With 2017 now in the rear-view mirror, the security industry is turning its attention to 2018. The new year will no doubt present its fair share of challenging digital security threats. So too will it present numerous opportunities for infosec professionals to discuss shared difficulties at conferences and summits.To help promote these collaborative events, we at The State of Security are proud once again to assemble a list of the top conferences in information security. We hope you’ll consider attending at least one of the following 17 events in 2018.If we missed a conference, please let us know in the comments!17. TiaraConWhen: TBAWhere: TBA, Las Vegas, Nevada, USAWebsite: http://www.tiaracon.org/index.html
TiaraCon is a free two-day conference that espouses the mission of advancing women’s careers in cyber security. It seeks to bring attention to and ultimately change the fact that women constitute only 10 percent of all security professionals and just nine percent of infosec leadership.At its second annual conference in 2017, attendees enjoyed networking with one another as they learned how to communicate more efficiently with both women and men in security as well as how to practice conflict resolution. TiaraCon also hosted a panel talk where panelists shared stories about making their way in the security industry, as well as a Resume Bar staffed by security experts.16. FS-ISAC Annual SummitWhen: 20-23 May, 2018Where: Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, Florida, USAWebsite: https://www.fsisac-summit.com/2018-Annual-Summit-Overview
Each FS-ISAC Annual Summit is hosted by the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, a resource which helps members of the global financial industry share and analyze intelligence on digital and physical threats.Attendees to this annual event have the opportunity to hear a series of sessions and talks on the newest threats facing the global financial services sector. Everyone from CEOs and Heads of Threat Intelligence to Payment Operations Directors and Payment Line of Business Managers are encouraged to attend.15. CanSecWestWhen: 14-16 March, 2018Where: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaWebsite: https://cansecwest.com/
CanSecWest is a three-day conference that boasts a single-track of enlightening one-hour presentations prepared by a knowledgeable professional and an educator. The event prides itself on bringing attendees together into a relaxed environment so that they can collaborate and network.This year’s conference will feature Dr. Michael A. VanPutte, Ph.D, who will speak on “Cyberwar and other modern myths.” Attendees will also get to attend presentations on election security and low-cost radio wave attacks.14. ShmooConWhen: 19-21 January, 2018Where: Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington District of Columbia, USAWebsite: https://shmoocon.org/
ShmooCon is an annual hacking conference that takes place on the east coast of the United States every January. The first full day of the conference features a single track of speed talks called “One Track Mind.” This is followed by two full days of three event tracks: “Build It,” “Belay It,” and “Bring It On.”The conference’s major themes include exploiting technology and using hardware and software solutions to address critical issues in information security.Attendees can also enjoy several events that run concurrent to the conference, including the Lockpick Village, ShmooCon Labs and Hack Fortress.13. HITBSECCONFWhen: 9-13 April, 2018Where: NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsWebsite: https://conference.hitb.org/hitbsecconf2018ams/
Hack in the Box Security Conference (HITBSecConf) is an annual event held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This year’s iteration of the event boasts six three-day technical training courses that explore next-gen infosec issues and a two-day triple-track conference featuring well-known industry leaders. Those who regularly attend HITBSecConf value it for all the networking opportunities and the chance to stay current with critical computer security issues.The first round of accepted speakers to HITBSecConf-Amsterdam will be announced in January.12. AppSec EuropeWhen: 17-21 June, 2018Where: TBA, Tel Aviv, IsraelWebsite: http://2018.appsec.eu/
AppSec Europe is an annual conference hosted by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), a non-profit organization which strives to raise the visibility of software security worldwide. Each AppSec Europe conference features technical talks, debate panels, training sessions, hands-on learning workshops, and keynote addresses from industry leaders. This year’s conference will feature Amit Klein, who is VP Security Research at SafeBreach.