Security Conference Announcement: the Black Hat Briefings '99Mar 05, 1999, 01:11 (1 Talkback[s])
Dominique Brezinski writes:
The Black Hat Briefings '99
Computer Security Conference Announcement Computer Security Conference
It's late. You're in the office alone, catching up on some system administration tasks. Behind you, your network servers hum along quietly, reliably. Life is good. No one can get to your data or disrupt your WAN. The network is secure. Or is it?
While we could create more fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD), we would rather announce The Black Hat Briefings '99 conference! The Black Hat Briefings conference series was created to provide in-depth information about current and potential threats against computer systems by the people who discover the threats. To do this, we assemble a group of vendor neutral security professionals and let them talk candidly about the security problems businesses face and the solutions they see to those problems. No gimmicks, just straight talk by people who make it their business to explore the ever-changing security space.
While many conferences focus on information and network security, only The Black Hat Briefings will put your managers, engineers, and software programmers face-to-face with today's cutting edge computer security experts and "underground" security specialists. New for 1999, there will be three tracks of speaking. The "White Hat" track will inform your CEO or CIO with no-nonsense information about what issues to be aware of, and what they can ignore. The two "Black Hat" tracks will provide your technical staff with nitty-gritty technical information about current and potential threats to your computer systems.
Only the Black Hat Briefings conference will provide your staff with the pragmatic tools and knowledge they need to help thwart those lurking in the shadows of your fire wall or the depths of your company's WAN. The reality is they are out there [back to the FUD]. The choice is yours--you can live in fear of them, or you can learn from people like them.
Spanning two days with three separate tracks, The Black Hat Briefings will focus on the vital security issues facing organizations with large Enterprise networks and mixed network operating systems. Topics will Include Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), Computer Forensics (CF)systems, Incident Response, Hostile Mobile Code, vulnerability analysis, secure programming techniques, tool selection for creating and effectively monitoring your networks, and management issues related to computer security. You will be put face-to-face with the people developing the tools used by and against hackers.
This year the Black Hat Briefings has grown to include a separate track specifically designed for the CEO and CIO. This third track, nick named the "White Hat" track, was developed by the National Computer Security Center (NCSC) of the National Security Agency. While the other tracks have a technology focus, this track is for people who have to manage an organization's security posture. What should you look for when hiring an outside security consultant? Should you even look outside your organization? What are the potential security threats? What should you do to reduce the risk of losses due to computer security incidents? The "White Hat" track will help you answer these questions.
The Black Hat Briefings has developed a reputation for lively and in-depth presentations and discussions between "underground" security celebrities, vendors, and attendees. This year you can expect more visual demonstrations, more speakers who are authoritative in their fields, and, as always, an excellent time.
As an added bonus, people who attend The Black Hat Briefings get free admission to DEF CON 7.0, the largest Hacker convention in the US, held right after Black Hat in Las Vegas. For more information see the DEFCON web site at http://www.defcon.org/.
Current Speakers include the following.
- Bruce Schneier, author of Blowfish, TwoFish and Applied
More speakers will be listed as the call for papers ends on March 15th.
The Venetian Resort and Casino Las Vegas, NV http://www.venetian.com/
Registration costs are $995 US before June 14th 1998.
Secure Computing Corporation http://www.securecomputing.com/
Dominique Brezinski CISSP (206) 898-8254