Vendors Use Black Hat Event to Launch New Products, Announce Advances

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Vendors Use Black Hat Event to Launch New Products, Announce Advances

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Black Hat USA conference. In the early years of the Las Vegas event, security researcher presentations were the focus, as there were few vendor booths. Over the last few years though, the business hall, where exhibitors show their products, has grown significantly and now rivals the RSA security conference in San Francisco. As the conference has grown, Black Hat has now become a major event for security vendors to make both product and business announcements. It's also a key point in the calendar for security vendors to announce funding. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a brief look at 10 vendors that made news at Black Hat USA 2017.

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Nyotron Names New CEO and Raises $21M

Nyotron announced at Black Hat the appointment of Peter Stewart as CEO as well as a $21 million round of funding. "Nyotron offers a completely different approach to protect enterprises from 'unknown unknown' attacks," Stewart said. "This patented technology will drive our growth and continued customer traction."

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PerimeterX Raises $23M to Defend Against Bots

PerimeterX builds technology to defend organizations against automated web attacks commonly known as bots. The company announced at the show a $23 million round of funding to help grow the technology.

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CrowdStrike Adds Cyber-security Search Capabilities

CrowdStrike announced a new module for its Falcon platform to rapidly search for security information. Not only does the module enable organizations to search through their own networks, but it also provides access to CrowdStrike's index of more than 700 million malware samples.

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Capsule8 Protect Secures Microservices and Containers

Capsule8 announced a beta of its Protect product platform that aims to provide security for microservices and container workload deployments. "The seismic shift toward microservices, cloud environments and containers has opened countless new opportunities for businesses to innovate, but legacy security approaches greatly limit organizations' ability to make the leap," John Viega, CEO of Capsule8, said. "Capsule8 Protect provides next-gen threat prevention and response that will enable organizations to capitalize on these opportunities without compromising on security."

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AppGuard Launches to Provide Intelligent Prevention

Security vendor AppGuard officially launched at Black Hat USA alongside a $50 million investment. AppGuard develops intelligent prevention endpoint protection software. "With AppGuard, we're able to stop—and did stop—attacks, like WannaCry and Petya, at the initial stages and beyond without requiring explicit detection of the attack, disrupting the user experience, or degrading system performance," Mike Fumai, president and COO of AppGuard, said.

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Qualys Bolsters Security Capabilities of Its Cloud Platform

Qualys added new capabilities to it cloud platform, including CertView, which provides insight into Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) certificate usage. The new CloudView module provides cloud inventory and cloud security assessment. 

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Digital Guardian Cloud Boasts DLP and TDR Features

Digital Guardian announced at Black Hat the general availability of its Analytics & Reporting Cloud. According to the company, the new cloud service provides data loss prevention (DLP) and threat detection & response (TDR) capabilities.

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Cloud Passage's Project Azul Debuts for Container Security

Cloud security vendor Cloud Passage announced Project Azul, an effort to improve container security with automated compliance and security controls.

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AlienVault Improves Open Threat Exchange

AlienVault announced improvements to its Open Threat Exchange (OTX) platform, which provides threat intelligence capabilities. "Our OTX enhancements will provide our users with the tools they need to share the most recent threat intelligence they have on the most complex adversaries in the industry faster than ever before," Jaime Blasco, vice president and chief scientist at AlienVault, said in a statement.

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Attivo Integrates With McAfee

Deception vendor Attivo Networks announced a partnership with McAfee that enables itsAttivo ThreatDefend to integrate with the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator platform. "Together, these solutions empower customers to continuously monitor their network health, gauge anomalies in real time and automate incident response," Attivo CEO Tushar Kothari stated.

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10 Tips to Stay Safe When You're at Black Hat or Everywhere Else

The annual Black Hat USA conference is a ripe opportunity for hackers to test their skills, but using these 10 tips might help to reduce the cyber-risk while online at the show or "in the wild."
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