Top Information Security Conferences in US for 2020

The IT industry has seen some strategic shifts over the years, with many new technological advancements and processes changing its landscape completely.

While the developments continued to happen on one side, new challenges continued to emerge on the opposite side.

One challenge that continues to haunt most organizations globally is ‘Security’!

Moreover, the digital trend, powered by enormous data volumes, has increased the need for data privacy and protection, bringing ‘Information Security’ to the forefront in most organizations.

Eventually, Information Security has become imperative for business growth and customer confidence.

Here is the list of some important security conferences in USA that discuss various aspects of Information Security, scheduled throughout 2020:

1) BSides

Date: January-December 2020

Venue: Across various locations, globally

A community-driven framework led by the global security community, BSides happens at various locations globally almost every week. The event brings together security pros and enthusiasts onto a single platform to learn, share and discuss on a wide range of issues, and areas of awareness and improvement in the field of IT security.


2) Data Connectors Cybersecurity Conferences

Dates: January-December, 2020

Venue: 50 major cities

Targeted at information, cyber and network security professionals, Data Connectors features a wide range of sessions on awareness about ways to combat cybercrimes and also features sessions on cloud computing and evolving IT.


3) OWASP AppSec California

Date: January 21-24, 2020

Venue: Santa Monica, California, USA

Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is one of the renowned destinations for info security professionals, developers, QA and software testers. Welcoming practitioners from various nations, the conference gives the information security professionals an opportunity to teach, share and learn knowledge and experiences on security systems and secure development.


4) Enigma

Date: January 27-29, 2020

Location: San Francisco, California, USA

Ideal for security practitioners, cryptographers, chief privacy officers, chief financial officers and developers, Enigma covers a wide range of discussions on privacy and security. This year’s topics of discussion include: ‘Securing the Software Supply Chain’, ‘Third-Party Integrations: Friend or Foe?’ ‘Catch Me If You Can! —Detecting Sandbox Evasion Techniques’ and ‘Bringing Usable Crypto to Seven Million Developers.’


5) ShmooCon

Date: January 31-February 2

Location: Washington, DC, USA

The best place for hackers, Chief Security Officers and government security professionals, ShmooCon features discussions on security compromises of devices, networks and appliances. This is a three-day conference organized by a security think tank called Shmoo Group.


6) Suits & Spooks DC

Date: February 6-7, 2020

Venue: Washington, DC, USA

Open to civilian and government cybersecurity professionals and defense industry executives, this conference features various forums on top-line security issues. This will majorly focus on early detection of terrorism in smart cities, future of war and leadership in a connected and chaotic world, and the future of Big Tech in the era of GDPR and antitrust.


7) Network and Distributed System Security Symposium

Date: February 23-26, 2020

Venue: San Diego, California, USA

This conference welcomes academicians, chief technology and privacy officers, security professionals, system admins, operations and security managers. Organized by Internet World, the conference targets network and distributed system security practitioners with focus on system design and implementation. The conference aims to help the Internet community to successfully apply, deploy and advance in implementing existing security solutions.


8) RSA Conference

Date: February 24-28, 2020

Location: San Francisco, California, USA

With more than 2,000 attendees and around 700 speakers across more than 550 sessions, this is one of the largest security conferences. This year, the organizers are adding a new part called ‘Engagement Zone’, an interactive, collaborative and cooperative knowledge-sharing platform for thousands of cybersecurity experts attending the conference.


9) SecureWorld

Dates: March-November, 2020

Venue: Multiple locations across US and Canada

SecureWorld is a series of regional annual conferences held across US and Canada. The conference is open to Chief Security Officers, Chief Information Security Officers, security consultants, government officials, cloud security experts and practitioners, researchers and other security professionals. Charlotte, North Carolina; Houston, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Santa Clara, California; St. Louis, Missouri; New York, New York; Detroit, Michigan; Dallas, Texas are some of the locations the conference would take place in 2020.


10) SMG Cybersecurity and Fraud summits

Dates: March-December, 2020

Venue: Multiple sites worldwide

Organized by the Information Security Media Group, this conference discusses about cybersecurity and frauds. It targets Chief Security Officers and cybersecurity professionals.


11) Wild West Hackin’ Fest

Date: March 10-13

Location: San Diego, California, USA

Being promoted as the most hands-on conference in the industry, the event has large labs, ‘Capture the Flag’ and escape room sessions. The event is going to feature around 50 presentations and speakers are also welcomed to include actionable takeaways part of their presentations.

The event is open to security pros, application security specialists, threat intelligence analysts penetration testers, researchers, system architects, administrators and students.

Following this, a sister conference of the same is also scheduled for September 2020 in Deadwood, South Dakota, USA.


12) ISC West

Date: March 17-20, 2020

Venue: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Welcoming the security and public safety professionals, the conference features discussions on physical and connected security. Around 30,000 security and public safety professionals attend the conference every year. The 2020 edition is likely to see more than 1,000 security brands and exhibitors.

The event will cover a wide range of security tech systems such as video surveillance, access control, smart home technologies, IoT and unmanned security. A sister conference of ISC West is scheduled for November 18-19 in New York City.


13) SANS 2020

Date: April 3-10

Venue: Orlando, Florida, USA

The SANS Institute, founded in 1989, is organizing this event with prime focus on security research and intensive security training through conferences, events and courses. These conferences from SANS cater to around 165,000 security professionals, globally. SANS 2020 is going to feature special lectures and presentations along with networking opportunities, followed by a training event.

IT security pros, network and system administrators, CxOs, security managers and testers will be present at the event.


14) THOTCON

Date: May 8-9, 2020

Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Promoted as a low-cost hacking conference, Thotcon has been around since 2010 with an aim to host affordable security conference for hackers in and around the Windy City. The interesting part of this event is that the venue in Chicago will only be revealed to attendees and speakers exactly a week before the commencement of the event.


15) IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy

Date: May 18-20, 2020

Location: San Francisco, California, USA

This symposium has been around since 1980 and has emerged into a renowned platform for covering developments in computer security and electronic privacy. The event welcomes security researchers and practitioners for knowledge-sharing on a range of security concepts. The event also features workshops that will cover specific aspects of security and privacy. The conference is open to researchers, security practitioners and students.


16) Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit

Date: June 1-4, 2020

Location: National Harbor, Maryland, USA

This conference by Gartner features keynotes, panels, roundtables, how-to workshops and one-on-one sessions. Besides, various companies will also present case studies to the attendees. The event is open to enterprise IT security pros and executives, CxOs, Chief Information Security Officers, CSOs, and network security and disaster recovery managers.


17) Authenticate 2020

Date: June 2-3, 2020

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

Organized by FIDO Alliance, the conference will discuss about all aspects of authentication with emphasis on FIDO-based approach. It will also features discussions and knowledge-sharing sessions on relevant tools and best practices that help modern authentication across web, enterprise and government applications. The event is open to security strategists, CISOs, enterprise architects, product and business leaders.


18) Black Hat USA

Date: August 1-6, 2020

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

One of the world’s largest technical conferences, especially for community of security professionals. The event is a best platform for researchers, security experts, vendors and ethical hackers to disclose their latest vulnerability findings.

The event features training sessions and expo, along with addresses by A-list presenters and keynote speakers. The conference is expected to see more than 19,000 attendees, 300 speakers and trainers, 80 deep technical sessions and 120 briefings. It will be a place for key announcements about security vulnerabilities, globally.

This is a perfect place for security analysts, architects/engineers and software developers, penetration testers, risk managers and cryptographers


19) Def Con 28

Date: August 6-9, 2020

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

The event that will see thousands of hackers from different locations. This event is a place for hackers who wish to share their knowledge, gain something new from their fellow members and looking for potential opportunities in various sectors, which could also include intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

The conference is open to software developers, researchers, hackers, security administrators, government and law enforcement officials.


20) 29th Usenix Security Symposium

Date: August 12-14, 2020

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

This conference is for researchers, practitioners, system administrators and programmers. The three-day event proceedings will see experts presenting their technical papers, give talks, engage in panel discussions, and more about knowledge-sharing.


21) Global Security Exchange

Date: September 21-25, 2020

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Formerly called as the Security Expo, this conference is being hosted by ASIS International, an organization of security management industry professionals. The conference features discussions and talks on IT security matters. This multi-track conference witnesses more than 22,000 professionals from more than 100 countries, every year.

The conference brings together information security pros, cyber and operational security professionals, technology leaders, brand protection experts, IoT security professionals, loss prevention professionals, researchers and risk management professionals.


22) ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security

Date: November 9-13, 2020

Location: Orlando, Florida, USA

This is a research-focused event, a flagship initiative of the Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control (SIGSAC) and the Association of Computing Machinery. The conference will see the participation of infosec researchers, practitioners, developers and users from different nations pitching on cutting-edge ideas and results. Information security researchers, practitioners, developers and users are the targeted attendees of this conference.


23) Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC)

Date: December 7-11, 2020

Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Focused on applied security, this conference draws attendees including security professionals from academia, government and industry. The event’s targeted audience are people working on practical solutions for network, system and IT security concerns. The event features in-depth tutorials, workshops, case studies, panel discussions and a technical track on peer-reviewed papers. Researchers and security practitioners are welcomed for this conference.

Wait no more! Fill your event calendar with your choice from the above list of information security conferences in the US.