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Black Hat Arsenal

August 3 | 10:00 - 18:00
August 4 | 10:00 - 18:00

Returning bigger than ever, Black Hat is pleased to once again present Arsenal--a Tool/Demo area where independent researchers and the open source community will showcase some awesome products.

View the line-up for Black Hat Arsenal 2016

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Black Hat Student Scholarship Program

Black Hat is pleased to announce the return of the Black Hat Student Scholarship Program. As a way to introduce the next generation of security professionals to the Black Hat community, we will be awarding complimentary Black Hat USA 2016 Academic Passes to a limited number of student applicants. Each Academic Pass allows full access to all Briefings on Wednesday, August 3 and Thursday, August 4. More information.


Business Hall

August 3 | 10:00 - 19:00
August 4 | 10:00 - 17:00

The Business Hall features many of the industry's top solution providers and start-ups, showcasing the latest tools, technologies and services supporting the security community. The 2016 expansion brings more opportunities for vendor, attendee and community engagement, including:

  • Vendor Sessions – One-hour sponsored presentations in the Business Hall Theater, presented by leading researchers and security experts
  • Attendee Networking Lounge – The primary destination for attendees to network, conduct informal meetings and enjoy food and beverages

More information.


Career Track

August 3 | 10:15 – 17:10 | Reef C

The Black Hat Career Track is designed to help individuals identify options and make informed decisions about their careers in the rapidly-growing field of information security. This program will examine different facets of the industry - including career life-cycles, security specialties, sectors and verticals, and how you can channel your skills to establish or enhance your career. More information.

ciso summit

CISO Summit

August 2 | 07:00 - 18:00 | Four Seasons

Co-located with Black Hat USA, 120+ security-focused executives from Fortune 1000 corporations and federal agencies are invited to apply to attend a full-day, interactive program consisting of high-level discussions, practical application, and strategic insight on topics unique to Black Hat. More information.


Day Zero

August 2 | 16:00 - 19:00 | 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 2 for “Day Zero” an afternoon designed for n00bs seeking guidance and survival tips. More information.

Business Hall Networking Lounge

Business Hall Networking Lounge

August 3 | 10:00 - 19:00
August 4 | 10:00 - 17:00

The primary destination for attendees to network, conduct informal meetings and enjoy food and beverages.

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Lobby Lounge

Lobby Lounge

August 1 | 12:00 – 19:00
August 2 | 12:00 – 19:00
August 3 | 9:30 – 19:00
August 4 | 9:30 – 18:15

The Lobby Lounge is on Level One of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, right outside the Business Hall.

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Recharge Lounge

August 3 | 9:30 – 19:00
August 4 | 9:30 – 18:15

The Recharging Lounge is the primary destination for Black Hat attendees to charge their devices, work and relax.

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August 3 | 18:30 - 19:30 | Mandalay Bay D

Black Hat USA will once again provide the venue for the Pwnie Awards, InfoSec’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 pwnies.com.



August 4-7 | Paris/Bally's, Las Vegas

Planning on attending DEF CON this year but don't want to head to Paris/Bally's and potentially miss out at Black Hat? As a registered Black Hat USA 2016 Briefings or Training attendee, you can now pre-purchase your DEF CON pass for $240. Black Hat USA is the only place that you can pre-register for DEF CON and you can pick up your badge on-site. DEF CON tickets will not be sold on-site at Black Hat USA. DEFCON passes are non-refundable once purchased. The deadline to purchase a DEF CON voucher in conjunction with your Black Hat USA Briefings or Training pass is Friday, July 22, 2016 at 23:59 ET. More information.

Kali Linux Lab

Kali Linux Lab

August 4 | 09:00 - 16:00 | Mandalay Bay A

To help celebrate the premier of the newest version of Kali Linux at Black Hat 2016, the Kali Linux team will be onsite all day Thursday running a hands-on program for Black Hat attendees. This special event will host three areas where attendees will master Kali recipes, build their toolset, and test their skills. This program is open to all attendees. More information.



August 4, 2016 | 13:00 - 16:00 | Level 3, Banyan ABCD

Instead of attracting diverse, qualified candidates, many cybersecurity positions and programs may actually inadvertently be precluding women and minorities. The needle just hasn’t moved on the dramatic underrepresentation of women and minorities in the security industry, even as the security talent gap crisis deepens. A distinguished and diverse panel of women in the security field will share their perspectives on what can be done to remove the roadblocks impeding the recruiting, hiring, and promoting, of women in the industry. More information.



August 1-4, 2016

Come by the official bookstore and browse the latest titles in security. Several Black Hat Speakers and Trainers will be signing copies of their authored books.

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Monday, August 1 | 08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday, August 2 | 08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday, August 3 | 07:30 - 18:00
Thursday, August 4 | 08:00 - 18:00

Get your Black Hat-branded T-shirts, jackets, mugs, and more at the Black Hat Merchandise Store! Purchases can be made with any major credit or debit card.

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Audio & Video

Event Audio & Video Booth

August 3-4

The Source of Knowledge will be onsite to sell audio and video recordings of the Briefings sessions. Make sure to purchase the media on-site at a substantial discount.

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