Apple to talk iOS security at Black Hat confab

Apple is hosting a talk at this week's Black Hat conference in Las Vegas to discuss iOS security. It's the company's first appearance there.

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Apple will not only be at this week's Black Hat security confab, but also offer a presentation there too.

Bloomberg today notes that Dallas De Atley, Apple's manager of the platform security team, will be on the scene in Las Vegas to host a security briefing on the company's mobile operating system.

"Apple designed the iOS platform with security at its core," the description reads. "In this talk, Dallas De Atley, manager of the Platform Security team at Apple, will discuss key security technologies in iOS."

An Apple spokesperson declined to provide further information about the talk.

Per an interview with Bloomberg, Black Hat's general manager Trey Ford notes that it's Apple's first appearance at the security-focused show, which began in the late 1990s.

The talk comes on the heels of a high-profile exploit that targeted Apple's in-app purchase system. Apple last week offered a way for developers to protect themselves from it, as well as promising to patch it completely in the next major version of iOS, which is due out in the next few months.

It also follows a particularly frenetic year in the world of Mac security. That includes the prevalence of the Flashback Trojan, which at its height infected an estimated 600,000 Macs. Apple is also taking more steps to add malware protection to its OS X operating system, with the release of Mountain Lion, due out within the next week.

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