Black Hat Day Zero

A first-timer’s guide to making the most of Black Hat

Tuesday, August 2 | Mandalay Bay G


Kick off your Black Hat USA 2016 experience with advice from folks who have been participating at Black Hat year after year. Between networking, Arsenal, the Business Hall, tons of great Briefings content - and, of course, parties - there’s so much to see and do. Join us on Tuesday, August 2nd for “Day Zero” an afternoon designed for n00bs seeking guidance and survival tips.

While this event is designed for first-time Black Hat USA attendees, all Black Hat pass types are welcome. No pre-registration is required.


16:00 – 16:20 How to Survive Black Hat
by Trey Ford, Review Board Member

If you’re like me, you have wanted to go to Black Hat for ages. If you’re going, have a game plan. For first timers, this presentation will be a primer full of guidance and survival tips. There is so much to do, so to get the most out of your time, plan ahead. Choose your own adventure, and do it on purpose—this is not a week to “accidentally” find your way through. This week can change how you do your job, change how you drive your career, and it can change your life.

16:30 – 16:50 A fish out of water, and why that's OK!
by Justine Bone, Executive Director and CTO, Secured Worldwide

Justine will share observations and experiences spanning from her early days as a security researcher and attendee here at Black Hat, her years as Chief Information Security Officer in large enterprise, through to her latest switch from CISO into the role of Executive Director and overall technology manager. She presents technology and security management observations from the "other side", will discuss how a diverse background has helped her build a career in cyber security and what’s coming next for folks new to the industry.

17:00 – 17:20 Staying Connected, and Surviving, on the Black Hat Network
by Neil Wyler (a.k.a. Grifter), Threat Hunting and Incident Response Specialist, RSA Security
Bart Stump, Solutions Architect, Optiv Security (Accuvant+FishNet Security)

The Black Hat network is often the subject of quiet whispers, fear, and sometimes laughter. "Don't even connect to it." "Use a burner laptop." "Take the battery out of your phone!"

Come talk to the guys who stand up and maintain, what is considered by many, to be one of the most hostile networks in the world. Find out what you can expect while staying connected at Black Hat, and tips you can use to try and stay safe. It's a jungle out there, you should really have a guide.

17:30 – 17:50 A Brief History of Black Hat and the Conference Associates
by Russ Rogers, Pentester & Researcher

Black Hat is 19 years old, this summer, and it has taken a community to build it up to what you see today. Many of the original CAs were simply friends of Jeff Moss, who helped out as best they can, even speaking on stage about our own research. We volunteered, helping keep the conference running, growing, and evolving. The entire process was organic, and it jump started the careers of quite a few big names in the industry.

In this talk, Russ will cover some key aspects of Black Hat history, along with how the people behind the scenes have helped it all happen. He’ll introduce some of the folks in the room, and discuss how the hard working Conference Associates help the conference, and how the conference has historically helped them, in return.

18:00 – 19:00 Welcome Reception – Refreshments & Snacks on Black Hat Blvd.