Ten hot upcoming cybersecurity events you should know about

Small niche cybersecurity conferences with specialty tracks for the remainder of 2015

The big events in our industry including RSA Conference, Black Hat, Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, plus the major vendor conferences, are splashed all over the media and industry calendars… and chances are you already know about them.

Here’s a roundup of 10 hot cybersecurity events you probably don’t know about… and they all take place before the end of this year.

These upcoming events are more narrowly focused on specific cybersecurity sectors and topics, and well worth consideration by CIOs, CSOs, CISOs, IT and security professionals, vendors and service providers, members of the media, students, job-seekers, recruiters, and anyone in the cyber community. If you’ve got the time and budget, then you might want to squeeze one or two of them on to your calendar.

The 10, with their focus areas:

BIOMETRICS

2015 Global Identity Summit - Sept. 21-24, 2015 - Tampa Fla.
The Global Identity Summit (formerly known as the Biometric Consortium Conference and Technology Expo) is the U.S. federal government’s primary outreach and collaboration-building event with the worldwide identity community each year and is designed to promote a high-level understanding of current capabilities, pending needs, and future directions of both the federal government and the identity community.

DATA PRIVACY

Privacy. Security. Risk. 2015 - Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 2015 - Las Vegas
P.S.R. is presented by the IAPP Privacy Academy and CSA Congress. This specialized data privacy and security conference features best-in-class education and networking. Headliners include Art Coviello, Executive Chairman (Retired), The Security Division of EMC, RSA, Brian Krebs, Investigative Reporter and Cybersecurity Expert, and Kristin Lovejoy, President of Acuity Solutions; Former CISO, IBM.

CYBER THREATS

Virus Bulletin 2015 - Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2015 - Prague, Czech Republic
The annual international Virus Bulletin conference is cited by many as the IT security event of the year. The event is run by Virus Bulletin, a security information portal, testing and certification body with a formidable reputation for providing users with independent intelligence about the latest developments in the global threat landscape. The key themes this event focuses on are: Malware and botnets; Anti-malware tools and techniques; Mobile devices; Hacking and vulnerabilities; Spam and social networks; and Network security.

ENERGY SECTOR

Industrial Control Cybersecurity USA 2015 - Oct. 12-14, 2015 - Sacramento, Calif.
This event addresses key areas of vulnerability, threat detection, mitigation, and planning for the Energy, Oil, Gas, Electric and Water Sector. The Industrial Control Cybersecurity conference consists of presentations and debates from some of the energy industry’s leading end users from operational and IT backgrounds, Government influencers, leading cybersecurity authorities and some of the world’s most influential solution providers.

SOCIETY

Hack.lu - Oct. 20-22, 2015 - Luxembourg
Hack.lu is an open convention/conference where people can discuss computer security, privacy, information technology and its cultural/technical implication on society. There will be talks, workshops and presentations at Hack.lu.

GOVERNMENT

SINET - Security Innovation Network Showcase 2015 - Nov. 2-3, 2015 - Washington D.C.
SINET Showcase provides a platform to identify and highlight “best-of-class" security companies that are addressing industry and government’s most pressing needs and requirements. The chosen SINET 16 Innovators present their technological solutions to representatives from the ecosystem of the entrepreneur: venture capital, investment banking, system integration, academia, science, legal, policy, private industry and executives from the Federal Government, including civilian, intelligence and military professionals.

MILITARY

Defense Daily Open Architecture Summit 2015 - Nov. 4, 2015, Washington D.C.
The 2015 Open Architecture Summit lineup includes: Enabling the warfighter across battlespace domains; Effectively addressing emerging and evolving threats to national security; Rapidly upgrading systems while reducing life cycle costs; The benefits of common standards and approaches; Intellectual property rights; Implementing open architectures; Capturing data rights; and Developing common standards required for systems in high-reliability environments such as space and avionics.

ACADEMIA

Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) - Nov. 12-14, 2015, Brooklyn N.Y.
Get ready for the largest student-run cyber security event in the nation: a weekend of competitions, industry talks and events to prepare best-performing students with the skills and knowledge to shape the future of the industry. CSAW is managed by undergraduate and graduate students of the Information Systems and Internet Security Laboratory at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, guided by university faculty and industry leaders.

CYBERCRIME

2015 U.S. Cyber Crime Conference - Nov. 14-20, 2015 - National Harbor, Md.
This is the only event of its kind that provides both hands-on digital forensics training and an interactive forum for cyber professionals to network. The conference covers the full spectrum of topics facing defenders as well as law enforcement responders. All aspects of computer crime will be covered, including intrusion investigations, cyber crime law, digital forensics, information assurance, along with research and development, and testing of digital forensic tools.

INTERNATIONAL

AFCEA International Cyber Symposium - Dec. 8-12, 2015 - Sofia, Bulgaria
Our networks - the data they pass, the information they provide, and the knowledge they produce - power economies, enable government activities, and promote our collective security. Protection of this growing cyber domain demands new answers in policy, coordination, teaming, and response. Risks abound, but, needed solutions suggest growing opportunities as well – particularly in business and security. The AFCEA International Cyber Symposium will address these opportunities in building “Cyber Resilience.” Presentations and discussions will highlight national, institutional, and organizational perspectives within Europe, NATO, EU, and the US.

Niche events held in small venues provide intimate networking opportunities for cybersecurity professionals. Add one to your calendar, meet new people, learn something new, and perhaps an unexpected opportunity awaits you.

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