The CSO guide to top security conferences

CSO Online’s calendar of upcoming security conferences makes it easy to find the events that matter the most to you.

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There is nothing like attending a face-to-face event for career networking and knowledge gathering, and we don’t have to tell you how helpful it can be to get a hands-on demo of a new tool or to have your questions answered by experts.

Fortunately, plenty of great conferences are coming up in the months ahead.

If keeping abreast of security trends and evolving threats is critical to your job — and we know it is — then attending some top-notch security conferences is on your must-do list for 2017 and 2018.

From major events to those that are more narrowly focused, this list from the editors of CSO, will help you find the security conferences that matter the most to you.

We’ll keep it updated with registration deadlines and new conferences so check back often. While we don’t expect this calendar to be comprehensive, we do aim to have it be highly relevant. If there’s something we’ve missed, let us know. You can email your additions, corrections and updates to Michael Nadeau (mnadeau@idgenterprise.com).

 


August

Cyber Security Training & Technology Forum (CSTTF)
August 30 - 31, 2017
Colorado Springs, Colorado

7th Annual Cybersecurity Training & Technology Forum (CSTTF) is again being co-hosted by the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) – Colorado Springs Chapter and FBC, Inc. with this year’s theme being “The Four Pillars of CSTTF: Cyber Resilience in Military/Government, Healthcare, Law, and Education”. This years CSTTF will also host several in-depth sessions, panel discussions, and cybersecurity exhibits along with networking opportunities with your peers and vendors.


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September

SAFE 2017
September 6-8, 2017
Rome, Italy

The Safety and Security Engineering Conference was created to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of the most recent research and industrial developments in the theoretical and practical aspects of safety and security engineering. This year’s conference will focus on attracting papers in all related disciplines in addition to the case studies describing practical experiences in the areas such as crisis management, security engineering, natural disasters and emergencies, terrorism, IT security, man-made hazards, risk management, control, protection and mitigation issues, and many others.

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SecureWorld Twin Cities
September 6, 2017
Minneapolis, MN

Join your fellow security professionals for affordable, high-quality cybersecurity training and education. Attend featured keynote presentations, panel discussions, and breakout sessions—all while networking with local peers. Earn 6-12 CPE credits through 30+ educational elements, learning from nationally-recognized industry leaders. Visit the expo hall and discover the latest technologies from over 25 security solutions providers

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IFCPP 2017 Conference, Seminar, Exhibits & Certification Program
September 16 - 20, 2017
Yale University - New Haven, CT

The International Foundation for Cultural Protection Property (IFCPP), a non-profit member based trade association that provides training on security, safety, and emergency protection for cultural, educational, and public institutions, is holding their annual conference in partnership with Yale University in New Haven, CT,. IFCPP's 2017 conference will feature 3 days of outstanding educational offerings, timely cultural property protection sessions, and several unique networking opportunities. Offerings include classroom seminars and workshops, certification courses, group meals, Yale cultural tours, and select exhibits will be available.

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Annual Cyber Security Conference For Executives
September 19, 2017
Baltimore, MD

The Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute and COMPASS Cyber Security will host the 4th Annual Cyber Security Conference for Executives. This year’s Cyber Security Conference for Executives will be focused around examining the current cyber security challenges faced by organizations today and how those organizational leaders can work towards “shifting their data to being safe and secure.” This conference will also provide panel discussions, and other expert hosted discussions around digital security, rights management, Cloud and more.

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(ISC)² Security Congress
September 25-27, 2017
Austin, TX

(ISC)², a nonprofit focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world, is hosting the Security Congress cybersecurity conference. Bringing together over 1,500 cybersecurity security leaders, over 100 educational sessions and providing the perfect environment to collaborate with your peers, the 2017 Security Congress cybersecurity conference will provide the knowledge, the tools and the expertise to help you protect your organization.

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Fall Structure Security Conference
September 26-27, 2017
San Francisco, CA

The Fall Structure Security conference will focus on highlighting the latest industry best practices be leveraged today by security professionals who are protecting some of the largest companies and institutions on the planet. The Fall Structure Security conference attendees will closely examine the future of security products, security related services, and the latest threats aimed at disrupting your business.


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October

CSX 2017 North America
October 2-4, 2017
Washington, DC

CSX 2017 North America will focus on helping you stay on top of the latest cyber security trends, further your cyber career, and make new connections with professionals around the world. CSX 2017 also delivers world-class keynote speakers and sessions that dive deep into what you need to know now while participating in the global conversation with professionals who are facing the same challenges as you.

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SecureWorld Bay Area
October 5, 2017
Santa Clara Convention Center, CA

Join your fellow security professionals for affordable, high-quality cybersecurity training and education. Attend featured keynote presentations, panel discussions, and breakout sessions—all while networking with local peers. Earn 6-12 CPE credits through 30+ educational elements, learning from nationally-recognized industry leaders. Visit the expo hall and discover the latest technologies from over 25 security solutions providers.

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CISO Policy Conference
October 5, 2017
Atlanta, GA

The first annual National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC) Chief Information Security Officers ISO Policy Conference will take place at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta. The CISO Policy Conference will provide executive leadership such as Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), Chief Information Officers (CIO) and other cybersecurity stakeholders with a very unique opportunity to educate today’s policymakers about the issues that are impacting their businesses, to ensure that the policy priorities of the technology security industry are being heard on Capitol Hill, and to discuss and learn about the latest cybersecurity policy issues from lawmakers and cybersecurity policy experts.

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Hacker Halted 2017
October 5 - 10, 2017
Atlanta, Georgia

This year’s Hacker Halted will follow the lessons of Sun Tzu from more than 2,500 years ago. With today’s wars waged over cables and microchips instead of battlefields, a major challenge is simply to define what war is and when war should be declared. In addition to Hacker Halted 2017, the EC-Council Company will offer a certification class for information security professionals in the four to three days prior to the conference.

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ISSA International Conference
October 10-12, 2017
San Diego, CA

The 2017 ISSA International Conference will be a solutions oriented, proactive and innovative event focused on the Digital Danger Zone. With more than 800 colleagues and peers discussing topics ranging from incident response, to application security, to business skills for the information security professional.

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EDGE2017 Security Conference
October 17 - 18, 2017
Knoxville, TN

The EDGE2017 conference is where true collaboration between business and technology professionals happens. Combining engaging keynotes from world-renowned visionaries, recognized technology industry leaders, topical roundtables, training sessions, and industry-specific tracks, EDGE2017 is where complex business security problems meet real-world solutions. Keynote speakers this year include Dr. Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, renowned “white hat” hackers known for the remote compromise of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee, as well as Maj. Gen. Brett T. Williams, the director of operations at U.S. Cyber Command from 2012-2014.

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Cyber Security Chicago
October 18 - 19, 2017
Chicago, Illinois

Cyber Security Chicago 2017 will offer IT and Security mangers invaluable security insight delivered to you from industry experts and covering topics such as building a stronger defense against cyber-attacks, how to recover your systems if they are breached, and how to protect your employees, organization and your country from criminal gangs and cyber terrorism while learning from the cyber security industry’s top experts as they deliver thought-provoking seminars on all facets of cyber security and risk mitigation.

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O'Reilly Security Conference
October 29 - November 1, 2017
New York, New York

This year’s O'Reilly Security Conference will cover stimulating success stories, as well as those notable failures. You’ll be introduced to provocative ideas with practical how-to’s and backed-up by proven best practices. The O'Reilly Security Conference will provide pragmatic advice on defensive security practices with a focus on arming today's Information Security practitioners with real-world tools and techniques.


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November

SecureWorld Denver
November 1-2, 2017
Denver, CO

Join your fellow security professionals for affordable, high-quality cybersecurity training and education. Attend featured keynote presentations, panel discussions, and breakout sessions—all while networking with local peers. Earn 12-16 CPE credits through 60+ educational elements, learning from nationally-recognized industry leaders. Visit the expo hall and discover the latest technologies from over 40 security solutions providers.

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POC2017
November 2-3, 2017
Seoul, Korea

POC is a unique international security and hacking conference held each year since 2006 in Seoul, Korea. POC 2017 is both a Blackhat and Whitehat event focused on technical and creative discussions and demonstrating real hacking and security challenges.

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Countermeasure
November 9-10, 2017
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Countermeasure, now in its 5th year, will host its 5-day event packed with world class keynotes, training sessions, discussions, and product demos of the latest offensive and defensive IT security management strategies. There will also be ample opportunities to network with both your peers and industry leaders. Countermeasure 2017 will deliver an additional three days of professional skills training provided by the world’s most knowledgeable and influential IT security experts prior to the two-day main conference.

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International Cyber Security and Intelligence Conference
November 7-8, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The 2017 International Cyber Security and Intelligence Conference will be held this year on November 7th - 8th in Toronto, Canada. Hosted again this year by the Ontario College of Management and Technology ICSIC 2017 will provide a great opportunity for the worlds experts in Cyber security, digital Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism, Cyber Operations research, and much more. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss best practices around cyber safety, attacks prevention and building a secured cyber world. This unique cyber security and intelligence conference will also feature several very high profile speakers ranging from cyber security, privacy, intelligence, national critical infrastructure and counter-terrorism experts.

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SecTor
November 13 - 15, 2017
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The 11th straight year of SecTor continues to build on the reputation of providing a forum for experts from around the world to share their latest most recent research data and new techniques around underground threats and potential corporate defenses. While SecTor 2017 will provide tons of fun and celebrations, the event is focused on providing the quality content and presentations that matters to Canadian IT Security Professionals today.


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December

Black Hat Europe
December 4-7, 2017
London, UK

Black Hat Europe 2017 will once again bring together the industries top professionals and researchers to provide attendees with the latest research, development, and trends in Information Security today. This year’s Black Hat Europe will include two full days of briefings discussing the latest research and vulnerability disclosures as well as a unique opportunity to network with the world’s top security experts and peers alike.

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International Conference on Information Security and Digital Forensics (ISDF2017)
December 8-10, 2017
Thessaloniki, Greece

The Third International Conference on Information Security and Digital Forensics is a 3 day event held in this year in Greece and will host presentations delivered by researchers from the international community, including presentations from keynote speakers and state-of-the-art lectures and will cover a diverse list of topics from Cyber Security, Digital Forensics, Information Assurance and Security Management, and many more related topics.


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2018 - January

ICCS 2018
January 8-11, 2018
New York City, NY

The Seventh International Conference on Cyber Security (ICCS 2018) will be held in New York City this January. Hosted this year by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Fordham University, this event is a tremendous opportunity for cyber security leaders to coordinate their efforts with other global partners. ICCS 2018 attendees will participate in three days of over 60 distinguished speakers spanning from the government, private and academic sectors and each providing a

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Enigma 2018
January 16 – 18, 2017
Santa Clara, CA

Committed to fostering an open, collaborative, and respectful environment, Enigma 2018 will focus on a single track of engaging discussion around a wide range of security and privacy related topics. The goal this year is too provide attendee with a clear explanation of the emerging threats and the latest defenses as they relate to the growing intersection of society and technology.

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SANS Security East 2018
January 18, 2018
New Orleans, LA

SANS Security East 2018 was created to provide exceptional cyber security training designed to help attendees advance their careers. Join your peers, industry experts, instructors, and practitioners who will share their practical expertise with you so that you can add value and apply what you have learned the day you return to work. SANS provides the training material for you to take home with you ensuring that you have the tools you need.


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February

The European Information Security Summit
February 20, 2018
London, United Kingdom

Join over 450 of your Cyber Security and Information Technology professionals to discuss the latest issues at The European Information Security Summit (TEISS). TEISS will consist of triple conferences, one on culture and education, another on data and technology, and finally, identity and access management. In addition to offering 3 conferences in one, TEISS also offers customizable training sessions for small groups offering attendees with the ability to build their own personalized training agenda that suits your exact challenges.

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2018 Gartner Data & Analytics Summit
February 26 - 27, 2018
Sydney, Australia

The 2018 Gartner Data & Analytics Summit will once again bring together the world’s leading data and analytics experts. The agenda…. the single most powerful catalyst for change in the enterprise. This event will embrace the full range of information and analytics challenges being faced by CIO's in todays business.

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CSO50 Conference + Awards
February 26 - 28, 2018
Scottsdale, AZ

IDG once again delivers the CSO50 Conference + Awards event. Come and explore the latest and ever-changing business risk landscape along with 200+ other security decision-makers. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore how enterprise technologies are rapidly advancing, exposing new threats and how to proactively locate and deploy the latest innovative solutions to help mitigate those threats. Join industry experts and pears alike for an interactive, engaging and world-class networking oppertunity as attendees actively seek out more information on security solutions and best practices.


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March

Cyber Security for Critical Assets USA
March 6 - 8, 2018
Houston, TX

SANS Security East 2018 was created to provide exceptional cyber security training designed to help attendees advance their careers. Join your peers, industry experts, instructors, and practitioners who will share their practical expertise with you so that you can add value and apply what you have learned the day you return to work. SANS provides the training material for you to take home with you ensuring that you have the tools you need.

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