Conference Q&A: Hack in the Box Security Conference

Conference Q&A: Hack in the Box Security Conference

The Hack In The Box Security Conference series is a must attend event in the calendars of security researchers and professionals from around the world. Held annually in Amsterdam, the HITBSecConf is a platform for the discussion and dissemination of next generation computer security issues.

The events routinely feature cutting-edge hardcore technical talks delivered by some of the most respected names in the computer security industry. The latest addition to its line up is the HITB GSEC or Global Security Conference. We spoke to Dhillon Andrew Kannabhiran, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hack in The Box, to find out what makes the GSEC unique and what attendees can expect from it.

Q1. What is the focus of the conference? What makes it unique compared to other cyber security conferences?

The HITB GSEC is a new event in our calendar. It’s a 2-day single track conference that puts the power of talk selection into the hands of the audience, allowing them to choose the topics they’d like to see and speakers they want to meet.

We tried this for the first time last year and the response was really good - people enjoyed this new way of networking as it allowed them to meet with individuals who share a common subject matter interest.

Q2. Who should attend this conference and what can they expect from it? What are the benefits of attending? How is the day scheduled?

The conference is highly technical and showcases next generation attack and defense techniques. Attending will allow you to not only meet with these researchers and subject matter experts but more importantly grow your professional network in a more meaningful way.

The entire event spans across a 5 day period and we start off with 2 and 3 days of hands-on technical training courses in a variety of topics – everything from Linux kernel exploitation to subverting access control systems and advanced web hacking techniques. On the Thursday and Friday (25th and 26th of August), we have a 2-day single track conference that runs alongside an industry exhibition and technology showcase area featuring a combination of enterprise companies, security communities, hardware hackers and makers.

Q3. Who is speaking at the conference and what is their background in the topic? What kind of insights will they provide for attendees? Why were they chosen?

We've got an all-women keynote lined up with Katie Moussouris from Hacker One, Erin Jacobs from Urbane Security and Fabienne Serriere a hacker, maker and Founder of KnitYak - a kickstarter funded company that aims to bring scriptable custom one-off knitwear to everyone.

Unlike our flagship conference in Amsterdam (HITBSecConf), talks for the HITB GSEC are selected by the audience thus allowing them to dictate the areas that they’re most interested in and the topics that are relevant to their work.

The voters have opted for a pretty diverse set of speakers and talks this year, including industry veterans like Apple OS X security researcher, Stefan Esser and Moritz Jodeit, who was awarded USD100,000 this year by Microsoft for his purely logic-based vulnerability in Internet Explorer 11 – a bug which would allow an attacker to bypass all known protections at the time.

Q.4 What topics will be covered at this year’s conference? Do you have any highlights from past conferences? What do you hope attendees will take away from this conference?

The conference agenda is here and we are adding what we call a CommSec track to the line up – these are free-to-access, 30 minute talks delivered by members of the security community to highlight projects that they’re working on or interesting tools or methodologies they’ve developed.


Dhillon describes the HITBSecConf as a place where ideas are exchanged, talent discovered and genius celebrated. The format is quite unique, in that attendees have had the opportunity to shape the event.

Cyber security is one of the most pressing concerns for enterprises today. With the adoption of cloud-based services and emergence of IoT, IT systems have become more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. This conference provides a platform to discuss some of the latest attack and defense techniques.

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About the Interviewee:

Dhillon Andrew Kannabhiran (@l33tdawg on Twitter) is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hack in The Box, and organiser of the HITBSecConf series of network security conferences which has been held annually for the past decade in various countries including Malaysia, The Netherlands and the UAE.

Prior to quitting his day job to lead the HITB team on crazy adventures around the world, Dhillon started off at the height of the dotcom craze as a technology journalist with PC World, ZDnet, MIS Asia and CNet. When the bubble burst, he moved on to a Malaysian telco as Chief IT Officer to spend his days in the world of Cisco AS5300s, in a land of packet switched networks at a time when Asterisk did not just mean '*'.

Today, Dhillon spends his days surrounded by emails, spearheading all of HITB's strategic efforts and driving the HITB team crazy...and for 3 months each year, he cycles as much of The Netherlands as he can.

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GSEC Cyber Security Conference Singapore 2016  (Singapore, Singapore - August 25-26, 2016) - Product Image

GSEC Cyber Security Conference Singapore 2016 (Singapore, Singapore - August 25-26, 2016)

  • Conference
  • 2 Days
  • Region: Global