WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The conference is in its 23rd year and attracted 16,000 participants last year, according to media reports.
On Tuesday, Def Con organizers announced that a special guest in one of the panels will be US Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security Director of the IT Controls Division Catherine Wheeler.
Wheeler will discuss the weaponization and regulation of security research, the conference organizers said.
Def Con is one of the world’s largest annual hacker conferences. It is organized by US hacker and computer security expert Jeff Moss, who currently works as a security consultant testing the safety of various companies’ computer systems.