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This section of the web site provides a list of infosec conference events that are based in or around the Northern Virginia (NoVA), Maryland, or Washington, DC areas. If there are any mistakes or information we should add, please let us know through our Contact Us form. Be aware that many conferences flip-flop between two consecutive months depending on planning (e.g., maybe it’ll be in late February one year and early March the following year) so please confirm exact dates with the planners.

The following are some recent posts regarding local security conferences. Look for a complete list of all event-related posts on the Infosec Conferences category page.

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Cyber Security Conference: This new conference is the focal point for DoJ employees and contractors involved in cyber security. The event offers learning opportunities for IT security professionals, senior and junior management officials involved in cyber security, or anyone interested in the exciting aspects of information security. The conference features keynote and lunchtime speakers, panel discussions and session “Threads” from senior officials. Although the conference is geared toward DoJ IT employees and contractors, other federal IT employees from agencies doing business with DoJ may find it useful as well. For more information on the DoJ, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

BlackHat DC: The Black Hat Briefings are a series of highly technical information security conferences that bring together thought leaders from all facets of the infosec world – from the corporate and government sectors to academic and even underground researchers. The environment is strictly vendor-neutral and focused on the sharing of practical insights and timely, actionable knowledge. In addition to the large number of short, topical presentations in the Briefings, Black Hat also provides hands-on, high-intensity, multi-day Trainings. The Training sessions are provided by some of the most respected experts in the world and many also provide formal certifications to qualifying attendees. (Twitter: @BlackHatEvents)

ShmooCon: ShmooCon, organized by The Shmoo Group, is an annual East coast hacker convention hell-bent on offering three days of an interesting atmosphere for demonstrating technology exploitation, inventive software & hardware solutions, and open discussions of critical infosec issues. For more information on The Shmoo Group, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

Computer Forensics Show Conference: For IT professionals already familiar with computer forensics, The Computer Forensics Show assembles the leading minds and operational experts in the industry who will inform you about industry developments, technology advances and trends.

GovSec Conference: Organized by the 1105 Government Group, The GovSec Conference is created with civilian and military security professionals in mind. The Conference educates attendees about preparing for and responding to all kinds of security hazards, threats, and disasters through the use of recently developed tools and tactics. For more information on the 1105 Government Information Group, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

Homeland Security Conference: The AFCEA Homeland Security Conference has become the premier event in the Washington, D.C. area to learn about the most current homeland security issues facing our nation. The conference agenda is set by an advisory board made up of the government and industry individuals that are accountable for carrying out the DHS mission. This is THE venue where you will hear first hand about the critical issues facing our country in the fight against terrorism. The conference offers an opportunity for you to engage in the dialogue on critical issues with key government and industry executives. For more information on AFCEA, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

Phoenix Challenge: Phoenix Challenge Conferences are DoD-sponsored conferences focusing on Information Operations (IO) challenges and solutions. Conferences provide opportunities to hear senior perspectives and share information on the latest IO technologies, systems, capabilities and lessons learned. Government, industry and academia come together to support the continuing and urgent needs of the warfighter. To read more about the US Department of Defense, please view its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

Conference on Wireless Network Security (WiSec): As wireless networks become ubiquitous, their security gains in importance. The ACM Conference on WiSec aims at exploring attacks on wireless networks as well as techniques to thwart them. The considered networks encompass cellular, metropolitan, local area, vehicular, ad hoc, satellite, underwater, cognitive radio, and sensor networks as well as RFID. For more information on SIGSAC, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

GMU – AFCEA Symposium: Brought to you by AFCEA and George Mason University, this conference addresses many of the key challenges in the C4I space. For more information on AFCEA, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

Symantec Government Symposium: A complimentary one-day symposium that takes place in the DC area, the Symantec Government Symposium addresses the topics of “Government 2.0 implications for data management and information protection, information sharing and next-generation government, evolution of secure and transparent government, governance priorities, virtual environment management and protection, cloud computing, and the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) and the new administration.” For more information on the 1105 Government Information Group, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

Secure Americas: Organized by the (ISC)², the Secure Americas information security conference is known for bringing together world class speakers from both the public and private sectors on timely (and often controversial) security related topics. For more information on (ISC)², see its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

PrivacyCampDC: PrivacyCampDC is a conference about privacy with a particular focus on electronic privacy and Government Policy. The goal of PrivacyCampDC is to connect researchers, developers, practitioners, citizens and other enthusiasts for a day of intense collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies (SACMAT): SACMAT is a successful series of symposiums that continue the tradition, first established by the ACM Workshop on Role-Based Access Control, of being the premier forum for presentation of research results and experience reports on leading edge issues of access control, including models, systems, applications, and theory. For more information on SIGSAC, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

SANSFIRE: A little about SANS training events: Although primarily focused on training, many of their larger venues include conference-like events such as vendor exhibits and speakers. For more information on SANS, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page. The following is a list of typical local events.

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DNI Open Source Conference: This conference, sponsored by the ODNI, explores a wide range of open source issues and open source best practices for the Intelligence Community and its partners. It is typically held at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center in Washington, DC. The conference is usually free however you must register in advance. For more information on ODNI, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

SecureWorld DC: Every year the Seguro Group holds their SecureWorld DC expo in Washington, DC. The SecureWorld Expo series are regional conferences formed to promote the ideals of fostering communication between security professionals and technology leaders, to discuss best practices and to bind that body of thought in a public/private partnership with government. For more information on the Seguro Group, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

NGA Industry Day: For more information on AFCEA, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

IT Security Automation Conference: For more information on NIST, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

SOLUTIONS Series: The AFCEA SOLUTIONS Series promotes a detailed dialogue between government and industry on issues of national importance. They seek a balanced approach wherein the government can share current thinking and direction, and industry can offer their perspective and input on current and projected capability. These events are compact, with focused tracks, to promote interactive dialogue. All events are held in the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. For more information on AFCEA, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

Techno Forensics & Digital Investigations Conference: Sponsored by TheTrainingCo, the Techno Forensics & Digital Investigations Conference centers on the “principles of standardization in the field of digital evidence investigation.” The conference will cover “many of the general disciplines in the areas of digital evidence investigation to include some of the latest information on software and hardware solutions.” For more information on TheTrainingCo, see its description in our Infosec Organizations page.

Federal IA Conference: Each fall the FBC organizes the Federal IA Conference to bring together the leading advocates for IA within the Federal Government, Industry, and Academia. For more information on the FBC, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS): The annual ACM CCS Conference is a leading international forum for information security researchers, practitioners, developers, and users to explore cutting-edge ideas and results, and to exchange techniques, tools, and experiences. For more information on SIGSAC, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Although not a true conference, many organizations hold various events throughout October to bring awareness to cyber security. The goal of National Cyber Security Awareness Month is to increase awareness about cyber security issues and engage users in implementing additional security measures to protect their computers. Government, nonprofit groups, and corporations all participate in this nationwide effort to get the word out. Through media events, new research, and local events NSCA has developed several tools to help promote awareness including a list of ten things you can do during the month, web banners that can be placed on your website, and other materials.

OWASP AppSec DC: The AppSec conference series, organized by OWASP, is dedicated to bringing together industry, government, and security researchers to discuss the state of the art in application security. Periodically, OWASP holds a conference in the metropolitan DC area. For more information on OWASP, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

CSI Annual Conference: This event is an annual conference held on the East coast that may appeal to a variety of security professionals. It tends to take place in or around the Washington, DC area. In 2007 it was held in Arlington and in 2008 it was held in Baltimore. According to their web site … “The largest information security conference on the East Coast is also the only security conference expressly assembling experts to challenge the status quo.” Of course a lot of conferences claim the same thing. Regardless, it looks like a worthwhile event to participate in. For more information on the CSI, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

Security IT Conference and Exhibition: Organized by the 1105 Government Information Group, the Security IT Conference discusses the latest security threats to government information systems, as well as strategies and technologies to mitigate risk as it is identified. Attendees and faculty typically bring a range of professional experience to conference discussions, including analysis of current priorities, policies, and programs for information security and best practices from government and industry. For more information on the 1105 Government Information Group, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

Computer Security Day (11/30): As with National Cyber Security Awareness Month above, this is not a true conference however many organizations hold events celebrating computer security on this day. Computer Security Day was started in 1988 to help raise awareness of computer related security issues. Their goal is to remind people to protect their computers and information. This annual event is held around the world on November 30th although some organizations choose to have functions on the next business day if it falls on a weekend.

Cyber Defense Initiative: A little about SANS training events: Although primarily focused on training, many of their larger venues include conference-like events such as vendor exhibits and speakers. For more information on SANS, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page. The following is a list of typical local events.

SOLUTIONS Series: The AFCEA SOLUTIONS Series promotes a detailed dialogue between government and industry on issues of national importance. They seek a balanced approach wherein the government can share current thinking and direction, and industry can offer their perspective and input on current and projected capability. These events are compact, with focused tracks, to promote interactive dialogue. All events are held in the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. For more information on AFCEA, see its description on our Infosec Organizations page.

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