Well – It was about Security, Data Science, Machine Learning!
I was told that BlackHat is the largest professional hacking event of its kind. It is one thing to hear about it and one thing to experience it. I was awestruck standing in the conference space at Mandalay Bay and actually seeing 15,000 people wearing Black Hat badges, over 400 researchers presenting content and 250 vendors displaying their latest product offerings. I realized that Blackhat is not a sprint, it is an ultra-marathon lasting a week. Due to the sheer number of security experts the event draws it is easy to find, collaborate and learn about everything that is new and cutting-edge in the security space. Believe me, when I say this, some of the research and products that challenged the status-quo changed my understanding of the security world entirely.
I made new friends, met with old ones, and discussed the status of Cyber Security, Data Privacy, Artificial Intelligence, Mobile AppSec, IoT exploitation and OSINT (Open Source Intelligence).
See you next year folks!