11 Best Security Conferences to Attend in 2020

February 11, 2020 Patricia Johnson

Staying ahead of the security curve requires constant learning. As malicious threats become more advanced, continuously evolving your security tactics is crucial.

Attending cybersecurity conferences is one of the best ways to expand your knowledge, hear from some of the most revered experts in the industry, discover new best practices and technology, and of course, network. 

However, there are thousands of events every year. Choosing the security conferences that match your priorities is essential to getting the most value for your time and money. To make it easier to parse through the options, we’ve defined the top 11 security conferences to attend in 2020.

Note: The following list is sorted by date, not ranking.

RSA Conference 2020

Dates: February 24-28, 2020

Location: Moscone Center - San Francisco, California

If you are looking for a comprehensive and information-packed week, the RSA Conference is the right event for you. The agenda is comprised of multiple session tracks and seminars, covering every security topic you could think of. In addition, you’ll have the option to take in-depth, two-day tutorials, participate in immersive Learning Labs, and connect with peers in the RSAC Engagement Zone. If you are up for some competition, you can take part in the SANS Core NetWars Tournament, a cybersecurity challenge that will help you enhance your skills.

Troopers20

Dates: March 16-20, 2020

Location: Print Media Academy - Heidelberg, Germany

The IT security conference Troopers20 is known for its high-impact learning opportunities. The first two days of the conference are dedicated to training, which includes workshops and other hands-on experiences for broadening your security skills. The second two days feature talks by security experts on everything from emerging trends and technology to tactical tips to try. The final day is for roundtables, where you can meet the conference speakers and have engaging discussions on current IT-Sec topics.  

At the Troopers20 social events, you can enjoy local German beer, experience one of Heidelberg’s finest restaurants, and network with other attendees.

Interested? Register

Cyber Security & Cloud Expo Global 2020 

Dates: March 17-18, 2020

Location: Olympia London - London, England

Nine thousand attendees are expected to convene at Olympia London for the fifth Cyber Security & Cloud Expo in March, including CISOs, Innovation and Technology Leads, IT Directors, Security Professionals, and more. The conference agenda is designed to focus on key issues facing CISOs and security professionals today, such as talent, security, scalability, providing ROI, cloud, network defense, automation, threat detection and landscapes, malware and the human factor.

Attendees will benefit from a host of keynotes, interactive panel discussions, and case studies. In the exhibition hall, they will have the chance to see some of the most innovative developments in the security solutions market today. 

Interested? Register

Infosecurity Europe

Dates: June 2-4, 2020

Location: Olympia London - London, England

This June marks Infosecurity Group’s 25th year hosting the annual event in Europe. Over the three-day conference, more than 19,500 industry professionals are expected to attend to test cutting edge products and learn about new practices and trends. Infosecurity Europe will feature more than 400 international exhibitors. 

Infosecurity Group is still developing its roster of speakers — if you are interested in speaking, you can contact them here. The agenda will cover a wide range of topics, including risk, privacy, compliance, security engineering, infrastructure, threat intelligence, application security, and more.

Interested? Register

OWASP Global AppSec - Dublin

Dates: June 15-19, 2020

Location: Convention Center Dublin - Dublin, Ireland

Formerly known as AppSec EU, the OWASP Global AppSec Conference is a top application security conference for developers and security experts. The OWASP event includes training workshops for experiential learning in critical security areas, as well as conference sessions on security, DevOps, and the cloud. 

Interested? Register

Black Hat USA

Dates: August 1-6, 2020

Location: Mandalay Bay - Las Vegas

Since its inception in 1997, Black Hat has developed into one of the most technical and relevant security event series worldwide. It began as a single annual conference in Las Vegas, and today has meetings in the US, Europe, and Asia every year. Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming event in the US!

Here’s a gist of what you can expect. Briefings are a hallmark of every Black Hat conference. Each year, attendees get to hear internationally known security researchers share their work and exploits onstage. In the training sessions, attendees have the opportunity to take technical courses on a range of topics, from penetration testing to exploiting web applications and more. These experimental attack and defense courses are led by industry and subject matter experts from all over the world. 

Interested? Stay tuned to register

DEF CON 28

Dates: August 6-9, 2020

Location: Caesars Forum - Las Vegas

More than 30,000 people are expected to attend DEF CON 28 in Las Vegas in 2020. The international conference, which began in 1993 before many of its attendees were born, is considered the ultimate event for hackers. At DEF CON, even the electronic badges are a puzzle for attendees to solve. The event is organized into “villages,” each comprised of its own schedule of talks, workshops, labs, and contests, all related to the village theme. After each full day of sessions, there are numerous parties to attend.

Interested? Stay tuned to register

OWASP Global AppSec - SF

Dates: October 19-23, 2020

Location: Hyatt Regency - San Francisco

San Francisco is no stranger to industry events. In October, thousands will convene at the Hyatt Regency for Global AppSec San Francisco, presented by the OWASP Foundation. Formerly known as AppSec USA, this annual event is a must-attend for developers and security experts. The conference sessions and hands-on training events cater to both private and public sector infosec professionals. They’re designed to expand the knowledge and skills of everyone who attends with the hope of building a more secure web.

Interested? Stay tuned to register

(ISC)² Security Congress 2020

Dates: November 16-18, 2020

Location: Hyatt Regency - Orlando

Few details are out yet about this year’s (ISC)² Security Congress, but it’s worth saving the date for. The annual event brings together a global community of cybersecurity professionals and experts, offering them new tools and knowledge through more than 175 educational sessions led by 200 thought leaders. Expect a comprehensive agenda, spanning the topics of the human factor, IoT, regulation, security automation, cloud security, and many more. (ISC)² members will have the opportunity to earn CPEs at the event. 

Interested? Stay tuned to register

SANS

Dates and locations: SANS is hosting several conferences throughout the year in the US. Check out the full calendar.

SANS is one of the largest sources for information security training and certification in the world. Every year, it hosts five large-scale national events, attracting 900-1,300 attendees and exhibitors from cutting-edge security solutions providers. Each event offers practical training that cybersecurity professionals face every day. On top of that, it holds several summits, each tailored to different security topics, such as cyber threat intelligence, security operations, incident response, and more. 

Interested? Click here to select an event and register.

Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit

Dates & Locations: There are several events around the world throughout the year. See the complete schedule here.

The global Gartner summit is regarded as a premier conference series for security and risk management leaders. The events are geared to help attendees learn how to create security and integrated risk management plans required to support business growth and innovation. Topic highlights include application and data security, automation, governance and policy management, threat and vulnerability management, and leadership and strategy.

Attendees will walk away from these events with greater confidence when it comes to security strategy, communicating cybersecurity risk with C-suite executives, risk quantification, continuously assessing the threat landscape, and better incidence response.

Interested? Register

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