DARPA's Peiter "Mudge" Zatko Takes Keynote Stage at Black Hat USA 2011

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Jul 7, 2011

SEATTLE, July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Black Hat, produced by UBM TechWeb, today announced that Peiter "Mudge" Zatko, Program Manager, Information Innovation Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), will be one of this year's keynotes at Black Hat USA 2011, the world's leading information security event. Black Hat USA 2011 will host more than 5000 high-level security professionals for the most timely, actionable security presentations of the year. Black Hat USA is taking place July 30-August 4 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, NV.

"We're looking forward to hearing from "Mudge;" he's a great example of the public and private sectors understanding  how the independent research and hacker community can strengthen the industry as a whole," said Jeff Moss, Black Hat Founder and Conference Chair.

Prior to joining DARPA, Peiter "Mudge" Zatko was a Division Scientist and Technical Director for BBN Technology's National Intelligence Research and Applications division. He previously was also the CEO and Chief Scientist at LHI Technologies, and Chief Scientist/Executive Vice President for Research and Development at @Stake Inc.  Zatko has served on the advisory boards of several organizations, as an R&D Subcommittee Member to the Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Protection, and as a Research Subcommittee Member to the Office of Science and Technology.  Zatko is the inventor of L0phtCrack, a Microsoft password auditing tool; of AntiSniff, a remote promiscuous system detector; of L0phtWatch/Tempwatch; and of SLINT, a tool in automating source code analysis to discover security coding vulnerabilities.  During his keynote, Zatko will discuss how a hacker has helped influence the government - and vice versa, covering technology to politics from a hacker's viewpoint.

In addition to keynote presentations, Black Hat will also host many high-level discussions and briefings.  Several featured briefings include:

This year Black Hat USA 2011 will host digital security experts, bringing together public and private sector security professionals and underground hackers in Las Vegas to uncover groundbreaking new vulnerabilities and new security tools debuting for the first time.  Sponsors of Black Hat USA include Diamond Sponsor: Qualys; Platinum Sponsors: Accuvant, Blue Coat Systems, Cisco,  Microsoft, LogRhythm, NitroSecurity, RSA, Rackspace, Symantec; Gold Sponsors: ArcSight, Core Security Technologies, IBM, IOActive, McAfee, NetWitness Corporation, Norman, Novell, Rapid7, Red Lambda, Solera Networks, and Trustwave.

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