Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Thoughts on CMP Acquisition of Black Hat

I just learned that CMP Media, publishers of IT magazines like Network Computing and IT Architect (formerly Network Magazine) just acquired Jeff Moss' Black Hat, Inc. for $10 million. I'm amazed that Black Hat went for that much. The organization may offer consulting, but it's mainly known for its conferences. Those conferences rely on instructors, none of whom are obligated to speak (as far as I know). Without any intellectual property, substantial workforce, or product lines, I'd say Black Hat did pretty well for itself!

I did not realize until now that CMP also owns cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Computer Security Insitutute, who runs cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir own security conferences. The CSI conference is a strange beast. I wouldn't consider William Safire to be a "security expert," but cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re he is appearing as a keynote CSI speaker. Perhaps Black Hat is supposed to pull in anocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r sort of demographic, one without as much gray hair?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Tcpdump is teh suxxx... CSI is also teh suxxx. Black Hat is an overrated, too expensive piece of shit that provides you little value and nothing in return.

Richard Bejtlich said...

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Anonymous said...

From cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 "first anonymous" to Richard: I am not cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 least surprised... Even something that cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y consider to be a "technical presentation" is often given by "con-sultants", who didn't go beyond AOL in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir leet technical skills. I've heard that CSI was cutting edge a long time ago - like 20 years :-)

GeeWhiz said...

Jeff Moss has stated that he will retain full control of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 operations of Black Hat so cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 quality of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 event will not change but that is usually cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 first response after a corporate acquisition. This year's Black Hat will probably proceed as previous events. 2007 will likely be cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 year where any serious changes in management style come to light.

In your point that "[w]ithout any intellectual property, substantial workforce, or product lines, I'd say Black Hat did pretty well for itself..." I wonder if CMP will attempt to exercise / coerce any intellectual property rights over content presented at Black Hat Briefings or cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 materials cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 various personnel use in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir training. Black Hat has benefitted from a decentralized, laissez-faire nature. If it becomes more proprietary, it would change cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 nature of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 event.

Anonymous said...

CSI is a boring marketing crapfest. I give Black Hat 2 years at cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 outside and CMP will turn it into a joke just like CSI. I doubt very much that Jeff will be able to maintain much independence. Incidents like Ciscogate certainly won't ever happen again with CMP at cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 helm.

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