3 Human-Focused Sessions to Attend at Black Hat USA 2017

On: July 17, 2017

We’re thrilled to be attending our first Black Hat conference in Las Vegas on July 26-27 and cannot wait to take in all the world’s leading cybersecurity conference has to offer.

Now in its 20th year, Black Hat USA has become synonymous with hyper-technical best practices and seminars offering the very latest in InfoSec research and trends. The conference attracts some of the brightest minds in the field offering hands-on training and advice to cybersecurity professionals of all stripes.

With all this brain power in the same place, we were thrilled to see the conference has a whole category of talks dedicated to the human factor of cybersecurity. Most of the attendees are probably pretty excited about this, too, as half of the respondents of Black Hat’s 2017 Attendee Survey listed phishing and social engineering as their greatest concern.

With this in mind, here are three presentations running either July 26 or July 27 discussing the human element that we’re looking forward to (visit their site for a full schedule):

Ichthyology: Phishing as A Science

July 26, 10:30 am – 10:55 am

Lorri Cranor, computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, will discuss the psychology of phishing, one of the most persistent cyber threats in the world today. She’ll present and review the results of a series of real-world phishing attacks against a Bay Area tech company, culminating in a series of techniques to prevent phishing. Learn more here.

Wire Me Through Machine Learning

July 26, 10:30 am – 10:55 am

Security response and threat analyst engineers from Symantec will shed light on the phenomenon of business email compromise, which the FBI has blamed for more than $3 billion in loss of revenue. The researchers from Symantec discuss how cyber attackers can use machine learning to craft convincing emails aimed at executives and other members of the c-suite, and how machine learning can be used to mitigate these attacks. Learn more here.

Why Most Cyber Security Training Fails and What We Can Do About It

Jully 27, 11 am – 11:50 am

Arun Vishwanath, associate professor at the University of Buffalo, will discuss the pitfalls of expecting one-size-fits-all training to completely cybersecure a workforce. He will present the results of a case study revealing the benefits of individualized training teamed with the ability to track user improvements based on that training. Learn more here.

Are You Going to Black Hat?

Register for Black Hat 2017 here. Want to learn more about MediaPro’s security awareness solutions, designed to expertly secure your human element? Check us out July 26 and July 27 at booth 672 get demo of our tools and services, including our Adaptive Awareness Portal, a one-stop shop for building top-tier security awareness programs.

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