Henry Dalziel | Information Security Conferences | January 6, 2015
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Hackers and folk within the community are a lively and interesting bunch. If you take a look at some of our Hacker Hotshot events you’ll get a taste of the types of people that typically present and turn up at these conferences and events.
OK! – So let’s get it going! First off the bat in 2015 and the conference that has that honor is….drumroll…..the aptly titled: International Conference on Cybersecurity. This conference, which actually started yesterday, Monday January the 5th, runs until Thursday the 8th. Being held at Fordham University, New York City, this conference focuses on Law Enforcement and the Industry at large.
For those interested in Cybersecurity Law Enforcement (i.e. cyber and digital forensics) then this conference is for you.
Incidentally, if digital forensics is your thing – go ahead and check out our new list of forensic hacker tools.
During the same week, we note an awesome event in our home town of London, United Kingdom! We fell in love again with Cryptography when we organized an office trip to go and see the ‘Imitation Game’ which is the Cryptographers ‘film du jour’.
The Real World Cryptography Workshop 2015 will take place at the world famous London School of Economics. This conference and event brings cryptography researchers together with developers and coders to discuss cryptography in real-world systems.
The main goal of this event is to enhance the dialogue between these two communities. Subjects will include the implementation of cryptography in real-world environments.
Next on our list – we swing back to the USA and note that the next major cybersecurity event is FloCon 2015 which takes place in Oregon. FloCon is an open network security conference. FloCon has been going on since 2004 so it’s an old hat in the cybersecurity conference space.
The next event (happening at the same time as FloCon) is s4x15 which is a SCADA/ ICS Training and Educational conference. We covered this event last year and are big proponents of SCADA. This event is in Miami, Florida, United States.
January the 16th until the 18th is the much loved ShmooCon annual east coast hacker conference! This event is a mix of demonstrations of exploitations and much more. It is one of the more iconic conferences that takes place during the year. For a list of speakers click here.
SANS Security East 2015 kicks off at the same time as Shmoocon, but this is really more of a training event rather than a ‘hacker conference’ – nonetheless, SANS events are always awesome so get yourself down there if you need training.
January 19th we see one of the iconic BSides taking place in Ohio. These are fantastic events and we really encourage you to get involved with them. Also – remember that BSides take place around the globe so go find your local event and enjoy! These are excellent networking opportunities.
At the same time as the BSides Ohio is a Engineering and Information Technology conference in Singapore – which is actually abbreviated to ICEIT. This cyberscecurity convention is a designed to bring a more academic community together – that also includes students. The intention is to share research within the engineering and information technology fields.
We love this types of events….Sparklecon is a Hacker and ‘Maker Convention’ that takes place in Fullerton, CA. Now in its’ second year this event, in their own words, ‘welcomes everyone from beginner to 31337 hacker to come and participate!’ If you are in the Fullerton part of CA, USA, then get yourself involved and let us know how it goes.
We covered AppSec 2014, and simply said, if you have anything to do with developing code or applications then this conference is a must. They have a very cool website – and you’ll notice that the venue says it all: ‘Annenberg Community Beach House’ – now that just sounds amazing.
The guys and gals behind AppSec are in fact – all from OWASP (side note, we had the chairman of the board, Michael Coates, on Hacker Hotshots, and we also have a bunch more OWASP resources including video presentations titled: “OWASP Xenotix XSS Exploit Framework” and “OWASP Broken Web Applications VM” and a course titled: “How to Test for the OWASP Top 10” and “OWASP Top Threats And Mitigations”).
January 26th sees a very specific event in Puerto Rico – which is all about Financial Cryptography and Data Security. They’ve got a pretty cool keynote speaker. Gavin Andresen, the Chief Scientist from the Bitcoin Foundation and a Director of Bitcoin Foundation will be presenting: “What Satoshi Didn’t Know”. For those that are unfamiliar, ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ is either a pseudonymous for a real person or it is a ‘name’ given to group of people who designed and created the original Bitcoin software.
In any event – if Cryptography and bitcoin is your thing – then this would be great event for you to attend or at least watch and learn from the speakers post event.
Not really a ‘cybersecurity conference’ rather more of an engineering event – but – we added it to our list because firstly the fine folks that organize it kindly asked us to do so and also because they have a Green Computing element to this convention so sure, we added it. Also – we don’t have many events in Dubai or the Middle East so we are always happy to include them.
This event taking place towards the end of January is in Nigeria and it titled: “Cyber Secure Nigeria 2015 Conference”. This event offers both training and a speakers rota, so if you are reading this from Nigeria, then get involved and let us know how it went.
ISSA is, as many of you know, the ‘Information Systems Security Association’. This cybersecurity organization offers forums (such as this one) that are designed to be ‘peer-to-peer events’. We don’t know too much about these events so please do chime in below in the comments and let us know your thoughts.
Last on our list is an event happening in London, United Kingdom. The organizers of this event contacted us to add this talk and we are more than happy to have done so. We like this event because as far as we can tell this is the only conference or ‘meeting’ that is focusing on the ‘darknet’.