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Event submitted on Saturday, October 26th 2019, approved by Content Team

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August 6th, 2020 - August 9th, 2020
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 Our Review

Not unless you hide under a rock, DEF CON is the biggest event of the Cybersecurity Conference calendar. Period. DEF CON has a reputation of being the quintessential Hacker Conference and they’ve had some amazing talks over the years. Each year there’s a scandal or incidence of some description. It’s definitely a nerd-fest of an event and you can expect zero vendor-pitching at this iconic Las Vegas InfoSec event. UPDATE! Somewhat amazingly (but not at all surprising) DEFCON is now going to be online, and no, contrary to historic legend, DEFCON is not canceled!

- Review written by Henry Dalziel on Saturday, October 26th 2019.
- If you would like to edit or ammend facts in my review please either send us a message or connect with me via LinkedIn.

Conference Event Summary

The following description was either submitted by the Conference Organizer on Saturday, October 26th 2019, or created by us.

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.

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