Black Hat and Defcon look to boost diversity through day care

first_img This change is coming amid a shift in the demographics in the cybersecurity field and a corresponding rise in interest. A 2019 survey from the International Information System Security Certification Consortium found that women make up 24% of the workforce in cybersecurity, a jump from 11% reported in 2017.”We hope that a program like this makes it easier for more mothers and parents in general to attend Black Hat,” Wylie said.Black Hat isn’t the only security conference that offers day care services. LocoMocoSec, a security conference in Hawaii started offering complimentary childcare in 2018. Moss said that Defcon wanted to introduce day care for the first time this year, but was not able to work out the logistics. The conference’s organizers intend on making it available in the future, Moss added.But it’s taking steps to address that issue. With Defcon spread across four different hotels this year, it will be the first time that the hacking conference is offering Mother’s Rooms.”This year we had extra hotel space, so we added extra villages. We started thinking, what other groups can use extra space?” Moss said. “We’re looking to see how those childcare rooms are being used.”Day care challengesWhile Black Hat’s day care program is just in its third year, the program has grown each time, Wylie said.The security conference has thousands of attendees each year, but only a handful of parents have taken advantage of the day care program. In its first year, KiddieCorp, a company that provides day care services to conventions, watched over eight children for two days, the organization said.The following year, the day care service had nine children. Black Hat is doubling day care services to four days as the demand grows, Wylie said.”We want to make sure this is an inclusive and welcoming event to everybody,” the organizer said.This year, KiddieCorp is expecting to watch over 13 children in its day care, said Amber Standley, Kiddie Corp’s operations manager.The program is offered for children from 6 months to 12 years old, and costs $10 per hour for each child. That is on top of the registration costs for Black Hat, which starts at $2,295 to attend.Having a day care program in Las Vegas isn’t a simple task, Moss learned. Defcon’s organizers spent six months trying to implement the service for the first time this year, but found several roadblocks pulling it together.To have childcare services in Las Vegas, the program needs to be compliant with Nevada’s childcare licensing, health department and fire codes, said KiddieCorp sales associate Patsy Guerrero. Caretakers need to have local childcare licenses, the food served needs to be inspected, and the room needs to be fire marshal compliant.In Las Vegas, the ratio of adults to children for day cares in one to seven, but KiddieCorp said it has one adult for every two children.”It’s a lot of steps, but with enough time, it’s doable,” Guerrero said.Hackers, parentsDefcon has come a long way since Moss first started the conference.”In the early days, you wouldn’t bring your kid to Defcon, that would be crazy,” Moss said. “As the older ones in our community started having kids, they wanted to keep coming back and seeing their friends.”As a joke, Moss said they created Defcon onesies for babies, and he was surprised to learn it sold out.Nico Sell co-founded the r00tz Asylum in 2010 as a way to give kids something to do at the conference. The r00tz Asylum is not exactly a day care, as the hacking challenges are geared for kids aged 8 to 16, but it does provide families a way to be together at Defcon.Parents have told Sell that they wouldn’t have been able to attend Defcon if it weren’t for r00tz, she said.”As a mother, my daughters have been to Defcon every year of their lives,” Sell said. “I think it’s fantastic to get more kids at these events and involved.” Hackers take on new voting machines at Defcon 0 Black Hat Defcon 1:41 Tags reading • Black Hat and Defcon look to boost diversity through day care Aug 9 • What a security researcher learned from monitoring traffic at Defcon Culture Security Aug 10 • Those robocall blocker apps are hanging up on your privacy The r00tz asylum isn’t a day care at Defcon, but does offer resources for families at the hacking conference. Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images When Jeff Moss started Defcon in 1993, it was unheard of to bring kids to the hacker conference in Las Vegas. Now, as the conference and its attendees grow up, and more security researchers and hackers are becoming parents, services like day cares and childcare rooms at Black Hat and Defcon are in high demand.As the largest hacking conferences, Black Hat and Defcon present an opportunity for security researchers to take training workshops and network with professionals in cybersecurity. But for many years, some parents who didn’t make arrangements for their children couldn’t attend.That changed two years ago, when Black Hat started offering day care services — two decades after it all began. The conference, which is considered a more formal and corporate equivalent of Defcon, started the services after attendees noted a lack of women in cybersecurity.Black Hat and Defcon mark just the latest conferences in the tech world which have reexamined how inclusive they’ve been and whether they’ve put in enough of an effort to attract different attendees. Similar criticism has been lobbed at the Consumer Technology Association’s CES conference, which has likewise made an effort to support more women and people of color.Many conferences outside cybersecurity started offering day care services for the same reason, but help is still lacking. Female researches from the University of California, known as a Working Group of Mothers in Science, published an opinion piece in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in March 2018 saying that conferences create barriers for women when they don’t offer childcare resources.”Parent–researchers face a conundrum as they struggle to attend key conferences and further their careers while finding care for the children,” the group wrote in the article.For Black Hat, more than half of the respondents on a survey conducted by the organizers in 2018 said that they were concerned about a shortage of minorities and women at the conference, according to Black Hat General Manager Steve Wylie. Share your voice Aug 11 • DARPA’s $10 million voting machine couldn’t be hacked at Defcon (for the wrong reasons) Now playing: Watch this: • Post a comment See All Aug 10 • That 4G hotspot could be a hotbed for hackers Black Hat Defconlast_img read more

Trump to Iran States backing terror risk falling victim themselves

first_imgUS President Donald Trump on Wednesday expressed sympathy for the victims of a terror attack in Iran that killed 13 people, but issued a barbed warning that the country was reaping what it sowed.Gunmen and suicide bombers, acting almost simultaneously, attacked Iran’s parliament and a shrine to the revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini in the first attacks in the country claimed by the so-called Islamic State group.”We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times,” Trump said in a brief statement.”We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote.”Earlier, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that “the depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful, civilized world.””We express our condolences to the victims and their families, and send our thoughts and prayers to the people of Iran,” she added.Trump has long accused Iran of backing terrorism. During last year’s presidential campaign, he suggested that one of his top priorities was to dismantle the “disastrous” 2015 deal aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.As president, he has maintained his criticism of Iran — during a visit to Israel last month Trump said Tehran now feels “emboldened” by the nuclear accord — but has not tampered with the agreement.A United Nations watchdog group confirmed in June that Iran was adhering to the deal.Even as Washington expressed its condolences over the terror strike, the US Senate advanced legislation Wednesday that would impose new sanctions on Iran, partly for what the bill described as the Iranian regime’s “support for acts of international terrorism.”Lawmakers voted 92 to 7 to clear a procedural hurdle, setting up a later vote on final passage.But Republicans and Democrats alike said they are eager to add an amendment that would slap fresh sanctions on Russia in response to US intelligence conclusions that the Kremlin conducted or approved cyberattacks on US targets in an effort to sway the presidential election.”In the last eight months, what price has Russia paid for attacking American democracy? Hardly any at all,” Republican Senator John McCain said.”We need a strong Russia sanctions amendment. We need it now.”Senate Democrat Dianne Feinstein said it was “the wrong time” to pass fresh sanctions on Iran.”The country has just suffered from two significant terrorist attacks after electing a moderate government with 57 percent of the vote,” she said. “We need to givlast_img read more

Unity has won the Technology and Engineering Emmy Award for excellence in

first_imgYesterday, Unity Technologies won its first Technology and Engineering Emmy Award for excellence in engineering creativity. Unity has won this award for their collaboration with Disney Television Animation on the broadcast-quality shorts Baymax Dreams. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), a service organization for advancement in arts and sciences of television, have acknowledged the efforts taken by Unity in Baymax Dreams. Earlier this month Unity also won an Emmy for 3D Engine Software for the Production of Animation. Baymax Dreams series is based on the story of a 14-year old tech genius Hiro and his robot, named, Baymax. The characterization and the visual effects are mesmerizing. Different Unity teams from animation, films, Virtual Reality ( VR), and gaming, united for this creative project. They designed the entire workflow and matched it as per the story and the vision of the director. Graphics Engineer, John Parsaie used Unity’s High Definition Render Pipeline (HDRP) to create materials like Baymax’s emissive ‘night light’. He also worked with the Unity artist, Keijiro Takahashi on the voxelization effect. This effect can be seen, when Baymax first enters his dream state. The characters and artwork were built and reviewed in VR. This, of course, helped in increasing clarity and imagining the visuals better. This also enabled experimenting with different styles and formats. The team at Unity made use of multiple methods, including, Unity’s multi-track sequencer, Timeline and Cinemachine’s suite of smart cameras and Post-Processing Stack v2. These were used for layout, lighting, and compositing. To read more about this news, check out the official blog post by Unity. The Technology and Engineering Emmy® Awards in partnership with the NAB show (National Association of Broadcasters) will be held in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Read Next Exploring shaders and materials in Unity 2018.x to develop scalable mobile games Building your own Basic Behavior tree in Unity [Tutorial] Getting started with ML agents in Unity [Tutorial]last_img read more