What was hot at Black Hat this year? And how has the show changed since its early days as a raucous, midsummer retreat for North America’s hacking community? We sat down with Veracode’s “three Chrises” (Wysopal, Rioux and Eng) to remember Black Hat’s early days and talk about the highlights of this year’s show.
Seems like the hallmark of new technology is always based on a question of how we can automate tasks to do them faster and less expensively. Efficiency is an asset for any growing business and in the hyper-competitive world of modern tech it’s a requirement. Automation is great; it was the spark behind the industrial revolution and has allowed industries to reach a level of unprecedented production.
Christien Rioux (@dildog) was this keynote speaker at this year’s BSidesLV event. His presentation was titled “The Security Industry: How to Survive Becoming Management” and the slides are now available over on slideshare.
When selling software, whether to businesses or consumers, differentiation is the key to successfully marketing a product. Software providers can take a lesson from auto manufacturers and use safety and security to set their products apart.
Where to Find Us
Veracode will be exhibiting at Booth #238. Please stop by and see us!
As usual, a few of us on the Veracode Research team are sharing our picks for the most interesting talks. Some were picked by more than one of us but I’ve only listed them once to save space. It’s cool to see more binary analysis talks making it on to the program.
I recently blogged about Web-based threats finally getting the respect they deserve?, but a recent New York Times article reminds us what happens when companies don’t pay enough attention to this crucial area of security.
The article, titled “Wall Street’s Exposure to Hacking Laid Bare” describes not only the damage done by the five men involved in a seven year hacking spree, it also details how several different large orgnazations were attacked.
I found myself in the middle of an interesting dispute this week. On the one hand was a security company of good repute, Trustwave, whose researchers had analyzed a slew of smart home appliances and home automation systems ahead of a scheduled talk next week at the Black Hat Briefings.
In the last year or so that I’ve been a member of Veracode’s Customer Success team, I’ve found that I have been hearing the same remarks from an array of organizations- “We must implement Secure Coding practices in order to retain a positive brand image, but we’re up against very strict deadlines and need to get our code out fast!” As we work with Security and Development teams alike, this statement starts a discussion which typically unravels until we get to a question that is asked again and again…
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