Black Hat Day Zero

Black Hat Day Zero – Navigating #BHUSA 2017

TIME: 16:00 - 18:00


Day Zero offers attendees a comprehensive overview of all the programs, content, and special features available at Black Hat. Before diving into a jam-packed two days of hacks and research, hear from Black Hat Review Board members on a broad range of topics; from the story of Black Hat's creation, to building a content roadmap, to how to submit the perfect talk, to insider recommendations on this years can't-miss Briefings and Arsenal tools. Experts will share their views, memories, and intel to prepare you for what's in store.

Join us on Tuesday, July 25th for "Day Zero" – an afternoon designed for attendees seeking a well-rounded synopsis of Black Hat USA and an understanding of the tools and resources available to make the most of the event.

All Black Hat pass types are welcome. No pre-registration is required.


16:00 – 16:20 Where No Person Has Gone Before
by Ping Look, Security Awareness, Optiv Security

The summer of 1997 was marked by many historical events. The Pathfinder probe landed on the surface of Mars. IBM's Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov – the first time a computer beat a world champion in a chess match. The infamous WinNuke exploit hit, causing the infamous Blue Screen of Death. It also marked the launch of the first Black Hat Briefings. Twenty years have flown by and no one could have imagined what Black Hat or the information security world would become. Journey down memory lane with Black Hat veteran Ping Look and shine a spotlight on some of the highlights that have shaped Black Hat over the last two decades.

16:20 – 16:45 Don't Panic: The Hitchhiker's Guide to Black Hat
by Neil "Grifter" Wyler, Threat Hunting and Incident Response Specialist, RSA Security

Navigating Black Hat for the first time can seem pretty daunting. What talks should I attend? What's events should I be at? Where can I find the right people to network with? You've only got a few days and you've got to squeeze every drop of info, and awesome, out of them. This session will give you some pointers from someone that's been to every Black Hat for the last 15 years, both home and abroad. You'll get advice on what to see and what to skip, and how to have the right talking points when you get back to the office so your company will send you back next year.

16:45 – 16:55 Coffee Break
16:55 – 17:20 Black Hat USA 2017 Briefings: What to Keep Track Of
by Daniel Cuthbert, COO, SensePost

With a record number of Briefings submissions this year, the Review Board had a first-class seat into what research is being done by the community. With 16 tracks, ranging from Exploit Development to Smart Grid/Industrial Security and Human Factors, we were spoiled with some truly amazing submissions. In this session, Review Board member Daniel Cuthbert digs through the submissions and highlights some of the many epic talks you'll get to see in Las Vegas.

17:20 – 17:40 Toolswatch and Black Hat Arsenal: A Virtuous Cycle
by Rachid Harrando, Office of the CISO, ServiceNow

Black Hat is celebrating its 20th year (Wow!) and for the last seven of those years, Arsenal has been an integral part of the event. From its beginnings as a small table in a corner, with a few people gathered around a single monitor; to the 80+ tools, 10 simultaneous presentations every hour, over 2 days, and a full theater; this presentation will take you through the growth and evolution of Black Hat Arsenal.

17:40 – 18:00 Death by a Thousand Abstracts: How (Not) to Get Your Research into Black Hat
by Stefano Zanero, Associate Professor, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria

So, you tasted a little of the Black Hat environment, and you want to end up on the stage next year? In this short session, Review Board member Stefano Zanero will go through some of the key errors found in the record number of submissions we received this year, as well as some of the best examples of how to do it right. Learning how to present your research appropriately may dramatically change your chances of being accepted as a speaker (both at Black Hat and at other industry events).

18:00 – 19:00 Day Zero Reception on Black Hat Blvd.