International Information Security Conference Series to Make Its Debut in the Land of Pharoahs

International Information Security Conference Series to Make Its Debut in the Land of Pharoahs
December 5, 2010 EC-Council

The 18th Hacker Halted conference, hosted by Raya Academy, will be hosted in Cairo, Egypt from December 13 – 14, 2010.
December 6, 2010 – Albuquerque, NM – EC-Council announced that its 18th iteration of the internationally renowned Hacker Halted conference is being organized in Cairo, Egypt and hosted by Raya Academy, a subsidiary of Raya Holding.

Boasting an excellent track record with EC Council, Raya Academy has been awarded the Authorized Training Center of the Year award, as well as the Instructor of the Year for the past three years.

Mr Medhat Khalil, Chairman of Raya Holding, said “In line with Raya’s vision of being a market leader in every business it penetrates, and capitalizing on our strong Enterprise IT infrastructure solutions implementation with a specific focus on security services, it is our pleasure to cooperate with International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC Council) to introduce the world renowned Hacker Halted conference for the first time in Egypt and in Africa.

We are striving to achieve more distinguished milestones since the successful start with EC-Council three years ago. Raya has designated 2010 as the year of innovation as its strategic direction. One of the four components of Innovation is to follow market trends and since information security is the booming trend in the IT industry, so what better way to follow our strategic direction than to host one of the major security conferences in the world here in Egypt?”

Hacker Halted is a vendor neutral knowledge sharing platform that allows participants to share their views on security, hear and learn from some of the best speakers, as well as being a great networking platform. The conference will feature some of the world’s best subject matter experts who will address the latest security technologies, threats and remediation solutions. Topics covered includes web application security, cloud computing, SCADA threats and both defensive and offensive countermeasures. With an excellent line-up of speakers, and a comprehensive agenda, it is certain that IT professionals in the region will reap plenty of benefits from attending.

“We are excited to appoint Raya Academy as co-host for the first ever Hacker Halted conference on the Africa continent. We have no doubts that this inaugural event will be a huge success. I applaud the foresight and determination of Raya Academy’s bid to host the event,” said Jay Bavisi, President of EC-Council. He adds,” The objective of Hacker Halted is to raise awareness towards increased education and ethics in information security. With Raya Academy at the helm leading this efforts in Egypt, we have full confidence that this event will soon become a mainstay in the region.”

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About EC-Council

The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cyber security and e-commerce skills. It is the owner and developer of 16 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)/License Penetration Tester (LPT). Its certificate programs are offered in over 60 countries around the world.

EC-Council has trained over 80,000 individuals and certified more than 30,000 members, through more than 450 training partners globally. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S. federal government via the Montgomery GI Bill, Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). EC-Council also operates EC-Council University and the global series of Hacker Halted security conferences. The global organization is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

About Raya Holding

Based in Cairo, Raya Holding was established in 1999 when 7 leading IT companies in Egypt decided to merge together to create the Middle East’s largest CIT company. Raya operates mainly in four lines of business, namely information technology, contact center, trade line of business and smart buildings development. Along with its for lines of business, Raya Holding has recently expanded its portfolio by adding two new companies to its subsidiaries’ list, namely OSTOOL for land and river transport and BariQ for plastic recycling and re-manufacturing. In 2005, the company got listed in the Egypt Stock Exchange (EGX). With a number of 3000 employees, the group has branches in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf, Algeria, Nigeria and USA and caters to a customer base located almost all over the world, namely USA, Europe, Australia and the Middle East.

About Raya Academy

Responding to the market needs, Raya provides avant-garde world-class learning paths and certifications in Information Technology and Call Center industries; through an elite pool of certified trainers, Information Technology experts and management consultants. 
IT systems are a significant investment for almost all businesses and it is important that staff make the best use of technology. If staff is trained well on how to make the best use of the technology available, they will be more time effective and productive; hence the business will run smoothly.  When problems arise they need to be dealt with quickly and efficiently to prevent having a serious impact on day-to-day business operations.