updated 12:16 pm EDT, Tue July 24, 2012
De Atley to talk iOS security measures
This year, Apple will for the first time ever present at the annual Black Hat security conference, Bloomberg reports. The conference is famous for its hacking demonstrations, where programmers will often show how they can bypass the security measures implemented in major products. Apple's presence will come in the form of Dallas De Atley, manager of the company's platform security team, who will give a talk on Thursday about the some of the security technology in iOS.
The planned thrust of the presentation hasn't been revealed. The company may feel more comfortable about the security in iOS, and thus more willing to publicize the platform. It may also want to ensure third parties are familiar with features in iOS 5 and/or iOS 6 so that future apps and deployments are as secure as possible.
That could, at the same time, draw more attention from hackers. iOS' vulnerabilities are essential for jailbreakers, since the platform is normally locked down against unapproved code. Any marketing by Apple could also be seen as a kind of challenge to test the company's claims.