Black Hat And DEF CON Security Conferences Go Virtual Due To Covid-19

As you might know, the two biggest cyber-security conferences of the year, i.e. Black Hat and Def Con are right around the corner.

Sadly, due to the pandemic, these two conferences will no longer be in-person and have been moved to an all-virtual event.

Earlier, the Black Hat and Def Con conferences were scheduled to take place in Las Vegas back to back in the first two weeks of August 2020, with Black Hat from August 1 to August 6, and with DEF CON from August 7 to August 9.

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What Are Black Hat And DEF CON Security Conferences?

As their name suggests, Black Hat And DEF CON Security are two of the most famous security conferences on their kind.

Every year, large groups of security researchers, law enforcement, government agencies, security companies, the media, and hackers head on to for the Black Hat and Def Con security conferences.

In these conferences, they learn and discuss the latest security research and threats.

Full Virtual Black Hat And DEF CON Security Conferences

Due to the global pandemic, there’s no possible way to safely conduct these security conferences. As a result, both these conferences will be conducted in the all-virtual conference format.


Black Hat stated in an announcement that,

“We have been continuously reviewing the best ways to serve the information security community over the past few months as the global health situation continues to develop. While we will not be meeting in person, we are moving forward with a plan to transform Black Hat USA into an all-virtual event in order to best serve our community.”

On the other hand, DEF CON announced that,

“Even though our in-person Las Vegas event is cancelled, we will run DEF CON 28 Safe Mode August 7-9 (Friday through Sunday) with 101 orientation Thursday – all of it remote. We will use the DEF CON Forums to coordinate all the various ways you to participate. That is where everyone can announce their plans, do signups, post pictures, and videos and get people involved,”

As of now, Black Hat hasn’t revealed the services that it will utilize for organizing the conference.

Def Con has stated that they plan on using their Discord server to organize the virtual conference.

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Anubhav Tyagi
Anubhav Tyagi
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