Black Hat will require (and provide) masks for in-person attendees
Andrea Peterson July 29, 2021

Black Hat will require (and provide) masks for in-person attendees

Black Hat will require (and provide) masks for in-person attendees

Black Hat will require masks for all in-person attendees, in compliance with new local mask mandates imposed in response to the surge of the highly transmissible Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus in Las Vegas and other parts of Nevada. 

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a new mask mandate Tuesday that requires everyone in areas with the highest transmission rates, including Clark County where Las Vegas is located, to wear masks at indoor public places, regardless of their vaccination status — echoing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance issued hours earlier. 

Black Hat organizers announced the mask change in an email to in-person registrants Thursday morning, adding that the conference would provide masks on site: 

“For everyone traveling to the event, we want to assure you that we have been monitoring the situation in Las Vegas closely and have been working with venue host, Mandalay Bay, as well as local officials to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all Black Hat attendees. In conjunction with the newest mandate in Clark County, we will be requiring all attendees to wear a mask while attending the event. To ensure that everyone can easily follow these guidelines, we will have face masks available to anyone who needs one.”

The announcement came just a week before Black Hat’s briefings, a major industry deal-making event, are set to begin. DEF CON, which occurs directly after Black Hat, was already set to require attendees to wear masks — and provide proof of vaccination.

Andrea (they/them) is a longtime cybersecurity journalist who cut their teeth covering technology policy ThinkProgress (RIP), then The Washington Post from 2013 through 2016, before doing deep dive public records investigations at the Project on Government Oversight and American Oversight. Their work has also been published at Slate, Politico, The Daily Beast, Ars Technica, Protocol, and other outlets. Peterson also produces independent creative projects under their Plain Great Productions brand and can generally be found online as kansasalps.