CSO Senior Editor Bill Brenner has been to enough Black Hat conferences to know it can be information overload. Here he offers a few suggestions for getting the most value out of the experience.

I won't be going to Black Hat/Defcon in Las Vegas this year because of a scheduling conflict, but I have been to several of them over the years. Since my mission at these events has been to find the big news stories and write them fast, I know how hard it can be to cut through all the noise and zero in on what's most important.

And so, to prove I'll be there in spirit [CSO bloggers Robert McMillan, Steve Fox and Ivan Arce will be there to write about various points of interest], here's a guide to navigate the proceedings. Hopefully, it'll help attendees get the most bang out of the conference so they can leave Vegas with some knowledge that'll help them improve IT security back home.

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