Black Hat is the most technical and relevant global information security event series in the world. For more than 18 years, Black Hat has provided attendees with the very latest in information security research, development, and trends in a strictly vendor-neutral environment. These high-profile global events and Trainings are driven by the needs of the 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.
From its inception in 1997, Black Hat has grown from a single annual conference in Las Vegas to the most respected information security event series internationally. Today, the Black Hat Briefings and Trainings are held annually in the United States, Europe and Asia, providing a premier venue for elite security researchers and trainers to find their audience.
What We Do
The Black Hat Briefings were created more than 18 years ago to provide security professionals a place to learn the very latest in information security risks, research and trends. Each year, internationally leading security researchers take the stage to share their latest work and exploits in a friendly, vendor-neutral environment. Vulnerabilities are often exposed that impact everything from popular consumer devices to critical international infrastructure and everything in between. Black Hat seeks groundbreaking research to fill both 25 and 50-minute speaking slots for each annual show.
The Black Hat Trainings offer attendees individual technical courses on topics ranging from the latest in penetration testing to exploiting web applications and even 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 over 20 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 and providing unparalleled insight into the research community. You can find more information on the Review Board here: https://www.blackhat.com/review-board.html.
Black Hat strives to deliver one of the most empirical content selection processes in the industry. All submissions are vetted thoroughly by the Black Hat Review Board. Each submission is reviewed for uniqueness, overall content expertise and accuracy before any selections are made. Through the course of this dynamic review process, Black Hat Review Board members will frequently ask researchers for clarity on any areas of question in their submissions – whether it be about the uniqueness or audacity of claims made. The best submissions come with academic-grade papers, proof-of-concept code and/or video demonstrations of the work done. Of note, Black Hat does not support pay-for-play Briefings. The Black Hat Briefings are and always have been 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 level of research and vulnerability disclosures that happen onsite each year. We also strongly support and encourage responsible disclosure. To this end, 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 they plan to present at the annual shows. 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 at each annual show.
Who Should Attend
(IT Specialists, Security Analysts, Risk Managers, Security Architects/Engineers, Penetration Testers, Security Software Developers, Cryptographers, Programmers, Government Employees and many more)
Hone your skills with the latest tools and techniques being used in the industry through Black Hat’s intensely technical and relevant Briefings and Trainings. Explore challenges and successes others in the field are experiencing, while collaborating on uses for emerging platforms, development models and best practices.
Security Executives, Business Developers and Venture Capitalists
(CISOs, CEOs, Presidents, Directors, VPs, Consultants)
Take advantage of a multi-billion dollar industry by networking with other top information security executives, practitioners and potential investors. Gain knowledge of opportunities in the constantly growing information security industry while engaging with the community that is molding the future of the field and trailblazing new ventures.
The Black Hat Executive Summit, an exclusive gathering of more than 120 top industry executives and security industry leaders, ignites open conversations and “think tank” style breakout sessions. This full day of discussions is unique to Black Hat and provides unmatched opportunities for networking and learning.
Vendor Companies and Sponsors
(Hardware, Software, Middleware, Services, More)
Black Hat attracts more than 7,500 of the world’s most renowned security experts, executives and attendees, creating the industry’s most dynamic and concentrated information security community. Engage this audience over the course of two days by showcasing your latest and greatest innovations, expertise, services and products.
The Business Hall is the epicenter of where business happens at Black Hat, featuring more than 150 of the industry’s top solution providers and start-ups showcasing the latest tools, technologies and services supporting the security community. From the new start-up Innovation City to the attendee networking lounge and business center, the 2014 expansion brings more opportunities for attendee, vendor and community engagement.
Career Seekers and Recruiters
(Seasoned Veterans, Students, Schools, Expanding Companies)
Black Hat provides an opportunity for you to get your name out to the best new and seasoned talent in the industry. Meet face-to-face with the top international talent committed to defining and defending the future of security. Job seekers, meet with the most influential companies and recruiters who are hiring now. Bring your resumes and business cards and make game-changing connections.
(Professors, Students Aged 18+)
Black Hat provides students with the opportunity to interact with and learn from top industry professionals throughout conference sessions, networking, and friendly competition through a partnership with the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC). There is an academic rate for students and full-time university professors interested in attending.