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The Best Security Conferences & Events 2023

Finally! We’re starting to get back to traveling and gathering again. Opportunities to network, learn and see work colleagues that we haven’t seen in person in years.

For security professionals, your role is more visible than it ever has been, with news of cyberattacks and data breaches making headlines on a routine basis. After all, security relies on good data — and today, we have more data than ever. So, if you’re a security pro and looking to get back to in-person conferences, we’ve got you covered with this round-up of top security conferences and events for 2023.

Attending conferences is a great way to stay up-to-date with your industry and network with experienced and like-minded professionals. You can look for conferences that cover a wide variety of topics, or you can opt for a more niche events that cater to specific platforms, technologies or methodologies. The good news is that these events now cater to a wider audience, with many in-person events continuing to offer a virtual or hybrid experience. These often come with lower price tags and access to knowledge that doesn't require travel.    

And now, onto the list of security events and conferences! We’ve divided the listings into two categories:

  • Events with confirmed dates in 2023
  • Events planned for 2023, but without specific dates yet

To add to this list, contact ckidd@splunk.com with the conference/event name, dates, location, website and a quick summary.

(Check out more recommendations: Security Books & Articles, DevOps Conferences & Events and Blockchain/Web3 Events.)



InfoSec, Cybersecurity & IT Conferences and Events 2023

SANS Cyber Threat Intelligence Summit 2023

Dates: January 29-31, 2023
Location: Arlington, VA + Online
Cost: Variety of packages

For anyone in cyber threat intelligence (CTI), from newbies to experienced pros, this is the summit to get hands-on education and new perspectives that challenge traditional CTI assumptions. Learn, connect and share with thousands of global participants and walk away with real-world insights that you can put into action soon.

(Bonus: Splunk’s own Ryan Kovar, of SURGe, will be presenting.)

Gartner Identity & Access Management Summit 2023

Dates: March 20-22, 2023
Location: Grapevine, TX
Cost: Variety of packages

This Gartner event is the leading IAM conference to help you make the right decisions about which identity-first security initiatives to prioritize, how to modernize existing staffing models and whether to invest in new tools to take your organization’s security posture into the identity-first era. Join over 1,500 IAM and security peers over 3 days, with 70+ sessions, 60+ vendors and 30+ IAM analysts.

RSA Conference

Dates: April 24-27, 2023
Location: 
San Francisco, CA

Known across the cybersecurity landscape, RSA Conference bills itself as “Where the world talks about security”. RSA Conference (aka RSAC) in June 2022 was a great affair, and they’ve already announced the 2023 dates for their marquee event – which you can register interest for now. RSA is committed to sharing a world of diverse knowledge in security, which is why the theme for RSAC 2023 is “Stronger Together”.

Like many conferences and events, they’ve also spun up a whole library of live and on-demand security trainings, videos, webinars and more, so check their schedule regularly throughout the year.

ThotCon

Dates: May 19-20, 2023
Location: 
Chicago, IL

Another hacking conference? Not so! This hacking conference is Top Secret and it’s held specifically for the local hacking culture in Chicago. In fact, this event is so local that it has remained small, non-profit and non-commercial, with rarely more than a couple thousand in attendance.

That secrecy thing, by the way, is not a gimmick. The location of the event is actually confidential until the week of the conference.

44th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy

Dates: May 26, 2023
Location: 
San Francisco, CA

The IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy is the premier forum for developments in computer security and electronic privacy — and it’s been so since 1980! The 2023 Symposium will mark the 44th annual meeting. The conference itself spans four days, with one entire day devoted to workshops.

Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit

Dates: June 5-7, 2023
Location: 
National Harbor, MD

Leading analyst firm Gartner hosts this annual event aims at security and risk leaders. The most recent event in 2022 focused on key strategic necessities including:

  • Moving to an agile security program
  • Simplifying cybersecurity mesh architecture
  • Developing security-conscious work cultures that are human focused
  • Mitigating risk ownership

.conf23

Dates: July 17-20, 2023
Location: 
Las Vegas, NV

Of course, as a leader in security, we’d be remiss not to include our own .conf! We are proud that Splunk helps keep organizations secure and resilient with our unified security and observability platform. Our .conf is an extension of our passion for our customers and our offerings.

During the event, you can expect great presentations from brands you know and trust, fun shows, great music, and plenty of opportunities to learn, network and train on all things data. You’re probably in for a few surprises too: Snoop Dogg played last year’s event. .conf23 will take place in July 2023 — sign up here for news.

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Black Hat USA

Dates: August 5-10, 2023
Location: Las Vegas, NV

A legend in the field going back 25+ years, Black Hat is the premier meet up of security engineers, developers, ethical hackers and leading companies. At this event, you can expect the absolute latest and biggest InfoSec research, development and trends. Spread over four days, it usually follows a pattern of:

  • Up to four dedicated to hands-on and technical trainings
  • Two days of main conference events including briefings, Business Hall, Arsenal and more

This setup enables attendees to network with InfoSec professionals from all corners and evaluate a whole slew of products, solutions and services on display that might just suit your needs. And don’t worry: we’ll certainly update our BlackHat Guide for the next event!

(Recap from Black Hat USA 2022: The Open Cybersecurity Schema Framework was announced! OCSF is an open-source project with a vendor-agnostic core security schema that is supported by significant security organizations. Splunk is thrilled to be among them.)

DEF CON 31

Dates: August 10-13, 2023
Location: Las Vegas, NV + Online

Come all ye hackers! DefCon has reached its 31st year and its grassroots vibe remains, despite its growth. In fact, the hacker convention has developed into its own subculture that has no-filming policies so that every year is a surprise. (Get a sneak peek with this professional documentary from the event’s 20th year.)

Attendees come from all industries, including the federal government, who obviously have a massive stake in hacking as a means to protect their networks. Other smaller “cons” or conventions pop up during the event, with notable ones including Queercon, Quietcon and Linecon.

Pro-tip of experienced attendees? Going to Black Hat and DefCon back-to-back, making this the ultimate week in any security pro’s calendar.

SANS Network Security 2023

Dates: September 6-11, 2023
Location: Las Vegas, NV + Online
Cost: Variety of packages

This is the event to attend for hands-on network security training that is led by real-world experts. Whether you join in person in Vegas or online from home, you'll get to experience interactive training, hands-on labs and tutorials, the NetWars Tournament and professional networking.

An added bonus you won't get from other conferences? Attendees have the ability to take courses that align with GIAC certifications and even access a library of electronic and printed books. Like all SANS events, this one comes with the SANS Promise: that you'll be able to apply what you've learned as soon as you're back to work. 

Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit

Dates: September 26-28, 2023
Location: London, UK + Online
Cost: Packages vary

Analyst firm Gartner's events are some of the most respected in the industry. With this UK edition, returning to fully in-person this year, you can expect both established best practices and insights plus cutting-edge commentary on what's to come across all roles in the security landscape. 

This year's event is broken into a variety of tracks:

  • Cybersecurity Leadership
  • Infrastructure Security & Operations
  • Application & Data Security
  • Cyber & IT Risk
  • Technical Insights for Security Practitioners
  • The CISO Circle
  • Two Spotlight Tracks: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Identity & Access Management 

InfoSec World USA

Dates: September 25-27, 2023
Location: Lake Buena Vista, FL
Cost: Various pricing levels; general pricing around $1,895 per person

Back in person, InfoSec World is a leading security conference for both practitioners and leadership. Over several days of all things Information Security, you can expect:

  • Great keynotes
  • Interactive breakout sessions that train, challenge and connect
  • Engaging speeches about new strategies, solutions and more

it-sa Expo & Conference 2023

Dates: October 10-12, 2023
Location: Nuremberg, Germany
Cost: Starting at 55 EUR

Europe's largest trade fair and congress for security, you can expect this event to cover the entire range of products and services in the field of cybersecurity. Everything from hardware, software, training and consulting offers and security as a service; get the most from this variety and talk to experts and experienced practitioners. Important topics at it-sa include:



2023 Security events that haven’t yet announced dates

Authenticate 2023: The FIDO Conference

Dates + Location: TBA
Cost: TBA

Today's authentication systems and standards rely on much more than mere passwords. With more merging, authentication is rapidly becoming more efficient and scalable. Authenticate Con is where you can get the latest trends and expert best practice into everything user authentication. 

The event is hosted by the FIDO Alliance, which is an open industry association with a hyperspecific mission of promoting authentication standards to reduce global reliance on passwords (which we know have lots of problems). At this event, you can expect great keynotes, a variety of session speakers and industry leaders. 

OWASP 2023 Global AppSec

Dates + Location: TBA
Cost: TBA

This heavy-hitter is put on by OWASP aka the Open Web Application Security Project. Open to all InfoSec professionals in the private and public sectors, Global AppSec's entire goal is to equip developers, defenders and security advocates with the tools and concepts they need to build a more secure web for all of us.

The conference itself is two days, with one-, two- and three-day training courses you can opt into. Though the 2023 information hasn’t been released yet, get a sense of what to expect from last years’ keynote speakers:

  • Charlie Miller on "A Lifetime of Vulnerabilities"
  • Anna Westelius on "Paving Pathers for Security"
  • Jim Macino on "The Abridged History of OWASP and Application Security"
  • Swathi Joshi on "Building a Security Program: No Buzzwords Allowed"

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Black Hat Middle East & Africa

Dates: November 2023, specific dates TBA
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

An evolution from the previous Hack event in 2021, Black Hat’s MEA series will include an Executive Summit, plenty of Briefings, Arsenal and Trainings and, of course, a gaming tournament featuring none other than Capture the Flag! Register now to take part in innovation across the region.

Pre-register for more details!

Black Hat Europe

Dates: TBA
Location: London, UK

The final Black Hat of 2023 takes place in London, with a hybrid offering for those unable to attend in person. Like its U.S. version, you can expect up to four days of hands-on trainings plus the traditional (for Black Hat, anyway) event space with Briefings, exec summaries, Arsenal and probably some games too.

(Last updated: 1/13/2023)

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