Black Hat is hacking scrubbed of its sense of wonder. And sadly, it mirrors the times we’re in.
Violet Blue pens an incredibly insightful artcile about the contrast between DEFCON and Blackhat. As an outsider from what has become known as the "infosec industry" I feel this divide more and more each year.
While it was nice to put some names to faces at some companies I use throughout the year on Wednesday night, I never felt at home. DEFCON is a conference that feels like a family reunion. Blackhat feels like a trade show. It should come as no surprise that the best conversations were had at the Caesars bar instead of the corporate parties.
Next year I may find myself joining some neighbors over at the Alexis Park on Wednesday night.