Monday, April 10, 2006

KOM on Web Hacking

With high-profile hacking cases frequently making today’s headlines, Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM - is hosting a Web Hacking Seminar on Tuesday 25 April at 5:30pm that will be delivered by Bassam Elhifnawy, CEO, Trusted IT Solutions. “Bassam will share with attendees the techniques used by hackers to compromise an organization's systems and networks,” said Mohammed Al Maskari, KOM's Acting Director General.

According to Ibtisam Al Faruji (pictured), KOM’s Open House Co-ordinator, “the seminar will provide attendees with an understanding of what really happens when a network and system come under attack. Attendees will learn the techniques used by hackers to compromise an organization’s IT infrastructure, the different types of hacker and their motivations and solid, practical hacking skills which will help attendees in keeping their organization safe and secure.”

Increasingly, hackers are concentrating their efforts on web-based applications - shopping carts, forms, login pages, and dynamic content. A recent Gartner Group ( study determined that 75% of cyber attacks are done at the web application level. Web applications are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are a passageway to valuable data: customer and employee databases, transaction information and proprietary corporate data. “Many organizations have addressed network security issues and have implemented firewall technology but have not yet protected their "crown jewels" - data that can be compromised via web application hacks,” commented Al Maskari.

The most appropriate way of mitigating the risk of attacks on an organization’s IT infrastructure is by knowing the hacking mindset - how a hacker thinks, behaves and what techniques and methodologies are used by hackers to take advantage of existing vulnerabilities. “There’s no better way to secure your system than learning to hack it yourself - whether you already have basic knowledge of hacking and security issues or you are approaching the subject for the first time Bassem’s session will provide attendees with a comprehensive background of hacking and solid practical hacking skills,” remarked Al Maskari.

For further information or to secure your place at the Open House call (+968) 241 551 32 or e-mail