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Top Cybersecurity Trade Shows for 2019 – Mark Your Calendars

January 14, 2019

There’s never enough hours in the day. We know. But join us in making enough hours to at least start mapping out which cybersecurity trade shows you won’t want to miss next year.

You know it as well as we do it at this point; going to trade shows is an unparalleled way to network and to learn from the innovators in your industry… Not to mention generate leads

So here’s a list of our all-time favorites.

1. IBM Think 2019

February 12-15, 2019 / San Francisco, CA

This IBM-hosted conference is at the top of our list of cybersecurity trade shows for the third year running – and it’s not just because it’s the first major industry conference of the year. IBM Think combines high-level strategy discussions, hands-on technical training, and deep dives into AI, infrastructure, data and analytics and more.

Attendees can customize their agenda in advance on the IBM Think website to maximize their time and tap the most relevant cybersecurity resources. Dozens of accomplished and interesting speakers will be presenting, including Tiffany Pham, founder and CEO of Mogul, a platform that empowers women to connect and share information, and Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of RedHat. Also speaking will be legendary 49ers football player Joe Montana and pro-skateboarder-turned-entrepreneur Tony Hawk, among dozens of other speakers. (Check out some of Tony’s amazing moves and humor here).

Highlights will include IBM’s Research Science Slam: Predicting 5 Innovations to Help Change Our Lives in the Next 5 Years and the Community Day which will discuss today’s technology and ideas for tomorrow. Get your tickets for San Francisco now.

2. RSA Conference 2019

March 4-8 / San Francisco

The theme of this year’s RSA Conference is Better, which includes finding better solutions and making the world a better place by keeping the digital world safe. Panel discussions will focus on a range of topics including cryptography and the future of data protection. Keynote speakers will include addresses from Sylvia Acevedo, a rocket scientist who is now the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, and Caleb Barlow, leader of IBM’s X-Force Intelligence organization (who also gave a great TED Talk about cybercrime).

There are also many hands-on tutorial sessions (for an additional fee). Sessions include a Cloud Security Professional Two Day Crash Course and Certified Information Systems Security Professional Introduction, among others. There will also be a lot of time for networking.

3. Black Hat Asia

March 26-29, 2019 / Marina Sands Bay, Singapore

This event offers a choice of two-day or four-day trainings as well as keynote addresses, briefings, and business hall sessions. Though the full list of speakers and presenters has yet to be confirmed, the conference typically features the industry’s top experts. Already on the current docket is a two-day training called a Practical Approach to Malware Analysis and Memory Forensics – 2019 Edition, which will be presented by Monnappa and Sajan Shetty from Cysinfo. There’s also a two-day training led by Kate Temkin and Dominic Spill called Hacking the USB World with FaceDancer, among other high-level trainings.

If you decide to attend this event, the famous Black Hat briefings are not to be missed. The briefings were created over 20 years ago for cybersecurity professionals to get the latest news in information security risks, research, and trends, and they won’t disappoint.

4. InfoSec World 2019

April 1-3, 2019 / Lake Buena Vista, FL

This year InfoSec World is celebrating 25 years, and the event will focus on what the next 25 years will look like for the cybersecurity industry. The event is comprised of a choice of pre-and-post conference workshops that sandwich several fascinating summits, including the InfoSec leadership summit, the cloud security summit or the staffing challenges summit.  

Interesting talks will include a workshop by Jerod Brennen entitled Securing Mobile Devices and Mobile Applications, and keynote speeches by “Human Hacker” Christopher Hadnagy and the extremely entertaining cybersec researcher Nina Alli.

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5. Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit

April 8-11, 2019 / Singapore

This invite-only conference is still accepting calls for papers and will focus on some of the industry’s hot-button issues. Though the agenda hasn’t been published, topics will include e-commerce data breaches, cryptocurrencies, industrial espionage targeting the gaming industry, and more.

The planning committee is made up of industry superstars including Kymberlee Price from Microsoft, Fahmida Y. Rashid from the Duo Security team at Cisco, and, of course, a group of Kaspersky veterans who have proven in the past to pick A+ speakers that will be informative and entertaining.

6. Infosecurity Europe

June 4-9, 2019 / Olympia London, UK

Infosecurity Europe is the premier cybersecurity trade show for anyone looking to learn about or buy the latest cybersec products. The standout part of this event is its large exhibit hall where you can touch and test products and attend educational sessions about the latest in cybersecurity innovations. In 2019, the conference will offer over 240 free sessions led by industry leaders.

2018 highlights included thought leader interviews and talks entitled (1) “Do You Have What It Takes to Build an In-House Incident Response Team” and (2) “Building Security That Thinks – Machine Learning Fundamentals for Cybersecurity Professionals.” Stay tuned for what 2019 has to offer.

7. SINET Innovation Summit 2019

June 13, 2019 / The Times Center, New York

This one-day event has the distinct goal of “connecting Wall Street, Silicon Valley and the Beltway,” and focusing on the collaboration of government, industry, and scholarship. 2019 speakers and topics have yet to be announced, but last year’s roster included Kevin Nally, CIO of the United States Secret Service, Yonesy Nunez, Senior Vice President and Group Information Security Leader at Wells Fargo, and Edward Brindley, Acting Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity at the United States Department of Defense.

8. Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit 2019

June 17-20 2019 / National Harbor, MD

This cybersecurity conference is exclusively focused on relating Gartner’s research and findings in the cybersecurity industry. Talks are led by distinguished Gartner analysts, so discussions are high-level and offer fresh perspectives on industry developments. This is a must go summit for those of us who are knee-deep in Gartner absolutely every day.

An exhibition hall with displays of the latest products and developments will include Reliaquest, Darktrace, Symantec, and F-Secure, among others.

9. DEF CON 27

August 8-11, 2019 / Ballys, Paris and Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

DEF CON is essentially a massive hackathon that increases security awareness and gives attendees the tools they need to stay safe in their own environment. The theme of this year’s event is Technology’s Promise, and attendees are encouraged to envision a sparkly future where we can solve some of the most complex problems that are currently plaguing us. The call for papers is still out, and the exact session topics haven’t been released, but while you’re waiting, check out the DEF CON YouTube channel to get a sense of their past offerings – and to get excited about what’s coming next.

10. GSX 2019

September 8-12, 2019 / McCormick Place, Chicago

GSX, the Global Security Exchange, is a cybersecurity conference run by ASIS, the world’s largest membership organization for security management professionals. After a highly-acclaimed event last year, this year’s show is also expected to feature sessions, case studies, and expert analysis as well as high-level networking events. The agenda for GSX 2019 is still in the works, but last year’s highlights included a keynote address called “The Forces of Global Change: Thriving In an Era of Transformation and To Integrate or Not to Integrate Physical and Logical Security? That is the Question!

11. SecTor Canada

October 9-10, 2019 / Toronto, Ontario

SecTor is a great event for cybersecurity managers, IT professionals and executives looking to network and learn from other thought-leaders in the industry. The 2019 agenda hasn’t yet been published, but in addition to the two-day conference, attendees can look forward to the pre-conference activities which are poised to be equally exciting. Last year’s pre-conference summit was run by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), which provided cybersecurity professionals the opportunity to debate, discuss, and define the future of cloud security.

Last year’s sessions included keynotes from Keren Elazari, an internationally respected cybersecurity researcher (who was also the first Israeli woman to give a TED Talk), and Shira Shamban, who spoke about How to Turn Your Cybersecurity Toddlers Into Warriors! (watch the full speech here). There’s still some time before this conference, so sign up for the event’s newsletter, so you’ll know when the schedule is published.

Stay tuned for more coming up in the second half of 2019!

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About the Author

Billy Cina

I've been around the B2B tech and start up marketing scene long enough to claim veteran status. Nostalgia aside, I've become pretty good at what I do, which is why in 2014 I Co-founded Israel's leading tech marketing agency, Marketing Envy.

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