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September 2019 Cybersecurity Calendar

Global events that keep you on the cutting edge of cyber

– Kayla Matthews

Pittsburgh, Pa. — Sep. 2, 2019

Labor Day has come and gone, and it’s the perfect time to plan your fall cybersecurity agenda. Here are ten events to help get your September kicked off.

Don’t miss the special FutureCon Events Calendar featuring 24 regional cybersecurity conferences in North American cities over the next year, sponsored by Cybercrime Magazine.

1. The Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium — Sep. 4-5 in Richmond, Va.

Put this on your list of must-attend events if you’re a cybersecurity expert working in the government sector. This gathering boasts a two-decade history and takes place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Award-winning communication strategist Kelly Swanson and internationally renowned cybersecurity expert Morgan Wright are keynote speakers.

The agenda also promises discussions about topics such as cloud readiness, in-depth cyber-defense strategies and securing autonomous systems. Tickets are $85 per person, but a two-for-one discount applies to every ticket purchase.

2. 44Con — Sep. 11-13 in London, England

This conference’s target audience is people who handle cybersecurity in the business and technical realms. It has IT security-based talks and workshops, plus a “Village Hall” where non-cybersecurity entities can advertise their wares or host workshops.

Since 44Con is smaller than some other conferences of this type, it gives you the chance to get more one-on-one time with the speakers and learn about their work.

Topics on the schedule range from Cold War cryptography to cellular network security. That kind of diversity ensures you’ll find content that holds your interest. Attendees convene at the ILEC Conference Centre, and tickets start at £349 — approximately $420.

3. HackYeah — Sep. 14-15 in Warsaw, Poland

HackYeah is a conference and 24-hour hackathon. People get involved in the hackathon by forming small groups and tackling assigned tasks. There are prizes to win, as well.

The conference venue is PTAK WARSAW EXPO, and the conference will provide free shuttle buses from the city center to reach it. Tickets start at 49 zloty, which is only about $12.50.

The HackYeah organizers want to create an inclusive atmosphere at the event. You don’t need to be a coding expert, and the only requirement is to have a problem-solving attitude. Another worthy thing to mention about this conference is that all ticket proceeds go to two foundations that arrange IT courses for residents of children’s homes.

4. New York CyberWeek — Sep. 16-20 in New York, N.Y.

This event, sponsored by Cyberscoop, is the cybersecurity industry’s version of Austin’s music/tech festival, SXSW. Expect to mingle with more than 6,000 fellow attendees as you check out more than 60 community events. Unlike the other September cybersecurity events covered here so far, this one takes place at various venues throughout the city.

One of the perks of this event is that it’s free. You should still indicate your desire to attend by registering at the dedicated Eventbrite link, though. Doing that gives you access to the week’s schedule and lets you sign up for whatever sessions you want to attend.

5. SECT-T – 0x0 Compute — Sep. 19-20 in Stockholm, Sweden

This Swedish event aims to set itself apart from other options by focusing on firsthand accounts and expert research, rather than the sales pitches that can sometimes accompany heavily sponsored professional gatherings. It’s also an English-speaking conference, which avoids language barrier concerns.

Think about arriving in Sweden a few days before the conference kicks off. There are training events and other supplementary activities starting on Sept. 17.

Munchenbryggeriet, a conference center, serves as the event headquarters. Tickets start at 5,500 krona, which is about $570.

6. ShellHacks — Sep. 20-22 in North Miami, Fla.

Florida International University hosts this 36-hour hackathon at its Kovens Conference Center. Organizers of this hackathon have advertised it as the largest event of its kind in Florida, which means you should have plenty of networking and learning opportunities.

Attendees can choose from several educational tracks, based on their interests or what they want to learn. There’s one for IT/cybersecurity, along with other options like game development and data science. If you’re currently a college student or have graduated in the past year, you can come as a regular participant. If neither of those categories applies, think about signing up to help others by being a mentor.

Also, people don’t need coding experience to participate. ShellHacks welcomes people of all abilities, and it has introductory workshops for people who want to take part in them. This hackathon is free, and it provides all major meals and beverages.

7. FutureSec — Sep. 24 in Cork, Ireland

This conference is another worthwhile event to check out if you want to learn and network, but don’t have time in your schedule to devote multiple days to attending. The Cork Opera House serves as the venue, and tickets are €61.50 — about $70. This event happens from 2:30 to 7 p.m., and it lets you take in keynote speeches, briefings and panel discussions featuring leading cybersecurity thought leaders and practitioners.

The list of participants includes cybersecurity professionals from sectors ranging from health care to banking. There’s an FBI special agent set to appear, too.

8. FutureCon Cybersecurity Conference — Sep. 25 in Minneapolis, Minn.

If you only have one free day in your September cybersecurity calendar, consider reserving it to participate in this conference. Check-in starts at 8 a.m., and the last event on the schedule ends at 6 p.m.

Keynote speaker Chad Mead, SVP and CTO at UNFI (formerly Supervalu) will be presenting on “Business – Lessons for the next generation of CISO’s.”

This event is exclusively for CISOs, IT security teams, and cybersecurity companies. Tickets are $200 for a full conference all day pass, or $45 for an exhibit hall only pass, and the Doubletree by Hilton Minneapolis – Park Place will be where everything happens.

9. DefendCon — Sep. 26-27 in Seattle, Wash.

This conference stands out among some other September cybersecurity events due to the company name recognition of the speakers. You’ll hear insights from employees of Microsoft, Snapchat, Facebook and Netflix, for example. There’s also a higher-than-average number of women speaking at the conference, which is a plus.

This event also features several “villages” where people can go to find out about themed aspects of cybersecurity. One exciting option is the Mental Health Hackers Village. It helps attendees learn more about the mental health challenges that can accompany an internet security career.

The Seattle Marriott Waterfront is the conference venue, and event tickets start at only $25.

10. Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference — Sep. 30-Oct. 2 in San Antonio, Texas

Head to the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa to get engrossed in this conference. It focuses on all aspects of cybersecurity and digital forensics that concern professionals working in the private sector or government. Get ready to hear a selection of more than 65 speakers and go to your choice of dozens of sessions.

You can also earn continuing professional education credits by attending. Tickets for this conference cost $1,295 if purchased up to Sept. 27. Purchasing them after that at the on-site rate increases the cost to $1,695.

An Educational Month in Store

This list highlights some of the ample opportunities to get educated and meet other cybersecurity professionals. Consider adding some of these September cybersecurity events to your calendar today.

Looking ahead to October, the Cybersecurity 500 list of the world’s hottest and most innovative cybersecurity companies will be announced live at the FutureCon conference in Boston on Oct. 9. Steve Morgan, co-author of “Women Know Cyber: 100 Fascinating Females Fighting Cybercrime” will also be at the Boston event for a book signing.

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– Kayla Matthews is a technology journalist and cybersecurity writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. To read more from Kayla, visit her website.