Black Hat Announces Abu Dhabi 2010

Event will host top-tier public and private sector security professionals from the Middle-East region

December 17, 2009

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Seattle, Wash. — December 16, 2009 —Today Black Hat, the world's leading family of information security events produced by TechWeb, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan announce the first ever Black Hat Abu Dhabi. The event will host top-tier public and private sector security professionals from the Middle-East region as well as industry researchers and underground hackers from around the world to dissect the latest in information security. Developed through a partnership with the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) , aeCERT, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR), Black Hat Abu Dhabi will be held May 30 " June 2, 2010.

"Cyber security is a top priority across the globe and we are happy to see Abu Dhabi is taking the necessary steps to becoming a thought leader in security for the middle-east region," said Jeff Moss, founder of Black Hat.

Black Hat Abu Dhabi will feature two days of deep technical training courses and two days of briefings from leading experts in the security industry. The event will be hosted in a similar format to the other worldwide Black Hat Events attracting security pros and researchers, local media, world renowned security experts and researchers delivering class material and top tier sponsors and exhibitors. Working at many levels within the corporate, government, and underground communities, Black Hat delivers unmatched informational reach and the newest vulnerabilities, defense mechanisms, and industry trends.

Tariq Al Hawi, aeCERT Director, in his introduction of Black Hat Abu Dhabi, said, "This conference is seriously important as it's the first step to introduce Black Hat in Abu Dhabi as an annual event in the region, in partnership with TRA & KUSTAR."

The Black Hat event series continues in Washington DC, January 31-Febuary 3 at the Grand Hyatt Crystal City, followed by Barcelona, April 12-15, 2010 at the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos and Black Hat USA, July 25-30, 2010 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. For complete event coverage and more information visit

For more information on sponsorship contact Marco Pardi at 415-947-6216 or [email protected].

About Black Hat

Black Hat provides briefings and training to leading corporations and government agencies around the world. Black Hat differentiates itself by working at many levels within the corporate, government, and underground communities. This unmatched informational reach enables Black Hat to be continuously aware of the newest vulnerabilities, defense mechanisms, and industry trends. Black Hat Briefings and Trainings are held annually in Barcelona, Las Vegas, and Washington DC. Black Hat is produced by TechWeb. More information is available at

About TechWeb TechWeb, the global leader in business technology media is an innovative business focused on serving the needs of technology decision-makers and marketers worldwide. TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed media brands in the business technology market. Today, more than 13.3 million* business technology professionals actively engage in our communities created around our global face-to-face events Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat and VoiceCon; online resources such as the TechWeb Network, Light Reading, Intelligent Enterprise,,, market leading, award-winning magazines such as InformationWeek, TechNet Magazine, MSDN Magazine, Wall Street & Technology and The Financial Technology Network. TechWeb also provides end-to-end services ranging from next-generation performance marketing, integrated media, research and analyst services. TechWeb is a division of United Business Media, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion. *13.3 million business decision-makers: based on # of monthly connections

About TRA

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been established according to the UAE Federal Law by Decree No. 3 of 2003 - Telecom Law. The organizational objectives of the TRA are derived from the UAE Telecommunications Law, its Executive Order and the UAE National Telecommunications Policy. These objects may be summarized by ensuring adequacy of telecommunications services throughout the UAE; achieving enhancement of services, both in terms of quality and variety; ensuring quality of service and adherence to terms of licenses by licensees; encouraging telecommunications and IT services within the UAE; promoting and enhancing the telecommunications sector within the UAE; promoting and developing the telecommunications sector in the UAE by training, development and the establishment of relevant training institutions; resolving any disputes between the licensed operators; establishing and implementing a regulatory and policy framework; promoting new technologies; ensuring that the UAE becomes the regional ICT hub; developing the country's human capital; and encouraging research and development. More information is available at

About AeCERT

The aeCERET is one of the TRA initiatives established to apply its strategy to support a safe cyberspace in the UAE, where the aeCERT was accredited by the Ministerial Council for Services Direct Number (5/89) for 2008 as the National CERT of the UAE, to facilitate the detection, prevention and response of cyber security incidents on the Internet.The goals of the aeCERT are to enhance the cyber security law and assist in the creation of new laws; to enhance information security awareness across the UAE; to build national expertise in information security, incident management and computer forensics; to provide a central trusted point of contact for cyber security incident reporting in the UAE; to establish a national center to disseminate information about threats, vulnerabilities and cyber security incidents; to foster the establishing of and provide assistance to sector-based Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs), to coordinate with domestic and International CSIRTs and related organizations; and to become an active member of recognized security organizations and forums. More information is available at www.aecert.aeFor TRA & aeCERT media inquiries please send to:[email protected]


Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTASR) established in February 2007 by a decree issued by the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. KUSTAR's main campus is located in Abu Dhabi, while it operates another campus in Sharjah. It presently offers Bachelor, Masters, and Ph.D. programs in various areas of engineering and in the future will offer degrees in five main disciplines: engineering, logistics management, health sciences, homeland security and sciences. KUSTAR is open to men and women from all nationalities with particular emphasis being placed on educating young UAE nationals. An international Centre for Research & Development is being developed to ensure that research is an integral component of the University.For more information, please visit media inquiries, please contact: Momen Khaiti, Specialist/PR & Media at KUSTAR Tel: +9712 4018066 Mobile: +971 50 5703857 [email protected]

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