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It’s all about the Data
Anniversary Edition Black Hat Sessions
29th June 2017, De Reehorst, Ede (NL)

In 2013 it became clear that more than 90% over the worlds data was generated during the previous two years. This trended has not slowed down since and the majority of this data is of a more or less sensitive nature. Therefore IT security should focus on more than Information technology alone. It is important that we learn from the past, because it really is all about the data!

In this special 15th anniversary edition of the Black Hat Sessions we presented a number of top speakers to cover part of this broad spectrum, ranging from privacy to crime, from business to in-depth high tech.


Thanks to all 400+ participants, the sponsors, media partners, congres4u and of course the speakers for your contribution. We hope you all enjoyed it. Hope to see you next year!

Go to presentation recordings and available slides


We proudly presented Bill 'Ches' Cheswick and Brigadier General Hans Folmer to provide a keynote for this special edition. Ches logged into his first computer in 1968. He has been programming and working for (and against) computer security ever since. He is known for his groundbreaking work in the field of internet security, including firewalls and proxies.

Brigadier General Hans Folmer , Commandant General of the Dutch Armed Forces Cyber Command (DCC) gave a keynote speech at the end of the program. The DCC contributes to military operations with cyber capabilities in order to realise freedom of manoeuvre in the information environment. During his keynote he explained what this means.


A presentation by Meredith L. Patterson was part of the technical track. Meredith L. Patterson, M.A., M.S. is a polymath technologist and science fiction author. She has spoken at numerous industry conferences on a wide range of topics. She is also a prolific blogger and software developer, and a leading figure in the biopunk movement. Michael Kubiaczyk, Principal Security Consultant at Madison Gurkha, talked about "Losing Yourself in a Cloud of Things". When the whole world is connected and everywhere you go your experience is tailored to your preferences, how do you prove that you are You? How do you ensure that your data is available for you, wherever you need it, but not available to anyone else? Duncan Campbell, investigative journalist, author, consultant and television producer. He uncovered and reported the world’s first mass surveillance system targeting international communications - cover name ECHELON, which raised controversy in the late '90s and the early 2000s throughout the world. Ralph Moonen, Technical Director at Madison Gurkha, presented his view on what makes a Red Teaming exercise truly worthwhile, and shared his experiences in recent projects. The Dutch Threat Intelligence Based Ethical Red teaming (TIBER) program has also been covered by Rogier Besemer, Program manager TIBER at De Nederlandsche Bank.

This year's management track contained presentations by Hans de Zwart, John Fokker, Rachel Marbus and Walter Belgers. Hans de Zwart is the director of Bits of Freedom, the digital civil rights organisation. John Fokker, Digital Team Coordinator at the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) gave a presentation about ransomware in general and the nomoreransom-project in particular. Rachel Marbus has worked as the privacy officer for KPN since 2016 and specialises in identity management as well as intellectual property & ICT, among other things. She presented her view about the ethics of privacy. Walter Belgerson of the world's fastest lockpicker focused on physical social engineering and the potential impact of this offensive technique.

Madison Gurkha is proud to be able to organise this special annual security event. Previous editions included contributions from 'Cyber Colonel' Hans Folmer, Marietje Schaake (Member of the European Parliament), Aral Balkan, Daniel Bernstein, Brenno de Winter, and speakers form NCTV, NCSC, Team High Tech Crime, NFI, TNO, OWASP, Bits of Freedom, Cyber Security Council, and many many others. Watch the presentations and aftermovie of previous editions (in Dutch) to get a taste of what to expect.

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