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11 Security Sights Seen Only At Black Hat

Who says fun, sun, malware, and penetration testing don't mix? This year's Black Hat conference in Las Vegas offered information security training, hardware hacking, pool time, and more.
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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.

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8/2/2012 | 12:14:46 PM
re: 11 Security Sights Seen Only At Black Hat
The whole conference looked like it was a blast to attend and learn some state of the art defensive techniques. I have to make it to one of these I would love to sit through most of these speakers that attend. I have heard many different opinions in what the key theme was at the Black Hat conference, did anyone attend? What was in your opinion the theme of the conference that you viewed?

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