Attending cybersecurity conferences can be helpful for several reasons; and 2023 is no exception. It’s actually expected to be a blockbuster year for trade shows and other in-person industry events.
At AWA International, we think that industry events are an important way to stay informed and updated on the latest cybersecurity threats, trends, tools and technologies. Attendees also get the chance to see the latest products and platforms in action as vendors showcase their innovations. Conferences are also a great opportunity for professional development as the schedules are always full of training sessions and workshops that can help improve skills and advance your career. Plus, because conferences attract professionals from all over and from different areas of expertise within the cybersecurity world, they can be the perfect event to learn, grow, and network.
Overall, attending cybersecurity conferences can be a valuable experience for individuals looking to enhance their knowledge and skills, build professional relationships, and stay informed about the latest developments in the industry.
What Will Be Covered at Cybersecurity Conferences in 2023?
The topics covered at the various cybersecurity conventions can vary widely, but some common themes this year include:
- Threat Intelligence: Understanding the latest threats and vulnerabilities, and how to protect against them.
- Cloud Security: Ensuring the security of data and applications in the cloud.
- Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Exploring the use of AI and ML in cybersecurity and their potential applications.
- DevSecOps: The integration of security into the software development process.
- Cybercrime and Digital Forensics: Investigating cybercrime and techniques for gathering and analyzing digital evidence.
- Identity and Access Management: Managing and protecting digital identities and controlling access to sensitive information.
- Regulation and Compliance: Understanding and complying with data privacy and security regulations such as GDPR and HIPAA.
- IoT Security: Securing the growing number of connected devices and the data they collect and transmit.
Which Cybersecurity Conferences Should be on Your Calendar in 2023?
Take out your agenda and mark the dates of these can’t-miss conferences.
San Francisco: Apr. 24 – 27, 2023
One of the largest and most well-known cybersecurity conferences in the US and Asia is celebrating 30 years in the industry. As always, they have a busy lineup of cybersecurity experts, panel discussions, and interesting guest speakers. This year’s agenda includes a cloud security summit, OWASP seminar, FIDO Alliance seminar, innovation sandbox, women’s networking reception, and daily learning lab events. Plus, they are hosting both in-person and online marketplace expo options featuring hundreds of businesses, product specialists, and demos of the newest solution.
Speakers include Abhilasha Bhargav-Spantzel a Security Partner Architect at Microsoft, Dr. Tracy Celaya Brown a Sr. Manager of Global Programs atIron Mountain Data Centers, Bobby Ford the Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Rob Duhart, Jr. a Deputy CISO and CISO of eCommerce at Walmart.
You will be glad to know that you can also earn Continuing Education (CE) credits for GIAC certification, iapp, ISACA, and ISC.
Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit
National Harbor, MD: June 5 – June 7, 2023
This yearly conference, targeted at security and risk executives, is hosted by renowned research firm Gartner. The most recent occasion in 2022 concentrated on important tactical requirements like adopting a flexible security posture, how to simplify and optimize cybersecurity mesh architecture, establishing human-centered, security-conscious workplace cultures and reducing individual risk in the cybersecurity environment.
Among the participants every year, there are chief information security officers, security executives, risk management leaders, security architects and technical IT professionals, network, application, and data security managers. Topics on the agenda include cybersecurity leadership, IT risk management, infrastructure security, application security, technical insights for security practitioners, CISO insights, and cybersecurity market dynamics.
London: June 20 – June 22, 2023
This is a critical show for the cybersecurity industry, hailing all types of businesses—small and large, public and private. It prides itself on putting a wide variety of vendors and solutions on display in each pavilion. Plus, breakaway sessions, panel discussions, brainstorming sessions, and keynote speakers provide information on the latest threats, emerging concepts, techniques and technologies. Professionals enjoy this event for the opportunity to engage with peers, colleges, and experts on the topics that most interest them at a deeper level.
The state mission of InfoSecurity is: “to bring the information security community together to cultivate a safer, more secure future by sharing information, harnessing relationships and creating spaces for discussing trends and discovering new technology.”
“Most importantly, we all come away from the show with a much better understanding of what we need to do for the year ahead,” explains Chris Green, Head of PR and Communications (ISC)2.
Black Hat USA
Las Vegas: Aug 5, 2023 – Aug 10, 2023
This annual conference is focused on the latest cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities. Last year, the trade event celebrated its 25th anniversary and this year it will continue to provide hybrid participation options. It always brings in thousands of infosec professionals and there will be a broad range of security products and solutions on display by Black Hat sponsors, including CISCO, Secureworks, KnowBe4, and Armis. The Black Hat conference is also an exciting chance to try offensive and defensive hacking techniques in their hands-on training labs.
DEF CON Conference
Las Vegas: August 10 – August 13, 2023
This yearly global hacking and security conference attracts all levels of cybersecurity professionals, ethical hackers, employees of government agencies, and hacking enthusiasts. The conference organizers for this event are notoriously secretive, so the itinerary for 2023 is bound to be a surprise!
Chaos Communication Camp 2023
Berlin, Germany: August 15 – August 19, 2023
In lieu of the Chaos Communication Congress, the CCC is organizing a camp event, along with local satellite events. Though the full agenda has yet to be released, we know that the camp will include discussion sessions, workshops, and entertainment. Topics vary widely from technology to society and politics.
InfoSec World USA
Lake Buena Vista, FL: September 25 – September 27, 2023
Similar to the Europe event, this information security conference features top international experts and speakers, workshops and live demonstrations. Attendees get the chance to pose their most challenging questions to live panelists and guest speakers. Plus, the event is peppered with exciting entertainment and awards ceremonies.
OWASP 2023 Global AppSec
Washington, DC: October 30 – November 3, 2023
This event is a popular one for InfoSec professionals in both the public and private sectors. The event targets developers, defenders, and advocates who are working to make the web and applications more secure. It includes three full days of educational and practical training courses on a mix of cybersecurity topics.