- Mobile security researchers discovered an Android bug called Stagefright that allows smartphones to be compromised with a simple text. We expect to hear a lot of buzz about this at the show.
- Threat sharing is still a widely debated topic as enterprises struggle to protect their networks and the bottom line. We’re looking forward to a deep dive on the subject during this panel, Getting It Right: Straight Talk on Threat and Information Sharing.
- Results of the first ever Black Hat attendee survey set the stage for more insights to be revealed and backed up the perhaps obvious and overwhelming sentiment that many enterprises are still simply unprepared to handle an imminent data breach.
- Women in security or the lack thereof is getting some overdue attention at this year’s show with this panel, Beyond the Gender Gap: Empowering Women In Security. Congratulations to the panelists who are also nominated for the first Annual Women In Security Award!
- What would Black Hat be without the Briefings? Here are just a few that made our line-up:
- ElastAlert – In June 2015, Novetta Threat Research Group released the Elastic Botnet report, detailing an Elasticsearch vulnerability used to create DDoS attacks. It will be cool to see an alert framework built on Elasticsearch.
- Writing Bad @$$ Malware for OS X – This session from an experienced OS X researcher focuses on shifting our attention away from the predominant Windows OS as a preferred target for hackers.
- Distributing the Reconstruction of High-level Intermediate Representation for Large Scale Malware Analysis – This scalability briefing caught our team’s eye because large-scale malware analysis is something that our own Novetta researchers have been digging into.
- Internet-Scale File Analysis – Novetta researchers will present TOTEM, “a system which is capable of coordinating, orchestrating, and scaling malware analytics across multiple cloud providers and thousands of running instances.” This is all promising industry research that we advocate as well. Dark Reading wrote up a nice “intel update” around a few other machine learning briefings.
As security enthusiasts make their annual trek to Vegas for Black Hat, there’s a lot to look forward to during what’s billed as the “most exciting week in Infosec”. Here are some of the highlights we’re tracking heading into this year’s show.
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