Hot Topics at Blackhat USA 2013

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Our government’s admitted spying activities have made this year’s blackhat conference more relevant than ever. There are several security training courses being offered at the week long event.

With more than three weeks before the course, the following sessions are already sold out:

ADVANCED C/C++ SOURCE CODE ANALYSIS
ADVANCED WINDOWS EXPLOITATION TECHNIQUES
HANDS-ON HARDWARE HACKING AND REVERSE ENGINEERING
PENTESTING SMART GRID AND SCADA WITH SAMURAISTFU
PENTESTING WITH KALI LINUX
PRACTICAL ARM EXPLOITATION
SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIO
VISUAL ANALYTICS – DELIVERING ACTIONABLE SECURITY INTELLIGENCE

From that list its apparent that mobile/wireless devices are super hot, with C/C++, the code that’s used in many mobile apps; ARM Exploitation, ARM is the brain in many phones and tablets in use today; and Radio of course would cover wifi as well, RFI and cell transmissions.

Still hot and extremely relevant in my work is:
THE WEB APPLICATION HACKER’S HANDBOOK, LIVE EDITION (almost sold out too)

The course works off of the similar named book entitled “The Web Application Hacker’s Handbook: Finding and Exploiting Security Flaws” Which covers Cross-site scripting, vulnerabilities in newer technologies such as HTML 5/NoSQL, as well as new types of attacks.

The book and the course are definitely worth the money.