Apple to Present at Black Hat Security Conference for First Time

Bloomberg reports that Apple is taking an interesting step into security research publicity, agreeing to present at this week's Black Hat conference in Las Vegas for the first time in the conference's 15-year history.

While many major technology vendors have overcome their reluctance to making a public showing at the conference, Apple, now the world’s most valuable company, has had no problem snubbing a community whose aim is to unearth its vulnerabilities.

That will change Thursday when Dallas De Atley, manager of Apple’s platform security team, is scheduled to give a presentation on key security technologies within iOS, the operating system for iPhones and iPads.

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The report notes that Apple's security researchers have attended the conference in past years, but the company has kept a low profile with its presence. Apple researchers were reportedly scheduled to give a panel presentation back in 2008, but the session was canceled once Apple's marketing team learned of the plans.

“Bottom line — no one at Apple speaks without marketing approval,” [Black Hat general manager Trey] Ford wrote in an e-mail. “Apple will be at Black Hat 2012, and marketing is on board.”

The annual Black Hat conference has been a popular venue for security researchers to release their findings on vulnerabilities in OS X, iOS and other platforms. Apple has sometimes moved very quickly to patch holes disclosed at the conference, such as in 2009 when Apple released iPhone OS 3.0.1 to address an SMS security vulnerability revealed at the conference just one day earlier, although the researchers had previously been in contact with Apple about the issue.

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Top Rated Comments

Kaibelf Avatar
157 months ago
No company that operates without a Roadmap is going to be a defense contractor.

They have a roadmap, haven't you seen?

Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dru` Avatar
157 months ago
Maybe we'll finally see some timely security updates and a little transparency? Or perhaps they're finally recognizing that OS X isn't as secure as they thought :rolleyes:

In your enthusiasm to attack Apple, did you miss that the presentation is on iOS, not OS X? Yes, yes you did.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KnightWRX Avatar
157 months ago
Perhaps they're finally recognizing that OS X isn't as secure as they thought :rolleyes:

They've always pretty much known the security level of OS X. How they chose to spin this in their marketing material as no bearing on their level of knowledge of the actual system.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rhett7660 Avatar
157 months ago
No company that operates without a Roadmap is going to be a defense contractor.

I am sure they operate on a pretty good road map, just not a public one or one they are going to share with a client.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kaibelf Avatar
157 months ago
Maybe we'll finally see some timely security updates and a little transparency? Or perhaps they're finally recognizing that OS X isn't as secure as they thought :rolleyes:

Frankly, they are pretty timely with their updates and do a good job addressing problems quickly. I would rather have them working on fixes than stroking a bunch of whiners who cry about "transparency" all the time. Their focus SHOULD be on the products at all times, not making you feel fuzzy with a series of empty "we apologize for the inconvenience" statements.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lifeinhd Avatar
157 months ago
Maybe we'll finally see some timely security updates and a little transparency? Or perhaps they're finally recognizing that OS X isn't as secure as they thought :rolleyes:
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)