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It’s all about the Data
Anniversary Edition Black Hat Sessions
29th June 2017, De Reehorst, Ede (NL)

"It’s all about the …, stupid!!” is a well known statement, and we already noticed in 2013 that over 90% of the worlds data was generated over the previous two years. This trend has not slowed down, and much of this data is of a more or less sensitive nature. Therefore IT security should cover more than information technology. We should learn again from the past, because it really is all about the data!

In this special 15th anniversary edition of the Black Hat Sessions we have invited a number of top speakers to cover part of this broad spectrum, ranging from privacy to crime, from business to in-depth high tech. We are looking forward to meet you there. Download the leaflet.

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We are proud to present Bill Cheswick on Thursday June 29th. Bill Cheswick (Ches) will join us from the U.S. to provide a keynote for this special edition. Ches logged into his first computer in 1968. He has been programming and working for (and against) computer security ever since. He is known for his groundbreaking work in the field of internet security, including firewalls and proxies.


A presentation by Meredith L. Patterson will be part of the technical track. Meredith L. Patterson, M.A., M.S. is a polymath technologist and science fiction author. She has spoken at numerous industry conferences on a wide range of topics. She is also a prolific blogger and software developer, and a leading figure in the biopunk movement. Michael Kubiaczyk, Principal Security Consultant at Madison Gurkha, will talk about "Losing Yourself in a Cloud of Things". When the whole world is connected and everywhere you go your experience is tailored to your preferences, how do you prove that you are You? How do you ensure that your data is available for you, wherever you need it, but not available to anyone else? Duncan Campbell, investigative journalist, author, consultant and television producer. He uncovered and reported the world’s first mass surveillance system targeting international communications - cover name ECHELON, which raised controversy in the late '90s and the early 2000s throughout the world. Ralph Moonen, Technical Director at Madison Gurkha, will present his view on what makes a Red Teaming exercise truly worthwhile, and share his experiences in recent projects. The Dutch Threat Intelligence Based Ethical Red teaming (TIBER) program will aslo be covered from the perspective of the Red Teaming provider.

This year's management track will contain presentations by Hans de Zwart, John Fokker, Rachel Marbus and Walter Belgers. Hans de Zwart is the director of Bits of Freedom, the digital civil rights organisation. John Fokker, Digital Team Coordinator at the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) will talk about about ransomware in general and the nomoreransom-project in particular. Rachel Marbus has worked as the privacy officer for KPN since 2016 and specialises in identity management as well as intellectual property & ICT, among other things. She will talk about the ethics of privacy. Walter Belgers is principal security consultant at Madison Gurkha as well as the world's fastest lockpicker. His presentation will focus on physical social engineering and the potential impact of this offensive technique.

Madison Gurkha is proud to be able to organise this special event for the fifteenth time this year. Previous editions included contributions from 'Cyber Colonel' Hans Folmer, Marietje Schaake (Member of the European Parliament), Aral Balkan, Daniel Bernstein, Brenno de Winter, and speakers form NCTV, NCSC, Team High Tech Crime, NFI, TNO, OWASP, Bits of Freedom, Cyber Security Council, and many many others. Watch the footage and aftermovie of previous editions (in Dutch) to get a taste of what to expect.

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