I’m at Black Hat 2019 for the next couple days: Here’s what I hope to learn

My first multi-day conference on my own—and one dedicated to my focus no less!

I’m off at Black Hat 2019 through Thursday evening. This is the first time BrianMadden.com has attended this conference, so despite being stuck in Las Vegas for more time than I’d ever like, I’m excited!

While I enjoyed my time at RSA 2019 back in March, a lot of the sessions (but not all!) addressed security at a high level. Meanwhile, Black Hat looks to offer slightly more technical sessions that might help grow my knowledge about security and the vulnerabilities in the wild.

So, I’m excited for the sessions and meetings to start!

Authentication is on my mind

Authentication has been thrust to the forefront of EUC over the last year as more vendors look to a future where we can finally ditch passwords (or at least rely on them less and less) while still keeping accounts secure.

So, I lined up a few meetings with authentication-minded vendors like Yubico and Acceptto to discuss their latest products and solutions, whether it’s with a FIDO-certified hardware keys or a passwordless solution. I also scheduled time for relevant authentication-focused sessions at Black Hat, covering WebAuthn, biometrics and their security, and more.

Improving security

As Black Hat 2019 is a security-minded conference, I’ll also be meeting with vendors offering secure mobility, cloud, and container solutions, as well as attending sessions offering insight into iOS and Mac security, Active Directory security, and how to secure apps in the cloud. 

There are so many interesting sessions that it’s a shame many are scheduled at the same time!

So much to do while there

I’ll never be a fan of visiting Vegas, but I’m willing to do so to attend interesting conferences, like VMworld last year and Black Hat 2019 this year. Check back during the conference as I’ll be updating this with any news announced at the show.

Despite a very full schedule and a limited amount of time on site, I do hope to make time to wander around the expo hall, so say hello if you’re there! Always interested in meeting with and talking to industry folk to hear what’s on their minds regarding the industry and security.

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