While there is not much new information, a post from Bloomberg today, which spoke with Black Hat conference General Manager Trey Ford, confirmed Apple will for the first time ever attend this year’s show to give a presentation on iOS security. To handle the presentation, Apple will send its manager for the platform security team, Dallas De Atley:
While many major technology vendors have overcome their reluctance to making a public showing at the conference, Apple, now the world’s most valuable company, has had no problem snubbing a community whose aim is to unearth its vulnerabilities… That will change Thursday when Dallas De Atley, manager of Apple’s platform security team, is scheduled to give a presentation on key security technologies within iOS, the operating system for iPhones and iPads.
Ford told Bloomberg that Apple representatives were scheduled to speak in 2008 before “Apple’s marketing department caught wind of it,” but it confirmed Apple would indeed have a presence at Black Hat 2012:
Apple’s security researchers have lurked the halls at Black Hat and other conferences. But the closest anyone has come to seeing someone from Apple speak on stage was 2008. That’s when a panel of Apple insiders was scheduled to give a talk about the company’s security-response team. The highly anticipated event was abruptly canceled when Apple’s marketing department caught wind of it, according to Ford. “Bottom line — no one at Apple speaks without marketing approval,” Ford wrote in an e-mail. “Apple will be at Black Hat 2012, and marketing is on board.”