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MAPP Partnership Expansion to Boost Threat Response

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Winning BlueHat Prize Technology Released in Free Tool

It’s been an exciting week here at Black Hat in Las Vegas with security researchers presenting on the latest trends and issues impacting networks and systems. Last night Microsoft recognized the BlueHat Prize winners at our Researcher Appreciation Party. I’m pleased to share we have already incorporated one of these winning technologies into our Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) 3.5 technology preview. It’s great to see an initiative to collaborate and share innovations a year ago evolve into prototypes with one now available this quickly as a new freely available computer security tool. Even in an enterprise that is fully updated against known vulnerabilities, EMET provides defenses that protect assets from the yet unknown threats. EMET can easily be used on home machines to protect against known, and unknown, vulnerabilities. The new Technology Preview of EMET was made available July 25.

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Driving Defensive Security Innovation with the BlueHat Prize

A year ago this week we extended a challenge to the security community: a challenge to be unconventional; a challenge to look beyond the norm. Rather than reward a continued focus on finding individual problems (which we all know will exist; it’s the nature of the software industry), we wanted to inspire new lines of research and incent a focus on innovative solutions that can mitigate entire classes of attacks.

We created the BlueHat Prize — a program aimed at nurturing innovation in exploit mitigations intended to address serious computer security threats. Interest by the security community was overwhelmingly positive. This was something new and different, which the industry needs to help solve hard security problems. We received 20 qualified submissions, all with unique and interesting approaches to solving challenging security issues. Proposals came from around the world and spanned the entire industry from the research community to academia. The finalists all chose to create mitigations that prevent Return Oriented Programming (ROP) exploits from succeeding. This is an area where we’re seeing a lot of attacks lately, so it’s encouraging to see a collective focus here.  

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New tool to help IT pros thwart hackers

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Security professionals and researchers trade ideas at BlueHat

Read more Security professionals and researchers trade ideas at BlueHat