Top Security Conferences in the US

The USA hosts a number of major cyber security conferences that are ideal for networking professionals to keep up with latest trends and meet with peers from across the globe.  Below we’ve listed the best with some ideas of what happens at each event so you can start planning your attendance for 2018.

DataConnectors Seattle

When: June 7

Where: Seattle, Washington

This years’ DataConnectors conference in Seattle is focused on email and cloud security, and will have over 40 exhibitors and 8 speaker sessions. The opening speaker is Steve Heaney from the email security platform Mimecast, who will focus on the best practices for enterprises to bolster their email security protection. The one-day conference is open for registration until the conference begins (or until it’s sold out) .

BSides Asheville

When: 22-23 June

Where: Asheville, North Carolina

Now in it’s 5th year, BSides Asheville prides itself on providing a platform where cybersecurity professionals from different disciplines can come together to share their opinions and discoveries with the security community. This year’s  keynote address will be given by the CEO of Lares Consulting, Chris Nickerson, an information security veteran with 20 years experience in the field of information security.

Blackhat USA

When: 4-9 August

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

Blackhat has gone a long way since its inception 18 years ago. It is now one of the most respected security conferences in the world attracting over 15,000 IT professionals.. The Blackhat USA speaker lineup is still being scheduled, but some keynote presentations at Blackhat 2017 are available to give you a feel for the upcoming conference.

USENIX Security ‘18

When 14-15 August

Where: Baltimore, Maryland

The 27th USENIX Symposium is a three day event focusing on computer system privacy and security. As a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit USENIX events are more about the technical, rather than business, side of security, and they brand themselves as completely ‘vendor neutral’. The speaking lineup for this year hasn’t been finalized, but last year’s event touched on everything from cyber threats in newsrooms to attacks on Kernel memory, and we’re looking forward to an equally engaging lineup this year.

Cyber Security Exchange | Healthcare

When: 23 – 25 September

Where: Chicago, Illinois

Healthcare networks are under constant threat from malware and ransomware developers. This conference is dedicated to providing healthcare CISOs with the strategies and tools to defend their networks against these attacks. Sessions include topics such as ‘Beyond Ransomware: Healthcare Networks Prepare for the Next Cyber Attack” and “Reclaiming Control and Reducing Risk at Your Endpoints”. Speakers and panelists include Heath Renfrow, a former CISO at United States Army Medicine, and Jim Routh, CSO at Aetna.

Infosecurity North America

When: 3-4 October

Where: Boston, Massachusetts

This massive event brings everything information security related under one roof in a leading industry event and expo. The conference showcases innovative solutions from both start-ups and established cybersecurity vendors. Although the speaker list is still being firmed up, the show is likely to attract the biggest names in cybersecurity. Renowned experts, including Senior NSA official  David Hogue, and Lance Spitzner of the SANS Institute, were keynote speakers at the last year’s conference. Conference sessions are tailored to specific industries and roles, and so it is easy to pick a group of talks that fit perfectly with your interests and needs.


When: 5-7 October

Where: Louisville, Kentucky

Derbycon is a fun cybersecurity conference held in Louisville, Kentucky, bringing together everyone from hobbyists to longtime security professionals. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Evolution’, focusing on some of the projected changes to the InfoSec sector and how professionals can do their part to help advance positive changes in the InfoSec industry. The conference is still accepting calls for papers for anyone wishing to participate.

When it comes to keeping up with the latest developments in network security, attending industry events and conferences is a must for networking professionals. Networking professionals from across the globe will be attending the events listed above. Are there any other events you think should be added to the list?  Let us know at @CatoNetworks

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