Successful HITB+CyberWeek 2021 concludes with PRO CTF competition final

Successful HITB+CyberWeek 2021 concludes with PRO CTF competition final

  • The world’s wider cyber security came together for a five-day series of conferences, exhibitions, competitions, and training opportunities in Abu Dhabi
  • HITB+CyberWeek 2021 concluded with the annual PRO CTF challenge
  • Russia’s Bushwhackers team emerged victorious in a highly competitive field boasting the world’s most skilled and resourceful outfits

Abu Dhabi, November 29, 2021: Hack In the Box, a cutting-edge platform for technical talks and trainings 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-defence format final – with 16 competing 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 S4Dand RedRocket from Russia and Germany, respectively.

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About ‘Hack In The Box’

Hack In The Box (HITB) is a series of network security and hacking related conferences held annually around the world. HITB conferences offer cutting-edge hardcore technical talks delivered by some of the most respected names in the computer security industry.  Held annually in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, they are among the foremost platforms for the discussion and dissemination of next generation cyber computer security issues.  HITB+CyberWeek will bring together the world’s top thinkers and cyber security experts to share the latest knowledge, ideas and techniques among security professionals and students from November 21-25 at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

About DisruptAD

DisruptAD, ADQ’s venture platform, was launched to accelerate the future of innovation. The platform offers productive incubation, investment and commercial scaling opportunities for tech start-ups in a state-of-the-art infrastructure for a digital led age. DisruptAD aims to advance R&D and unleash the potential of the UAE’s innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem through highly skilled tech talent. DisruptAD is attracting and creating a thriving community of founders, fund managers, incubators, and accelerators to globally build, support and scale disruptive technologies from Abu Dhabi.

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