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Black Hat USA 2023 & DEFCON

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Las Vegas NV
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Join CISA at Black Hat USA 2023 and DEFCON!

CISA is exhibiting and speaking at the Black Hat USA Conference on August 5-10, 2023, in Las Vegas, NV. This four-day event will feature speakers from CISA, government and industry partners, presentations, and an exhibit hall.

This is the 26th year the conference will provide attendees with educational and informative sessions on best practices and emerging trends in cybersecurity, open-source tool demos, and a robust expo hall. The event will occur at the Mandalay Convention Center, located at 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV 89119.

Visit our DEFCON speaking sessions at the ultimate hacker's convention. Our sessions will be held at various hotels including Caesars Forum + Flamingo and Harrah's. Our signature Secure by Design: Ask the Government Anything and Red-Pen Workshop will allow attendees to help shape the US Government’s Secure by Design work.

About the Conference

Business (Expo) Hall Hours

Wednesday, August 9, 2023, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM PT

Thursday, August 10, 2023, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM PT

Exhibitor Booth

We are conveniently located in Mandalay Convention Center, at exhibitor booth number 2614.

DEFCON & Black Hat USA 2023 Cybersecurity Jobs at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

CISA is excited to be in Vegas recruiting for highly talented cybersecurity professionals to join our amazing team. CISA isn’t your typical agency. We like pushing boundaries smartly and using innovation to get things done. We have a culture that embraces and seeks diversity and are looking for people of all backgrounds and experience levels. Many of our jobs don’t even require a Top-Secret clearance!  We are looking for top talent to fill a number of key operational positions within our Cybersecurity Division.

What kind of positions are available? We are hiring for a range of technical disciplines, to include All Source Analytics, Cyber Defense Incident Handling, Information Technology Project Management, Cyber Policy and Strategy, and much more. We are also hiring for three specific skill sets through the Department's Cybersecurity Service: Industrial Control Cybersecurity Specialists; Data Science Professionals; and Software Engineers. 

How to get started applying? Find your next career today and check out available positions below! 

Never applied to a government position? No problem! You can find tips and tricks for creating a federal resume and applying by visiting our Resume & Application Tips webpage. 

Check out the available positions in cybersecurity below:

Secure Software Engineering - Technical

Cybersecurity Service: Secure custom software; review systems and development processes; interpret code functionality/performance; write maintainable source code; support software development lifecycle.

Data Science – Technical

Cybersecurity Service: Implement data mining and data warehousing programs; conduct hypothesis testing; design applications integrating data; analyze and interpret complex data; build scalable database architecture.

Industrial Control Systems – Technical

Cybersecurity Service: Technical capability in Physical, Embedded, and Control Systems Security. Perform vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, vulnerability scanning, security architecture review.

IT Specialist – Junior to Mid-Level (GS9-12) – Remote

Capacity Building: Implement security requirements, evaluate incident response policies, resolve integration issues, conduct risk and vulnerability assessments, support resolution of cyber defense incidents.

IT Specialist – Mid-Level (GS11-13) – Remote

Capacity Building: Support product vision and roadmap, develop requirements for existing and new cyber capabilities, use and create open-source software for web designing, perform cyber acquisition management.

Cybersecurity Specialist – Mid-Level (GS13-14) – Remote

Capacity Building: Manage information technology projects, gather and evaluate functional requirements for technical solutions, develop and maintain cybersecurity plans, strategy, and policy.

Black Hat Speaking Sessions

NightVision Live from Black Hat with Jen Easterly and Dave DeWalt

Wednesday, August 9, Time: TBD 

Virtual via LinkedIn

Speaker(s): Jen Easterly, Director (CISA).  Dave DeWalt, Founder and Managing Director, NightDragon. 

A Fireside Chat with Jen Easterly and Victor Zhora

Wednesday, August 9, 4:20- 5:00 p.m. PT

Room: Shoreline Ballroom, Level 2

Speaker(s): Jen Easterly, Director, (CISA). Victor Zhora, Deputy Chairman, (SSSCIP). 

Moderator: Lily Hay Newman, Senior Writer, WIRED. 

Unsafe at Any Speed: CISA’s Plan to Foster Tech Ecosystem Security

Thursday, August 10, 10:20- 11:00 a.m. PT

Room: Mandalay Bay- Islander HI, Level 0 

Speaker(s): Bob Lord, Senior Technical Advisor, (CISA). Jack Cable, Senior Technical Advisor (CISA).

BSides Speaking Sessions

The Birds, the Bees, and the CVEs: Understanding the Novel Vulnerabilities in Critical Infrastructure

Wednesday, August 9, Time: 10:30- 10:55 a.m. PT 

Location: Tuscany Suites & Casino - Breaking Ground

Speaker(s): Ian Deason, IT Security Specialist, (CISA). 

Keynote with Jen Easterly and Keren Elazari

Wednesday, August 9, Time: 1:30 – 2:00pm PT

Location: Tuscany Suites & Casino - Breaking Ground

Speaker(s): Jen Easterly, Director, (CISA). Keren Elazari, BSides Founder & Senior Researcher at the Tel Aviv University.

Girls Hack Village Presents SquadCon Speaking Sessions

Is This Your Pot?

Thursday, August 10, 12:50- 1:30 pm PT

Location: Main Stage - The Industrial Event Space Las Vegas, NV

Speaker(s): Toni Benson, Deputy Associate Director, Cyber Defense Education and Training (CDET).

Keynote: A Fireside Chat with Jen Easterly and Tennisha Martin

Friday, August 11, 11:30 am- 12:00 pm PT

Location: The Industrial Event Space Las Vegas, NV

Speaker(s): Jen Easterly, Director, (CISA). Tennisha Martin, Founder and Executive Director, BlackGirlsHack.

DEFCON Morning Speaking Sessions

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas

Friday, August 11, 9:30 -10:15 am PT.

Location: Caesars Forum - Forum - Track 2.

Speaker(s): Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary, (DHS).

US Cyber Policy 101

Friday, August 11, 10:00 -11:50 am PT.

Location: Caesars Forum - Summit - Policy Atrium.

Speaker(s): Lauren Zabierek, Senior Policy Advisor, (CISA). Michaela Lee, (ONCD).

Moderator: Harley Geiger, Counsel, Venable LLP.

DEFCON Afternoon Speaking Sessions

It's Coming from Inside the House: Next Steps for Addressing U.S. Network Abuse

Friday, August 11, 12:00 -1:50 pm PT

Location: Caesars Forum - Summit - Policy NOT-A-SCIF

Speaker(s): Seth McKinnis, JCDC, (CISA). Emily Paull, JCDC, (CISA). David Forscey, JCDC, (CISA). Thomas Klein, JCDC, (CISA). Peter Su, JCDC, (CISA). 

Securing the Supply Chain

Friday, August 11, 1:00 -1:50 pm PT

Location: Caesars Forum - Summit – Policy Rotunda

Speaker(s): Eric Goldstein, Executive Assistant Director (CISA). Camille Stewart Gloster, Deputy National Cyber Director, Office of the National Cyber Director. 

A Global Approach to Tackling Software Resilience

Friday, August 11, 3:00 - 4:50 pm PT

Location: Caesars Forum - Summit - Policy Atrium

Presenter(s): Allan Friedman, (CISA). Camille Stewart Gloster,(ONCD). Adam Dobell, Embassy of Australia. Charlie Gladstone, (UK DSIT).

Demystifying Hacking for Government Officials

Friday, August 11, 5:00 -5:50 pm PT 

Room: Caesars Forum - Summit - Policy Atrium

Speaker(s): Jack Cable, (CISA). Brad Manuel, Louisiana Secretary of State Office. Lindsey Forson (NASS). Jason Ingalls, CEO. Michael Ross, Iowa Secretary of State.

D0 N0 H4RM: A Healthcare Security Conversation

Saturday, August 12, 10:00- 11:45 am PT

Room: Harrahs, Nevada Ballroom - Lake Tahoe & Reno - War Stories - Off the Record.

Speaker(s): Nitin Natarajan,(CISA).Christian Dameff MD,(CISA).Jeff Tully MD,(USD).Suzanne Schwartz MD,(FDA). Sen. Mark Warner

How hackers can work with government, industry, civil society to protect high-risk communities

Saturday, August 12, 10:00 - 11:50 am, PT

Location: Caesars Forum - Summit - 221-222 - Policy Atrium

Speaker(s): David Forscey,(CISA). Sarah Powazek (CLTC). Adrien Ogee, CyberPeace Institute. Maurice Kent, USAID. Monica M. Ruiz, Microsoft and more.

What Secure by Design Means for Software Breakers and Builders

Saturday, August 12, 10:00 - 10:50 am

Room: Caesars Forum - Summit - Policy Rotunda

Speaker(s): Chris Butera, Senior Technical Director for Cyber, (CISA). Cassie Crossley, VP Supply Chain Security, Schneider Electric. Daniel Bardenstein, Manifest.

Secure by Design: Ask the Government Anything and Red-Pen Workshop

Saturday, August 12, 11:00 am- 1:50 pm

Room: Caesars Forum – Summit - Policy NOT-A-SCIF

Speaker(s): Jen Easterly, Director,(CISA). Bob Lord, Senior Technical Lead, (CISA). Jack Cable, Senior Technical Advisor (CISA). White House (ONCD).

We're From the Government and We're Here to Help Secure Open Source Software

Saturday, August 12, 4:00 -5:50 pm PT

Location: Caesars Forum - Summit - Policy Rotunda

Speaker(s): Jack Cable (CISA). Adam Dobell, Embassy of Australia. Anjana Rajan, White House. Brian Belendorf, (OpenSSF). Charlie Gladstone, (UK DSIT).

All Information Looks Like Noise Until You Break the Code: Futureproofing the Transportation Sector

Saturday, August 12, 4:30 -5:15 pm PT 

Room: Caesars Forum - Academy - Track 4

Speaker(s): Jen Easterly, Director (CISA). David Pekoske, Administrator (TSA).

Moderator: Sean Lyngaas, CNN.

Lions, Tigers, and Fancy Bears, Oh My: A Cautionary Tale for Our Cyber

Saturday, August 12, 5:30 -6:00 pm PT 

Room: Caesars Forum - Academy - Track 4

Speaker(s): Jen Easterly, Director (CISA). Scott Sharpiro, Author, Yale Law School Professor.

Additional Resources

Target Rich, Cyber Poor

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Working at CISA

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Cyber Resource Hub

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