The 36 Best Cyber Security Conferences Left in 2019

By Susanne Gurman

Posted on May 31, 2019

In the world of information security, conferences are an invaluable resource for security professionals. Keeping up with the latest threats and innovations is a monumental task for anyone alone, which is why conferences are so integral for disseminating new information via discussion, training, workshops, and opportunities to network with experts and peers in the cyber security space.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of 50 upcoming conferences happening in the rest of 2019. Most are in the US, many are international. From venerated institutions to upstart hacking collectives, we’ve dug deep to identify conferences with something special to offer, whether you’re a CISO or amateur enthusiast.

We didn’t rank these events, but they are listed chronologically for easier browsing. Some conferences haven’t announced a date or location at the time of publication, so be sure to keep checking their official sites for updates.

CircleCityCon

Date: May 31 - June 2, 2019

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Held in downtown Indianapolis, CircleCityCon includes contests, three tracks of talks, entertainment, and technical villages. The event covers topics covering security and hacking, with a signature offering of community-led classes open to all participants.

Ignite

Date: June 3 - 6, 2019

Location: Austin, TX

The agenda for this four-day event is packed with technical hands-on learning experiences, best practices, and customer deployment stories. Held in Austin for the first time ever, Ignite will feature industry luminaries discussing thought leadership and technology in the cyber security and network security space.

InfoSecurity Europe

Date: June 4 - 6, 2019

Location: London, U.K.

Europe’s leading information security event, Infosecurity Europe attracts over 15,000 cyber security professionals interested in learning about effective solutions to combating the latest threats and ensuring compliance. It also features a slew of interactive exhibits, highlighting 400 cutting-edge suppliers.

SANSFIRE 2019

Date: June 15 - 22, 2019

Location: Washington, DC

SANSFIRE 2019 boasts over 40 hands-on, immersion-style courses taught by real-world practitioners in the cybersecurity space. Industry leaders provide the training you need to improve your information security skills, advance your career, and address today’s greatest cyber threats.

Hack in Paris

Date: June 16 - 20, 2019

Location: Paris, France

Hack In Paris is a 5-day corporate event designed to educate attendees with professional training and info sessions. The conference covers a range of topics surrounding the real-world impact security threats can have on business, including industrial espionage, penetration testing, physical security, forensics, malware analysis techniques, and countermeasures.

FIRST Conference

Date: June 16 - 21, 2019

Location: Edinburgh, UK

FIRST is a non-profit organization and global forum where incident response and security teams come together to promote incident prevention programs and handle computer security incidents. With over 360 member teams from more than 80 countries, FIRST fosters communication and information sharing with the global community.

Gartner’s Security & Risk Management Summits

Date: June 17 - 20, 2019

Location: National Harbor, MD

At the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit is a leadership and technology summit where you’ll learn how to shift organizational culture to improve cybersecurity and privacy, as well as leadership and communication skills to get business leaders on board with making security and risk enterprise-wide priorities. Topics include new best practices for cloud security, AI, IoT, blockchain, DevOps and more.

Security Operations Summit & Training

Date: June 24 - Jul 1, 2019

Location: New Orleans, LA

The Security Operations Summit is focused on bringing together cybersecurity professionals to discuss skills and industry developments that will immediately benefit any organization. Talks, courses, and community-building events centered around cyber security operations are all on the agenda.

AWS re:Inforce

Date: June 25 - 26, 2019

Location: Boston, MA

AWS re:Inforce offers security, identity, and compliance training, as well as the chance to connect with cloud security experts and the greater security community. The agenda includes hundreds of sessions and a keynote featuring AWS security leadership.

(ISC)2 Secure Summit Denver

Date: June 28, 2019

Location: Denver, CO

(ISC)2 hosts cyber security events around the world throughout the year, with its upcoming Denver summit geared towards preparing security leaders to effectively manage risks and strengthen their organization’s security posture.

International Conference on Cyber Security (ICCS 2019)

Date: July 22 - 25, 2019

Location: New York City

Hosted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Fordham University, ICCS 2019 (held every eighteen months) spans three days with more than 60 distinguished speakers from government, the private sector, and academia. Learn from global leaders in cyberthreat analysis, operations, research, and law enforcement as they come together to create a more secure world.

Black Hat USA

Date: August 3 - 8, 2019

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Since 1997, Black Hat has grown from a single annual conference in Las Vegas to one of the biggest tech conferences in the world, providing attendees with the very latest in information security research, development, and trends. Black Hat provides training for professionals at every skill level, encouraging growth and collaboration across the information security landscape.

DEF CON 27

Date: August 8 - 11, 2019

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Started in 1993, DEF CON is one of the oldest and largest continuously running hacker conventions. Originally founded as a party for members of "Platinum Net,” a Fido protocol-based hacking network out of Canada, it now attracts more than just hackers — including lawyers, law enforcement agents, cryptographers, and more.

The Diana Initiative

Date: August 9 - 10, 2019

Location: Las Vegas, NV

The Diana Initiative’s mission is to “encourage diversity and support women who want to pursue careers in information security, promote diverse and supportive workplaces, and help change workplace cultures.” It’s a casual, welcoming environment designed to nurture talent within the community, especially for women and non-binary individuals.

28th USENIX Security Symposium

Date: August 14 - 16, 2019

Location: Santa Clara, CA

USENIX Security brings together researchers, practitioners, system administrators, system programmers, and others to share and explore the latest advances in the security and privacy of computer systems and networks. The conference hosts a variety of events covering any aspect of computing systems security and privacy.

GSX 2019

Date: September 8 - 12, 2019

Location: Chicago, IL

GSX 2019 is presented by ASIS International, the world’s largest association for security management professionals. GSX 2019 provides a full conference program of over 300+ security courses and pre-conference certification review courses for professionals at every level.

DerbyCon

Date: September 20 - 22, 2019

Location: Louisville, KY

Since its inception, the goal of DerbyCon has been to create a fun, welcoming environment where professionals and hobbyists from all walks of the security community can come together to share ideas and concepts. There’s just as much emphasis on socializing as there is on learning, and is open to anyone interested in sharpening their information security skills.

Global AppSec - DC

Date: September 9 -13, 2019

Location: Washington, DC

Hosted by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), Global AppSec - DC is a 3-day training and 2-day conference equips developers, defenders, and advocates to build a more secure web. The agenda includes talks, trainings, keynotes from industry leaders, and vendor booths promoting the latest advances in security technology.

44CON London 2019

Date: September 11 - 13, 2019

Location: London, UK

44CON London is three days of classes, networking, and socializing with IT security professionals from across Europe and beyond. The conference’s size is its advantage — unlike larger conferences where 1:1 time with experts is limited, 44CON attendees get direct personal access to expert speakers willing to discuss their work in the security field.

Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference

Date: September 30 – October 2, 2019

Location: San Antonio, TX

The goal of the Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference is to “raise international awareness of developments, teaching, training, responsibilities, and ethics in the field of IT security and digital forensics.” Cybersecurity and digital forensics experts come together in San Antonio to solve issues affecting the public and private sectors.

SecTor 2019

Date: October 7 - 8, 2019 (training and summit)

October 9 - 11, 2019 (conference)

Location: Toronto, Canada

Canada’s premier IT security education conference, SecTor brings together experts from around the world to share the latest research and techniques involving underground threats and corporate defences. To make sure you’re getting the best content, “marketing fluff” isn’t allowed at SecTor — no amount of money can buy a speaking slot in their technical track.

Hacker Halted

Date: October 10 - 11, 2019

Location: Atlanta, GA

EC-Council's annual information security conference, Hacker Halted, spotlights advanced ethical hacking training with over 40 presentations and panels with industry thought leaders over two days in Atlanta, GA. Attendees can sign up for a 2-day event pass, or dive in with a 4-day training package.

BruCON 2019

Date: October 10 - 11, 2019

Location: Belgium

Held annually in Belgium, BruCON hosts presentations and workshops that address critical security topics like privacy, information technology, and the broader societal implications of informational security. The schedule features security challenges, talks, and workshops aimed at creating links between people of various backgrounds across the security landscape.

GrrCon

Date: October 24 - 25, 2019

Location: Grand Rapids, MI

GrrCON brings together CISOs, hackers, security practitioners, and researchers for two days to connect with like-minded people in a fun atmosphere without all the “elitist ‘Diva’ nonsense,” as they put it. GrrCON provides three presentation tracks, in-con workshops, a solutions arena — and best of all — free food and beer.

30th ISF Annual World Congress

Date: October 26 - 29, 2019

Location: Dublin, Ireland

The 30th ISF Annual World Congress is the Information Security Forum’s global flagship event.  It offers attendees the chance to learn from peers and industry experts from around the world, and discuss current security challenges and their solutions in a confidential peer-group environment

Cybersecurity & Cloud Expo North America

Date: November 13 - 14, 2019

Location: Santa Clara, CA

The Cyber Security & Cloud Expo North America 2019 is two days of discussion around the impact of cyber security and the cloud have on a variety of industries — government, energy, financial services, and healthcare, amongst others. This year’s dedicated tracks include Enterprise Security: Emerging Tech and Regulations, IoT and Digital Transformation, and Developing Cloud Security Solutions.

DeepSec

Date: November 28 - 29, 2019

Location: TBD

DeepSec brings together the world's most renowned security professionals to this annual European conference. The event’s guiding principle is neutrality — submitted talks and trainings are accepted solely on merit, and newcomers are often chosen over industry rock stars. DeepSec is also a non-product, non-vendor-biased event, with a preference for “facts over ads.”

CISO Executive Summit Series

Multiple Dates

Multiple Locations

Hosted by Evanta — a Gartner Company — the CISO Executive Summit Series is an invitation-only gathering created “by CISOs, for CISOs,” the conference features content from practicing CISOs and current industry thought leaders, driven by the goal to “minimize time commitments while maximizing the depth of a true peer-to-peer engagement in an intimate setting.”

Security BSides

Multiple Dates

Multiple Locations

Bsides was created as a response to the typical constraints conferences face — schedules and physical capacity. Each BSides is a “community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members.”  Fostering an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration, it’s an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants.

SecureWorld

Multiple Dates

Multiple Locations

Providing more content and facilitating more professional connections than any other event in the cybersecurity industry, SecureWorld provides affordable, high-quality training and education for security professionals from nationally recognized industry leaders.

Hack in the Box Security Conference

Multiple Dates

Multiple Locations

Hack In The Box Security Conference (or HITBSecConf) is held annually in multiple locations around the world, and typically features two days of trainings and a two-day multi-track conference featuring hardcore technical talks delivered by the most respected names in the industry.

Cyber Security Chicago

Date: TBD

Location: TBD

Part of the fastest growing cybersecurity event series, Cyber Security X Chicago hosts events that address the entire security landscape, covering all facets of cyber security and risk mitigation. After two successful years, 2019 will be an “investment and R&D year” for the conference, due to resume in 2020.

Nuit du Hack

Date: TBD

Location: TBD

Open to professionals and amateurs of all levels looking to improve their security skills, “La Nuit Du Hack” offers lectures and challenges with the goal of educating the general public on modern risks, demystifying techniques used by “pirates,” and promoting a free exchange of information.

Cyber Security Summit

Multiple Dates

Multiple Locations

Started in New York City in 2013, the Cyber Security Summit connects C-level and senior executives with renowned security experts and cutting-edge technology to better understand how to protect their companies’ infrastructure.

IANS Information Security Forums

Multiple Dates

Multiple Locations

IANS hosts a variety of regional security conferences across the country, connecting clients with experts and experts with each other. IANS forums feature 2-day events with keynotes, breakout sessions, technology spotlight sessions, and networking breaks. Other IANS events include, webinars, symposiums, and CISO roundtables.

FutureCon

Multiple Dates

Multiple Locations

Each FutureCon event provides attendees with top-tier training from the security community as industry leaders discuss trends and tactics in a strictly vendor-neutral environment. Aimed at senior level professionals working in the security community, these events equip security professionals with the knowledge and tools to confront the dangers of current and foreseeable security challenges.

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