Black Hat, Inc., operator of popular conferences related to information security, has been acquired by CMP Media. Jeff Moss, founder and now former owner, will join CMP Media as Director of Black Hat. 

"Black Hat has been one of the most successful conferences in computer security, with incredible growth over the past five years," said Chris Keating, vice president of CMP's security media group. "Its approach to security, focusing on attacks and countermeasures, complements CSI's methodology of a broader approach to computer security."

Black Hat will join CMP's current portfolio of security-related content, which includes Computer Security Institute (CSI), Secure Enterprise magazine and the Security Pipeline website. Black Hat and CSI will remain separate entities within CMP and Moss will now report to Keating.

"This move will enable Black Hat to take advantage of growth opportunities we couldn't pursue as a small company, such as international expansion, while enabling me to keep doing what I love the most -- working with speakers and building the conference programs," said Moss.

The next Black Hat USA conference will be held in Las Vegas, July 2006. CSI's 32nd Annual Conference, currently underway in Washington, D.C., ends November 16. CSI NetSec '06 is scheduled for June 12-14 in Scottsdale, Arizona.