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August 3-8, 2019
Mandalay Bay / Las Vegas

Black Hat Day Zero

A Road Map for #BHUSA 2019


Before diving into two jam-packed days of hacks and research, hear insider's recommendations on how to make the most of your time, including a synopsis of this years can't-miss Briefings, Arsenal Tools, and special Features from Black Hat Review Board Members, Speakers and Presenters.

Open to all pass types, Day Zero is designed to welcome both first-time and long-time Black Hat attendees. Join us on Tuesday, August 6 to kick off your Black Hat experience and begin building your schedule and network with an inside look at what's in store and the tools available to help you make the most out of your time.

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

4:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Make Your First Black Hat Your Own
by Jen Savage, Security Researcher, Threatcare

Black Hat is filled with so much great content that it can be difficult to choose what to go see. This talk will offer useful advice for making the most of your time at the conference. No matter what your line of work within the industry is, there is something for you at Black Hat.

4:20 PM - 4:45 PM

From Hacker to Entrepreneur
by Matt Devost, CEO and Co-Founder, OODA

Matt began his career as a red teamer for defense and government networks and then went on to play a founding or executive role in companies like iDefense, SDI, Terrorism Research Center, iSIGHT, and FusionX. He also spent 14 years as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown, teaching a course called "Information Warfare and Security" and was a founder of the non-profit Cyber Conflict Studies Association. Matt will step you through his career path and the role events and conferences played in his professional and personal development along with tips on how to make the most of your Black Hat experience.

4:45 PM - 4:55 PM Coffee Break
4:55 PM - 5:20 PM

How To Do Black Hat
by Thomas H. Ptacek, Principal, Latacora

Black Hat USA is "the big show", our industry's top venue for vulnerability research. The trade press will have no problem pointing you towards the flashiest talks this year, from iPhone XS vulnerabilities to tricking autonomous vehicles. Those talks will be great, but so are a lot of talks that won't get pre-show writeups. I've been speaking at, attending, and reviewing Black Hat talks for 20 years and have learned a thing and a half about how this event ticks. I'd like to take a few minutes to highlight some of the “talks behind the talks”: the fundamental research work that enables the high-profile results, that impacts everything from phones to toasters, that sets the scene for the upcoming year in vulnerability research, or that maybe were just beloved by the Review Board this year and deserve an extra spotlight.

5:20 PM - 5:40 PM

Black Hat Arsenal: Sharing is Winning!!
by Rachid Harrando, Office of the CISO, ServiceNow + Tony Lee, Senior Technical Director, Cylance

At Black Hat Arsenal, researchers, developers, and practitioners showcase their latest open-source tools in an open, conversational environment. In this talk, we will detail how we select the best free and open-source security tools. You'll also learn how attendee engagement with tool developers can impact future features and functionality and why you should not miss out on these tool presentations. Finally, you'll also get a sneak peek at this year's lineup and discover what's new at this year's Arsenal.

5:40 PM - 6:00 PM

Influence Management and Win Presentations
by Nathan Hamiel, Head of Cybersecurity Research, Kudelski Security

Every year great ideas and countless perspectives go unshared as companies build walls around their employees, processes, and relationships. In extreme but not uncommon situations, these companies make their employees pull accepted presentations leaving the conference scrambling to fill the void. What these organizations don't understand is they are missing out on tangible benefits due to fear of a potentially non-existent scenario. This fear creates a culture of silence that can stifle innovation and hinder efforts to attract and retain talent.

Whether you are trying to gain support for presentations or have an organization with a history of saying no, this talk will arm you with a set of actionable steps to guide discussions at your organization. We will highlight the benefits of presenting at security conferences and address common misconceptions that often plague these conversations. Let's start turning no into yes.

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Day Zero Reception, South Pacific GHIJ, Lower Level

Join fellow attendees in South Pacific GHIJ following the Day Zero program for the Day Zero Reception. Kick off Black Hat USA with refreshments and appetizers. All Black Hat USA pass holders are welcome.