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12 Most Exciting Cybersecurity Technologies To Watch At Black Hat 2019

CRN asks 12 executives, sales and technical leaders attending Black Hat 2019 which cybersecurity technologies they're most excited to see come to fruition and how customers and solution providers will benefit.

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Speed Bump For Viral Content

The potential of large-scale viral applications to impact human behavior is scary, as evidenced by the millions of people who were willing to surrender rights to their likeness in perpetuity to use FaceApp's image aging feature, according to Sean Convery, ServiceNow's vice president and general manager of security and risk.

The interaction of human psychology with rapidly proliferating apps could be very dangerous in the hands of a determined adversary, Convery warned. For instance, a viral app might be able to briefly sneak into an app store despite behaving maliciously when capturing user data, passwords or other user-generated inputs.

A speed bump to pause or slow down the rapid downloading of a viral application until the security implications are fully fleshed out could be very beneficial from a protection standpoint, Convery said. Such a feature would be used in a very limited number of cases, Convery said, where the app has come out of nowhere to become incredibly popular and the origins of said application are unclear or murky.

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