Conferences play an important role in almost every industry. It gives professionals an opportunity to learn about the recent developments, get valuable insights from the industry experts, and other professionals who participate in the event. In few fields, conferences play a vital role as they do in cybersecurity. Such industries place high demands on professionals to stay abreast of the latest updates, trends and research findings that impact their day-to-day responsibilities and help them perform at their best. Hence, we prepared a list of top eight cybersecurity conferences, which no professionals can afford to miss.
1) TiaraCon 2.0
TiaraCon 2.0is a free two-day conference designed for women that helps them build a robust career in cybersecurity. This conference is aimed to change the fact that women constitute only 10 percent of security professionals and 9 percent of InfoSec leadership. It provides an opportunity for women to come together and build friendship and professional relationship within the InfoSec Community. Although TiaraCon is a female centric conference, it welcomes all people irrespective of their gender, color, ability, nationality, or identity. The date, time and place of this conference are yet to be announced.
2) FS-ISAC Annual Summit
The FS-ISAC Annual Summit is presented by the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center. This conference helps global financial industry professionals to share and analyze intelligence dealing with digital and physical threats. Attendees of this summit have an opportunity to hear different sessions and talks on the latest threats facing the global financial services sector. In this summit, attendees will hear from Eric O’Neill, a former FBI operative and subject of the film Breach, delivering the summit’s keynote presentation. FS-ISAC Annual Summit is being held in Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA from April 30 to May 3, 2017.
Hack in the Box Security Conference (HITBSecConf) is an annual event held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from April 10 – April 14, 2017. This conference features two-day technical training and three-days technical training followed by two days’ conference. Besides, attendees can enjoy Capture the Flag competition, technology exhibition with hackerspaces, lock picking villages, and hardware related exhibits. Also, at HITBSecConf one can make use of an opportunity to talk with the experts for 30 or 60 minutes.
4) OWASP AppSec Europe 2017 Belfast
OWASP Annual AppSec EU Security Conference is a premier application security conference organized for European developers and security experts. This conference offers thought leadership, amazing talks, informative sessions and great social experiences. During the pre-conference, which is being held from May 8th - 10th 2017, attendees will get an opportunity to attend one of the many training courses offered by industry experts. The main conference, which is being held from Thursday 11th & Friday 12th of May offers four full tracks of talks, for pentesters and ethical hackers, developers and security engineers, DevOps practices, and GRC/risk level talks for managers and CISOs. The main conference is specially designed to suit current application security industry. Along with four keynote speeches from industry thought leaders, these two days offer plenty of choices for delegates to make the learning experience their own. OWASP Appsec Europe 2017 is being held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
5) Infosecurity Europe
Infosecurity Europe is an annual conference that evolved as Europe’s number one information security conference and exhibition. It features the largest, highly regarded and respected conference programme in the industry. At this conference, over 360 top-notch exhibitors showcase the diverse range of products and services to 13,500 visitors. This makes Infosecurity Europe as one of the must-attend events of the year. The 22nd edition of Infosecurity Europe will take place at Olympia, London from 6th - 8th June 2017.
DerbyCon is an InfoSec conference, which takes pride on its family feel. It means this conference is open to all industry professionals, hobbyists, and people who take interest in cybersecurity. DerbyCon begins with a two-day training program that includes sessions on pentesting, reverse engineering, malware analysis, hacking basics, and other topics. These sessions are followed by a two-day conference, which features an impressive lineup of speakers. DerbyCon will take place at The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, USA on September 20, 2017.
7) Black Hat USA
Black Hat is one of the most technical and relevant global information security event series. Since, 19 years Black Hat has provided the latest news related to information security research, development and trends. These prestigious global briefings and trainings are driven by the needs of the security community. The BlackHat conference is held with an objective to bring the best minds of the industry under a single roof. Black Hat inspires professionals at all career levels, inspires growth and collaboration among academia, world-class researchers, and leaders in the public and private sectors. Black Hat USA 2017 starts with four days of technical training, which is being held from July 22nd – 25th, 2017 followed by the two-day main conference featuring briefings, arsenal, business hall and more.
8) DEF CON
DEF CON started in the year 1993 as a gathering of 10 small hacker networks. Since its inception, DEF CON expanded over the last 24 years, which made it as one of the oldest as well as the largest security conferences in the world. Every year, DEF CON offers exciting roster of speakers who talks on computer hacking. Exhibitors at this event will introduce some of the latest ranges of products such as Infra Red, Satellite, Amateur radio, and more along with the technologies such as censorship resistant networks like Tor, i2P, or projects such as Tribler. DEF CON is a 4-day event being held at Las Vegas, United States of America.