Black Hat, Defcon Conferences: From Hackers to Pwnie Awards

By Sean Michael Kerner  |  Posted 2014-08-12

No week is busier in the calendar year for information security professionals than the week of the Black Hat and Defcon security conferences. Black Hat USA this year ran from Aug. 5 to 7 at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay, which is a venue change from Caesars Palacewhere the event has been held for the previous decade. Among the big topics of conversation at Black Hat 2014 was a keynote presentation by respected digital security expert Dan Geer who advocated that the U.S. government buy up all the security vulnerabilities in order to corner the market. Another big topic discussed at Black Hat is the issue of automotive security. Security researchers Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller detailed their concerns and also outlined a new technology approach that could be used to limit risks. The issue of government surveillance was once again a hot-button topic at Black Hat as well as at Defcon. The Defcon conference ran from Aug. 7 to 10 at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas. At Black Hat, Alex Stamos, Yahoo's new chief information security officer (CISO), detailed his plans for improving user privacy, including an effort to provide end-to-end encryption for Yahoo mail users. Flip through these slides for a look at some of the sights from the two conferences.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at, the news service of, the network for technology professionals.

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