Cryptographer Whitfield Diffie to Keynote Black Hat Europe 2012

Most Important Information Security Event Announces Black Hat Europe Arsenal

Mar 2, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, March 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Black Hat, the world's leading family of information security events produced by UBM TechWeb, today announces Whitfield Diffie, Cryptographer and Co-Author of breakthrough research introducing the idea of key-pairs, will be keynoting Black Hat Europe 2012.

Whitfield Diffie is a trailblazer in the field of cryptography, renowned for his seminal work on the development of the cryptographic backbone of internet commerce: the public key.  Currently the Vice President of Information Security & Cryptography at ICANN, Diffie will present an historical and critical look at the current state of cyber-insecurity affairs that leaves in its wake a fatalistic optimism in "Yet Another Look at the State of Security" at Black Hat Europe 2012.

"Whitfield Diffie is a pioneer in the crypto community and we're honored to have him joining us in Amsterdam," said Travis Carelock, Black Hat Technical Director.

Also just announced is the return of Arsenal to Black Hat Europe. Black Hat Arsenal is a community gathering place where shareware/freeware developers and independent researchers will present cutting-edge demos, tools and findings in real-time, on stage in front of the Black Hat delegation. Featuring live demonstrations of nine new tools and resources, ranging from CAPTCHA crackers to PDF exploit analyzers, Black Hat Arsenal promises to provide greater awareness and access to important work being done throughout the security community at large.

Black Hat is the most significant information security event brand in the world. This year Black Hat welcomes digital security experts, public, private sector security professionals and underground hackers in Amsterdam to uncover groundbreaking new vulnerabilities and new security tools debuting for the first time.

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