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Apple Joins 'Em, With Black Hat Presentation on iOS Security Model 34

Posted by timothy
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An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Network World: "For the first time, Apple will officially be in attendance at the annual Black Hat security conference which is scheduled to run through Thursday of this week. This is a notable development for two reasons. First, Apple has never formally attended the conference. Two, many of the more prominent stories to emerge out of previous Black Hat events have centered on Apple security. Representing Apple at the conference will be Apple platform security manager Dallas De Atley who is scheduled to deliver a speech on Thursday about the security technologies in iOS. Some have speculated that Apple's decision to attend the conference is rooted in their desire to make further inroads in the enterprise market while others believe it's a sign that Apple recognizes the growing importance of having a more open relationship with the hacker community at large."
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Apple Joins 'Em, With Black Hat Presentation on iOS Security Model

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  • Know your enemy? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by BeerCat (685972) on Tuesday July 24, 2012 @12:32PM (#40751389) Homepage

    "Some have speculated that Apple's decision to attend the conference is rooted in their desire to make further inroads in the enterprise market while others believe it's a sign that Apple recognizes the growing importance of having a more open relationship with the hacker community"

    Or maybe it's to find out at first hand what the black hats are planning - the quid pro quo is to make some presentations.

    • Re:Know your enemy? (Score:4, Interesting)

      by wiedzmin (1269816) on Tuesday July 24, 2012 @12:39PM (#40751497)

      I don't know if BlackHat conference is the right place to find out what the black hats are planning, they should go to at least DefCon for that. I think it's the former - they're just trying to pretend that they do security by flashing their name in front of predominantly business audience that comprises BlackHat today. It's good for selling iPhones to executives.

      • by BeerCat (685972)

        I think you could be right - it's 'tick boxing', which is beloved of corporate IT departments.

        Corporate IT: "Do you do ..."
        Vendor: "Yes, we do"

        C IT:"What about security?"
        V: "Obvious - we attended BlackHat"
        C IT: "OK, I'll take that as a given"

        PHBs will stop there. Non corporate IT will want to know "But what about DefCon. And, what did you _actually_ do at BlackHat"

    • by tlhIngan (30335)

      Apple's attended BH over the years. This is probably the FIRST time they're actually presenting though.

      They've been to BH usually as "plainclothes employees" who don't idenify themselves as Apple employees (they only get recognized if you know them).

      Nothing really new, and it's really just to present some iOS security architecture that they released a document on a few months ago.

  • A more open relationship with the hackers? LOL wt heck?
  • awaiting outside of the conference building just in case someone discovers a hack or hole in their operating system. Or maybe perhaps they feel guilty banning that guy that made them look a little bit like fools.
  • Because now Apple is getting virii and they want to start expanding their recruitment to actually replace their "security through obscurity" model by implementing *real* security measures.

    Up until less than a year ago, there was no security division that external parties could even contact to tell Apple about vulnerabilities.

    • by Greguar (1225686)

      Because now Apple is getting virii and they want to start expanding their recruitment to actually replace their "security through obscurity" model by implementing *real* security measures.

      It's probably more about image damage-control after having a reasonable-sized botnet stroll in through the wide open door of complacency on one of their platforms.

      Up until less than a year ago, there was no security division that external parties could even contact to tell Apple about vulnerabilities.

      Apple's Product Security page [apple.com], complete with contact information for reporting security issues, has publicly existed in its current location since at least November 2001 [archive.org].

  • Wouldn't it be great if when the apple guys walked on stage, the whole crown stood as one and booed them?

  • As apposed to backdoor sponsorship? Makes for a nice trap. Like when Goldfinger got all the mafia guys into one room and gassed 'em.

    • by 4phun (822581)

      As apposed to backdoor sponsorship? Makes for a nice trap. Like when Goldfinger got all the mafia guys into one room and gassed 'em.

      In related news after Apple's earnings report, Apple in a conference call to investors this evening invited all of Slashdot's top posters to attend an all expenses Apple paid conference at the mogul retreat in Sun Valley, Idaho next Saturday.

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