Invalidating popular myths about the incompatibility of hardcore coders and sunlight, the conference featured well-attended cabana parties, for example at the Caesar's Palace Neptune pool. Attendees mixed security talk with mojitos, pool time, and water sports, despite the 106-degree heat. The social events highlighted that--beyond the briefings and trainings--the conference serves a valuable networking purpose.
"We come to Black Hat every year to find the people who understand secure coding," said Jennifer Stitt, talent acquisition manager for security consulting firm Cigital.
Black Hat attendees in the Neptune pool. Photograph by Mathew J. Schwartz.