DEF CON is at a new venue since my last visit (two years ago), and I have to give props to the conference staff for all the hard work they’ve put in. Lines to get to talks and villages are still incredibly long as ever, and make it hard to justify the time to wait and missing out on something else.

Some trends I’m noticing so far:

  1. The car hacking industry is maturing a bit with multiple players demonstrating they can at least speak the CAN protocol(s)
  2. Internet of Things (IoT) security is still important, though not as hyped
  3. Chip-PIN and ATM attacks are popular

Car hacking is still a popular talk, with a huge Car Hacking Village dominating the line-up—it’s definitely a cool place, though I’m sure it’s popularity has to do with the life-size car video game. ;-) 

About Tom Palarz

Tom Palarz is a Principal Security Researcher at Veracode. His primary research focus is on static analysis of languages and frameworks. He also has a bit of a knack for embedded systems and low level tech. Prior to joining Veracode, he spent several years building software and then several years breaking it. In his current role, he is helping developers and security folks alike build more secure software.

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