Top IT Security Conferences In The World - includes Def Con, Black Hat, RSAC, ShmooCon, SACON & many more

Here's a list of World's Best and Most Popular IT Security Conferences. Details such as Tentative Time, Pass Price and Locations are mentioned so you can plan your Calendar.

Top IT Security Conferences In The World:

1. Black Hat

Claims to be the most technical and relevant global IT security conference in the world. Black Hat USA believes in providing a vendor neutral environment for latest information technology research and development and trends.

  • Participation fees: $1800- $2600
  • When & Where:
    • Black Hat USA 2015 : August 1-6, 2015, Mandalay Bay | Las Vegas, NV
    • Black Hat Europe 2015 : November 10-13, 2015, Amsterdam RAI | The Netherlands
    • Black Hat Asia 2016 : March 29 - April 1, 2016, Marina Bay Sands 10 Bayfront Avenue | Singapore
  • Number of Attendees: About 7500
  • Website: https://www.blackhat.com/

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2. RSAC:

This IT Security Conference claims to attract the highest number of attendees approx. 30,000. However according to RSA “the real value of the Conference lies not in their size, but in the valuable content they provide and their commitment to finding new industry voices and new ways for the community to feel inspired and engaged”.

  • Participation fees: $1900 approx. (Delegate pass)
  • When & Where:
    • RSA USA - April 20 - 24, 2015, | Moscone Center | San Francisco, CA
    • RSA Conference Asia Pacific & Japan Singapore | 22 – 24 July, 2015, | Marina Bay Sands
    • RSA Conference Abu Dhabi | 4 – 5 November, 2015 | Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi
  • Number of Attendees: 30000
  • Website: https://www.rsaconference.com/

3. DEFCON:

Started in 1993, Defcon is one of the oldest and also one of the largest hacker IT Security conferences.Last year saw a record number of attendees.

  • Participation fees: $1900 approx. (Delegate pass)
  • When & Where:
    • DEF CON 23 – August 6-9, 2015, Paris/Bally's in Las Vegas
  • Number of Attendees: 14,500
  • Website: https://www.defcon.org/index.html

4. Infosecurity Europe:

Infosecurity Europe claims to be the biggest and the most attended IT security conference in Europe. Infosecurity Europe 2015 seems to be Europe's largest information security industry gathering.

5. InfoSec World

Organized by MIS Training Institute, they seem to have a diverse range of speakers that attracts attendees to the IT Security Conference.

  • Participation fees: Max $3995
  • When & Where:
    • InfoSec World 2015- (23-25) March 2015 | Disney’s Contemporary Resort -Orlando - FL
  • Number of Attendees: 1300 +
  • Website: http://www.infosec-world.com/

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6. ShmooCon:

Organized by The Shmoo Group, ShmooCon is an American hacker IT Security Conference. It has three days for demonstrating with technology exploits, inventive software, hardware solutions and open discussions of critical Information Security issues. Costs are relatively low.

  • Participation fees: $150 general admission ticket
  • When & Where:
    • ShmooCon 2015- (16-18) January 2015 | Washington Hilton Hotel- Washington -USA
  • Number of Attendees: 1500+
  • Website: https://www.shmoocon.org/

7. SANS Summits:

Organized by SANS Institute, it is a 2-Day IT Security Conference hosted with focus on the current Information Security Concerns. Some segments include -User Panels, Debates, Vendor Demos and short talks by industry experts.

  • Participation fees: 1299 USD- 5350 USD
  • When & Where:
    • Digital Forensics & Incident Response Summit - Austin, TX Jul 7, 2015 - Jul 14,2015
  • Number of Attendees:
  • Website: https://www.sans.org/summit/

8. Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit

Gartner's conference hosts the its IT Security Conference which focuses on work of 1200 Research Analysts. The Summit includes six in depth programs including current issues on IT security and risk management.

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9. APPSEC USA

A software IT Security Conference for developers, auditors, risk managers, technologists, and entrepreneurs gathering with the world’s top practitioners to share the latest research and practices in the field of security. Two-days of training followed by two-days of world-class speakers. This is an excellent platform for developers, security experts and technologists to discuss cutting edge approaches to secure web applications. AppSec USA is also one of the largest sources of funding to help advance all of the free, open source OWASP projects the security world rely upon.

  • Participation fees: $300 - $1500
  • When & Where:
    • OWASP APPSECUSA 2015 - September 22-25 – San Francisco
  • Number of Attendees:
  • Website: https://2015.appsecusa.org/

10. SACON - Security Architecture Conference

Focused on Security Architecture, you could find deep technical session & strategic sessions on Security Architecture, SecDevOps, Threat Modelling, SOC, Incident Response, IoT Security and More. It brings IT Security Professionals and architects together. It strives at understanding and incorporating security at the architectural level. Also offers some great discount schemes, use the pre-registration for these.

  • Participation fees: $250 - $500
  • When & Where:
    • SACON 2017 - November  – Bangalore, India
  • Number of Attendees: 300+ to 500+
  • Website: sacon.io

Of course we have our very own community events which we have to mention.

CISO Platform Annual Summit/ Decision Summit

CISO Platform Annual Summit and Decision Summit are two of the largest IT Security Conference in India/Asia which is exclusively for Senior Security executives/Decision makers. Typically there are over 50+ sessions and 80+ speakers from 8 different countries sharing their insights and experiences with the CISO’s working to secure businesses of all sizes in various innovative ways.

  • Content Focus
    • Vendor Evaluation and Bench marking Tools
    • Security Management Tools and Frameworks
    • Metrics and Dashboard for Security Management and Decisions
    • Professional Development Checklists and Frameworks

Calendar of Events

January ShmooCon
March InfoSec World
April RSA
June
  • Gartner Security and Risk management summit
  • CISO Platform Decision Summit
  • Infosecurity Europe
July
  • SANS Summit
  • RSA
August
  • SANS Summit
  • DEFCON
  • Black Hat
September Appsec USA
November
  • Black Hat
  • RSA
  • SANS Summit
  • CISO Platform Annual Summit
  • SACON
December SANS Summit

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