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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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Federal Testing For Supply Chain Vulnerabilities

The U.S. government is expected to take action to defend the software supply chain in the wake of the SolarWinds attack, and insiders are wondering if the new regulations will be primarily symbolic or have teeth attached to them, according to Splunk Security Strategist Ryan Kovar. He’d like to see technology vendors go through a process to facilitate better detection of supply chain vulnerabilities.

Specifically, Kovar said technology companies selling to the government should be required to have their products tested beforehand and certified by NIST or another third-party entity. Having a centralized mechanism to examine the safety and quality of software consumed by the federal government akin to what the FDA does with medicine would also aid the security of software used in the commercial space.

Forcing technology vendors to go through security testing to sell to the federal government would create systemic change akin to how Walmart’s mandate that suppliers use barcodes made barcodes pervasive throughout the retail sector, Kovar said. Such a move would also centralize the financial and technical burden around securing the U.S. government, which would help agencies that get less funding.

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