As you know “calendaring” is something we do a lot of around NovaInfosecPortal. We have our calendar that focuses on meetups and conferences around NoVA, DC, and southern MD. In populating the conferences portion of this calendar, we not only rely people tweeting about them and visiting various meetup and conference websites but also hit up a lot of general security calendar sites to verify we didn’t miss anything happening local. So when follow DC infosec professional and artist Jack “@sintixerr” Whitsitt sent out the following tweet a few weeks ago it got me thinking.
(Note: As part of a campaign to bring forward some of our older posts that we feel still benefit the community, we’ve added this article to our Best Of category that will periodically get tweeted out. Please mention it to me on Twitter or contact us if there are any other posts you feel we should include in this category. This post was previously categorized under Infosec Conferences. -@grecs)
I’ve seen this question before and have come across several lists like this over the years. As a matter of fact there is one post in particular that got me started on this whole idea of running some type of list or calendar. I didn’t want to just recreate yet another calendar but something that would be useful for people on a continual basis. This goal is what led me to include meetups as well. Of course trying to run a calendar with both conferences and meetups on a worldwide scale is next to impossible. That’s when I decided to just focus on the local DC area. This made things much more manageable!
As you can imagine in narrowing down to this niche, we’ve come across a lot of different conference calendars over the years and I thought I’d share this list with everyone. Here is my prioritized list with some commentary on each one.
- Information Security Events: I’m not really sure who owns this calendar but it contains most of the well known security conferences as well as associated CFP deadlines for them. Google Calendar is used as a source so you get direct access as well as many of the other Google features (e.g., importing ICS into your own calendar).
- Infosec Events North America & Worldwide Conferences and Workshops: Here are two nice little infosec event calendars that focus on North America and the rest of the world. Direct links are also provided to their Google Calendar feeds, which provides a bunch of other nice
features as discussed above.
- Help Net Security Conferences Listing: This site is not only a great news resource but they also run a very comprehensive calendar of infosec events. It features a filtering capability that lets you quickly find events by month, quarter, and/or continent.
- The Ethical Hacker Network Conference Calendar: Not only is this a great calendar of infosec conferences but each event also has its own forum thread where EHN registered users can discuss each conference.
- Crucial Point Federal Technology Events: This calendar contains many of the federal technology events and a fair portion of what they list is infosec related. Again, they are hosted on Google Calendar so it supports all their features. For more federal events they recommend checking out GovEvents.com.
- DC Tech Events: Although not a pure infosec calendar, many of the local security events usually end up there. You can subscribe to get their events via email, import their iCal feed into your own personal calendar, or follow them on Twitter at @dctechevents to stay abreast of their posted events.
If you know of any other calendars that I may have missed please add a comment below, Contact Us, or mention it to me (@grecs) on Twitter. I hope to keep this list updated as a resource for people to use. And of course if you’re local to DC, our full calendar should have pretty much everything you need.
In creating a locally focused infosec site, I’ve also come across other resources besides calendars that I’d like to share over the next few weeks or months. So keep an eye out here for more non-NoVA, DC, & MD resources that I found over the years. See ya! This post’s image was from Western Michigan University.