Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference GISEC 2019
April 9, 2019 – Dubai, UAE
GISEC, the region’s largest cybersecurity forum is a yearly event organized by Dubai Police and Dubai electronic security center, where the world’s best hackers demonstrate live hacking attacks in front of the audience. This year, on the GISEC Dark Stage Kevin Mitnick; the world’s most famous hacker, Jamie Woodruff; Europe’s number 1 ethical hacker, and Ahmed Attalla, one of the youngest hackers in the UAE and the youngest speaker in GISEC.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference GISEC 2019 Mitnick warned businesses in the region: “People are the weakest link. They can be manipulated or influenced into unknowingly helping hackers break into their organization’s computers. You’ll learn how easily you can be an unsuspecting victim who can be manipulated into handing over the keys to the kingdom, if you haven’t done so already.
In an engaging and demonstration-rich experience, on GISEC’s Dark Stage Kevin Mitnick illustrated how a hacker’s thought process works and how they ply their tradecraft. Then Ahmed Attalla a 17 years old Egyptian ethical hacker, winner of the UAE Cyber Quest competition demonstrated a live hacking technique (man-in-the-middle-attack) in front of three hundred cyber-security experts.
Ahmed is one of the youngest ethical hackers in the UAE, utilizes gamification techniques to build a successful training and practice environment for Info-Sec enthusiasts. He uses gamification techniques to build a successful training and practice environment for Info-Sec enthusiasts. In addition, he has taken a part in organizing and managing a number of Capture the Flag Competitions and workshops targeting various types of audience.
Commenting on being the youngest speaker at GISEC 2019 Ahmed Attalla said: “For a info security enthusiast like myself it was a great pleasure to be the youngest speaker at GISEC 2019, the largest info-sec conference in the middle east, and meeting world known ethical hackers likeKevin Mitnick and, Jamie Woodruff was a great honor, they inspired me for so long and meeting them in reality felt like a great privilege and opportunity to learn from them”.
About Kevin Mitnick:
Kevin is uniquely qualified to take you inside the mind of a hacker, as it takes one to know one. He was once the FBI’s Most Wanted, although he never stole for profit or damaged systems. He is the most elusive computer break-in artist in history because he hacked into the NSA and more than 40 major corporations just for the fun and adventure. Kevin is now a trusted security consultant to Fortune 500 companies and governments worldwide, and he leads the world’s top security penetration testing team and they maintains a 100 percent successful track record of being able to penetrate the security of any system they are paid to hack into using a combination of technical exploits and social engineering.
Kevin is the worldwide authority on social engineering and constantly improves and updates this highly effective and acclaimed “security awareness” presentation that illustrates the latest threats and risks most people don’t even know exist.
About Ahmed Attalla:
Ahmed Attalla is a 17 years old ethical hacker ranked 2nd in the UAE for 2017. One of the youngest hackers in the UAE and the co-founder and chief operating officer (COO) of CyberQuad™ the first 100% local CTF and training company in the UAE.
He created a charity website for the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC Group) as a youth member at the MBC. He’s also the Head of the IT Department of the UNESCO committee in the National Charity Schools and plays a major role in the world’s largest SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) lesson.