August 23, 2018 | 5 Min. Read

2018 Cyber Week Recap

We’ve wrapped up our 2018 Last Vegas “Cyber Week”, and we wanted to share and relive all of the memorable moments with you again. Thank you to everyone that was able to join us and help make this Black Hat, BSidesLV, and DEF CON “Cyber Week” one of our best ever! It was action-packed with great meetings, activities, meetups, and parties with all of you!

The Black Hat Booth:

Synack team at the Black Hat 2018 booth
The Synack booth at Black Hat 2018

We encouraged everyone to “Cover Your ASSets,” and many of you were happy to oblige!

cover your assets at Black Hat booth 2018

This year, every Black Hat participant received a Synack scratch-off ticket in their registration bag. We asked everyone to come by the booth to see if they won the grand prize. Congrats to all of our winners– We hope you enjoy your TVs, XBoxes, and Apple Airpods!!

cover your assets at Black Hat booth 2018

 

Synack Suite Events:

Courageous Women CISOs – A New Perspective on Vulnerability: Strength not Weakness

Today’s threat landscape requires proactiveness in finding vulnerabilities and proactive leadership to shore up our defenses. This event brought together women security leaders from diverse backgrounds and companies to discuss ways to lead their organizations towards forward-leaning approaches when it comes to security.

women gather at the Women CISOs event at Black Hat 2018 hosted by Synack
Courageous Women CISOs – A New Perspective on Vulnerability: Strength not Weakness

 

How Hackers Protect the American Way of Life (and our Elections)

We hosted a panel-led discussion on how crowdsourced security is helping states and DHS scale their security efforts — with a crowd and zero compromise. We know that states are doing a lot in their efforts to strengthen cybersecurity, and election systems are just one piece to a larger puzzle. At this event, we highlighted the notable efforts of Secretaries of State who are committed to not only securing elections, but protecting American liberty on a broader scale as well.

Panel discussion hosted by Synack at Black Hat 2018 on how crowdsourced security is helping states and DHS scale their security efforts

 

Second-Annual Veterans Happy Hour

Networking, camaraderie and libations abound. Fellow veterans in the cybersecurity field were able to meet each other and enjoy a few drinks in a relaxed setting overlooking the Las Vegas Strip!

Synack's Second-Annual Veterans Happy Hour at Black Hat
Veterans gathered at Black Hat 2018 for Synack's happy hour

 

How to Get Converged Security Testing – Compliance + Vulnerability Hunting (The Easy Button)

Joined by Nick Trenc of Coalfire, we talked about zero compromise crowdsourced security testing that combines both top-quality, structured pen testing and unstructured testing — both at a cadence that fits efficiently into any operation. A whiskey and bacon tasting made our discussion over lunch that much better.

Synack whiskey tasting at Black Hat 2018

 

Synack HackerHangout: Fast Track to Success with the Synack Red Team

Why do the world’s best hackers hack with Synack? Researchers found out at our packed-out HackerHangount event. Chris Gates, one of our top Synack Red Team (SRT) members, shared tech tips and tricks on host hacking and shared advice on navigating the Synack platform, and SRT speakers Patrick Wardle and Mike Sosonkin shared hacking adventures and tips on travelling safe. SRT members, the Synack Community team, and special guests enjoyed a fun night of drinks and networking at the RX Boiler Room!
Synack HackerHangout at Black Hat 2018

Workshops

r00tz Village @ DEF CON — Hack the Pentagon Cyber Heroes Return!

Hackers from our Synack Red Team and cyber soldiers from the US Army gave kids a hands-on introduction to both “blue” (defensive) and “red” (offensive) cyber operations. This year, we taught r00tz kids how to use analytics to detect malicious cyber activity and how to conduct attacks with actual penetration testing tools. Our participants tried real-world “hacks” on a live system!
kids at r00tz village learning how to hack the pentagon
kids in front of Synack's banner at r00tz village at DEF CON 26
Synack Red Team members and US Army cyber soldiers teach kids how to hack at r00tz at DEF CON 26

Parties!

Hack’N Hold’Em

An exclusive, invite-only event during DEF CON for our Synack Red Team members. SRT and our Synack community team competed in our live poker tournament for the chance to win a winner-take-all $10,000 grand prize! Congrats to @thedawgyg!!
SRT limo ride to the Hack 'n Hold em event
SRT playing poker in Las Vegas hotel suite

BSidesLV Pool Party

Take two! Synack hosted the BSides LV pool party yet again in 2018. We loved partying the night away with so many fun researchers from around the world. There’s always a good excuse for late night drinks and pool-side fun!
Synack-sponsored pool party at BSidesLV
SRT glow bracelets at the BSidesLV pool party
the Synack team at the BSidesLV pool party
BSidesLV pool party

Social Media Love:

Read what everyone was saying and sharing about us!!

Mayank Verma posted on LinkedIn:
“Synack, Inc offers .adversarial approach that utilizes the world’s best hacking talent and pairs them with technology should form the underpinnings of your penetration testing program. Compare the traditional pen test with ADVERSARY TESTING WITH SYNACK”

@Hardword6 tweeted:
“@synack full-stack swag”

Synack swag at Black Hat

@0ctac0der tweeted:
“At @synack 🙂 one of my favorite platforms”

Synack booth at Black Hat

@the_davidscott tweeted:
“Good visit with @synack at #BHUSA”

visitors at the Synack booth at Black Hat 2018

@photosbysherri tweeted:
“@synack #blackhat”

oxygen bar at the Black Hat Synack booth

@AmitElazari tweeted:
“Had a great conversation with @SynackRedTeam @synack today on safe harbor #legalbugbounty and community efforts around crowd sourcing. Looking forward to learn more.”

@CoalfireSys tweeted:
“Stop by #BHUSA booth #944 at 10am to hear how @synack engaged Coalfire to review their crowdsourcing #pentesting methodology against #PCIDSS 11.3 @MR_Trenc”

@andrew_barratt tweeted:
“The truth is out @synack really do have Bacon & Whiskey @BlackHatEvents

@0ctac0der tweeted:
“It was amazing meeting the @synack team at Synack booth in #BlackHat2018. Finally met the awesome people who have been working on my reports and giving payouts.”

Nahidul Kibria posted on Facebook:
“Oo….ahead to synack event! Limuzine!! Synack”

SRT in the limo SRT members on their way to Hack 'n hold 'em

 

@nahidupa tweeted:
“#hackerhangout @SynackRedTeam @synack good time, new buddy’s.awesome time.”

cover your assets at Black Hat booth 2018

 

@r00tzasylum tweeted:
“Hack the Pentagon workshop by @synack Kids are having a blast! At #r00tzat @defcon”

cover your assets at Black Hat booth 2018

 

@0ctac0der tweeted:
“At @synack party.. playing Poker… First time for me:-)”

SRT playing poker

@abhijeth tweeted:
“Stoked to see @elonmusk today!! Couldn’t get a picture but hey, I got a picture with the @SynackRedTeam at the Poker tournament!! 😉 I also traded my space X hats for @synack hats with @jeffcariker !! What a day!!”

@Rhynorater tweeted:
“Teaching young hackers at DefCon r00tz! Thanks for the opportunity to work with these brilliant kids @SynackRedTeam & @USArmy”

@thedawgyg tweeted:
“Guess who won the @SynackRedTeam poker tourney ”

@CMD_0_0 tweeted:
“Thanks @SynackRedTeam for holding such an amazing event. Also thanks for the swag, you guys rock!!! #bugbounty”

Synack hat

More Media:
Why you should consider crowdsourcing IT security services | CSO Online

Black Hat USA Continues to Break Records with Blockbuster 2018 Event | Globe Newswire

US midterm election is new battleground for hackers | Financial Times


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