Black Hat event witnessed the participation of cybersecurity expert Frank Abagnale, the real character of the famous movie “Catch Me If You Can”, as one of the most prominent experts who have been eagerly awaited by those interested in the field.
At the Executive Summit, which started yesterday, Abagnale spoke about cybercrime, identity theft and electronic fraud, presenting the most important fraudulent situations and models that he had seen or dealt with.
Black Hat event is the largest of its kind in the field of cybersecurity in the region. It is organized by Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones and Informa Tech, in partnership with the General Entertainment Authority, from November 15-17 at Riyadh Front.
The name of Frank Abagnale stands out with his extensive experience in the FBI for more than four decades. More than 14,000 financial institutions, companies, and legal agencies use his programs to prevent fraud, and the US Senate hired him to test the reliability of social security cards for the elderly to avoid fraud in 2012.
Renowned cybersecurity and fraud prevention expert Frank Abagnale is a cybersecurity icon, while his best-selling book “Catch Me If You Can” is a one-of-a-kind story that became an international blockbuster that turned into one of the world’s most famous films that achieved impressive success.
The film, which tells the true story of Frank Abagnale, revolves around a boy in the 1960s who is active in the field of credit fraud. He succeeds where his father failed and steals millions of dollars after he excelled in forging checks. He impersonated several characters, including a civilian co-pilot, a pediatrician and a lawyer. He succeeded in hiding for a long time until he was arrested after dramatic and exciting events, after which he put his security experience in the service of banks, major companies and security agencies.
The character of Frank Abagnale in the movie “Catch Me If You Can” was played by international star Leonardo DiCaprio, while the role of the officer who insisted on chasing and arresting him was played by international star Tom Hanks.
In his exciting talk, Frank Abagnale took the audience behind the scenes to reveal how simple cybersecurity strategies can trap today’s cybercriminals, presenting the experience of a man whose knowledge qualified him to work as an FBI consultant for more than 40 years, without getting paid.
Abagnale demonstrated some of the cutting-edge technologies developed by tech criminals for deception and theft. He highlighted today’s evolving security landscape as authorities seek to stop fraudsters across the globe, giving the audience a great benefit with his insights on how to make the world a safer place.
Abagnale presented a summary of his innovations in the books he wrote on cybersecurity, including the best-selling book (Scam Me If You Can).
It is worth noting that the Executive Summit is one of the six main areas of the event, which is dedicated to the elite of the cybersecurity sector in the region, discusses the latest developments in this field and allows the exchange of experiences with elite specialists around the world.
The event area includes the Cyber Village, in which 6 challenges are held, including Car Hacking, Unlocking, Smart City, Drone Hacking, and Electronic Chip Hacking.
The event comes with the participation of many specialized agencies in the cybersecurity sector to enhance the Kingdom’s leadership in this field by preparing human capabilities of all ages and groups in various cybersecurity specialties and providing educational activities through methods that mix education with entertainment. Black Hat brings together the most prominent international experts in the field such as Chris Roberts, Ryan Clark, David Colombo, Lance James, Alice Atumalel and Caleb Sima.
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