In the information age, it hurts to be behind your peers when it comes to staying current with industry knowledge. It gives back to you when you’re connected.
This year seek to be ‘in the loop’ by attending industry events to know the latest trends and information. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Through these experiences, gain valuable insights from leading experts, and network with other cyber professionals. Being a regular attender at InfoSec and cyber security events is a major opportunity to keep you updated.
In this post, we’ve compiled our favorite industry events that we believe are not to be missed by the InfoSec professional.
These events take place all over the world. And yes, you have many to choose from. Is this list ‘set in stone’? That’s a big ‘no.’ With the InfoTech and cyber security industry becoming more popular, we highly anticipate this list to grow accordingly.
DEF CON is a major hackers convention held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. As a contributor to the industry for more than two decades, this conference leads the industry. DEF CON is an almost comical and geeky approach to the InfoSec sphere, which many industry leaders positively acknowledge because of the industry’s lack of humor. If you want a taste of this humor, research how DEF CON’s name came to be.
Next Conference: August 9 – 12, 2018
Are you searching for the greatest industry minds and industry gurus? They’ll be at ShmooCon. This conference hosts the latest trends in the cybersecurity space.
Next Conference: TBD
Where the world talks about security, or as it states in their marketing. This sounds like a great place to start with your cyber security knowledge overload. The conference pegs their slogan as, “Always relevant. Always current. Always fresh,” leaving you to never miss an important hole in information technology facts. Look at this conference as the ideal place to exchange ideas, update on key trends and find solutions to your data security.
Next Conference: July 26 – 28, 2017 (Asian/Pacific), November 7 – 8, 2017 (Dhabi)
Leading the industry for 20 years, BlackHat USA provides the latest in research, developments and trends. The conference is global with many leading conferences around the world in Asia, Middle East and Europe. BlackHat is a highly professional event, where you’ll see industry experts and speakers.
Next Conference: July 22 – 27, 2017 (USA), December 4 – 7, 2017 (Europe), March 20 – 23, 2018 (Asia)
Started in 1984 Hamburg Germany, the knowledge and expertise from this conference spans decades. This is seen in the impressive mixture of lectures and workshops for technical and hacker issues. The conference is part of a larger organization called Chaos Computer Club that focuses on providing “information about technical and societal issues, such as surveillance, privacy, freedom of information, hacktivism, data security and many other interesting things around technology and hacking issues” to professionals.
Next Conference: July 27, 2017 (Germany)
It’s the largest cyber security conference on the east coast of the United States. The conference aims to help IT professionals “build effective cyber threat intelligence analysis capabilities” with in-depth talks, seminars, techniques and methods.
Next Conference: TBD
CanSecWest goes bold with the conference mission statement, “the world’s most advanced conference focusing on applied digital security” to describe its personal endeavors. The conference focuses on experienced and thought-provoking industry leaders to lead the space in a series of networking events, workshops and industry highlights.
Next Conference: March 14 – 16, 2018
Hosted by MIS Training Institute (MSITI), InfoSecWorld is a information epicenter for industry-leading sessions, workshops and seminars. The conference prides themselves on finding the top industry leaders to speak at the conference, who give advice that is “compelling, actionable and applicable to the current challenges faced in any position.”
Next Conference: March 19 – 21, 2018
Jet to Europe to drink Italian wine and German beer, but also take part in the largest “security conference for European developers and security experts.” The conference highlights industry thought leaders, talks, sessions and “great social experiences.”
Next Conference: TBD
Infosecurity Europe leads the way as the number one information security event in the European region. The conference prides themselves on being an information hub for “everyone and everything you need to know about information security.”
Next Conference: October 4 – 5 , 2017 (USA), June 5 -7, 2018 (Europe)
We’re continuously looking for updated information and suggestions to support the InfoSec community. This list is a starting point, and it will continue to develop as suggestions are made.