49 of the Best Cybersecurity Conferences in 2020

By Susanne Gurman

Posted on Jan 20, 2020

The world of cybersecurity moves fast, that's why we've put together a list of the 49 best conferences in 2020. While the majority are located in the United States, many are international. 

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

1. International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC)

  • Date: January 28-30, 2020
  • Location: Lille, France
  • Website: https://www.forum-fic.com/en/home/discover/what-is-the-fic.htm
  • Description: For the first time in 2020, the FIC will last 3 full days. The first day, January 28, will be exclusively dedicated to the trade fair and to exhibitors with B2B appointments and meetings between buyers and suppliers. This day will thus allow end customers (CTO, CISO, etc...) to take full advantage of the FIC to finalize or initiate their cybersecurity projects, to discover new startups and innovations, and to interact with their service providers. They will still be able to enjoy the conferences on the following days.

2. SCHMOO Con

  • Date: January 31 - February 2, 2020 
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Website: https://www.shmoocon.org/ 
  • Description: ShmooCon is an annual east coast hacker convention hell-bent on offering three days of an interesting atmosphere for demonstrating technology exploitation, inventive software and hardware solutions, and open discussions of critical infosec issues.  The first day is a single track of speed talks called One Track Mind.  The next two days bring three tracks:  Build It, Belay It, and Bring It On.

3. 4th Annual Third Party & Supply Chain Cyber Security Summit 

  • Date: February 6-7, 2020
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal 
  • Website: https://sccybersecurity.com/ 
  • Description: Learn the best case studies on the end to end cyber security implementation practices when working with third parties to ensure a truly resilient and secure supply chain network at the 4th Annual Third Party & Supply Chain Cyber Security Summit.

4. RSA

  • Date: Feb 24-28, 2020
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Website: https://www.rsaconference.com/usa
  • Description: Be part of a conversation that has the power to change the world. Join top cybersecurity leaders and a dedicated community of peers as we exchange the biggest, boldest ideas that will help propel the industry forward. Get access to expert-led sessions, thought-provoking keynotes, in-depth trainings and tutorials, groundbreaking innovation programs, state-of-the-art product demos and countless networking opportunities.

5. AFCEA West 

  • Date: March 2-3, 2020
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Website: https://www.westconference.org/West20/Public/Enter.aspx 
  • Description: Learn and network while exploring and experiencing the latest platforms, leading-edge technologies and state-of-the-art networking capabilities that support the Sea Services' operations.

6. InfoSec World 2020 

  • Date: March 30 - April 1, 2020
  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Website: https://www.infosecworldusa.com/
  • Description: Join your peers and our experts at InfoSec World 2020 Conference & Expo on March 30 – April 1 to not only address the disruptive technologies and threats on the horizon, but to create a plan for managing the people, processes and tools for how your organizations react and cope with these intrusive circumstances.

7. GISEC

  • Date: April 6-8, 2020
  • Location: Dubai, UAE
  • Website: https://www.gisec.ae/
  • Description: GISEC is not just one of the most impactful cyber security shows in the region, it is also the largest, overshadowing other events in terms of aspiration, diversity and scope. In its 7th edition, GISEC welcomed over 8,300+ cyber-specific visitors, and is co-located with Future Blockchain Summit, which collectively deliver over 12,000 visitors.

8. HS-ISAC 

  • Date: May 11-15, 2020
  • Location: Tampa, FL
  • Website: https://h-isac.org/
  • Description: H-ISAC (Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center), is a global, non-profit, member-driven organization offering healthcare stakeholders a trusted community and forum for coordinating, collaborating and sharing vital physical and cyber threat intelligence and best practices with each other.

9. 2020 Americas Spring Summit

  • Date: May 17-20, 2020
  • Location: Boca Raton, FL
  • Website: https://www.fsisac.com/events/2020-spring-summit
  • Description: Stay at the forefront of trends and challenges facing the financial sector through our curated and enriched content. Our thought-provoking and interactive sessions cover relevant topics including fraud, threat intelligence, cyber-resiliency and business enablement. Build stronger relationships over three days with around 1,500 thought leaders, executives and members by sharing best practices.

10. Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference 

  • Date: May 31-June 3, 2020 
  • Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Website: https://www.technosecurity.us/mb
  • Description: Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference provides a unique education experience that blends together the digital forensics and cybersecurity industries for collaboration between government and private sectors. It has grown into one of the most important resources for corporate network security professionals, federal, state and local law enforcement digital forensic specialists, and cybersecurity industry leaders from around the world. The purpose is to raise international awareness of developments, teaching, training, responsibilities, and ethics in the field of IT security and digital forensics.

11. Gartner’s Security & Risk Management Summit 

  • Date: June 1-4, 2020
  • Location: National Harbor, MD
  • Website: https://www.gartner.com/en/conferences/na/security-risk-management-us
  • Description: Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit 2020 is the one place you can go to hear independent experts on what matters most now and how to prepare for what’s ahead. You’ll learn how to create the security and integrated risk management plans you need to give your organization the freedom to grow and innovate with confidence.

12. Ignite 

  • Date: June 1-4, 2020
  • Location: Austin, TX
  • Website: https://ignite.paloaltonetworks.com/
  • Description: This year’s Ignite security conferences will feature highly technical information, industry luminaries, 1:1 sessions, specialized course tracks, networking with peers, certification exams and the largest number of interactive training sessions we’ve ever offered.

    You’ll walk away with the latest best practices, tips and strategies from industry experts and fellow Palo Alto Networks® customers for safely enabling applications while preventing successful cyber breaches across your networks, endpoints, and public and private clouds.

13. InfoSecurity Europe

  • Date: June 2-4, 2020
  • Location: London, UK
  • Website: https://www.infosecurityeurope.com/
  • Description: Get the insight and education you need need to manage information and cyber risk to build resilience within complex organisations. Discover CISO insights and thought-provoking sessions.

14. RMISC

  • Date: June 9-11, 2020
  • Location: Denver, CO
  • Website: https://www.rmisc.org/ 
  • Description: The RMISC is the only conference of its kind in the Rocky Mountain  region. A convenient, affordable knowledge-builder for IT security, audit and compliance professionals at all levels. RMISC provides the perfect blend of education, networking and opportunities that are critical to your success in today’s economy and security climate!

15. CircleCityCon

  • Date: June 12-14, 2020
  • Location: Indianapolis, IN
  • Website: https://circlecitycon.com/
  • Description: Continuing our year after year record breaking attendance, CircleCityCon 7.0 promises to test our limits and deliver to you a conference unique from all the others.

16. SANSFIRE 2020

  • Date: June 13-20, 2020
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Website: https://www.sans.org/event/sansfire-2020
  • Description: SANS cyber security training goes beyond theory, incorporating real-world examples and practical techniques you can apply directly to your work. Join us for SANSFIRE 2020 (June 13-20) in Washington, DC, and choose from more than 40 information security courses taught by leading industry experts. With cutting-edge courseware, dedicated instructors, and a relentless passion for excellence, SANS delivers relevant training that will help you become a more effective cyber security professional.

17. Hack in Paris 

  • Date: June 15-19, 2020
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Website: https://hackinparis.com/
  • Description: Hack in Paris is a steadily growing event, gathering each year IT security experts and passionate, in the French capital. In a dedicated environment, attendees can really understand the realities of hacking and the consequences that companies are facing. It offers during 5 days, a high-quality program dealing with high end IT security, industrial espionage, penetration testing, physical security, forensics, malware analysis techniques and countermeasures.

18. FIRST Conference 

  • Date: June 21-26, 2020
  • Location: Montreal, Canada
  • Website: https://www.first.org/conference/2020/
  • Description: First is an international confederation of trusted computer incident response teams who cooperatively handle computer security incidents and promote incident prevention programs.

19. AWS re:Inforce

  • Date: June 30-July 1, 2020
  • Location: Houston, TX
  • Website: https://reinforce.awsevents.com/
  • Description: AWS re:Inforce includes hundreds of technical sessions, a keynote featuring AWS security leadership, and access to cloud security experts in the Security Learning Hub (our Expo experience).

20. Black Hat USA 

  • Date: August 1-6, 2020
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Website: https://www.blackhat.com/upcoming.html#usa
  • Description: Black Hat is the most technical and relevant information security event series in the world. For more than 20 years, Black Hat Briefings have provided attendees with the very latest in information security research, development, and trends in a strictly vendor-neutral environment. These high-profile global events and Trainings are driven by the needs of the security community, striving to bring together the best minds in the industry. Black Hat inspires professionals at all career levels, encouraging growth and collaboration among academia, world-class researchers, and leaders in the public and private sectors.

21. Security Awareness Summit & Training 2020

  • Date: August 5-6, 2020
  • Location: Austin, TX
  • Website: https://www.sans.org/event/security-awareness-summit-2020
  • Description: The 7th annual SANS Security Awareness Summit is on and we're getting ready for our biggest and best Summit yet! Every year, we strive to provide the very best forum for security awareness officers looking to take their program to the next level! Our promise is to provide actionable lessons you can take back and apply right away within your own organization, with a focus on your industry, employee base, and current maturity level. This two-day Summit includes expert awareness-focused talks, interactive discussions, networking events, and more!

22. DEF CON 27 

  • Date: August 6-9, 2020 
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Website: https://www.defcon.org/
  • Description: DEF CON is one of the oldest continuously running hacker conventions around, and also one of the largest.

23. The Diana Initiative 

  • Date: August 6-7, 2020
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Website: https://www.dianainitiative.org/
  • Description: Back for the fourth year, The Diana Initiative is hosting a two-day conference during Hacker Summer Camp to celebrate women in security and diversity in technology employment. This year’s event will take place on August 6th and 7th 2020 at the Westin Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas.

24. 29th USENIX Security Symposium 

  • Date: August 12-14, 2020
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Website: https://www.usenix.org/conference/usenixsecurity20
  • Description: Please join us in Boston for the 29th USENIX Security Symposium. 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.

25. 44CON

  • Date: September 9, 2020 
  • Location: London, UK
  • Website: https://44con.com/
  • Description: 44CON is an Information Security Conference & Training event taking place in London. Designed to provide something for the business and technical Information Security professional.

26. GSX 2020

  • Date: September 21-23, 2020
  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Website: https://www.gsx.org/
  • Description: Global Security Exchange is the only event that brings together security professionals from all vertical markets throughout the world to network, learn, and re-invest in the industry.

27. BruCON 2020 

  • Date: October 1-2, 2020
  • Location: Ghent, Belgium
  • Website: https://www.brucon.org/2020/
  • Description: BruCON is an annual security and hacker(*) conference providing two days of an interesting atmosphere for open discussions of critical infosec issues, privacy, information technology and its cultural/technical implications on society. Organized in Belgium, BruCON offers a high quality line up of speakers, security challenges and interesting workshops. BruCON is a conference by and for the security and hacker(*) community.

28. Les Assises de securite 2020

29. SecTor 2020

  • Date: October 19-22, 2020
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Website: https://sector.ca/
  • Description: SecTor has built a reputation of bringing together experts from around the world to share their latest research and techniques involving underground threats and corporate defences. The conference provides an unmatched opportunity for IT Security Professionals, Managers and Executives to connect with their peers and learn from their mentors.

30. Global AppSec

  • Date: October 22-23, 2020
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Website: https://sf.globalappsec.org/
  • Description: Formerly known as AppSec USA, the Global AppSec Conference is the premier application security conference for developers and security experts. Designed for private and public sector infosec professionals, the OWASP three day training and two day conference equips developers, defenders, and advocates to build a more secure web.

31. Hacker Halted 

  • Date: October 29-30
  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Website: https://www.hackerhalted.com/
  • Description: Hacker Halted is EC-Council’s annual IT Security Conference and plays host to over 50 speakers delivering ground breaking presentations! Hacker Halted builds on the educational foundation of EC-Councils courses in ethical hacking, computer forensics, pen testing, and many others. Hacker Halted brings the industry’s leading researchers, practitioners, ethical hackers and other top IT Security professionals together to discuss current issues facing our industry.

32. Cybersecurity & Cloud Expo North America 

  • Date: November 4-5, 2020
  • Location: Santa Clara, CA
  • Website: https://www.cybersecuritycloudexpo.com/northamerica/
  • Description: The Cyber Security Expo North America 2020 will return to the Santa Clara Convention Center in the heart of Silicon Valley on November 4-5 to host its second North American event.  It will bring together key industries from across the globe for two days of top-level content and discussion across 5 co-located events covering IoT, 5G, Cyber Security, Cloud, Blockchain, AI and Big Data. t, energy, financial services, healthcare and more.

33. API Oil and Gas Cybersecurity Conference 

  • Date: November 10-11, 2020
  • Location: Houston, TX
  • Website: https://www.api.org/products-and-services/events/calendar/2020/cyber
  • Description: Join us at the 14th Annual API Cybersecurity Conference & Expo and discover methods for thwarting the bad guys, what the scene looks like over the horizon and how the latest technologies can help you counter cyber espionage, address cyber warfare, and make your cyber efforts secure.  

34. 31st ISF Annual World Congress 

35. (ISC)² Security Congress 2020 

  • Date: November 16-18, 2020
  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Website: https://www.isc2.org/News-and-Events/Event-Calendar#
  • Description: (ISC)² is an international, nonprofit membership association for information security leaders like you. We’re committed to helping our members learn, grow and thrive. More than 140,000 certified members strong, we empower professionals who touch every aspect of information security. 

36. DeepSec 

  • Date: November 17-20, 2020
  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Website: https://deepsec.net/
  • Description: The DeepSec IDSC is an annual European two-day in-depth conference on computer, network, and application security. We aim to bring together the leading security experts from all over the world. DeepSec IDSC is a non-product, non-vendor-biased conference event. Intended target audience: Security Officers, Security Professionals and Product Vendors, IT Decision Makers, Policy Makers, Security-/Network-/Firewall-Admins, Hackers and Software Developers.

37. GrrCon

  • Date: TBD
  • Location: TBD
  • Website: http://grrcon.com/
  • Description: GrrCON is an information security and hacking conference that provides the Midwest InfoSec community with a fun atmosphere to come together and engage with like minded people. We keep GrrCON small with around 1,700 attendance to allow us to provide those things other events leave out. Whether you are a Fortune 500 executive, security researcher, industry professional, student, or a hacker of “flexible” morals you will find something for you at GrrCON.

38. GovWare

  • Date: TBD
  • Location: Singapore
  • Website: https://www.govware.sg/ 
  • Description: GovernmentWare (GovWare) is the region’s most established premier conference and showcase for cybersecurity and is the cornerstone event for the Singapore International Cyber Week. Featuring the latest trends in technology, organisational implementation and user perspectives, GovWare attracts practitioners to network, discuss and collaborate on all things cybersecurity.

39. Mind the Sec

  • Date: TBD
  • Location: Brazil
  • Website: https://mindthesec.com.br/
  • Description: Uniting high quality content with rich environments for business generation, networking and relationship, Mind The Sec is the main event for the meeting of Brazilian and international Information Security and Technology decision makers, brands and specialists. All this in spaces designed to offer comfort and exclusivity.

40. CISO Executive Summit Series

  • Date: Multiple Dates
  • Location: Multiple Locations
  • Website: http://www.evanta.com/ciso/summits
  • Description: Evanta, a Gartner Company, fosters leadership development and collaborative exchange among top executives globally. We convene thousands of c-suite executives each year to create unmatched opportunities for leaders of the best companies to network, share, and learn.

41. Security BSides

  • Date: Multiple Dates
  • Location: Multiple Locations
  • Website: http://www.securitybsides.com/w/page/12194156/FrontPage
  • Description: Each BSides is a community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members. The goal is to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the traditional confines of space and time.  It creates opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. It is where conversations for the next-big-thing are happening. 

42. SecureWorld

  • Date: Multiple Dates
  • Location: Multiple Locations
  • Website: https://www.secureworldexpo.com/
  • Description: SecureWorld hosts 17 annual conferences across North America, web conferences every three weeks, a weekly podcast, and online training courses, and serve as a hub for cybersecurity news and resources. 

43. Hack in the Box Security Conference

  • Date: Multiple Dates
  • Location: Multiple Locations
  • Website: https://conference.hitb.org/
  • Description: HITBSecConf or the Hack In The Box Security Conference is an annual must attend event in the calendars of security researchers and professionals around the world. Held annually in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Amsterdam in The Netherlands, HITBSecConf is a platform for the discussion and dissemination of next generation computer security issues.

44. Cyber Security Chicago

  • Date: TBD
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Website: http://www.cybersecurity-chicago.com/
  • Description: Cyber Security X Chicago is part of the fastest growing cyber security event series, providing events that uniquely cover the entire security landscape. The event will offer invaluable security insight from industry experts on all facets of cyber security and risk mitigation, right in the center of Chicago.

45. Nuit du Hack

  • Date: TBD
  • Location: TBD
  • Website: https://nuitduhack.com/en
  • Description: Initiated in 2003 by a crew of people, who got together under the name of Hackerz Voice and inspired by the famous and biggest US hacking event named “DEFCON”. “La Nuit Du Hack” is one of the oldest French underground hackers’ event which bring together, professionals and amateurs of any skill level, around lectures and challenges. Regardless of their skill, guests come to see and talk about the latest advances in IT Security to assess and/or improve their level.

46. Cyber Security Summit

  • Date: Multiple Dates
  • Location: Multiple Locations
  • Website: http://cybersummitusa.com/
  • Description: Comprised of business meetings, panel discussions, round table discussions and networking opportunities, the Cyber Security Summit delivers direct access to the latest cybersecurity experts.

47. IANS Information Security Forums

  • Date: Multiple Dates
  • Location: Multiple Locations
  • Website: https://www.iansresearch.com/what-we-do/events/forums
  • Description: IANS facilitates and connects clients-to-experts and experts-to-experts. Our Faculty of industry experts provides the breadth and depth of information to guide you on your information security journey. Through a regional delivery model, our events gather all members of the security function.

48. FutureCon

  • Date: Multiple Dates
  • Location: Multiple Locations
  • Website: https://futureconevents.com/
  • Description: At each FutureCon Event, you will receive high-level cybersecurity training and learn cutting-edge security approaches to manage risks in the constantly evolving world of cyber threats.

49. CISO Executive Network 

  • Date: Multiple Dates
  • Location: Multiple Locations
  • Website: https://www.cisoexecnet.com/welcome-ciso-executive-network
  • Description: The CISO Executive Network is a peer-to-peer organization dedicated to helping information security, IT risk management, privacy, and compliance executives be more successful.  We accomplish this mission by providing opportunities for those professionals to meet periodically in their local cities to share with one another and hear from industry experts.

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