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The keynote speakers at Black Hat USA 2012 include Neal Stephenson, one of the world's foremost historical and science fiction authors, and Shawn Henry, former FBI Executive Assistant Director (EAD) and currently President of CrowdStrike Services. Neal will take the stage for an interactive interview with attendees while Shawn will offer new insights on how a hostile cyber environment has rendered traditional security obsolete in a talk entitled: "Changing the Security Paradigm…Taking Back Your Network and Bringing Pain to The Adversary."
Black Hat USA 2012 will feature talks that point out key security vulnerabilities in global and national infrastructure, including:
Threats to air traffic control systems (Andrei Costin), smart meters and the power grid (Don Weber). Stephen Ridley and Stephen Lawler will address advanced ARM exploitation and share some anecdotal "hardware hacking" experiences. Yann Allain and Julien Moinard will discuss power analysis of embedded systems. Methods for taking cyber security on the offensive: Renowned security researcher Dan Kaminsky will offer a look at "black ops," offering insight on attack techniques that previously may have been considered 'wrong and evil.' Robert Clark, operational attorney for the U.S. Army Cyber Command, will offer a look at the legal aspects of cyberspace operations. Apple operating systems and applications: speakers will discuss flaws in the Apple AppStore (Justin Engler, Seth Law, Joshua Dubik, and David Vo); vulnerabilities in the operating system kernel that drives IOS and Mac OS X (Stefan Esser); and a workshop on the dark art of IOS application hacking (Jonathan Zdziarski). Threats and vulnerabilities to the most commonly used Web applications and tools, demonstrating key vulnerabilities at the very core of today's Internet. Sheeraj Shah offers a look at the Top 10 threats, while Sergey Shekyan and Vaagn Toukharian discuss hacking with HTML5's WebSockets; a look at recent Java exploitation trends and malware (Jeong Wook Oh); and the revelation of several new vulnerabilities in popular Web application firewalls (Ivan Ristic).
Black Hat will feature nine concurrent tracks every day, mixing workshops, roundtables and cutting edge presentations by top security experts. Deep technical training will take place July 21-24, while the open briefings will run from July 25-26.
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Sponsors of this year's Black Hat include Diamond Sponsors Qualys, Microsoft and Lookingglass Cyber Solutions; Platinum Sponsors Accuvant LABS, Blue Coat Systems, Core Security, Cisco, IBM, Juniper Networks, LogRhythm, RSA, Symantec, Trustwave and Verizon.
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