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Black Hat 2018: 12 Executives On The Most Overhyped Cybersecurity Trends Today

CRN asked 12 executives and technical leaders attending Black Hat 2018 what cybersecurity concepts seem to be more about buzzwords than delivering meaningful protection.

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More Bark Than Bite

Vendors at Black Hat 2018 did their best last week to stand out among 300 of their cybersecurity peers, but they sometimes ended up resorting to the same buzzwords to capture the audience's interest.

CRN asked a selection of CEOs and technical leaders attending the giant cybersecurity summit what they thought were the most overhyped cybersecurity trends in the recent past.

Some trends like artificial intelligence and machine learning trends made their way onto the list since they rarely describe what a company's technology actually does. Others like blockchain notched a spot due to its limited application in a cybersecurity context.

Perimeter-centric approaches, meanwhile, were called out for a lack of relevance in an increasingly mobile and cloud-centric world. And more cutting-edge areas like threat intelligence and deceptive technology can be too heavy a lift for smaller customers or run the risk of distracting organizations from core responsibilities such as patching and anti-virus.

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