Rod Beckstrom and Ian O. Angell to Keynote at TechWeb's Black Hat USA 2008

Over 200 Pieces of New Security Research Debut at World-Class Event in Las Vegas

Jul 25, 2008

Black Hat, the world's leading family of information security events, owned by TechWeb, today announced keynoters Rod Beckstrom, Director of the National Cyber Security Center, and Ian O. Angell, Professor of Information Systems at the London School of Economics, at this year's event happening August 2-7, 2008 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Black Hat USA 2008 will host over 4,000 digital security experts, bringing together public and private sector security professionals and underground hackers. For more information visit

The world's most significant security event brings together thought-leaders from around the world to dissect the latest security trends. The list of speakers and topics this year includes:

-- Rob Carter, Security Advisor for Ernst & Young's Advanced Security Center, John Heasman, VP of Research for the US arm of NGSSoftware, and Nathan McFeters, Senior Security Advisor for Ernst & Young's Advanced Security Center: The Internet is Broken: Beyond Document. Cookie -- Extreme Client Side Exploitation

-- Bruce Dang, Security Software Engineer in the Secure Windows Initiative(SWI) at Microsoft: Methods for Understanding Targeted Attacks with Office Documents

-- Mark Dowd, IBM X-Force Security Researcher, and Alexander Sotirov, Security Researcher at VMWare: How To Impress Girls With Browser Memory Protection Bypasses

-- Arian Evans, Director of Operations at WhiteHat Security, and Jeremiah Grossman, founder and CTO of WhiteHat Security and co-founder of the Web Application Security Consortium: Get Rich or Die Trying -- "Making Money on The Web, The Black Hat Way"

-- Oliver Friedrichs, Director of Emerging Technologies in Symantec Security Response: Threats and the 2008 Presidential Election

-- Nathan Hamiel, Senior Consultant for Idea Information Security and the founder of the Hexagon Security Group, and Shawn Moyer, CISO of Agura Digital Security: Satan Is On My Friends List: Attacking Social Networks

-- Chris Hoff, Unisys' Chief Security Architect: The Four Horsemen of the Virtualization Security Apocalypse

-- Dan Kaminsky, Director of Penetration Testing for IOActive: DNS Goodness -- who has made headlines by uncovering a major DNS protocol flaw

-- Alex Stamos, Founding Partner, iSEC Partners: Living in the RIA World: Blurring the Line Between Web and Desktop

"Information security touches every person and organization in the world in one way or another," said Jeff Moss, founder of Black Hat. "We're honored to welcome Rod and Ian, and the rest of this stellar roster of presenters. This is the first Black Hat where the delegates participated in the speaker selection process, and we think the results are outstanding. The program we'll collectively deliver this year puts us in a unique position to redefine tomorrow's information security landscape."

Briefings speakers will release a total of 15 new vulnerabilities, 36 new tools and dozens of demos. Notable panel discussions include the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency and Meet the Feds, both happening on August 6th. Meet the Feds engages cybercops in a session that will uncover the most sophisticated attacks so far this year. Agencies that will have representatives include: Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), FBI, IRS, NCIS, NASA, DHS USCERT, DoJ, National White Collar Crime Center (NWC3), NSA, US Postal IG, Office of the Secretary of Defense, National Defense University.

Premier sponsors of Black Hat USA 2008 include Diamond sponsor Microsoft, Platinum sponsors Nokia, Qualys and Cisco, and Gold sponsors Configuresoft, Core Security, Google, IOActive and Norman.

About Black Hat

Black Hat provides briefings and training to leading corporations and government agencies around the world. Black Hat differentiates itself by working at many levels within the corporate, government, and underground communities. This unmatched informational reach enables Black Hat to be continuously aware of the newest vulnerabilities, defense mechanisms, and industry trends. Black Hat Briefings and Trainings are held annually in Amsterdam, Las Vegas, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington DC. Black Hat is a division of CMP Technology. More information is available at

About TechWeb

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