Black Hat Organizer Touts Value of Publicizing Cyber-Security Research

By Fahmida Y. Rashid
August 5 , 2011

LAS VEGAS—The threat landscape is increasingly sophisticated, complex and volatile, but there are some promising trends on how organizations are meeting the threat, a Black Hat organizer said as he kicked off the annual security conference.

Organizations and international governments are now more aware of the necessity of cyber-security and are exerting a more concerted effort to protect core Internet infrastructure, Black Hat founder and director Jeff Moss said as he welcomed attendees to the conference in Las Vegas Aug. 3. This change could be attributed partially to researchers that publicize their security findings, Moss said.

“The researchers are always talking publicly about this, they are some of the few people who are actually talking out loud about what’s going on,” he said.

Historically, Black Hat was a good “proxy for a crystal ball” that revealed the “interesting things that will happen in the future,” according to Moss. Organizations would say, “If that’s what they’re doing now, I probably should be doing something about that,” Moss said.

The topics covered at Black Hat often are an accurate indicator of the kinds of exploits and threats that may be coming down the road, he said.

“Stories and talks that happen at Black Hat affected the world later,” Moss said, adding, “We have this great mirror” into the types of security trends that people are paying attention to.

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