Black Hat USA – Management and Speaking

At Black Hat USA this year, I will present Influence Management and Win Presentations. In this talk, I’ll cover things you can do to convince your management that presenting at a security conference is a good idea.


Throughout the years, I’ve heard quite a few stories from people with management that won’t let them speak at events. I also know people threatened with losing their job if they did. Often, the justification given is rather dated.

In a situation where a presenter has to pull an already accepted presentation, an unnecessary strain is put on conference organizers as well. Nobody benefits from this.

Presenting at conferences is a subject I’m passionate about because there is value from both a personal growth as well as an information sharing perspective. These advantages can go unrecognized at companies that aren’t service-oriented. In this presentation, I hope to shed some light on some misconceptions and provide some actionable takeaways that people can use to affect a change of perception at their organization.

Do You Have A Story?

Last year I wrote a blog post on ModernCISO about letting your people speak at security conferences. I wanted to take this concept further and start a conversation at Black Hat’s Day Zero.

Do you have a story about a success or failure convincing your management about presenting at a security conference? Please let me know. I’d love to hear about it.

Join Us

Join my team in Las Vegas for Black Hat and Defcon. We have presentations, tool releases, and our Mission Impossible event. For the Mission Impossible event, we have free drinks, free food, and we try to solve your toughest challenges on the spot.