Security Conference Announcement: the Black Hat Briefings ’99


The Black Hat Briefings ’99
July 7 – 8th, Las Vegas, Nevada

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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.

Conference Overview

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

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
– Marcus Ranum, CEO of Network Flight Recorder and designer of the
commercial fire wall.
– Dominique Brezinski, Network Security Consultant.
– Greg Hogland, Author of the Asmodeous NT scanner and the Web
security scanner.
– Peter Stephenson, Principle consultant of the Intrusion
and Forensics Group.
– The Simple Nomad, of the Nomad Mobile Research Centre

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

Registration costs are $995 US before June 14th 1998.
Late registration fees are $1,195 after June 14th.
You may cancel your registration before July 1st for a full
This fee includes two days of speaking, materials, a reception, and
To register, please visit http://www.blackhat.com/.


Secure Computing Corporation http://www.securecomputing.com/

The National Computer Security Center (NCSC)
Network Flight Recorder http://www.nfr.com/
Counterpane Systems http://www.counterpane.com/
Aventail http://www.aventail.com/

More Information

email: [email protected] with email
questions or visit http://www.blackhat.com/ for the
latest speakers and events listings.

Dominique Brezinski CISSP (206) 898-8254
Secure Computing http://www.securecomputing.com