Founded in 1997, Black Hat is an internationally recognized cybersecurity event series providing the most technical and relevant information security research. Grown from a single annual conference to the most respected information security event series internationally, these multi-day events provide the security community with the latest cutting-edge research, developments, and trends.
Black Hat Briefings and Trainings are driven by the needs of the global security community, striving to bring together the best minds in the industry. Black Hat inspires professionals at all career levels, encouraging growth and collaboration among academia, world-class researchers and leaders in the public and private sectors. Today, Black Hat Briefings and Trainings are held annually in the United States, Europe, and Asia, providing premier venues for elite security researchers and trainers to find their audience.
What We Do
Since their inception, Black Hat Briefings continue to provide security professionals with a place to learn the very latest in information security risks, research and trends. Leading security researchers from around the world take the stage each year to share their latest work and exploits in a friendly, vendor-neutral environment. Attendees will experience groundbreaking research on topics ranging from vulnerabilities within popular consumer devices, to critical international infrastructure threats, and everything in between.
Black Hat Trainings offer attendees individual technical courses with topics ranging from the latest in penetration testing, to exploiting web applications, and defending and building SCADA systems. Often designed exclusively for Black Hat, these hands-on attack and defense courses are taught by industry and subject matter experts from all over the world, with the goal of defining and defending tomorrow's information security landscape.
Review Board + Content Selection
The Black Hat Review Board is comprised of more than 100 of the industry's most credible and distinguished security professionals and thought leaders throughout various areas of the information security community. The Review Board advises Black Hat on its strategic direction, reviewing and programming conference content, while providing unparalleled insight into the research community.
All submissions are vetted thoroughly by the Black Hat Review Board for each event. Every submission is reviewed for its uniqueness, overall content expertise and accuracy before selections are made. Through the course of this dynamic review process, the Black Hat Review Board members will frequently ask researchers for clarity on the submissions including the uniqueness or audacity of claims made. The best submissions come with academic-grade papers, proof-of-concept code and/or video demonstrations. Black Hat does not support pay-for-play Briefings. The Black Hat Briefings are always independently selected based on quality of content and area of expertise rather than sponsorship.
Attracting Top Talent and Research
Black Hat is proud of the depth of research and vulnerability disclosures revealed at each of its events. We strongly support and encourage responsible disclosure. Black Hat has a strong partnership with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to provide pro-bono legal consultations to security researchers on the legality of any research or data that will be presented at every annual event. Black Hat and EFF are dedicated to defending free speech and privacy rights to facilitate the boundary-pushing research and vulnerability disclosure that attendees have come to know and love.