Solving the next generation cyber security problems by developing the next generation of cyber warriors.

The biggest HITB event brings the world’s leading thinkers and cyber security experts to Abu Dhabi in a week-long event 12-17 October 2019.

HITB+CyberWeek goes beyond the cutting edge talks and training for security professionals that you’ve come to expect from HITB. We will be sharing the latest knowledge, ideas and techniques among security professionals but also developing specific content and challenges for the wider student population.

When & Where

October 12 - 17

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Highlight Activities

Cyber Battle of the Emirates: Capture the Flag competition for the best and brightest students

A bootcamp for young cyber warriors to jump-start their hacker journey with a training program and CTF competition that will see the winners of Belgium and Germany’s Cyber Security Challenge battling it out against the UAE’s best and brightest students.

Open to all high school and university students studying Cyber Battle of the Emirates will be open to all high school and university students studying in the UAE.  The winners from this 2-day contest will win a trip to HITB Amsterdam in 2020 and also able to compete with the professional teams in the Pro Capture the Flag at HITB+CyberWeek to be in the running to win US$100,000 in cash.

Driven2Pwn: UAE’s first bug bounty event and special training for students

We’re bringing the best bug hunters and ethical hackers to one destination: Abu Dhabi for the UAE’s first bug bounty bazaar.

It’s one event with many bounties – a bug bounty bazaar.

They will exploit a variety of targets with a range of cash pots in a combined US$1.5 million pool. Various industry partners will host their own bounty programs alongside ours and competitors can compete as a team or as an individual hunter.  There are no limits to the number of categories or bounties that can be entered.

There will also be a bonus category for UAE bug hunters plus a special bug hunting training course crafted for undergraduate and post-graduate students. In the HITB tradition of sharing knowledge freely, this training course will be free on a first come, first served basis.


AI Challenge: Developing future cyber security tools using machine learning

We want to accelerate progress in automated cyber defense processes and contribute to the development of the first generation of autonomous and real-time machine models applied to cyber security problems.  We’ve created two security challenges for post-graduate and undergraduate students to  challenge those who like solving complex problems. 

The first challenge – with US$50,000 in prize money – is to teach your AI to hack, by developing an automated penetration testing model based on the DeepExploit framework. Competitors will be expected to develop a fully automated penetration testing tool using deep learning/machine learning with capabilities.

The second challenge, also with a US$50,000 prize, is to detect constantly evolving malware by building ‘the future of malware detection engines’ with an agent-based learner, developed on MalwareEnv for OpenAIGym. 

Pro Capture The Flag (CTF): Best 25 CTF teams battle it out for US$100,000

With a record-breaking prize pool of US$100,000, 25 of the world’s best CTF teams will be flown into Abu Dhabi to battle it out in a three-day attack and defense CTF competition with an Internet of Things (IoT) real world hacking bonus category.

Organized by HITB in collaboration with Hackerdom, Russia’s leading Capture The Flag organizing crew, the CTF will pit winning teams from various other contests to prove definitively that they are the best in the world. A new contest visualization system is also being developed to make it easier for spectators to understand the challenges teams will face while completing the 3-day contest.

Our digital world has no boundaries so there should be no limits to the way we collaborate, the way we share research and how we train the next generation of cyber warriors. Next generation problems need next-generation ideas, solutions and skills.