Security Pros Gather For Black Hat Confab

Tens of thousands of attendees have made their way to Las Vegas this week for the single most important security conference of the year, Black Hat USA 2010, a show that promises to unveil more than most people ever really wanted to know about IT vulnerabilities.

As eSecurity Planet reports, this year’s iteration will include controversial presentations detailing security vulnerabilities that were blacklisted from previous shows as well as a steady stream of the garden-variety flaws that will keep attendees plenty busy once they return to their corporate headquarters.

This year, Cisco Systems’ security, a popular target in past years, will again come under scrutiny at Black Hat. A pair of security researchers from Core Security are set to detail alleged vulnerabilities in Cisco’s wireless access points, though unlike the 2005 incident, the 2010 Black Hat session on Cisco security is going forward with the company’s knowledge and consent.

Another ghost of Black Hats past will be present with a panel discussion on DNS security. In 2008, security researcher Dan Kaminsky used the Black hat USA 2008 event as the venue for formally disclosing his DNS vulnerability, which could have disrupted the normal working operation of the Internet for hundreds of millions of users.

LAS VEGAS — Security exploits are made public throughout the year, but no week is more prolific in generating details of vulnerabilities, exploits and potential threats than the week of the Black Hat USA security conference here in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace Hotel and Casino.

For many in the business of IT security, hardware, software and online services, the annual security event is surrounded by an ominous air of anticipation as researchers prepare to unveil new security tools, research and advisories about nearly every category of enterprise technology.

The event has grown so prominent that this year there will also be a separate, unaffiliated event called BSides, located down the strip from Black Hat and occurring at the same time. BSides, born out of speaker rejections from the Black Hat USA 2009 event, is set to host discussions on topics that include PHP, VxWorks and Twitter security vulnerabilities.

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Black Hat USA 2010 Preview

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