The Black Hat USA 2021 conference, under way in Las Vegas, is generating plenty of cybersecurity news. Here are some of the highlights of Black Hat USA 2021 so far.

Qualys: The company is demonstrating Cybersecurity Asset Management (CSAM) to help users detect security gaps and respond to risk. Also, Qualys is demonstrating Zero Touch Patch Management, which helps organizations to “proactively patch prioritized vulnerabilities with ‘intelligent’ automation – before attacks can exploit them,” the company asserts.

Application Security Testing: Sparrow Co. is introducing two solutions at the conference — Sparrow Cloud and Sparrow SCA. The first offers application security as a service  by “performing static and dynamic analysis anytime and anywhere at minimum cost.” The second, Sparrow SCA, is an open-source management solution. Sparrow SCA “automatically identifies open-source software in use and detects security vulnerabilities in the source code and binary,” the company says.

Partnership – File Encryption: Atakama and Spirion together are showcasing file-encryption technology at the conference.

Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Services: CrowdStrike announced Falcon X Recon+, a new managed solution that “simplifies the process of hunting and mitigating external threats to brands, employees and sensitive data,”  the company asserts.

Managed eXtended Detection and Response (MXDR): Optiv Security launched a  Managed Extended Detection and Response (MXDR) service. The technology-independent offering “enables clients to take rapid and decisive action against today’s most critical cyberattacks and strengthen their security posture.” Devo has been named a foundational partner in Optiv MXDR.

XDR (eXtended Detection and Response) Alliance: Exabeam unveiled the XDR Alliance. The alliance seeks to “foster an open approach to XDR which is essential to enable organizations everywhere to protect themselves against the growing number of cyber attacks, breaches, and intrusions.” Alongside Exabeam, founding members include Armis, Expel, ExtraHop, Google Cloud Security, Mimecast, Netskope and SentinelOne.

Black Hat – XDR (eXtended Detection and Response Services): Secureworks will showcase its cloud-based products and services at the conference. For instance, the MSSP will demonstrate how Taegis XDR, Taegis VDR and threat intelligence can help organizations reduce the risks and consequences of a breach. Also, Secureworks will discuss a new Taegis XDR Adversary Software Coverage (ASC) tool. The new ASC tool allows users to interactively explore how Secureworks Taegis XDR maps coverage and countermeasures to the tactics and techniques used by over 500 adversarial software types against the MITRE ATT&CK framework, including ATT&CK v9, the MSSP says.