10 Reasons Why You Should Attend DEF CON 26

Def Con 26

The Def Con 26 security conference held at Caesars Palace Las Vegas (August 9-12, 2018) is less than two weeks away. As popular as Black Hat, but far less expensive, Def Con is a must go for cyber security professionals, whether you specialize in offensive or defensive security. However, if you are still on the fence about heading out to Vegas next month, here are the top 10 reasons why you should go:

1. Captivating Speakers

Skip those boring security conferences (you know the ones), and come to Def Con 26 instead. Here are just a few of the titillating talks that will be presented:

  • Ring 0/-2 Rootkits: bypassing defenses
  • GOD MODE UNLOCKED: Hardware Backdoors in [redacted] x86 CPUs
  • Having fun with IoT: Reverse Engineering and Hacking of Xiaomi IoT Devices
  • Exploiting Active Directory Administrator Insecurities


Speakers - Def Con 26

2. Intriguing Workshops

Take your skills beyond the stratosphere with these exhilarating workshops and more!

  • Bypassing Windows Driver Signature Enforcement
  • ARM eXploitation 101
  • Threat Hunting with ELK
  • Analyzing Malscripts: Return of the Exploits!

Threat Hunting with ELK Stack

3. Groovy Villages

Ready to get your groove on? Villages are mini conferences within Def Con that host their own talks, CTFs, and workshops. These are my top 10 picks for Def Con 26:

1. IOT Village
2. Crypto & Privacy Village
3. Wireless Village
4. Hardware Hacking Village
5. Social Engineer Village
6. Blue Team Village
7. Recon Village
8. AI Village
9. Car Hacking Village
10. ICS Village

Car Hacking Village - Def Con 26

4. Far-out Contests and Events

Fun times are ahead with cool contests and exciting events such as

  • Car Hacking Village CTF
  • CrackMeIfYouCan
  • DEF CON Scavenger Hunt

5. Dynamic Demos

Stop by the Demo Labs area and explore new tools and gadgets like DejaVU—an Open Source Deception Framework and the PA Toolkit, a Wireshark plugin for Pentesters. Yesss!

Wireshark - cpetea.com

6. Wild, Non-stop Parties

Let’s get this party started right! Let’s get this party started quickly, right?

Hey, at Def Con it’s party time, all the time. Take in the nonstop fun at the 303 Pool Party, Arcade Party, GeekPwn Party, Hacker Karaoke and many many more!

Karaoke - Def Con 26

7. Sensational Vendors

No conference is complete without the omnipresence of vendors now is it? The following vendors will be at Def Con 26 among others. Be sure to check them out and grab all the swag you can.

  • Rapid7
  • EFF – Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Darknet LLC
  • CloudFlare

8. Electrifying Entertainment

Juno Reactor - Def Con 26
Juno Reactor – Def Con 26

Juno Reactor, aka Ben Watkins, has been chosen as this years Def Con 26 spotlight entertainer.

While I have never heard of Juno Reactor, they are sure fun to watch. You can check them out on YouTube here:

I can’t wait to see the show live, in person!

9. Spine Tingling CTF

If Capture the Flag is your thing, Def Con definitely has it. Put your skills to the test, alongside the best.

Capture the Flag - Def Con 26

10. Mind-Blowing Cost Effectiveness

Only $280 cash at the door. No need to break the bank.

Breaking the Bank - Def Con 26

Need more incentive? I’ll be there! 🙂


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