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Posted by Rick Holland on August 1, 2012
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the 15th annual Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. I have attended DEFCON in the past, but never Black Hat. The conference has grown significantly each year, and judging by the size of the expo floor, the vendors understand its significance. I enjoyed the conference and had great conversations with practitioners and vendors alike. Here are some observations from two of the sessions that I attended:
Black Hat is in transition, doing soul searching on the future direction of the conference. The primary focus of Black Hat has traditionally been on offense. Attacks are sexy, defense …. not so much. As someone said to me during the event, “Go to OWASP if you want to hear about defense.” There was a Defense track this year, and although Jim Aldridge's presentation wasn’t in it, I thought it was the most actionable defensive session I attended. Innovative defense strategies lead to faster detection and minimize the damage to organizations; this is what CISOs should be most concerned with. Given the nature of the threat landscape, sharing is our best option and I hope we see more defense talks in Black Hat’s future.
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