The Black Hat Briefings '00, July 26-27th Las Vegas
The Black Hat Briefings '00, July 26-27th Las Vegas

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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, USA 2000

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.

The Black Hat Briefings will focus on the vital security issues facing organizations with large Enterprise networks and mixed network operating systems.  The current hot topics include Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDos), Computer Forensics (CF) software, Incident Response, web based vulnerabilities, issues with security in a High Availability (HA) environment, secure programming techniques, tool selection and more.  You will be put face to face with the people developing the tools used by and against hackers.

New for 2000 there will be an extended "side session" track and a different speech selection criteria.  Read on..

Spanning two days with three separate tracks and a side session.  The conference is broken up into a number of tacks.  They can best be described as follows:

Technical - These talks might cover demonstrations, examples and overviews of new attacks, technologies, or trends.  These are technical issues all security practitioners should be aware of.

More Technical - These talks could include source code examples, specific focus on a technical detail, or any topic that may require previous knowledge.  The nuts and bolts.

White Hat - These talks will help management decide what to do about all the technical issues surrounding security.  These talks may cover legal ramifications of an intrusion, corporate trends in managing networks, and issues with out-sourcing network services and how to manage these young wipper-snappers.

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?

Deep Knowledge - The Deep Knowledge track will be an off shoot of tracks A and B.  While speakers in both of those tracks will be given 50 minutes for their talk, side session speakers will be given 100 minutes.  It works like this:  Say Marcus Ranum is giving a talk in the More Technical track.  He starts off in that track, uses up his time, and then moves to the Deep Knowledge track.  If what was said interested you in his More Technical Tack, you could follow him over to the Deep Knowledge track to spend two more hours getting a much more in depth exposure to his topic.  Due to the time consumed, only certain speeches will be designated as having a Deep Knowledge talk.

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.  Be sure to arrive the evening before in order to make it to the informal get together and birds of a feather.  Black Hat is more than just good speeches, it is about making solid contacts in the security space.

As an added bonus, people who attend The Black Hat Briefings get free admission to DEF CON 8.0, the largest Hacker convention in the U.S., 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, straight talk, and don't want to attend a vend-o-rama.
Registration Costs
Registration costs are $995 US before July 1st 2000
Late registration fees are $1,195 after July 1st.

You may cancel your registration before July 1st for a full refund, after that there is a $120 cancellation and processing fee.
 Payment must be received in full (except U.S. G form 1556, etc.) in advance to guarantee attendance.
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 Caesar's Palace of $129 a night for July 22nd - July 31st.  Please reference The Black Hat Briefings when registereing.  This includes a limited number of Government rates.  Do not be discouraged by Caesars splendor!

Discount Airfare
We've got 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 Hat attendees 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.