Jeff Moss "The Dark Tangent," DEF CON Founder and CSO, to Receive University of Advancing Technology Honorary Doctorate Degree

UAT Acknowledges Industry Leader in Cyber Security at Annual Commencement Ceremony

TEMPE, AZ --(Marketwired - April 21, 2016) - Each year, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) recognizes leaders in technology who have paved the way for our future graduates to follow in their footsteps. UAT is pleased to announce DEF CON Founder and CSO, Jeff Moss also known as "The Dark Tangent," as a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate Degree to be awarded at UAT's Commencement Ceremony on May 6, 2016, at Mesa Arts Center.

Moss holds many elite positions in the world of Cyber Security, serving as the Founder of DEF CON and the Black Hat Briefings, two of the largest security conferences industry-wide, as well as, an Advisor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council and Vice President and Security Officer of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. Moss was awarded the President's Award for Public Service from the Information System Security Association (ISSA). Moss holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Criminal Justice from Gonzaga University.

As a pioneer in Cyber Security, Moss is an inspiration to students enrolled in UAT's Network Security, Network Engineering, Technology Forensics and Information Assurance degrees, many of which have worked as paid volunteers for Black Hat and DEF CON, a privilege offered primarily to UAT students.

UAT President Jason Pistillo said, "Having built UAT's Cyber Security curriculum in 1998 and launched it in 1999, it has been amazing to see the industry grow over the last two decades. Moss has been invaluable in spearheading this growth; what he's done in that same time frame with DEF CON and Black Hat has been incredible to say the least, bringing the hacker community out of the shadows."

Program Champion of Cyber Security at UAT and CEO/CTO of Security Horizon, Russ Rogers said, "The security industry is expanding rapidly, and it's imperative we recognize today's most relevant thought leaders, not only for what they are doing today, but also the strides they've made in the past to help us arrive where we are today. Jeff Moss exemplifies the best attributes and consistent leadership of this constantly evolving, and often chaotic, industry. In 2002, UAT made its debut at DEF CON 10, and I made my debut as a Professor at the University. Now, 14 years later, UAT is still incredibly supportive of the community, the CON and each new generation of security professionals."

About UAT:
University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is an elite, family-owned, private technology University focused on educating students in advancing technology who desire to innovate for our future. Our technology infused, urban campus is a technology nexus; a collection of technophiles, tech geeks and mavens of the digital world that evolve into top technology executives, master programmers, cyber warriors, forensic sleuths, robotic engineers, interactive filmmakers, and game innovators for entertainment and government animation applications.

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Lauren Fach
UAT Public Relations