Special Events

Black Hat Arsenal

July 25-26, 2012 | 10:00-18:00
Caesar's Palace

Do you have a great tool or demo that you have been dying to bring to the attention of the Black Hat community?

This year Black Hat is pleased to offer a Tool/Demo area for independent researchers and the open source community that will allow you to showcase your work.

Click Here to See the Full Arsenal Content Lineup

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July 26-29, 2012
Rio Hotel, Las Vegas

Planning on attending DEF CON this year but don't want to head to the Rio and potentially miss out at Black Hat? As a registered Black Hat USA 2012 attendee you can now pre-purchase your DEF CON pass and save $50 off of the $200 DEF CON registration price.

Learn more on pre-purchasing your DEF CON pass.


Executive Briefings

July 24, 2012 | 08:00-17:30
Caesar's Palace

One hundred executives from Global 2000 corporations and federal agencies are invited to attend a full day of high-level discussions about topics unique to Black Hat.

Find Out More Here.


Pwnie Awards

July 25, 2012 | 18:15-19:00
Augustus 3 + 4

2012 Pwnie Award nominees announced

In 2012 the Black Hat USA Briefings are once again providing the venue for the Pwnie Awards, the security industry'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 at http://pwnies.com.

Stores, Books & More Back to Top

Black Hat Store

July 24, 2012 | 15:00-21:00
July 25-26, 2012 | 08:00-18:00
Caesar's Palace

Get your Black Hat branded merchandise - t-shirts, jackets, mugs, barware, lab coats and more! Please note: No cash will be accepted. Purchases can be made with any major credit or debit card.

Breakpoint Books

July 22-26, 2012 | 08:00-18:00
Caesar's Palace, Fourth Floor, Otho

Come by the official bookstore and browse the latest titles in security.

Booksigning with Authors from the iOS Hacker's Handbook: July 25, 15:15 am.

Booksigning with Neal Stephenson: July 26, 10:00 am.

Booksigning with Bruce Schneier: July 26, 11:15 am.


July 24, 2012 | 18:30-20:30
Palace Ballroom III

Black Hat is pleased to announce the first ever Day Zero Briefings, a series of light-hearted and fun presentations. In addition to the briefings, drop by the Day Zero Lounge and have a bit of food and an adult beverage courtesy of Black Hat. The Lounge will also contain a gaming area powered by Microsoft and Xbox.

18:30 – 18:50: Review Board Meet and Greet
Join the members of the Black Hat Review Board for an entertaining panel discussion. Ever wonder how the content was selected? Or which talks the Review Board Members are looking forward to? Come and join the discussion.

19:00 – 19:20: Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition: The Game
Representatives of the CCDC will be on hand to explain the first ever onsite Black Hat cyber challenge. Hop on the alternate SSID and join the fun. With prizes and bragging rights on the line, expect stiff competition.

19:30 – 20:30: My Arduino Can Beat Up Your Hotel Room Lock by Cody Brocious
Nearly ten million Onity locks are installed in hotels worldwide, representing 1/3 of hotels and about 50% of hotel locks. This presentation will show, in detail, how they're designed and implemented. Then we will take a look at how they are insecure by design and release a number of critical, unpatchable vulnerabilities.

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Event Audio & Video Booth

July 24 - 25, 2012
Caesar's Palace, Fourth Floor, Outdise Palace Ballroom

The Source of Knowledge will be onsite to sell audio and video recordings of the Briefings sessions. Their booth will be located outside of the Sponsor Exhibit Hall (Palace Ballroom) on the fourth floor. You can purchase the media onsite at a substantial discount.

SOK Order Form