June 20, 2012, 2:38 PM — True story: A couple years ago, CSO Publisher Bob Bragdon attended Black Hat USA in Las Vegas. Accustomed to dealing with security practitioners at the executive level, he felt like a fish out of water in hallways teeming with torn jeans, leather and a variety of hair styles typically frowned upon in the boardroom.
"I was walking around asking myself, what is this?" Bragdon told me after that event.
He apparently wasn't the first suit to feel that way, as the event has remained largely a hacker fest. But even the hacking scene has grown more corporate in the past decade, and new Black Hat General Manager Trey Ford wants his events to bridge the gap between these camps. In an interview with CSO, Ford noted that an entire day -- Tuesday, July 24 -- will be dedicated to the executive level.