The Black Hat Briefings '99, July 7-8th Las Vegas
The Black Hat Briefings '99, July 7-8th Las Vegas

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Note: Speeches now available in the Speakers Section.

It's late. You're in the office alone, catching up on database administration.  Behind you, your network servers hum along quietly, reliably.  Life is good.  No one can get to your data or disrupt your WAN. The network is secure.  Or is it?

The Black Hat Briefings conference has been organized to put an end to concerns like these.  While many conferences focus on information and network security, only The Black Hat Briefings will put your engineers and software programmers face-to-face with today's cutting edge computer security experts and "underground" security specialists. The "White Hat" track will inform your CEO or CIO with no-nonsense information about what issues to be aware of, and what they can ignore.

Only the Black Hat Briefings conference will provide your people with the tools and understanding they need to help thwart those lurking either in the shadows of your firewall or the depths of your companies WAN.  The reality is, they are out there.  The choice is yours.  You can live in fear of them.  Or, you can learn from them.

Conference Overview
The Black Hat Briefings conference series was created to fill the need of computer professionals to better understand the security risks to their computer and information infrastructures by potential threats.  To do this we assemble a group of vendor neutral security professionals in the same room and let them talk candidly about the problems businesses face, and the solutions they see to those problems.  No gimmicks, just straight talk by people who make it their business to explore the ever changing security space.

Spanning two days with three separate tracks, The Black Hat Briefings will focus on the vital security issues facing organizations with large Enterprise networks and mixed network operating systems.  Topics will Include Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), Computer Forensics (CF) systems, Incident Response, secure programming techniques and tool selection for creating and effectively monitoring your networks.  You will be put face to face with the people developing the tools used by and against hackers.

This year the Black Hat Briefings has grown to include a separate track specifically designed for the CEO and CIO. This third track, nick named the "White Hat" track, was developed by the National Computer Security Center (NCSC) of the National Security Agency.  While the other tracks have a technology focus, this track is for people who have to manage it.  What should you look for when hiring an outside security consultant?  Should you even look outside your organization? 

The Black Hat Briefing's intense sessions will bring to light the security and mis-configuration problems confronting organizations and network administrators, most of which go unnoticed by today's preoccupied system administrators where security gets put off in lieu of constant network growth and upgrades.  Our speakers will discuss the strategies involved in correcting existing problems and speak towards what you can expect in the future.

This year you can expect more visual demonstrations, more speakers who are authoritative in their fields, and as always an excellent time.

As an added bonus, people who attend The Black Hat Briefings get free admission to DEF CON 7.0, the largest Hacker convention in the US, held right after Black Hat in Las Vegas.  For more information see their web site.

Who is this conference for?

CEOs and CIOs, MIS and IT managers as well as the people doing the work.  Basically anyone dealing with the security functions at your company looking for deep insight into the security space.
Registration Costs
Registration costs are $995 US before June 14th 1999
Late registration fees are $1,195 after June 14th.
You may cancel your registration before July 1st for a full refund.
This fee includes two days of speaking, materials, a reception, and meals.
To register, please use the button on the left hand side of this page.

We have excellent rates at the Venetian Hotel!  Do not be discourage by its splendor!

Discount Airfare
We've got great discounts on airfare from Montrose Travel, who book bulk air travel.  If you need to still book airline tickets please give Montrose a call first.

Montrose Travel 1-800-301-9673

They currently have deals for Black Hatattendees from the US and International on the following airlines:

America West
Southwest Airlines
United Airlines
and other smaller carriers and even International Airfare rates.
Expect rates lower than published.  When calling make sure you refer to The Black Hat Briefings as the group name.