Event to include a cyberwar discussion by General Michael V. Hayden, former director of the NSA and CIA

July 9, 2010

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Seattle, Wash. — July 8, 2010 — Black Hat, the world’s leading family of information security events produced by UBM TechWeb, today spotlights new vulnerabilities, tools, programs and big names debuting at this year’s event, including a Cyber War discussion by General Michael V. Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency. Black Hat USA 2010 will host digital security experts, bringing together public and private sector security professionals and underground hackers in Las Vegas. For more information visit http://www.BlackHat.com.

The world’s most significant security event brings together thought-leaders from around the world to dissect the latest security trends. This year, over 30 new vulnerabilities and 46 new tools will debut, including the very first ever Black Hat Arsenal. Black Hat Arsenal is new community gathering place where over 25 independent researchers will present cutting-edge demos, tools and findings real-time, on stage in front of the Black Hat delegation.

“This year we’re expecting to be the largest, greatest Black Hat in our history,” said Jeff Moss, founder of Black Hat. “With a lineup of new research and presentations dealing with important advancements made in security, this unprecedented year is a first."

Featured industry speakers and new vulnerabilities this year will grow and currently includes:

“Cyber war...Are we at war? And if we are, how should we fight it?” presented by General Michael V. Hayden, former Director, National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency

“Jackpotting Automated Teller Machines Redux” by Barnaby Jack

“ Wardriving the Smart Grid: Practical Approaches to Attacking Utility Packet Radios” by Shawn Moyer and Nathan Keltner

“How to Hack Millions of Routers” by Craig Heffner

“These Aren't the Permissions You're Looking For” by Anthony Lineberry

“App Attack: Surviving the Mobile Application Explosion” by John Hering and Kevin Mahaffey

“Hacking and Protecting Oracle Database Vault” by Esteban Martinez Fayo

“Token Kidnapping's Revenge” by Cesar Cerrudo

“HTTPS Can Byte Me, Robert Hansen” by Josh Sokol

“USB - HID, The Hacking Interface Design” by Richard Rushing

Black Hat will also host many high-level panel discussions. Notable panelists include:

Rod Beckstrom, CEO and President of ICANN

Bill Boni, CISO, T-Mobile

Jim Christy, director, DC3

Mike Convertino, AF

Jerry Dixon, Ex-DHS

Steve Elefant, CIO, Heartland

Andy Fried, Ex-IRS

Melissa Hathaway, Harvard University, former Sr. Director Cyberspace-National Security Council

Kevin Manson, Ex-FLETC

Rich Marshall, DHS

Tony Sager, NSA

John Stewart, CSO, Cisco

Mark Weatherford, Vice President and Chief Security Officer, NERC

Lin Wells, NDU

Amit Yoran, Ex-DHS

Later this year, Black Hat Abu Dhabi will take place for the first time under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, November 8-10, 2010 at Emirates Palace.

About Black Hat

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