This is an updated post from last year, with a similar post title of Top 5 Reasons to Attend Black Hat USA.

So what makes Black Hat USA so good, and why do we keep coming back? Here are our top five reasons to attend Black Hat USA.

  1. Excellent Presentations – There are eight session tracks this year comparing to the ten last year. I think this will work out better as there will be more space for the presentations where they expect to have lots of attendance. But even with eight different session tracks, there is something for everyone in the information security business. And there is much to be learned during the Black Hat sessions.
  2. Attendees – Expand your network with the 4,000+ delegates from over 50 nations. There are lots of government types attending, and you might be able to get a good war story out of them.
  3. Vendor Parties – How can you pass on free drinks? The number of parties can’t compare to the numbers held during RSA, but HP, McAfee, and Core have been putting on good parties for the last few years.
  4. It’s in Las Vegas! I’m sure you can find something to do if you get bored of all the information security stuff.

Okay, so I only have four reasons. But it really comes down to the first two items on my list. Black Hat invites the best people in the industry to give presentations, and because of this, information security professionals from around the world attend. Black Hat is a great environment to learn and network with your fellow information security professionals.