By Tim Greene
July 26, 2010
Two premiere security conferences -- Black Hat and DefCon -- run
back-to-back in Las Vegas this week, each with their own distinct
flavor. But even these events don't meet the needs of all computer
security pros, setting the stage for a widening set of satellite events.
Some of these alternatives are corporate sponsored and some are
grassroots, but all contribute to making Las Vegas the place to be this
week for anyone hoping to raise their security know-how.
Jack Daniel, who is community development manager for Astaro, says he's
getting to town a day early specifically for a four-and-a-half hour
conference run by security vendor Codenomicon, then sitting on a panel
at Security B-Sides -- which directly competes with Black Hat -- then
speaking at DefCon. That wealth of content in one city at one time is a
big draw. "It's a reason to get to Vegas this week if you can afford
it," Daniel says.
DefCon (the oldest of the bunch) and Black Hat were both founded by
security consultant Jeff Moss and each have their own appeal. "It's the
dark side of the force and the light side of the force," says Josh
Corman, an analyst with The 451 Group. DefCon is "a visceral, personal
confrontation with what the adversarial community really is. It's more
raw, more intense," whereas Black Hat is the more corporate side of the
coin with briefings by white-hat researchers.
Attend Black Hat USA 2010, hosted at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada
July 24-29th, offering over 60 training sessions and 11 tracks of Briefings
from security industry elite. To sign up visit http://www.blackhat.com