Black Hat Asia 2017 Welcomes Industry Veterans, Halvar Flake of Google and Saumil Shah of Net-Square, as Keynote Presenters

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Black Hat, the world’s leading family of information security events announces the keynote lineup for its upcoming event in Singapore, headlining what is expected to be the most robust schedule of research presented to date. Black Hat Asia will host two keynote presenters – Thomas Dullien (aka Halvar Flake), renowned reverse engineer and vulnerability researcher now at Google and Saumil Shah, a veteran attack and defense instructor, author and founder of Net-Square . Each keynote presentation will explore new strategies in security defense – from the unique perspectives of two world-renowned experts.

Black Hat Asia will take place March 28 – March 31, 2017 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. For more information and to take advantage of early registration prices by January 27 please visit:

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2017 Black Hat Asia Keynotes:

Why We are Not Building a Defendable Internet: Thomas Dullien (aka Halvar Flake), renowned reverse engineer at Google
–     Thursday, March 30 at 9 AM

Thomas Dullien (aka Halvar Flake) began his work in reverse engineering and digital rights management in the mid-90s, pioneering early windows heap exploitation, patch diffing/bindiffing and various other reverse engineering techniques. He founded zynamics in 2004, a company focused on reverse engineering technologies, and continued to publish about reverse engineering, ROP gadget search, and knowledge management technologies. In 2011 zynamics was acquired by Google and he spent the next few years working on defensive technologies that leveraged hot buzzwords “big data” and “machine learning.” In summer 2015, Halvar received the lifetime achievement Pwnie and returned to Google in November 2016 after a year-long sabbatical.

In his presentation, Why We are Not Building a Defendable Internet, Halvar will explore how most defensive problems (unlike the more technical offensive side) are political and/or organizational in nature, and look at how individual motivations dictate the course. The talk will look at different players in IT security: CISOs, security product vendors, computer manufacturers, cyber insurances – and examine their economic incentive structures, their interplay, and reasons for defense failure.

The Seven Axioms of Security: Saumil Shah, founder and CEO of Net-Square
–     Friday, March 31 at 9 AM

Saumil Shah, founder and CEO of Net-Square, is an internationally recognized speaker and instructor on all things attack and defense. He has been the co-developer of the wildly successful “Exploit Laboratory” courses, taught all over the world, and has authored two books titled Web Hacking: Attacks and Defense and The Anti-Virus Book.

In his keynote address entitled, The Seven Axioms of Security, Saumil will cover how and why today’s attackers are winning – hint: the role of defense has historically been to react, then play catch-up. He will discuss seven axioms for implementing proactive defense strategy and measures for the future – concluding with a blueprint of the next evolution of proactive defense architecture.

To learn more about this year’s keynotes as well as view the current 2017 program lineup, visit:

Black Hat Asia

Black Hat Asia will bring together the world’s most renowned information security professionals and researchers for two days of technical Trainings, followed by two days of enthralling Briefings and keynotes. This year’s lineup of world class speakers will dive into topics spanning mobile hacking, malware defense, reverse engineering, cryptography and more. Additionally, the Business Hall will host the region’s leading solution providers where attendees can explore their latest products and demos.

Other Highlights & Upcoming Deadlines:

Black Hat Trainings – Save S$200 on course(s) before Jan. 27
Black Hat Asia will offer two days of deeply technical, hands-on Training courses led by the some of the brightest minds in the industry. For more information and to register, please visit:

Black Hat Arsenal: Call for Tools open through Feb. 6
Black Hat Arsenal will return to Singapore with its highly popular tool and demo area, showcasing the hottest developments from the open-source community. For more information and to submit, visit:

Black Hat Student Scholarship Program: Applications due Feb. 6
Black Hat will be awarding complimentary 2017 Black Hat Asia Academic Passes to a limited number of student applicants as a way to introduce the next generation of security professionals to the community. To learn more and apply, visit:

Black Hat Asia Sponsors

Top sponsors of Black Hat Asia 2017 include Diamond Sponsors: Qualys and Tenable Network Security; Platinum Sponsors: CrowdStrike, Cylance and SentinelOne; and Gold Sponsors: Malwarebytes, NTT Security, Rapid7 and Solida Systems.  For more information on sponsorship opportunities and to see the full list of participating companies, visit:

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Future Black Hat Dates and Events

  • Black Hat USA 2017, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 22 – July 27, 2017
  • Black Hat Europe 2017, London, England, December 4 – 7, 2017

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