vice chair of the Global CyberLympics Organising Committee. “GITEX has a rich tradition and is the biggest IT related event in the region. In line with the brand new Cyber Security feature making its debut this year, we feel it is an excellent venue to pit some of the best ethical hackers in the region against each other.”

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