The Road To Black Hat: A Message From ITSPmagazine Editor-in-Chief, Sean Martin

By Sean Martin, CISSP, Editor-in-Chief, ITSPmagazine
 

I started attending Black Hat as a journalist back in 2010 – the same year I became a journalist, in fact. One of my first articles covering this annual conference looked at 10 of the hottest security topics from the event, plus actions that every CIO should take to minimize enterprise risks.

Fast forward to the summer of 2015, when Marco Ciappelli and I attended Black Hat and did a (very) soft launch of the dream that we had put in motion a number of years earlier: a new magazine dedicated to shedding light on the societal impact of InfoSec and the operational aspects of cybersecurity. We wanted to make it easier for people to understand the risks, identify the remediations, and figure out how to actually implement the process and technologies to make our lives safer.

Here are two articles written for Black Hat 2015:

Following the conference, we saw that a change was needed in the industry. The conversation needed to evolve – not only its tone and language, but the very people who were taking part in the conversations, too. We shouldn’t limit tech conversations to just tech people.

While our vision wasn't quite ITSPmagazine yet, the concept certainly started to take shape at this point and our goal was becoming clear. The soft launch of our new publication really wasn’t much more than a collection of my event coverage that ended up in other publications, but we started to hone in on our mission to raise awareness for cybersecurity throughout society and bring more people into the InfoSec fold by promoting education and diversity.

In fact, the following year Selena Templeton joined us, and through a partnership with Chenxi Wang, we launched the Equal Respect (now called Diverse IT) column on ITSPmagazine. These are the first two articles written for the column:

Today, our mission is crystal clear, and everything we do drives us toward succeeding in this mission. For example, at this year’s Black Hat, we have a lot going on to support our vision and goals:

  • A renewed focus on diversity and equal respect with the launch of the Diverse IT column and podcast series with Selena Templeton which now embraces all types of diversity (and not just gender)

  • The launch of The Privacy Pact podcast series with Debra Farber

  • The launch of The Tech Effect podcast series with Ariel Robinson

  • The launch of The New Gearhead column and podcast series with Mark Gibbs

  • The launch of The New Factor column with Chenxi Wang, where she will be looking at the future of IT security

We are also hosting four live panels during Black Hat, which is an extension of the many webinars we’ve hosted this year:

Along with all this tremendous expansion, I have personally taken over our An InfoSec Life column and have launched a podcast series as part of the column where we discuss a variety of topics related to living in the world of cybersecurity.

ITSPmagazine is growing rapidly, and this year we’ll have a huge presence at Black Hat with our passionate, motivated team dedicated to listening to, capturing and sharing your stories. We are grateful for the ton of positive feedback we receive every day about what we’re doing and we look forward to meeting as many of you at the conference as possible.

Now that you have a better understanding of why I have chosen the following sessions as my top picks to attend this year, I hope to cross paths with you at one or more of them!

The road to Black Hat starts right here. See you in Vegas!

 

Below you'll find my BHUSA session selections...


WHY MOST CYBER SECURITY TRAINING FAILS AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT

Thursday, July 27 | 11:00am-11:50am | Mandalay Bay GH

Speaker: Arun Vishwanath

NOTE: Arun will also be participating in the live panel discussion I will be moderating where we look at the cybersecurity challenges small- and medium-sized business face - why should they care about, how can they identify, and how can they mitigate the risks they face? Register now to watch the discussion live on Tuesday morning.

 

 
 

 

WIRE ME THROUGH MACHINE LEARNING

Wednesday, July 26 | 10:30am-10:55am | Lagoon DEFJKL

Speakers: Ankit Singh, Vijay Thaware

 

 

INFLUENCING THE MARKET TO IMPROVE SECURITY

Thursday, July 27 | 9:00am-9:25am | Mandalay Bay AB

Speakers: Chris Wysopal, Justine Bone

 

 

FAD OR FUTURE? GETTING PAST THE BUG BOUNTY HYPE

Thursday, July 27 | 9:45am-10:35am | Lagoon DEFJKL

Speakers: Angelo Prado, Charles Valentine, Kymberlee Price

 

 
 

 

ICHTHYOLOGY: PHISHING AS A SCIENCE

Wednesday, July 26 | 10:30am-10:55am | Mandalay Bay GH

Speaker: Karla Burnett

 

 
 

 

THE ART OF SECURING 100 PRODUCTS

Wednesday, July 26 | 2:40pm-3:30pm | Mandalay Bay EF

Speaker: Nir Valtman