Mobile security, virtualization on tap at MS hacking meet

Mobile security, virtualization on tap at MS hacking meet

Software giant to host BlueHat conference this week

Microsoft is inviting hackers onto its Redmond, Washington, campus again this week with software virtualisation and mobile security expected to be hot topics.

The company's semi-annual BlueHat hacking conference will run Thursday and Friday, giving Microsoft engineers and executives a chance to hear first-hand reports on the latest in computer security research. This will be Microsoft's sixth BlueHat conference, since it introduced the event in early 2005.

This year, representatives from companies such as Symantec, 3Com's TippingPoint division, and Sourcefire will speak on topics ranging from embedded system security, software fuzzing, and exploit creation, according to a preliminary schedule of the event obtained by the IDG News Service.

"The BlueHat speakers, both leading external security researchers and internal Microsoft engineers, will pierce the security veil of virtualisation and process isolation," wrote Microsoft security group manager, Andrew Cushman, on the BlueHat blog. "Plus, we've got a couple of talks on Windows Mobile and more about automated exploit creation - this time using Metasploit."

There will also be a discussion of WabiSabiLabi's controversial exploit marketplace given by Roberto Preatoni, strategic director with the company, according to the preliminary agenda. Friday morning will be devoted to a discussion of mobile hacking tools and techniques and software virtualisation will be discussed later in the day.

A more up-to-date agenda is expected to be posted within a few days, according to Microsoft's public relations agency. Microsoft usually says nothing about its BlueHat hacking conferences prior to the event, but this year the company pre-announced the confab, saying it wants to be a little more up-front about what's going on.

"BlueHat is unique and still a closed door conference for MS product teams, but this year we will open up a little - with info about the conference before it starts and with more info made available during the conference," Cushman wrote.

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