Best Offensive Security Events & Conferences 2020 – 2021

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Henry Dalziel, Co-Founder InfoSec Conferences

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This series of recommended cybersecurity conferences are some of my favorite because they’re the most fascinating ones! It’s all about defending against the hacker. A blackhat hacker is not even half as talented as a defender. The defender (white hat) has to be right all the time, the blackhat just has to get it right once. I hope you enjoy reading my recommended list of Offensive Security events as I enjoyed putting it together.

List of Offensive Security events and conferences to attend this year (Updated List)Click to Tweet

This is the current list of Offensive Security conferences I have assimilated. As and when notable events come into the directory that are pertinent to this category I’ll add them.

Title of Offensive Security EventCountry
Black Hat AsiaSingapore
SecureWorld Twin CitiesUnited States
CSCIS & CISSRec Cyber Security Virtual August Workshop 2020Indonesia
European Cybersecurity Online ConferenceSaudi Arabia
Infosecurity Magazine North America Online Spring SummitUnited Kingdom
USENIX Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test (CSET)United States
NDC Security – TechTownNorway
NDC Security – TechTownAustria
Virus Bulletin 2020Ireland
Cyber Attack Bangkok Series 2020Thailand

My Recommended Offensive Security Conferences 2020 – 2021

Offensive Security Conference

2020 Conference Date

February 14th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
Germany
2020 Event Link (More Info)

Conference Summary

This gem of an event is a classic Offensive Security Conference and deservedly must be on my roundup list.

OffensiveCon Berlin is an extremely technical cybersecurity confernece that is focused on offensive side.

The talks at this conference relate to penetration testing subjects such as:

  • Advanced exploitation techniques
  • Vulnerability discovery
  • Reverse engineering

This event lasts for two days and the talks are “lightning speed”. Highly recommended conference, especially if you work as a Pentester in the DACH region.


TROOPERS20

2020 Conference Date

March 16th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
Germany
2020 Event Link (More Info)

Conference Summary

Staying in Germany I’ve included the mighty TROOPERS into my recommended Offensive Security conference roundup for two reasons:

  • Fantastic reputation for brining in excellent speakers
  • Focus on specific technologies (2020 was meant to be IoT and IPv6)

Seriously, don’t just take my word for it – go ahead and check out the conference website for more info; highly recommended for Cybersecurity Professionals working in DACH and Europe.

I’ve interviewed one of the TROOPERS team members, Niki Vonderwell (Conference Manager)


DEF CON 28

2020 Conference Date

August 6th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
United States
2020 Event Link (More Info)

Conference Summary

DEF CON.

Say no more.

This is the Offensive Security conference and has been since DEF CON 01. If you can get yourself to the cash-only conference in Vegas, Nevada, then you’ll experience an incredibly well organized event that is packed full of dozens of villages, talks and so much more; it’s absolutely worthwhile.

DEF CON also has an emphasis of showing and sharing the latest hacker tools being used by some of the world’s best hackers and professional pentesters.


Black Hat USA

2020 Conference Date

August 1st, 2020
This Event is Now Over
United States
2020 Event Link (More Info)

Conference Summary

I consider Black Hat USA as a commercial spin-off from DEF CON, so you can expect to hear some of the same depth of talks, yet there’s more of a vendor-feel to it. Getting your product or service associated with Black Hat is the name of the game for many Cybersecurity Vendors.

From an offensive-security conference position I’ve included the Black Hat series because there are plenty of pentesting/digital forensics talks that demonstrate some of the latest research towards cyber attacks.


Black Hat Europe 2020

2020 Conference Date

November 9th, 2020
44 Days Until The Event
United Kingdom
2020 Event Link (More Info)

Conference Summary

I’ve also included Black Hat Europe that usually takes place in London, however, I’m sure that on occasions it has also taken place in Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Black Hat Asia

2020 Conference Date

September 29th, 2020
3 Days Until The Event
Singapore
2020 Event Link (More Info)

Conference Summary

I’ve also included Black Hat Asia that for the most part takes place in Singapore, in fact, I believe that the conference has only taken place in Singapore in the APAC region.

It’s worth also saying that Black Hat also happens in the GCC Region, Middle East, usually in Dubai, UAE.


USENIX Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test (CSET)

2020 Conference Date

August 10th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
United States
2020 Event Link (More Info)

Conference Summary

Founded in 1975, yup – that old, the USENIX is a highly respsected organization that supports operating system research. With their depth of knowledge any offensive-type of research or workshop they organize is certainly worthy of futher examination.

I’ve included this event to encourage you to check out USENIX!


DEEPSEC

2020 Conference Date

November 17th, 2020
52 Days Until The Event
Austria
2020 Event Link (More Info)

Conference Summary

DeepSec is fantastic. Highly recommended event and completely pertinent to this roundup.

I’ll let some example of previous talks explain why if you’re in Europe you ought to learn more about this conference:

  • Black Belt Pentesting (Mastering Web Attacks with Full-Stack Exploitation)
  • Open Hardware Hacking
  • Defending Industrial Control Systems
  • Threat Modeling: the ultimate “shift left”
  • Open Source Intelligence Gathering on Human Targets

So, as you can see DeepSec is a defacto Offensive Conference that covers a bunch of niches including for example SCADA and OSINT (Open Source Intelligence).


Virus Bulletin 2020

2020 Conference Date

September 30th, 2020
4 Days Until The Event
Ireland
2020 Event Link (More Info)

Conference Summary

Virus Bulletin is one of the oldest and longest-running infosec conferences in the world.

Bringing together some of the best minds in the business to discuss and share new research regarding viruses and how to best to defend and remove them.

If you’re a involved with any sort of malware, trojans or OS hacking then this is an example of a conference you ought to familiarize yourself with.


Cyber Attack Bangkok Series 2020

2020 Conference Date

November 7th, 2020
42 Days Until The Event
Thailand
2020 Event Link (More Info)

Conference Summary

The Bangkok-based hacker conference is designed to address important information security technologies and emerging cyber threats that are happening in the recent past and predicted future.

I’ve added this conference to my list because the organizers have placed an emphasis on wanting to teach delegates “how to fight and defend your organization from cyber-attacks”.


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