What we can learn from a hacker’s conference

first_imgPaul Love, CO-OP’s Chief Information Security Officer, and Veronica Desrosiers, VP of Enterprise Risk Management, attended DEF CON, the hacker’s conference, in Las Vegas last month. If you aren’t familiar with DEF CON, imagine roughly 20,000 hackers, media folks, government and law enforcement agents, security experts and hacking industry vendors under a single roof – all to witness the state of the art in the inglorious world of hacking.Every year, DEF CON seems to generate news. This year, hackers worked their magic on voting machines. In less than an hour and half, they managed to hack the voting system DEF CON set up – and they found more than one way in. Also in the news: Marcus Hutchins, the hacker who singlehandedly disabled the Wannacry ransomware bug was himself arrested by the FBI.How did two serious security experts navigate in this environment? Here’s what they had to say:What was your first impression?Veronica: Going in, my expectation was that this would be just another typical security conference, where I’d learn more about what security attackers and defenders are doing in the security space, so we can continue to mature our controls to meet evolving threats. I’ve been to many conferences, and expected the usual “professional and organized” type setting. Within the first few minutes there, I knew I was in for an adventure. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img