Cybersecurity is a rapidly evolving field, and the field’s central issues usually differ from year to year. For this reason, conferences are massively important for industry professionals and tech journalists alike.
There’s just one issue, though: there are so many of them. What’s more, the attendance fees are usually quite expensive, to say nothing of travel costs. It’s a big decision, and we’re here to help you make it.
Below, we’ve listed ten cybersecurity conferences that should be high on your priority list for the 2019. We’ve sorted the list chronologically, and we’ve evaluated each conference based on past reputation, location, and price. Happy hunting!
- Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
- Price list: January early bird, CA$2,200; February, CA$2,300; March 1–15, CA$2,400; after March 15, CA$2,600
- Date: March 20–22, 2019
CanSecWest is one of the biggest cybersecurity events in Canada, and 2019 is set to be no different. It’s a single-track conference, which means everyone sees the same stuff—and that makes networking much easier.
This year’s keynote is to be delivered by Scott Jones, the Head-designate of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security; he’ll be talking about innovations in Canadian cybersecurity. In other words, it’s your chance to hear about the nation’s future straight from the horse’s mouth!
Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS)
- Location: Pittsburgh, PA
- Price list: US$35–US$550
- Date: April 28–30, 2019
One of the ones we’re most looking forward to is the Women in Cybersecurity conference in Pittsburgh. As you can imagine, it’s an event dedicated to highlighting and uniting women who work in cybersecurity and can be a ridiculously great networking event for young women new to the field. Better yet, students can get tickets at a steal for just US$35!
- Location: Scottsdale, AZ
- Price list: single ticket, US$495; team ticket, US$400 (per ticket)
- Date: April 8–10, 2019
Hosted by the prestigious CSO Magazine, this annual conference is part–awards show, part–lecture series that highlights some of the brightest CSOs and CISOs in the business. While less academic compared to some of the other conferences listed here, CSO Magazine can certainly be trusted to put on a weekend of ground-breaking content that rounds up all of the latest trends in cybersecurity for 2019.
- Location: Milwaukee, WI
- Price list: US$109.99
- Date: April 11–12, 2019
CypherCon’s lower price doesn’t indicate lower quality. Rather, this conference simply tries to strike the balance between experts and newbies alike.
One of the ways the organisers achieve this is by blanking speaker names on submissions. That way, the judges who pick the content pick it purely for the content. Not only does this allow a range of younger newcomers and veterans of the cybersecurity industry, it also means you’re likely to get the most interesting range of lectures possible.
- Location: Dundee, UK
- Price list: standard, £20; student, £25
- Date: May 18–19
Most British events are held in London, so why not make a change and head up north to lovely Scotland? Held at Abertay University and hosted by the Ethical Hacking Society, this incredibly inexpensive event is a goldmine for anyone wanting to further their cybersecurity knowledge by focusing specifically on its flaws. Securi-Tay was a roaring success in its first year, and this year only promises to be even bigger and better than before.
- Location: Indianapolis, IN
- Price list: free for kids; $100 for students; $125 for first-round attendees (until March 1)
- Date: May 31–June 2
The official cybersecurity conference of the Circle City itself, Indianapolis’ standout event of the year is a great split between child-friendly activities, training sessions, and keynotes.
Alongside this, there’s usually a great deal of entertainment in between talks, making CircleCityCon a truly community-based conference and certainly one of the events to beat in the Midwest in 2019.
- Location: London, UK
- Price list: TBA
- Date: June 4–6, 2019
One of the largest gatherings of cybersecurity experts in Europe, London’s Infosecurity is essential for anyone in the field, especially in the age of Brexit and GDPR. With almost twenty thousand attendees every year, it’s the perfect place to expand your business network exponentially.
- Location: Tunis, Tunisia
- Price list: US$400–1,000
- Date: June 11–14, 2019
Living on the Mediterranean, North Africa, or the Middle East automatically puts many conferences outside of your travel range. Fortunately for you folks, RightsCon is picking up sticks from Canada and taking place in the Tunisian capital this year.
It’s one of the most lauded cybersecurity conferences, even if cybersecurity isn’t its main focus (it’s a digital rights conference first and foremost, but that generally tends to cover a lot of cybersecurity issues).
Even for those travelling from outside of the neighbouring areas, RightsCon is fairly affordable, with a starting price of US$400 for academics catching the early bird.
ISACA Cyber Security Nexus
- Location: Geneva, Switzerland
- Price list: US$1,900–2,100
- Date: October 16–18, 2019
Taking place in the Swiss data haven, ISACA’s Cyber Security Nexus conference is absolutely one of the best cybersecurity conferences to attend in 2019. Better yet, it’s one of the most revered conferences of its kind, meaning that the networking opportunities are going to be far beyond what most other conferences can offer.
Not only does it include industry veterans giving unmissable talks about the state of cybersecurity, there are also many workshops at the event too, which offers a more practical demonstration than you tend to get from events such as this.
Information Security Forum
- Location: Dublin, Ireland
- Price list: US$1,900–2,100
- Date: October 16–18, 2019
The ISF are hosting their 30th Annual World Congress in Dublin this year, which is great news for anyone in Western Europe. For three days, over a thousand industry leaders will be cobbled together in the city’s Convention Centre, delivering keynotes and hunting down some exciting new contacts. With any luck, you could be one of them!