The Top 10 Information Security Conferences of 2016

In Part II of our 2015 Infosec Wishlist series, a number of security experts expressed their desire for the security community to renew its focus on collaboration, communication and unity in the New Year. To accomplish this goal, folks in information security will need to internalize this message and inject it into their dealings with one another. But how can we set this process in motion?We feel that conferences are an excellent starting point. Indeed, these events are perfect for security personnel to share research, debate hot topics and learn from one another.With this in mind, we have assembled a list of the top 10 conferences in the information security industry for 2016. We hope that everyone with the means and ability to attend these events will do so.(Note: These conferences are organized alphabetically and are not ranked.)10. AppSec EuropeAppSec Europe 2016

AppSec Europe 2016

When: June 27-July 1, 2016Where: Rome Marriott Park Hotel, Rome, ItalyWebsite: Europe is an annual conference that functions as an outreach effort for the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), a non-profit community organization dedicated to making software security more visible worldwide. Each and every AppSec Europe conference fulfills OWASP’s mission by featuring an impressive line-up of technical talks, debate panels, training sessions, hands-on learning workshops, and keynote addresses from industry leaders. Each event also includes a recruiting fair, CTF events, and a vendor floor.9. Black Hat USABlack-hat


When: July 30-August 4, 2016Where: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada, USAWebsite: Black Hat Conference is a favorite among infosec professionals for its emphasis on the more technical themes of the industry.“At Black Hat, you hear more about problems and solutions and less about products,” said Lamar Bailey, Director of Security Research & Development at Tripwire.Black Hat USA has been in operation for the past 17 years. As one of the most technical information security events in the world, each conference promotes a vendor-neutral environment and focuses on offering top security research, which is selected by a board of 23 of the industry’s most esteemed information security professionals.Black Hat events are held annually in the United States, Europe, and Asia.8. BSides Seriesbsides


When: Ongoing Where: Worldwide Website: Director of Corporate Communications at Tripwire, Cindy Valladares understands what makes for an effective event in information security.“The best security conferences have two key elements: talks that inspire and challenge current thinking, as well as opportunities to connect with and learn from others,” said Valladares. “Several of the BSides events that I’ve attended in the past have both of these elements.”True to Valladares’ description, BSides is a community-driven framework whose events incorporate discussion, demonstrations, and interaction into the majority of their technical presentations, thereby promoting collaboration and conversation among security professionals.“I would have to say BSides is my favorite because it’s a lot of fun, it’s very affordable, and it’s accessible nearly everywhere,” says Alexandre Cox, SANS certified trainer and technology leader in Systems Engineering for Tripwire.As of this writing, approximately 18 events have already been announced for the first half of 2016. You can view an interactive Google map of all of the events below:

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