Buzzword Bingo!This year will be the best Buzz Word Bingo event ever! Our VP of Marketing and I firmly believe that certain words like synergy, future proof, the only vendor, no competitors, we are the only ones, the cloud, protection, etc. we will be rampant. As an attendee, try to see past the marketing buzzwords and really look at the solutions. If nothing else, try to keep a tally on the amount of times you hear any of these monotonous words. If their booth is overly technical, all it means is that marketing has not figured out which buzz words to use yet.
Don’t get OwnedIt’s Vegas and it’s Black Hat. The same rules apply as every other year, especially for newbies. You can count on someone to try and hack your phone or laptop. It’s a given, so heed the following:
- No WiFi – WiFi should be disabled on all devices the ENTIRE time in Vegas for Black Hat. This means use a broadband card or cellular to access the internet even in your hotel room.
- No Bluetooth – Bluetooth should be disabled as well and could be compromised just as easily as WiFi. Wired headsets only and disable any communications with other Bluetooth devices – like fitness monitors.
- No USB memory sticks –You should not accept or pick up a USB memory stick the entire time you are in Vegas. Ones left behind by attackers are seeds for unsuspecting attendees.
- As an attendee, if you have a system that is not company property (assuming your IT follows security best practices), then make sure to update all security patches including third party applications and end point protection solutions (anti-malware).