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Virtual security conferences fill void left by canceled face-to-face events

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Notable members of the infosec community are creating impromptu but highly popular virtual events using cheap, off-the-shelf tools.

Following the swift emergence of the COVID-19 crisis, organizers of cybersecurity and hacking conferences of all sizes have been faced with three choices: Cancel their events altogether, postpone them to the presumably better future, or find some way to hold them in a virtual manner on the internet. Wild West Hacking Fest, originally slated for March 10 to March 13 in San Diego, quickly converted itself into a virtual conference and was soon followed by dozens of conferences that modified their plans to accommodate the need for the social distancing.

A new form of non-traditional information security conference has emerged over the past two weeks. These conferences are organized by leading information security professionals who are leveraging existing, off-the-shelf online video conferencing and collaboration tools such as GotToWebinar or Zoom to rapidly mount internet-based alternatives to in-the-flesh confabs.

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