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14 Top Cybersecurity Trends To Expect At Black Hat Conference

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 event.

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Client-Side Attacks

DevOps teams typically own API security and are trying to figure out how to do security as efficiently as possible while still meeting modern, post-agile development expectations, according to Mark Weiner, F5’s vice president of product marketing. Developers face a lot of pressure to get applications and updates out faster while still maintaining security, Weiner said.

But the increased use of microservice apps and libraries has fueled a dramatic expansion of the attack surface, Weiner said. In client-side attacks, Weiner said customers end up downloading bad code from a company’s e-commerce website, which can cause significant damage to a company’s brand and credibility.

Like account takeover, client-side attacks pose a huge liability to both a company’s brand and valuation, opening the business up to lawsuits from customers and potentially shutting down a huge portion of the business if the impact of the attack is known, according to Weiner. Meaning, Weiner said account takeover has gone from primarily bot-based attacks to often having human involvement in the process.

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