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Tools at Black Hat USA 2017

Optiv Security Experts to Offer Insights and  Unveil New Security Tools at Black Hat USA 2017

Veteran Cyber Security Professionals to Unveil New Penetration Testing Tools; Discuss Intrusion Prevention, Career Advancement and the History of Black Hat


DENVER – July 12, 2017 - Optiv Security, a market-leading provider of end-to-end cyber security solutions, today announced seven of its security experts will speak at Black Hat USA 2017. Presentations will include three security tools being unveiled at the Arsenal Hall, a briefing on intrusion prevention, a panel discussion on career development, and a review of the 20-year history of Black Hat. The conference is scheduled to take place from July 22-27, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.


Session details include:


Black Hat Day Zero – Navigating #BHUSA 2017

Who/Topic: Day Zero offers attendees a comprehensive overview of all the programs, content and special features available at Black Hat. Before diving into two, jam-packed days of hacks and research, attendees can hear from Black Hat Review Board members on a broad range of topics. Celebrating Black Hat’s 20th year, Ping Look, Optiv executive advisor, security communications and awareness and former event director of Black Hat Events, will give a history of the conference that has grown into one of the biggest in the industry.

When/Where: Tuesday, July 25, from 4:00 – 4:20 p.m. PDT, Mandalay Bay G


How to Advance Your Career in IT Security

Who/Topic: The need for information security people and skills has never been greater than it is today – and the demand is growing. This panel session will feature Dawn-Marie Hutchinson, Optiv executive director, office of the CISO, top security recruiters and hiring managers who will discuss current opportunities in the IT security space, how companies are hiring and paying security pros, and how individuals can take advantage of the booming market to advance their security careers. 

When/Where: Wednesday, July 26, from 4:20 – 5:10 p.m. PDT, Career Track Theater, Business Hall, Level 2


They’re Coming for your Tools: Exploiting Design Flaws for Active Intrusion Prevention

Who/Topic: Several popular attack tools and techniques remain effective in the real world, even though they are well understood and documented. This briefing, led by John Ventura, Optiv practice manager, research, will explore a more active approach toward intrusion prevention that enables defenders to use simple network software applications to seek out and disrupt these attacks.

When/Where: Wednesday, July 26 from 10:30 – 10:55 a.m. PDT, South Seas CDF


Building C2 Environments with Warhorse

Who/Topic: Building full-featured command-and-control (C2) environments can be a major undertaking, requiring significant time and effort. However, deployment and or proper infrastructure are key to avoiding detection and maintaining proper operational security during offensive engagements. Warhorse was designed to build these C2 environments with only minimal configuration. During this Arsenal talk, Ralph May, Optiv security consultant, will explain Warhorse and how it can help users navigate C2 environments.

When/Where: Wednesday, July 26, from 4:00 – 5:20 p.m. PDT, Business Hall, Level 2, Station 4


A New Take at Payload Generation: Empty-Nest

Who/Topic: As the evolution of endpoint, egress and network security controls continues, adversaries and penetration testers are finding it increasingly difficult to execute malicious payloads within properly-hardened enterprise networks. In this Arsenal presentation, James Cook, Optiv security consultant, and Tom Steele, Optiv practice manager, attack and pen, will detail Empty-Nest, a toolset that allows red team engineers to perform advanced command-and-control (C2) in order to identity efficacies and deficiencies in overall cyber attack chains. The use of proprietary or custom C2 frameworks assist organizations with situational awareness and readiness capabilities by emulating unconventional techniques and tactics. 

When/Where: Wednesday, July 26, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. PDT, Business Hall, Level 2, Station 6



Who/Topic: SERPICO v1.2 is a simple and intuitive report generation and collaboration tool, with the primary function focused on cutting down the time it takes to write a penetration testing report. In this Arsenal presentation featuring Pete Arzamendi, Optiv research scientist, attendees will learn how the newest updates to SERPICO can simplify the reporting process. 

When/Where: Thursday, July 27, from 10:00 – 11:20 a.m. PDT, Business Hall, Level 2, Station 8


In addition to several of its experts speaking at Black Hat USA 2017, Optiv is a proud platinum sponsor of the event, and is exhibiting at booth #1008 in the Business Hall and #CZ5 in the Career Zone. The company also will sponsor two social events on Wednesday, July 26 at Mandalay Bay: 


  • SPARK: A Women in Cyber Mixer at the RM Seafood Lounge from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. This event will include Dawn-Marie Hutchinson, Optiv executive director, office of the CISO, and MacKenzie Brown, Optiv associate research principal, who will lead a discussion on the need for gender diversity in the information security industry and ways to grow and develop careers in the cyber industry. A donation of $5 will go to Girls Who Code for every person who attends the event. 
  • The Optiv After Party at LIGHT Nightclub from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. To register in-person and pick up wrist bands for the event, visit the Optiv booth on Wednesday, July 26 during Business Hall hours.


For more details on Optiv’s participation at this year’s Black Hat, including online registration information for the above social events, visit our at-a-glance page. Media wishing to interview Optiv experts should contact Jason Cook at jason.cook@optiv.com or (816) 701-3374.

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