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

2008-07-25 13:11:00

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


    SEATTLE, July 25 /EMWNews/ -- 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

    TechWeb, the global leader in business technology media, is an

innovative business focused on serving the needs of technology

decision-makers and marketers worldwide. TechWeb produces the most

respected and consumed media brands in the business technology market.

Today, more than 13.3 million* business technology professionals actively

engage in our communities created around our global face-to-face events

Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat and VoiceCon; online resources such as the

TechWeb Network, Light Reading, Intelligent Enterprise,,, and The Financial Technology Network; and

the market leading, award-winning InformationWeek, TechNet Magazine, MSDN

Magazine, Wall Street & Technology magazines. TechWeb also provides

end-to-end services ranging from next-generation performance marketing,

integrated media, research, and analyst services. TechWeb is a division of

United Business Media, a global provider of news distribution and

specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than

$2.5 billion.

    *13.3 million business decision-makers: based on # of monthly


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