As Black Hat Conference 2021 kicks off amid vendor cancellations and a surge in COVID-19 cases in Las Vegas, CRN speaks with 14 prominent executives to see what cybersecurity trends they expect to be the talk of this year’s even.
Security In An Unsafe
Black Hat has grown over the past quarter-century into the premier stage for cybersecurity professionals to share cutting-edge research and insight through demos, technical trainings and hands-on labs, with 20,200 attendees and more than 300 cybersecurity vendors gathering in Las Vegas in 2019 to hear from more than 500 speakers and visit a bustling Business Hall.But the recent Delta variant-fueled surge of COVID-19 cases in Las Vegas will keep in-person attendance at Black Hat 2021 to just 5,000 and prompted three high-level sponsors—Palo Alto Networks, Qualys and Trend Micro—to pull out of the in-person event entirely in the week leading up to the show. Black Hat keynotes and briefings will be available digitally for 30 days, and there will also be a virtual Busines Hall.“In light of CDC guidance on the COVID-19 Delta variant and out of concern for the safety of Qualys employees, Black Hat attendees and residents of Las Vegas, Qualys has made the tough decision to forgo our in-person presence at Black Hat USA 2021,” Qualys wrote on LinkedIn Saturday. “We were very much looking forward to being at the event in person and will continue to support it through our virtual presence.”As Black Hat Conference 2021 kicks off, CRN spoke with executives from 14 prominent cybersecurity vendors to see what they expect to be the major areas of focus at this year’s event. From ransomware, supply chain and critical infrastructure attacks to third-party risk management, zero trust architectures and AI-enabled threat intelligence, here are the cybersecurity trends experts are watching for at the show.