Monday, July 29, 2019

All the places you can see and hear Talos at Black Hat 2019


It is once again time for Security Summer Camp – the annual week when security experts descend upon Las Vegas for Black Hat and DEFCON. Talos will be around all week, but we want to start off with a Black Hat preview — the Defcon one will be here later today.

Throughout the conference, Talos researchers and analysts will be at the Cisco Security booth giving “lightning talks,” where they’ll be tackling complex topics and giving attendees a 20-minute overview that will give you actionable intelligence to bring back to your organization.

Stop by and see us to listen to talks, pick up some exclusive swag (including special Snort colors) and chat with our researchers.


Here’s a rundown of the schedule for Wednesday and Thursday. Be sure to stop by for as many talks as you want. We’ll also be posting live updates on Twitter from the theater.



The major theme you’ll hear from most of Talos’ talks this year: The danger of DNS hijacking. Many of the flash talks at the booth deal with this topic, and we already have a blog post on Black Hat’s website on the topic.

Talos has published several pieces of research on DNS-based attacks over the past year, including ongoing actions from the Sea Turtle actor.

Warren Mercer caps off the DNS conversation with a sponsored talk in Business Hall A at 12:40 p.m. local time. He’ll be giving a presentation called “DNS on Fire,” where he’ll discuss two recent malicious threat actors targeting DNS protocol, along with the methodology used to target victims, timeline, and technical details.

The first campaign featured will be DNSpionage, which targeted government agencies in the Middle East and an airline in November. While researching DNSpionage, we also discovered an effort against multiple countries to redirect DNSs from the targets and registered SSL certificates — Sea Turtle.

Cisco Security’s crown jewel of Black Hat takes place Wednesday night. We’ll be throwing a party at the Jewel Nightclub inside ARIA Resort & Casino from 8 p.m. to midnight local time. Come talk to Cisco Security and Talos researchers, enjoy some good music and you may even be able to find your way into a special Talos VIP area. It’s free to get on the list, but you need to register beforehand to get in.

Besides Talos, Cisco Security also has a series of talks at Black Hat. Here’s a rundown:

Defeating Evasive Malware: Sacrifice is a Good Little Trick 

Shyam Sundar Ramaswami, security researcher, Cisco  

Aug. 7, 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. | Oceanside E   

Woke Hiring Won't Save Us: An Actionable Approach to Diversity Hiring and Retention 

Rebecca Lynch, Software Engineer, Cisco Duo 

Aug. 8, 9 - 9:25 a.m. | Islander FG 

Inside The Apple T2 

Mikhail Davidov,  security researcher, Cisco Duo 

Jeremy Erickson,  R&D Engineer, Cisco Duo 

Aug. 8, 2:30 - 3:20 p.m. | Jasmine 

Shifting Knowledge Left: Keeping up with Modern Application Security 

Mark Stanislav, head of security engineering, Cisco Duo 

Fletcher Heisler, CEO, Hunter2 

Aug. 8, 5-6 p.m.| Jasmine 

Be sure to stay in touch with us throughout the event to receive updates from the booth and ask us any questions: @TalosSecurity, @CiscoSecurity, @OpenDNS, @CiscoDevNet, @Snort and @PortcullisLabs.

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