The CSO guide to top security conferences, 2021

Tracking postponements, cancellations, and conferences gone virtual — 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 2021 and 2022.

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 (michael_nadeau@idg.com).

October 2021

BSides Greenville, Virtual: October 9

Core BTS Security Conference 2021, Virtual: October 12

Virtual Cybersecurity & Fraud Summit: Toronto, Virtual: October 12 - 13

Virtual Cybersecurity Summit: Africa, Virtual: October 13 - 14

SecureWorld Texas Virtual Conference, Virtual: October 14

BSidesPDX, Portland, Oregon: CANCELLED

BSidesDC, Washington, DC: October 15 - 17

BSides Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama: October 16

Infosec Inspire, Virtual: October 18 - 19

(ISC)² Security Congress, Orlando, Florida, and Virtual: October 18 - 20

Western/Houston Cybersecurity Conference, Virtual and Houston, Texas: October 21

BSides Calgary, Virtual: October 21 - 22

BSidesPGH, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: October 22

InfoSec World 2021, Lake Buena Vista, Florida: October 25 - 27

BSides Jeddah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: October 28

November 2021

BSides Brisbane, Brisbane, Australia: November 2

BSides Chicago, Chicago, Illinois: November 6

BSidesDFW, TBD: November 6

Cybersecurity Summit: New York, Virtual: November 9 - 10

Virtual Eastern/Newark Cybersecurity Conference, Virtual: November 10

BSidesDE, Virtual: November 12 - 13

BSidesLDN, London, UK: November 13

IDC CISO Summit European, Virtual: November 15 - 16

Ignite 2021, Virtual: November 15 - 17

CyberSecure, Virtual: November 16 - 17

Virtual Cybersecurity Summit India & SAARC: Zero Trust, Virtual: November 16 - 17

*CSO50 Conference + Awards, Virtual: November 16 - 18

Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit Americas, Virtual: November 16 - 18

Central/St. Louis Cybersecurity Conference, Virtual and St. Louis, Missouri: November 17

SecureWorld Rockies Virtual Conference, Virtual: November 17

BSides Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal: November 18 - 19

Virtual Cybersecurity & Fraud Summit: France, Virtual: November 23 - 24

BSides Ahmedabad, Ahmedabad, India: November 26

* This event is presented by IDG Communications, the parent company of CSO.

December 2021

Virtual Western/Denver Cybersecurity Conference, Virtual: December 1

San Diego CyberSecurity Conference, Virtual and San Diego, California: December 2

SecureWorld West Coast Virtual Conference, Virtual: December 2

Des Moines Cybersecurity Conference, Virtual and Des Moines, Iowa: December 9

FutureCon South Florida, FL CyberSecurity Conference, Virtual: December 9

Atlanta Cybersecurity Conference, Virtual and Atlanta, Georgia: December 15

March 2022

Cloud & Cyber Security Expo, London, UK: March 2 - 3

April 2022

BSides Libson, Lisbon, Portugal: April 7 - 8

BSides Naples, Naples, Florida: April 23

BSidesCharm, Baltimore/Towson, Maryland: April 30 - May 1

June 2022

BSides Buffalo, Buffalo, New York: June 4

August 2022

BSidesLV, Las Vegas, Nevada: August 9 - 10

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