VETCON was started in 2018 by Milton Security and Cyber Defense Technologies. Both companies are led by CEOs who are Veterans (USCG and USMC) that have a passion for helping Veterans. Both CEOs saw that in the Cyber Security industry that there were support groups and events for everything, but fellow Veterans. In addition, Milton Security and Cyber Defense Technologies have had a Hire Veterans First program at both of their firms since their founding. Veterans are highly skilled, well-trained and a tight knit enclave within the hacker community.
In 2018, these two veterans decided they wanted to throw a party and meetup for their hacker/veteran buddies and with the help of DEFCON organizers who provided space, VETCON was born.