Former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security, Stewart Baker, to Keynote Black Hat Executive Summit 2015

Exclusive event will bring together top thought leaders and executives, Dec. 8-10 in Scottsdale, AZ

Jun 10, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, June 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Black Hat, the world's leading family of information security events, announced that Stewart Baker, partner in the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson and former Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as well as former General Counsel of the National Security Agency (NSA), will keynote the inaugural Black Hat Executive Summit this December. Over the course of two and a half days, invited executives will enjoy a blend of strategic case studies, panel conversations, and inspirational keynotes from the world's top security experts. The Black Hat Executive Summit will take place December 8-10, 2015, at the Omni Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. For more information and to register, visit:

Stewart Baker will take the keynote stage at the first-ever Black Hat Executive Summit on December 9, 2015

Stewart Baker is one of the leading intelligence lawyers in the business. Currently serving as partner in the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C., his practice covers homeland security, international trade, cybersecurity, data protection, and travel and foreign investment regulation.

Beyond his accolades in the private sector, Baker has a storied history within the highest levels of public sector security. From 2005 to 2009, he served as the first Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security, where he created and staffed the 250-person DHS Policy Directorate. Among his many accomplishments during this time, Baker chaired the drafting team for the report by the General Counsel of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. This commission investigated WMD intelligence failures prior to the Iraq war and provided specific recommendations for future improvements. Prior to DHS, Baker was appointed to serve as General Counsel to the National Security Agency (NSA) and before that, Deputy General Counsel of the Department of Education. Baker was awarded the Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service in 1994.

Baker will take the keynote stage at the first-ever Black Hat Executive Summit on December 9, 2015 to present, "Pivoting from Attribution to Retribution: The New Deterrence."

"We're very excited to have renowned cybersecurity legal authority, Stewart Baker, keynoting the Black Hat Executive Summit," said Steve Wylie, General Manager, Black Hat. "He'll be kicking off an incredible lineup of speakers for this inaugural event that includes some of the most compelling minds in cybersecurity – from those in high posts within the public sector to leaders of private enterprises and Fortune 500 companies, and of course some of the most notorious security researchers in the business."

This highly focused and exclusive event will distill the essential information needed by key decision makers into a concise, actionable format. Executives will learn how to make informed security investment decisions and gain a competitive advantage through a better awareness of potential cybersecurity threats.

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  • Black Hat Mobile Security Summit London 2015, ExCel London, London, UK, June 16-18, 2015
  • Black Hat USA 2015, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV, August 1-6, 2015
  • Black Hat Europe 2015, Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam, NL, November 10-13, 2015
  • Black Hat Executive Summit 2015, Omni Montelucia Resort, Scottsdale, AZ, December 8-10, 2015

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The Black Hat Executive Summit will take place December 8-10, 2015 at the Omni Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, AZ.



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