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Black Hat D.C. 2008 begins

Smaller East Coast version of the Black Hat security briefings looks to have a bigger impact in the world of computer security.

WASHINGTON--On Wednesday, Black Hat D.C. 2008 gets under way, after two days of intense training sessions. The D.C. Black Hat security conference is much smaller than the summer Black Hat USA in Las Vegas. But what D.C. lacks in size, it makes up for in sessions and talks.

On tap for Wednesday is a keynote speech from Jerry Dixon, former director of the National Cyber Security Division, Department of Homeland Security. Following the keynote address will be two parallel tracks of programming--Web app and wireless--including presentations from Chuck Willis of Mandiant on forensic challenges of cross site scripting, Adam Laurie on practical RFID hacking, Nitesh Dhanjani and Billy Rios on beating phishers, Sachin Joglekar and Sundeep Patwardhan on attacks on VoIP through IPSec tunnels, and Neal Krawetz on image analysis.

Thursday will continue with two parallel tracks--defense and hardware/embedded--and will include Christopher Tarnovsky discussing security failures in secure devices, Zac Franken on biometrics, as well as others.

Throughout the two-day event there will be various birds-of-a-feather talks, opportunities to talk to session speakers, and on Wednesday evening, additional speakers.