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Black Hat 2022 Opens Today With Focus on Emerging Threats

Ransomware, New Tactics and Geopolitical Threats Among the Key Conference Topics
Security leaders discuss major themes during this year's Black Hat conference.

The Black Hat conference has grown over the past quarter-century into the premier stage for cybersecurity professionals to share cutting-edge research and insights through demos, technical trainings and hands-on labs.

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Black Hat USA 2022 kicks off today with a keynote by Chris Krebs, founding partner of Krebs Stamos Group and former director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Krebs will discuss risk trends in cybercrime, geopolitical threats and what they mean for tomorrow's network defenders.

"Black Hat is always cutting-edge," says Ken Xie, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Fortinet. "They always have a lot of new technology, and the way they explore infrastructure is pretty interesting."

At Black Hat in 2019, more than 20,000 attendees and 300 cybersecurity vendors gathered in Las Vegas to hear from more than 500 speakers, but last year's Delta variant-fueled surge of COVID-19 cases kept in-person attendance down to just 6,200 attendees and prompted three high-level sponsors - Palo Alto Networks, Qualys and Trend Micro - to pull out of the in-person event in the week leading up to the show.

In-person attendance at Black Hat USA 2022 is expected to rebound as COVID-19 enters a more steady state, and this year's show features 88 deeply technical trainings; 98 briefings highlighting security risks, research, and trends; and more than 225 vendors showing off their technology in the Business Hall.

In this video by Information Security Media Group, eight security experts discuss major themes during this year's show, including:

  • Changes in the tactics and volume of ransomware attacks;
  • How automating security operations can stop attacks faster;
  • How to ensure data is being handled ethically during analysis.

Information Security Media Group will be in-person in Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Convention Center to bring you the latest insights from the conference.

About the Author

Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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