SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- June 28, 2013 – Today, Black Hat, the world's leading family of information security events, announced the official schedule for Black Hat USA 2013. Black Hat is where the world's brightest information security professionals and researchers reveal vulnerabilities that impact everything from popular consumer devices to critical international infrastructure. With 110 unique Briefings and workshops, Black Hat USA boasts nearly 94 hours of high-intensity research and vulnerability disclosures – the most intense schedule in the event's history. Black Hat USA will take place July 27 – August 1, 2013, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.blackhat.com/us-13/.
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Headlining the Briefings are keynote speakers, Gen. Keith Alexander, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command/Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) and Brian Muirhead, Chief Engineer, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and former manager of the Mars Pathfinder Mission. Gen. Alexander who will take the stage on July 31 will give attendees an insider's look into the U.S. Cyber Command and the interworking of offensive cyber strategy. Mr. Muirhead will present "Take Risk, Don't Fail" on August 1, outlining how the combination of calculated risk taking, the application of well tested technology and a trusted team of experts yielded both awards in leadership and successes in space exploration.
"The quality of this years content is both refreshing and intimidating. This year, our Review Board had unprecedented visibility and involvement in content selection, providing a stronger community voice throughout the process," explained Trey Ford, General Manager, Black Hat. "The research is extremely diverse, and privacy continues to be a top-of-mind theme. It is an honor to welcome Gen. Alexander as our day one keynote and we look forward to seeing a glimpse of the world through his unique lens."
Some highlights of Black Hat USA 2013's Briefings include:
· Threats to mobile devices such as injecting malware into Apple's iOS devices with malicious chargers, intercepting traffic and SMS messages through compromised femtocells cracking BlackBerry's new OS 10, rooting SIM cards and even building a spyphone that can record conversations and send messages without you ever knowing.
· Preventing attacks on critical infrastructure and national security with talks around insider threats at the FBI, energy fraud and orchestrated blackouts, compromising industrial facilities, threats to major oil and gas pipelines and exploiting network surveillance cameras.
· Exposing vulnerabilities within our homes from automation systems such as HVAC and lighting, to other network-controlled devices such as door locks and garage sensors, to hacking some of the most well known home security systems and even the newest smart TVs.
Returning for its fourth year, Black Hat Arsenal offers researchers and the open source community a venue to demonstrate their recent work live. Running concurrently with the Briefings (July 31 - August 1), all Black Hat USA delegates will have access to the Arsenal's 48 tools and 20 turbo talks, highlighting the latest research of more than 45 of the most esteemed researchers from around the world. Here you will see everything from bypassing a car's security for less than 25 dollars, to analyzing smartphone penetration testing and performing web application security audits.
This year, Black Hat USA has added two additional tracks of content, featuring 11 groupings of workshops, roundtables and groundbreaking presentations by some of the best minds in the industry. Sponsors of Black Hat USA include Diamond Sponsors: Microsoft, Qualys, RSA; Platinum Plus Sponsors: Accuvant LABS, Alien Vault, Cisco, Core Security, LogRhythm, Looking Glass; Platinum Sponsors: Blue Coat, IBM, Lieberman Software, Solera Networks, Symantec and Trustwave.
For more information and to register for Black Hat USA 2013, please visit: http://www.blackhat.com/us-13/.
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