Every year, PHDays hosts talks by developers, security experts, and hackers from all over the world. Roundtables, both public and closed, bring together government figures, corporate executives (CIO/CISO), and top specialists from the banking, telecom, oil and gas, manufacturing, and IT industries. Globally renowned experts hold workshops and hands-on labs.
The agenda reflects the needs of the entire community, including the timeliest topics in digital security:
- Innovations in hacking information systems and methods in applied security
- Approaches to security in the age of the Internet of Things
- Protection of critical infrastructure
- Physical security in the IT context
- Fraud and cybercrime
- Detection and investigation of security incidents
- Creation and improvement of security products
- Secure Software Development Lifecycle (SSDL)
At PHDays, participants can compete to demonstrate their hacking skills in a near-real-world setting. Challenges in past years have included ATMs, smart homes, video surveillance cameras, IoT devices, and smart cars. Any Internet user can try their hand at competitive intelligence and other hacking tasks as part of online contests. In the past seven years, participants have outwitted rocket systems, stolen money from ATMs, derailed trains, and taken on electrical substations and mobile phone networks.
The flagship competition is The Standoff, a non-stop, no-holds-barred event pitting teams of security professionals against each other. The digital infrastructure of an entire mock city is at stake, as teams of defenders and security operations centers (SOCs) try to keep attackers at bay. The mock city — that is to say, the "battleground" — is carefully designed for maximum realism.
PHDays is more than just interesting talks, hands-on labs, and hacking contests. Security-related exhibitions, artwork, musical performances, and games all await. And besides hackers and big-name experts, the forum draws a veritable milieu of writers, artists, and other creators.
Highlights from previous years include:
- An exhibition of augmented reality pictures by St. Petersburg artist Alexey Andreev
- A gallery of art objects, among them a PHDays chronicle, hacker manifesto, optical installations, and interactive stands (such as a much-loved talking robot and Brainhoven, an audio representation of brain functioning)
- Performances by rock groups including YesYes! and Positive Band
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