Though it's still two months away, this is the time of year when those headed to Black Hat, DEF CON and BSidesLV start fretting over registration, flights and hotel bookings. This year I decided to get a jump on things, and here are a few things I've learned that will hopefully make your lives easier.
Akamai security staff will be there in force, and we're certainly looking forward to it.
First, a note about Black Hat's location. After years of growth, the event finally became too much to fit in the conference space at Caesars Palace. This year the event will be held at Mandalay Bay from August 2-7. Registering is simple enough. Just go to the Black Hat 2014 website and click the giant "Register Now" box at the top right of the page.
You'll have to create yourself an account, but from there the registration process is straightforward.
The full agenda isn't online yet, but the talk descriptions and speaker bios are.
DEF CON is August 7-10 at The RIO and costs $220. There's no pre-registration. They don't take credit cards, either. As they say on the website, "DEF CON 22 costs $220 USD cash. Do we take credit cards? Are you JOKING? No, we only accept cash - no checks, no money orders, no travelers checks. We don't want to be a target of any State or Federal fishing expeditions."
The DEF CON site does make it easy to book a room under the conference umbrella. If you go to the "Details So Far" tab at the top left of the page, booking a room is among the options.
For those who want to skip the line, the Black Hat registration process does offer DefCon tickets for the extra $220. Last year I saw folks at Black Hat obtaining their DEF CON badges at Caesars. Hopefully, the process works the same way this year.
Here's what the Black Hat site has to say about its DEF CON option:
Upon purchase of Black Hat Briefings and/or Trainings passes, each registrant will also have the option to purchase a single (1) advance ticket to DEF CON 2014. Tickets are provided to Black Hat USA registrants at a rate of $220.00 per ticket, one ticket purchase per person, up until the close of "Regular" registration on July 26 at 8:59pm PT/11:59pm ET.. The deadline to pre-purchase a DEF CON ticket, in conjunction with your Training and/or Briefings registration is July 26 at 8:59pm PT/11:59pm ET., tickets will not be sold on-site at Black Hat USA. After July 26, 2014, DEF CON tickets are only available for purchase at DEF CON during their ticket sales window. Please note, you must register and pay for Black Hat Training and/or Briefings in order to pre-purchase a DEF CON ticket.
The deadline to pre-purchase a DEF CON ticket, in conjunction with your Training and/or Briefings registration is July 26 at 8:59pm PT/11:59pm ET., tickets will not be sold on-site at Black Hat USA.
DEF CON tickets are non-refundable, once purchased.
BSidesLV celebrates five years with its event August 5-6 at Tuscany Suites & Casino. The agenda is still a work in progress and I don't believe pre-registration is open yet, if there is any. I couldn't find it on the site, at least. If I missed it, someone will surely tell me so, and I'll update this post accordingly.
I've been to three BSidesLV events so far and it's well worth your time. It's a more laid-back affair in a more peaceful off-the-strip location.
I'll post more details on these events as they become available. I hope to see you there!