Aug 03, 2011

Is it wise to demonstrate secure products at a hacking conference?

IBM is unveiling a new secure wireless internet network at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. Should IBM be sharing security secrets at a hackers' conference? Or is this just a way to test their system for vulnerabilities in an environment filled with really smart and tricky computer programmers?


Sounds like a stunt to me. I do not expect that much good testing to come from opening a platform up for use at a conference. Shouldn't testing be done in a secure area, with constrained variables, so that one can prove what works and what doesn't according to the boundaries set forth by the the testing plan?


DEFCON is the premier computer security conference in America. If anyone can test the resilience of a security product, it will be the white hat and black hat hacker-types in Las Vegas at the convention.

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