Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) security specialist Dallas De Atley will speak at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas this week, marking the company’s first official appearance at the security failures-focused event. De Atley, who is Apple’s platform security team manager, will talk about iOS security technologies, according to Bloomberg, and the talk has been approved by the company’s marketing team.
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“Bottom line — no one at Apple speaks without marketing approval,” Black Hat’s general manager, Trey Ford, told Bloomberg. “Apple will be at Black Hat 2012, and marketing is on board.”
While Apple’s security researchers have attended conferences before, this is the first time a representative will be on the stage at Las Vegas or its sibling meeting, DefCon. Apple’s earlier scheduled appearance at the Black Hat in 2008 was cancelled by the company’s marketing department, Ford said.
The company’s decision to participate in the conference could be indicative of its increased desire to improve security on the iOS and OS X platforms, and the acknowledgement that its technology is not as hack-proof as it once was. Although computers running Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows and phones that use Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android software are targeted more often, attacks against Apple have increased in recent times.
The company was forced to soften security claims about OS X on its website after a Flashback trojan infected about 600,000 Macs around the world earlier this year. Mobile operating system iOS also encountered security issues this month, with a hack letting users make in-app purchases without paying.
The first time Microsoft security researchers spoke at the conference was in 1998, while the first time Google took the stage was in 2010.
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