Internationally Renowned Technologist and 'Key Shareholder' of the Internet, Dan Kaminsky, to Keynote Black Hat USA 2016

Kaminsky to Cover Why this Internet Worked, How We Could Lose It, and the Role Hackers Play

SAN FRANCISCO, June 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Black Hat, the world's leading family of information security events, announced that Dan Kaminsky, Chief Scientist for White Ops, will take the keynote stage at Black Hat USA 2016. Best known for his work finding a critical flaw in the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS) and for leading what became the largest synchronized fix to the Internet's infrastructure to date, Kaminsky will uncover how the Internet actually works, how it needs to improve, and how the hacker community is essential to its development.

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Dan Kaminsky has spent nearly two decades dedicated to protecting the Internet, and is one of seven key shareholders with the ability to restore the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS) if needed. His famous 2008 identification of a DNS protocol flaw, as well as his work to repair it, solidified his role as one of the leading technologists in the world.

Kaminsky is the co-founder and Chief Scientist of White Ops, the pioneers in online fraud detection. His commitment to ensuring the longevity of the Internet has positioned him as a leading industry influencer – as well as a welcomed expert in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international community that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web.

The Hidden Architecture of our Time: Why This Internet Worked, How We Could Lose It, and the Role Hackers Play
The Internet of today was not our first attempt at making a global data network that spanned the globe – it was just the first one that worked. In this keynote, Kaminsky will guide the security-savvy Black Hat community through the changes critical to the Internet's survival. Kaminsky will dive into the value and future of cryptography, open software and networks, the hacker community as a force for measurable good, and infrastructure like DNS.  He will also look into the government's role in guiding research priorities that are not currently being addressed. In order to better the Internet (and help it survive), we must first understand how it truly works.

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