Attending cyber security conferences throughout the year is the best way to stay updated on the latest trends in the industry and network with fellow colleagues. This is where you often hear about the newest and greatest technologies. You gain personal insight from leading experts in the industry. Hopefully, they’re giving you actionable and tangible information to apply to your everyday security efforts.

Several cyber security conferences take place every year across the globe. They each offer a different experience, but the toughest decision is choosing the best conference for your precious time and money. We’ve gone through the list of reputable conferences, and we’ve listed these top events that should be on your list for the upcoming year. These were chosen based on the conference’s personal impact and brand awareness.

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Mark these cyber security conferences in your calendar:

ShmooConSANS CyberThreat
SANS Cyber Threat Intelligence SummitInfosecurity Europe
 Secure360 Conference44CON London
CanSecWestBruCON Belgium
InfoSec World Conference Data Connectors
WiCyS – Women in Cybersecurity
CSO50 Conference
Global Privacy Summit
Black Hat USA
Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit

Black Hat USA

Date: August 4 – 8, 2018
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

If you’ve been in the industry for sometime, you might’ve heard a few comments about Black Hat. Black Hat is the most technical and relevant global information security series in the world. For over 18 years, the organization has provided the industry with information security research, developments, trainings and trends. Black Hat brings the top-minds in the industry together in an annual US conference, but they also hold conferences in Asia and Europe. Also check into Black Hat Europe.


Date: August 9 – 12, 2018
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

One of the longest running security conference with a unique and quirky step in their walk. The conference has now celebrated over 25 years of bringing ‘hacker’ experts together in an informative environment to collaborate. With over 20,000 conference participants, Defcon has turned into quite the unique show to meet others in the industry.

Ignite ‘18 Cybersecurity Conference

Date: October 22 – 23, 2018
Location: Washington D.C.

Pegged as an ‘eye opening’ conference by industry professionals, Ignite is offered in three locations around the world including California, The Netherlands and Washington D.C. The conference is “overflowing with highly technical 1:1 sessions, the latest in network security, endpoint security and cloud security, specialized course tracks, technological disruption, expert speakers, outstanding networking opportunities, Ultimate Test Drives, Hands-On Workshops, PSE and PCNSE certification exams, and more Cyber Range trainings than we’ve ever offered.”


Date: 2019
Location: Washington D.C.

The highly anticipated east coast hacker’s conference that “demonstrats technology exploitation, inventive software and hardware solutions, and open discussions of critical infosec issues” in a few short days.

SANS Cyber Threat Intelligence Summit

Date: January 23 – January 28, 2019
Location: Maryland

Two-days of endeph training, six hands-on courses and plenty of community and networking opportunities, the Cyber Threat Intelligence Summit “brings together top experts and practitioners for in-depth threat intelligence talks, world-class SANS training, DFIR NetWars, and exclusive networking opportunities.”

Secure360 Conference

Date: March 13 – 15, 2019 (WI) and May 13 – 15, 2019 (MN)
Location: Wisconsin and Minnesota

Secure360 features your collaboration for an interconnected world. This conference is the conference of choice for comprehensive security and risk management education, and they focus on several key areas: cybersecurity, governance, risk and compliance, physical security, business continuity management, and professional development.


Date: March 20 – 22, 2019
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

CanSecWest is the world’s most advanced conference leading the way in applied digital security and actively promotes collaboration and social networking.

InfoSec World Conference

Date: April 1 – 3, 2019
Location: Florida

The InfoSec World Conference is the “business of security” conference. For more than 20 years, experts have collaborated at this annual event to share ideas, give technical expertise and discuss current and rising security concerns.

WiCyS – Women in Cybersecurity

Date: March 29 – 30, 2019
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

As we know, women are greatly underrepresented in the cyber security industry. Because of this, WiCyS aims to encourage, support and engage individuals in the industry. Current research, presentations and ‘lightning talks’ will be leading events at this conference.

CSO50 Conference

Date: April 8 – 10, 2019
Location: Arizona

Organized and ran by the leading cyber security publication CSO Online, this conference dives deep into trending topics such as behavioral analytics, risk management and deterring phishing attacks.

Global Privacy Summit

Date: 2019
Location: Washington D.C.

This summit is pegged at where the “worldwide privacy profession gathers annually.” Connect with keynote speakers and engage in networking events with fellow cyber security experts.

RSA Conference

Date: March 4 – 8, 2019
Location: San Francisco

“Where the world talk about security.” RSA is a highly reputable conference that offers the “opportunity to learn about new approaches to info security, discover the latest technology and interact with top security leaders and pioneers.”

Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit

Date: June 2019
Location: National Harbor, MD

Adopt your security strategy for digital business transformation at Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, in National Harbor, MD, the premier event for cyber security and risk management leaders.


44CON Conference

Date: September 12 – 14, 2018
Location: London, England

44CON features wonderful talks and workshops in an small group and close setting. This conference tackles cyber security challenges straight at the source.

BruCON 2018

Date: October 3 – 5, 2018
Location: Belgium

BruCON is an “annual security conference providing two days of an interesting atmosphere for open discussions of critical infosec issues, privacy, information technology and its cultural/technical implications on society.”

SANS CyberThreat

Date: 2019
Location: London, England

An highly anticipated cyber event for the UK and Europe, CyberThreat aims to bring the top minds in the industry together for “sharing of bleeding edge techniques, case studies from the field and new tools.”

Infosecurity Europe

Date: June 4 – 6, 2019
Location: London, England

Workshops, talks, exchanges and more, the highly anticipated InfoSecurity Europe conference opens again this summer for an informative three days on hot and trending topics. Past speakers have included Professor Angela Sasse, Bruce Schneier and Joseph da Silva.


Date: Several
Location: Several

Data Connector connects you to several events throughout the year at several different locations around the world. Most events focus on an educational speaker series that discuss “current cyber-security issues such as cloud security, email security, VoIP, LAN security, wireless security & more.”

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Editor’s Note: This article was updated for accuracy and with additional information on June 14, 2018.