In its 23rd year, Black Hat USA 2019 drew representation from 112 countries.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

August 12, 2019

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A record 19,000-plus cybersecurity professionals descended on Las Vegas last week for the massive Black Hat USA 2019 conference.

In its 23rd year, the conference drew representation from 112 countries. Jeff Moss, Black Hat founder and director, told attendees “Infosec really does span the globe.”

A recurring theme at Black Hat was organizations’ continuing reluctance to embrace multifactor authentication (MFA), and therefore leaving themselves more vulnerable to cyberattacks. During a briefing focused on attacking and defending Microsoft Cloud (Office 365 and Azure AD), Mark Morowczynski, Microsoft’s principal program manager, brought up a startling statistic: Ninety-two percent of Azure AD admins don’t use MFA.

Elsewhere at the conference, Microsoft issued a challenge for hackers, offering a $300,000 award for anyone that can successfully hack its public-cloud infrastructure service. And numerous companies shared their latest research regarding cyber threats.

Click through the gallery below for highlights and a recap of the event, owned by Channel Partners’ parent company, Informa.

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About the Author(s)

Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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