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Black Hat USA 2017 Briefings Day 1 Recap

It has been an amazing first day at the Black Hat USA main conference. As expected, thousands upon thousands of security professionals arrived at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to witness the infosec spectacle that is Black Hat.

Before closing the evening, let’s take a quick look back at what happened at Briefings Day 1.


Black Hat and DEF CON founder, Jeff Moss (you may know him as @thedarktangent) emerged from an EDM-worthy light show to kick off the event, amidst the roars from an arena of attendees, fifteen thousand-strong.



Living up to the hype of Black Hat’s 20th anniversary, Facebook CSO Alex Stamos delivered a powerful Keynote – hammering home the message that the infosec community as a whole has not yet reached its full potential, and that empathy and diversity are critical to attaining that goal.



The first day played host to dozens of talks – with notable ones demonstrating exploitable flaws in the x86 chip set, mapping the ransomware ecosystem, attacking wind farm systems, creating the first SHA-1 collision, and analyzing the disparity between the skill sets of security graduates and the needs of the industry.



Black Hat’s Arsenal always proves to be an exciting affair, as the open source community convenes to witness demonstrations of the latest security tools and products. Arsenal 2017 did not fail to deliver, with over 90 tools on deck.


There was no doubt as to who stole the Arsenal Theater stage. It was standing-room only at the Game of Drones session – where researchers demonstrated pitting their DangerDrone (straight from Arsenal 2016) against various drone defense measures not limited to nets, missiles, and trained birds of prey.


Business Hall

When not in one of the talks, hackers came out in droves to flood the aisles of the Business Hall, where vendors from all over the infosec spectrum have set up their exhibitions.

We’ve made sure our booth had all bases covered bright and early, in anticipation of the impending storm.

And boy, did it get busy…


With a bunch of our students also attending Black Hat, we made sure they took home one of these bad boys.

We also ran into some old friends – authors of our training courses – at the conference, and ensured the Forgers (‘of IT security professionals’) themselves got Forged (shirts).


Aside from the swag we’ve been handing out, we also had a live demo of our Hera virtual labs, held 1:1’s, and overall showcased eLearnSecurity training.

Halfway through

We couldn’t be happier about how Day 1 turned out. It was amazing as it was hectic, and we can’t wait to jump back in tomorrow! Tonight, we hit the Strip.

We’ll see you back in IC63 for Black Hat USA Briefings Day 2!

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