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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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The opening Black Hat keynote was delivered by Shawn Henry, president of CrowdStrike. Until March 2012, Henry was the executive assistant director of the FBI, and oversaw numerous aspects of the bureau, including cyber investigations and international investigations. Based on his experience, Henry warned the crowd that the "cyber" threats the public sees pale in comparison to what the government has been seeing, though, of course, such information is classified.

Despite that warning, however, a populist revolt seemed to emerge in the conference, as any presenter's use of the word "cyber" or "APT"--for advanced persistent threat--began drawing immediate fits of coughing or collective shouts of "BS!" (in its unabbreviated form).

Shawn Henry, photograph courtesy of Black Hat.

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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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