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That’s A Wrap From Black Hat USA 2023

Another Black Hat USA is in the books, and we’re already looking forward to 2024. The energy across the event was great, and as always, it was fun to catch up with colleagues, customers, and friends in person. I polled my colleagues on their takeaways from this year and what changed from BHUSA 2022. 

Quality of conversations 

The quality of conversations was great and the best in years. Attendees were in “ready-to-learn” mode. It’s always exciting to dive into conversations with attendees and understand their pain points and challenges.

AI in cybersecurity 

AI is definitely a hot topic. It wasn’t on display in vendor booths as much as everyone expected, but was a popular topic in conversations. The consensus was the buzz about generative AI and its impact on security across people, processes, and technology is strong, and we will see and hear a lot more heading into 2024. From a technical perspective, where GenAI has been incorporated into tools like SIEMs, for example, some colleagues thought it was pretty impressive. On the people and ethics side, it raised some interesting questions about the potential impacts on practitioners and functions, where the balance will be when adopting AI, and to what degree the outputs can be trusted.

New vendors everywhere

Many colleagues remarked on the number of new vendors and new solutions in the Business Hall. This is symptomatic of how the expanding attack surface is impacting cybersecurity. There are new challenges emerging that create gaps to be filled in the market.

Government participation

It was really positive to see the U.S. Government leveraging the event for promotion and outreach. DARPA announced their AI Cyber Challenge. CISA had a large presence as well. Overall, continuing to see the Government and the hacker community get closer is a win. 

Application security on the rise

Several colleagues mentioned the focus on application security, especially DevSecOps, API security, and SBOM. It’s yet another part of the attack surface that is getting more attention.

Cyber risk was in the air

BHUSA is well known as hacker summer camp, but there was increased interest in cyber risk management and quantification. Maybe this isn’t as surprising as cyber risk moves away from being qualitative and performed in spreadsheets and powerpoints, and evolves into quantification leveraging purpose-built solutions (like ThreatConnect RQ).

Creative hiring

There were several creative approaches to hiring cybersecurity talent. Some enterprises had their own booths and attended specifically to recruit, while others were walking around with signs on their shirts. Either way, filling in the talent gaps is critical for many organizations and this looked like a cool way to address that challenge.

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About the Author

Toby Bussa

Toby Bussa is VP of Product Marketing at ThreatConnect. He has over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity as a practitioner and leader. He recently was a VP Analyst at Gartner where he covered security operations topics, including SIEM, SOAR, MDR, DFIR and SOCs. He previously led IT security operations, data protection, security architecture and engineering, and 3rd party risk management for a FTSE100 enterprise, and the EMEA SOC threat detection team for a global MSSP.