DEF CON 27
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Started by the legend that is Dark Tangent (Jeff Moss) DEF CON (spelt like that, i..e two separate words) is, really, the world”s best known “hacker convention” or “hacker conference.” DEF CON is held every year in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA and the first DEF CON took place in June 1993 so it’s also one of the oldest (and therefore original) cybersecurity meetings. In fact, we’d really encourage you to watch the DEF CON documentary linked below this section; it really is a fascinating insight into how this iconic cyber conference came into being.
Of interest, DEF CON, is a play on the military “readiness condition” which is abbreviated to “DEFCON” (Defense Condition). The cybersecurity grade within the military DEFCON (note how the military only use one word) is actually referred to as Information Operations Condition (INFOCON), which is soon to be replaced by Cyber Operations Condition (CYBERCON).
“DEF CON” as a title for the event also plays nicely with the “Con” in “Conference”. Furthermore, a lot of the early members of the DEF CON group were phone phreakers and they liked that “DEF” also represents “3” on the North American Classic Key Pad.