Black Hat Sustainability

For Black Hat, sustainability is about being responsible over the long term by increasing the positive impacts we have on customers, colleagues, the communities we work in and with, and the environment, as well as the impact of the content we create and curate.

We strive to raise awareness of sustainability issues among suppliers, our customers and the owners of the venues we use. Our Content is at the center of our 5-pillar sustainability approach – We aim to create positive change around key issues impacting information security and to give our community greater opportunities to grow and transform.

Learn more about our initiatives below.


Content

Black Hat works to curate and share knowledge people can trust that is relevant, unbiased and enables more informed security decisions while inspiring progress towards a better world. Our content makes a positive contribution to stakeholders and provides a platform for varying voices to be heard.

Briefings
and Trainings

Since 1997, Black hat has provided security professionals with a place to learn the very latest information security risks, research, skills and trends.

Black Hat delivers one of the most empirical content selection processes in the industry. The content is reviewed and selected by the Black Hat Briefings Review Board and Training Review Board which are comprised of some of the industry's most credible security professionals and thought leaders across various information security disciplines.

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Community Tracks

Information Security encompasses a broad range of disciplines and specialties. The Black Hat Content Tracks highlight key areas within the industry and enable the audience to keep current on the latest trends. Tracks are updated and added too regularly to encourage content submissions that span the multitude of subject areas impacting the InfoSec community.

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Security Resources

Briefings materials are made available immediately following Black Hat events and recordings of Briefings sessions are also hosted live on the Black Hat YouTube Channel to increase accessibility to security research.

Security news does not always wait for conference season however, so outside of events, monthly Black Hat Webcasts are hosted to spotlight security research and give you a chance to ask questions live.

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Communities

We set out to create value for the communities in which we live and work and with whom we do business. Creating purposeful partnerships with community groups and creating prosperity for our host cities and audience.

Philanthropy

Each year Black Hat donates proceeds from the sale of a one-of-a-kind t-shirt (sold at Black Hat USA) to a non-profit organization. Past receivers include Girls Who Code, Hack the Hood, and H.E.R.O. Child-Rescue Corps. A portion of the proceeds from Black Hat's Business Pass sales go to support The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

Since introducing the Black Hat Student Scholarship and Speaker nominated student scholarship in 2016, more than 2,000 students have been awarded Academic Briefings scholarships globally. Additionally, Black Hat partners with Review Board Members and community organizations to host a variety of scholarship programs and initiatives to increase access and inclusion at events.

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Partnering Local

Black Hat strives to support the communities we work in by partnering locally. Be it sourcing signage materials, hiring photographers or recruiting volunteers, Black Hat works to develop partnerships and programs to support the regions are events are located in.

For details on a few of the recent initiatives, see below:

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Special Events / Programs

In addition to the educational Briefings and Trainings, Black Hat programs Community Sessions, Workshops and Special Events to encourage collaboration among attendees and presenters.

Covering everything from personal digital resilience to career-building strategies, Black Hat Community Programs enable attendees to interact with topic experts and peers to stay up-to-date on industry challenges, achievements, and developments.

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Colleagues

We want to do all we can to support and nurture the people who are behind our success by providing an inclusive, engaging environment for our colleagues and partners.

Volunteerism

Annually, the Black Hat Team participates in a corporate walk to raise funds and awareness for local charities in the cities we work in.

In 2019, collectively our offices raised £357,688 / $482,878 USD. For 2020, we plan to exceed £500,000/$640,000 USD. More details to come on this year's walks and how you can get involved.

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Conference Associates

Black Hat's Conference Associate (CA) program is designed to offer information security enthusiasts with an opportunity to connect with researchers and the Black Hat community while serving as support staff for the conference. CA's have the opportunity to liaison with speakers, work in the Network Operations Center (NOC), learn the ins and outs of producing the conference, attend DEF CON and more.

Diversity
and Inclusion

To encourage open and honest examination of current challenges and advance the diversity of Black Hat events, we develop strategic partnerships with organizations including QueerCon, Executive Womens Forum (EWF), and Women in Security and Privacy (WISP) to host mentorship sessions, networking events, panels on diversity topics and more.

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Customers

When it comes to Sustainability and our customers, we focus on two areas: 1) Connecting people and 2) Creating opportunities for learning. We offer a place for individuals to develop professionally and find new solutions and inspiration to solve the business challenges they face.

Electronic Frontier Foundation logo

Black Hat strongly supports and encourages coordinated/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.

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(ISC)2 logo

Black Hat provides Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits through (ISC)2. Members can earn 16 CPE credits for attending 2-day Training or Briefings and 32 CPE credits for attending a 4-day Training. Special service is available, for CISSPs and SSCPs, that automatically forwards their earned credits to ISC)2.

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Black Hat Events

Black Hat's global event series is driven by the needs of the security community. Black Hat inspires professionals at all career levels, encouraging growth and collaboration across academia and the public and private sectors.

To satisfy the needs of the industry, Black Hat holds three annual conference events in Singapore, Las Vegas and London. New Trainings events in the Middle East, Japan and Canada offer multiple opportunities throughout the year for the industry to engage with the latest tools and technologies and define tomorrow's security landscape.

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Environment

Climate change is happening. As a business, we are committed to reducing our carbon foot print and using resources more efficiently.

Reduced Waste

Black Hat has moved away from paper speaker evaluations, business hall one-sheeters, and switched from producing an 8.5 x 11 program guide to a smaller, 4.5 x 7 pocket guide to cut down on excess paper printing. We only use recycled paper for materials we do print and have enhanced our mobile app to ultimately replace paper guides altogether.

We offer badge recycling and have replaced most foam core signage with High Quality Paper Substrate which is 100% recyclable and contains recycled materials.

Sustainable Venues

Where possible, we work with venues with strong sustainability programs that complement our initiatives and values.

In 2018, former Black Hat parent company UBM worked with Mandalay Bay to co-develop a new LED lighting system which consume less energy, do not contain any harmful materials, last longer and are recycleable.

Learn more about Sustainability at Mandalay Bay (PDF), Marina Bay Sands (PDF) and ExCeL London.

Responsible Exhibitor Builds

Black Hat has worked with exhibitors and vendors to implement best practices for exhibitor booth builds and event functions to reduce the environmental impact of our events.

Over the past few years we have switched to using mostly reusable and recyclable materials like single use plastic and carpet and limited the usage of harmful chemical agents and one-time use materials.

Learn more about sustainability at  Freeman, GES and ETS AV.


More Information

Sustainability at Informa

Sustaining Partners