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Annual Black Hat convention travels from the Las Vegas Strip to the digital world

Thursday, August 6, 2020   /   by Ken Couture

Annual Black Hat convention travels from the Las Vegas Strip to the digital world

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One of the largest conferences to hit the Las Vegas Strip is now added to the virtual list this summer.


A ‘hackers summer camp’ some may call it. The Black Hat conference is taking their global cyber security community to the web.


“Security researchers spend a lot of time finding bugs and trying to investigate how to make our digital world more secure. So, they come to Black Hat to share the results of that,” said Steve Wylie, Black Hat General Manger.


The annual event that brings people from all over the world to the Las Vegas Strip.


“The conference is a critical piece of the security industry because we have the most technical and relevant content, research available to the wider security community,” Wylie said.


Wylie said for more than 20 years, Black Hat USA has been providing companies from private to non-profit the tools to avoid falling victim to hackers.


But this year, the COVID-19 pandemic left the event no choice but to go digital. For Black Hat, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Wylie said the digital conference will still have 117 countries represented. Which is typical for a Black Hat event.


Wylie says they are doing their best to keep the event the same. Including more than 90 research briefings and 80 technical trainings.


One topic Wylie said they heard loud and clear from the community is protection for this upcoming election.


“Where among our audience 85 percent of them felt that cyber actors would have some impact on this year’s election and 70 percent believe that misinformation will play a key role,” Wylie said.


With the COVID-19 crisis forcing many into the digital world, Black Hat helps find the vulnerabilities in cyber security along with teaching the best practices to defend against hackers.

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