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Reflections on “Hacker Summer Camp”

At this time of year, Las Vegas turns into what many refer to as “hacker summer camp,” and the moniker is certainly a fitting one. The Black Hat 2019 conference, held August 3-8, is now in its 22nd year and drew over 20,000 security professionals from all across the country for technical training, presentations, briefings, networking, and more. BSides Las Vegas also held its annual conference from August 6-7, drawing a similar (and often overlapping) audience to help disseminate security knowledge throughout the industry. And of course, DEF CON 2019 took place from August 8-11, with security workshops, training sessions, and demo labs. For security professionals, it doesn’t get much better than this.

ISSA, Capture the Flag, and Deception

By: Carolyn Crandall Last week, Attivo Networks participated in The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)® event in San Diego, CA. With the theme of “the Digital Danger Zone,” the conference focused on topics ranging from incident response to application security to business skills for the information security professional. Apart from educational forums, publications, and peer interaction opportunities, ISSA hosted a capture the flag (CTF) event, which is always a fun way to test one’s practical information security knowledge. This year, Attivo participated in the CTF as well as a speaking session, Cybersecurity of Interbank Messaging and Wholesale Payment Networks.

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