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Must-Attend Conferences for CISOs

Attending an industry conference is an excellent way to extend your knowledge base and network with other professionals. With the cybersecurity industry now bigger and more active than ever before, there are hundreds of cybersecurity conferences to choose from each year. Ranging from small and exclusive to large and loud, these conferences draw thousands of attendees each year. Irrespective of what your preference is in terms of size of the conference, location, level of technical info disseminated, or the show’s focus on only a specific sub-section of security, these conferences provide access to newest innovations and ideas.

Here are some of the top cybersecurity conferences in 2019and 2020 (ordered by date) that you must consider attending in order to learn about the evolving cyber threat landscape, proven security best practices, and to network with industry leading security professional.

IT Security Leadership Exchange

May 6-8, 2019

Ponte Verda Beach, FL

IT Security Leadership Exchange brings together Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), senior decision-makers, solution providers, and industry experts to share information, gain insight, and develop next-level strategies to face current cybersecurity challenges. Through a variety of presentations, keynotes, small groups, panel discussions, and one-on-one conversations attendees gain a new perspective on ways to take their businesses to the next level.

SCmedia RiskSec

May 8, 2019

Convene Cira Center, Philadelphia, PA

SCmedia RiskSec is one of the featured events for Philly tech week. An entire day is dedicated to bringing CISOs and other security professionals together to network and learn about new approaches to security and the latest technology. This full-day conference concludes with a networking and cocktail event.

CIO VISIONS Leadership Summit

June 2-4, 2019

Las Vegas, NV

By invitation only, CIO Visions Leadership Summit is a two-day conference that tackles not only ways to improve personal performance but also company performance. With over twenty IT leaders speaking, this conference provides the opportunity to hear about strategic endeavors and skillful insights. The conference covers a variety of topics, but this can be easily navigated since every attendee has access to a personal concierge to help build their own schedule.

Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit 2019

June 17 – 20, 2019

National Harbor, Maryland

With more than 3,500 attendees, Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit can be used by CISO and CSOs as well as other security and risk professionals to improve their company’s cybersecurity, privacy, and business resilience. With 5 programs and 120 sessions, the summit is a crucial way to hear about the most recent updates to practices for cloud security, AI, IoT, blockchain, and DevOps. The summit offers an exclusive CISO Circle program, which has been customized to meet the needs of CISOs by having exclusive networking, workshops, and keynote sessions.

Black Hat USA

August 3 – 9, 2019

Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV

Black Hat’s first conference was in 1997 and since then, it has continued to be one of the leading information security events. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about the most recent research, developments, and trends. This six-day conference begins with four days of technical training and ends with a two-day conference focusing on briefings, arsenal, and business hall – just to name a few! What makes this conference unique is the vendor-neutral environment and the focus on sharing insights and knowledge. This is not a conference to miss.

USENIX Security Symposium

August 14-16, 2019

Santa Clara, CA

In 2019, the USENIX Security Symposium will be held in Santa Clara, CA in the heart of Silicon Valley. This conference brings together researchers, practitioners, system administrators, and system programmers to learn about the more recent advances in the security and privacy of computer systems and networks. USENIX is all about research and even gives attendees the chance to share their own research with one another but be sure to submit your paper by the June 1st deadline.


October 24-25, 2019

Grand Rapids, MI

“No egos. No divas. Just a good time and good content” is the line used by GrrCON to describe their weekend long conference. GrrCON is the combination of an information security and hacking conference to provide the security community an opportunity to come together and share ideas, information, solutions, and make relationships. GrrCON also includes an exclusively and specially designed conference for cyber security executives to share problems, ideas, and collaborate on solutions.

Cyber Security Summit

November 6, 2019

The Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA

The Cyber Security Summit is a day-long event that takes place throughout the United States all year long, from Boston to Los Angeles. This summit connects senior security executives with each other as a way to analyze and diagnose cyber security flaws. Each of these day-long summits have interactive panels, keynotes, networking events, and round-table discussions.

RSA Conference

February 24 – 28, 2020

San Francisco, CA

Where the world talks security! The RSA Conference takes place in San Francisco and they pride themselves on being one of the largest cybersecurity conferences around the globe, with over 50,000 annual attendees between their two conferences in the US and Asia. Attending the RSA conference is crucial for exchanging ideas with thousands of peers, learning about the latest trends, and finding solutions for a more secure tomorrow.


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By invitation only, secureCISO is where the who’s who of Enterprise IT Security come together to collaborate and exchange. Through discussions, panels, and debates the attendees leave with new ideas they can implement in the own companies. Each conference has different speakers and slightly altered agendas which means that no conference is the same since the panelists always change. Another aspect that makes secureCISO unique is their Women in Technology Panel. The secureCISO conference is a great way to gain insights on cyber security and a platform to collaborate with peers.