The organizers have confirmed that this time Def Con a security conference will be free of everyone to attend.
Taking to Twitter yesterday (May 12), Nikita Kronenberg, DEF CON’s content director, announced: “We’re not charging a fee for DEF CON safe-mode.”
The development comes four days after DEF CON founder Jeff Moss confirmed that the hacker conference’s 28th edition was cancelled as a live event – riffing on a long-running meme in the process – with a virtual alternative taking its place.
Black Hat USA and Def Con both counter business oriented partners have revealed on the very same day that they are going to a safe mode.
Aimed at more of a corporate market (along with hosting world-renowned research sessions), Black Hat tickets in 2019 ranged from $2,295 to $2,895 for the briefings program and $595 or $695 for a business pass, depending on when the tickets were purchased.
A spokesperson for Informa Tech, the organizer of Black Hat USA, told The Daily Swig that pricing details for the event “are being finalized and will be announced early next week”.
The dates for the sibling conferences, which normally take place in Las Vegas, will remain the same in their virtual format: Black Hat will run for five days between August 1-6, and DEF CON for the subsequent three days between August 7-9.
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