It's a sign of the times without a doubt that Apple is heading to the premiere information security conference this year with their platform security manager Dallas DeAtley ready for Black Hat 2012 with bells on. This conference will host Apple speaking on security technologies inside iOS as the company prepares for the always impending next generations of iPad and iPhone. With just a couple of Mac and iOS-based hacking efforts popping up over the past few months, it may well be time for Apple to address what they've got on the books for keeping their record of an above-average security environment intact.
This event is a place where computer hackers, developers, and computing enthusiasts have gathered for the past 15 years to speak about the ins and outs of back-door software and hardware breaks. This event has been commented on by Black Hat's general manager who confirms that this is, indeed, the first time an Apple representative will be taking the stage at either this or the event's sister-conference DefCon.
Back in 2008, a group of "Apple insiders" were scheduled to speak at Black Hat but were stopped before the event could take place. This speaking event was stoppered up by Apple's marketing department, said Ford.
“Bottom line — no one at Apple speaks without marketing approval. Apple will be at Black Hat 2012, and marketing is on board.” - Ford
We look forward to Apple's appearance and will certainly be following along with DeAtley as he brings the company to the Black Hat universe for the first time ever. The Black Hat conference takes place July 21-26th, 2012.