Black Hat USA 2017 | Mandalay Bay | Las Vegas, Nevada

Now in its 20th year, Black Hat is the world’s leading information security event, providing attendees with the very latest in research, development and trends. Black Hat USA 2017 kicks off with four days of technical Trainings (July 22-25) followed by the two-day main conference (July 26-27) featuring Briefings, Arsenal, Business Hall, and more. And ITSPmagazine will be there!


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Ladies And Gentlemen, Live, From Black Hat USA 2017...

Black Hat USA 2017 is just around the corner, and we’re very excited to be covering the event like we've never done before. This year, we'll be co-hosting a series of live streaming panels with our fantastic partners at BrightTALK.

We’re planning to have conversations not often discussed in the industry; we'll be asking the hard questions that will get everyone thinking, wondering, and questioning the state of security, privacy, and safety in our society.


In addition to the live streaming panels, we’ll have a team of reporters on site ready to conduct interviews that will be featured in one of the many new podcast series we are launching:

An InfoSec Life
with Sean Martin

The Tech Effect
with Ariel Robinson

The Privacy Pact
with Debra J. Farber

Diverse IT
with Selena Templeton

Future of InfoSec
with Chenxi Wang

The Cyber Society
with Marco Ciappelli

News from The Road To Black Hat USA 2017


CISO Summit Keynote & Agenda Announced

Michael Chertoff, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Chertoff Group and Former Secretary of Homeland Security, will Keynote the 2017 Black Hat USA CISO Summit. Chertoff's talk "Tomorrow's Computing Challenges" will illuminate proactive measures leaders can take to prepare for tomorrow's security landscape. 

Applications to attend CISO summit are still being accepted. Apply by June 28 for a chance to discuss the future of computing and business amongst leading Security Professionals, July 25 at Four Seasons in Las Vegas.

Black Hat USA 2017 Schedule

The full lineup of content for Black Hat USA has been announced! The first four days offer more than 80 Trainings, with practical, hands-on courses for everyone from the novice to the advanced security professional. Then, two days of Briefings will cover everything from the latest mobile hacks, to the impact of WannaCry ransomware, to an analysis of CrashOverride and much, much more. 

The robust schedule of events also includes Arsenal, with presenters showcasing leading open-source tools and solutions, and Day Zero, a guide to making the most out of Black Hat presented by members of our Review Board. We'll also host a panel on "Making Diversity a Priority in Security," and offer dynamic Career Track presentations for navigating your security employment landscape. Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience the world's premier Info Sec event. Pricing increases July 7 at 23:59 PT. Register today to join the us in Las Vegas, July 22-27, 2017. 

Making Diversity a Priority in Security

Once again, Black Hat USA brings Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor, to moderate a panel of professionals discussing diversity in Information Security industry.

The number of women in the security industry has plateaued at 11% for several years with minorities representing less than 12% of the workforce. These statistics are frequently cited and questioned. This years panelist will discuss actions employers have taken and can continue to implement to move the needle forward and recruit and retrain more women, minorities, and LGBTQIA security talent.

Join moderator Kelly Jackson Higgins and the expert panelists listed below at Black Hat USA on Wednesday, July 26 from 15:00-16:00. 


  • Aubrey Blanche, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Atlassian
  • Juliet "Jules" Okafor, Co-Chair of the Strategic Advisory Board and Chair of the Strategic Initiatives Committee, International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals and VP of Global Business Development, Fortress Information Security
  • Anthony Johnson, Managing Director and Business Information Security Officer for the Corporate & Investment Bank (CIB), J.P. Morgan Chase & Company
  • Rick Howard, Chief Security Officer (CSO), Palo Alto Networks

Spotlight: Internet of Things

Black Hat USA brings more than 100 Briefings to Mandalay Bay, July 26-27, 2017. Viewing Briefings by Track groups talks by theme or length of time to help you navigate the expansive array of content. This year's lineup is divided in to 17 Tracks, including trending topics such as Internet of Things. 

Predominance of Internet of Things (IoT) related breaches has heightened concern over the security of network connected devices and need for advanced expertise. Navigate the dynamic threat landscape with Black Hat USA Briefings. This year's lineup includes more than 100 talks, divided in to 17 Tracks. Viewing Briefings by Track groups talks by theme or length of time to help you navigate the expansive array of content. Check out the IoT Track to begin customizing your Black Hat USA experience.

Alex Stamos, Facebook CSO will Keynote Black Hat USA 2017

Known for his cybersecurity prowess and expertise in global scale infrastructure, trustworthy system design, and mobile security, Stamos will take the stage to present a critical analysis of the current state of the global security industry in his Keynote "Stepping up our game: Re-focusing the security community on defense and making security work for everyone."

Currently serving as CSO at Facebook and Black Hat Emeritus Review Board member, Alex Stamos is committed to bringing more openness and collaboration to the InfoSec community. Throughout his career Stamos has served as an advocate for privacy, making headlines in 2014 for speaking out against the NSA over its use of mass surveillance. Stamos will take the keynote stage to explore how the Information Security community can adapt to better confront the obstacles they face as security practitioners. Presenting a call to action, specifying the ways security practitioners can better protect the world. 

New BHUSA Briefing

Robert M. Lee, CEO and Founder of Dragos, will be presenting a Briefing entitled: CRASHOVERRIDE: Zero Things Cool About a Threat Group Targeting the Power Grid at Black Hat USA next month in Las Vegas.

Black Hat USA 2017 Arsenal Tools Lineup Announced

Independent researchers and the open source community will once again showcase their latest open-source tools and products at Black Hat USA! Presenters will provide attendees with live, interactive demonstrations in an open, conversational environment.

This year's lineup includes everything from automated security testing tools to payload generators and more. Check out a few of the highly-anticipated tools and view the complete list below to begin planning your time at Black Hat USA.

Fuzzapi – Fuzzing your RESTAPIs since yesterday

Gone In 59 Seconds – High Speed Backdoor Injection via Bootable USB

Objective-See's macOS Security Tools

PtIoT – An Automated Security Testing Framework For the Internet of Things

WSSIP – A Websocket Manipulation Proxy



Making Diversity a Priority in Security - Panel
Wednesday, July 26 | 15:00 - 16:00 | Level 3, Banyan ABC

You've probably seen the data: The number of women in the security industry has plateaued for several years now at about 11%, and minorities represent less than 12% of the workforce, in an industry that continues to struggle to fill empty positions. The good news is that there are now real-world programs and initiatives under way in the industry and by employers to recruit and retain more women, minorities, and LGBTQIA security talent. Learn what's being done and how you can help create a more diverse and well-rounded security industry – and what still needs to be done. A panel of security experts will share their efforts in helping achieve a diverse industry. More Information >>


Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Cybersecurity - Career Track Session
Wednesday, July 26 | 11:30 – 12:20

With an overall lack of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), perhaps it's not surprising that women only make up 11 percent of the global information security workforce, according to the Center for Cyber Safety and Education and Executive Women's Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy's Global Information Security Workforce Study. What is surprising, however, is that women in this industry are more highly educated than men, yet few hold senior-level positions and earn less money. More Information >>



Black Hat partnered with The International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) to award twenty-five (25) Briefings packages to ICMCP students and practitioners. ICMCP works to achieve the consistent representation of women and minorities in the cybersecurity industry through programs designed to foster recruitment, inclusion and retention – one person at a time. Packages include a Black Hat USA 2017 Briefings pass, round-trip transportation to Las Vegas, and three nights hotel accommodations. Award recipients will receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and introduction to a potential new or enhanced career path.


Future Female Leaders Scholarship

Black Hat and The Executive Women's Forum are pleased to announce the 3rd year of the Future Female Leaders Scholarship Program. We will be awarding 50 complimentary Academic Passes to female university students who demonstrate a passion for Information Security as well as a proven history of related experience and coursework. More Information >> 


Peer-to-Peer Mentoring and Networking Event
Thursday, July 27 | 14:30 – 15:30 | Banyan D, Level 3

Join Women in Security and Privacy at Black Hat to mingle and network with privacy and security professionals. Also, consider becoming part of the Women in Security and Privacy Tandems program. It's our peer-to-peer mentorship program, which connects you with a partner who has a different background, expertise, and a different network. Why? We believe that you bring unique value to your women peers, no matter which career stage you're at. Knowledge is fluent and leadership manifests at every career level. You can find your Tandem partner right here, and sign up to be matched in our next round of the program, starting in September!


Black Hat is pleased to announce the return of the Black Hat Student Scholarship Program. As a way to introduce the next generation of security professionals to the Black Hat community, we will be awarding complimentary Black Hat USA 2017 Academic Briefings Passes to a limited number of student applicants. Each Academic Pass allows full access to all Briefings on Wednesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 27.


July 26 | 10:00 - 19:00  
July 27 | 10:00 - 17:00 

The Business Hall features many of the industry's top solution providers and start-ups, showcasing the latest tools, technologies and services supporting the security community. The 2016 expansion brings more opportunities for vendor, attendee and community engagement, including:

  • Vendor Sessions – One-hour sponsored presentations in the Business Hall Theater, presented by leading researchers and security experts
  • Attendee Networking Lounge – The primary destination for attendees to network, conduct informal meetings and enjoy food and beverages


July 26 | 10:15 – 17:10 

The Black Hat Career Track is designed to help individuals identify options and make informed decisions about their careers in information security. This program will examine different facets of the industry – including current challenges and opportunities, security training and certifications, and how you can channel your skills to advance your career. 


July 25 | 07:00 - 18:00 | Four Seasons

Co-located with Black Hat USA, 150+ security-focused executives from Fortune 1000 corporations and federal agencies are invited to apply to attend a full-day, interactive program consisting of high-level discussions, practical application, and strategic insight on topics unique to Black Hat. 


Black Hat USA will once again provide the venue for the Pwnie Awards, InfoSec’s premier award show celebrating the achievements and failures of the security community over the past year.

For more information about the awards or to submit a nomination, please visit the official Pwnie Awards website.


July 27-30 | Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas

Planning on attending DEF CON this year but don't want to head to Caesar’s Palace and potentially miss out at Black Hat? As a registered Black Hat USA 2017 Briefings or Training attendee, you can now pre-purchase your DEF CON pass for $260. Black Hat USA is the only place that you can pre-register for DEF CON and you can pick up your badge on-site. DEF CON tickets will not be sold on-site at Black Hat USA. DEFCON passes are non-refundable once purchased. The deadline to purchase a DEF CON voucher in conjunction with your Black Hat USA Briefings or Training pass is Friday, July 21, 2017 at 23:59 ET. 

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