Best Social Engineering Events & Conferences 2020 – 2021

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First Published: , by Henry Dalziel
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Author: Henry Dalziel

Social Engineering is fascinating. The scary thing about the Social Engineering security threat is that the “Social Engineer” doesn’t really need highly advanced technical skills, rather, you just need to be confident and trick people. As long as you give the impression you ought to be doing what you’re doing the chances are that you’ll get away with it.

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I’ve seen an increase in the amount of Social Engineering events and webinars being added to our directory and for good reason: it’s an exploding (con) art-form and every year we’re seeing increasingly sophisticated hacks being deployed through the usage of social engineering.

In this post, I list out the best Social Engineering conferences and events that I can find that are within our security directory. I’ll be adding to this list throughout 2020, but suffice to say that the ones listed below can be considered as being “must-attend” events if you’re a security professional in any of the countries listed below.

Update! Just as I posted this round-up of Social Engineering events and conferences, the biggest (or most publicized Social Engineered hack of 2020 took place, aka the “2020 Twitter bitcoin scam”. Pretty amazing stuff really and further validates the need to share knowledge and best-practices to be safe from Social Engineering.

This list of conferences is in constant flux as new and notable Social Engineering events and conferences are submitted to our directory.

Title of Social Engineering Security EventCountry
Behavioural Analysis 2020United Kingdom
The Human Hacking ConferenceUnited States
Cybersecurity Leadership Summit 2020Germany
Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference (RMISC)United States
THD Security ConferenceEcuador
8.8 Security Conference BoliviaBolivia
Arab Security ConferenceEgypt
Breaking Security Awareness Virtual ConferenceUnited States
Layer 8 ConferenceUnited States
NolaConUnited States

My Recommended Social Engineering Conferences 2020 – 2021

Behavioural Analysis 2020

2020 Conference Date

October 6th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
United Kingdom
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Conference Summary

Behavioural Analysis is a UK InfoSec event that lasts for two days and explores a ton of useful content that also focuses on Social Engineering.

The event organizers of Behavioural Analysis cover a lot of ground. Including:

  • How hostile or criminal intent can be identified;
  • The power of identification when executed via behavioural indicators;
  • An examination into tactical risk analysis and non-racial profiling techniques

Non-racial profiling is something that is very much in the public eye at the moment and for all the right reasons. If you work with any form of surveillance, privacy, or risk-prevention then this event would be of interest.


The Human Hacking Conference

2020 Conference Date

February 20th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
United States
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Conference Summary

Sevillage is an all-encompassing training event.

The event is designed to teach students the latest techniques being deployed by hackers with regards to human deception as well as an exploration into “visual communication analysis, cognitive agility, intelligence research, and security best practices.”

Clearly, if you’re a Social Engineer, or require knowledge of this discipline, then this event in the US would be of significant interest.


Cybersecurity Leadership Summit 2020

2020 Conference Date

November 9th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
Germany
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Conference Summary

I’ve flagged the Cybersecurity Summit Leadership event as having significant social engineering content.

The organizers of this event highlight the fact that delegates will gain vital knowledge on emerging trends which will also include Social Engineering. If you’re interested in attending this event in 2021 then I’d suggest you make sure that they have a bunch of Social Engineering content in it.


Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference (RMISC)

2020 Conference Date

June 9th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
United States
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Conference Summary

The Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference (RMISC), as far as I can tell is the only security conference in the Rocky Mountain region. The organizers categorized their event under Social Engineering so I’m sure the subject-matter will surface.


THD Security Conference

2020 Conference Date

April 16th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
Ecuador
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Conference Summary

This Ecuadorian conference discusses responsibility for information security, demonstrates weakness, and explores information technology in general, its consequences, and challenges worldwide. If your working in LATAM and have an interest in Social Engineering events then this might be one to check out.


8.8 Security Conference Bolivia

2020 Conference Date

September 11th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
Bolivia
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Conference Summary

Staying in LATAM, the 8.8 Computer Security Conference is a 100% technical and “hands-on” event that will almost certainly cover and have elements of Social Engineering within its’ content.

The organizers of 8.8 state that their main objective is to share information, democratize knowledge and create community. 8.8 is, as far as I can tell, the only hacker conference of this type in Chile and one of the most recognized on the continent because it goes beyond theoretical aspects. This is certainly a highly-recommended event.


Arab Security Conference

2020 Conference Date

September 6th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
Egypt
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Conference Summary

The Arab Security Conference provides locals in the MENA and GCC region an opportunity to learn in a “hands-on” fashion about the recent Cybersecurity trends & make new connections with professionals from around the world.


Breaking Security Awareness Virtual Conference

2020 Conference Date

June 25th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
United States
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Conference Summary

Attendees who attend full sessions will be able to earn up to 5 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits, depending on which certifying body the credits are being submitted to.

I’ve flagged this event as having Social Engineering content so please be sure to validate that when it comes round again.


Layer 8 Conference

2020 Conference Date

June 6th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
United States
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Conference Summary

The Layer8 Conference has specific content on social engineering and intelligence gathering, and if you work within this space then this conference would come highly recommended.


NolaCon 2020

2020 Conference Date

September 4th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
United States
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Conference Summary

This meetup is an Information Security/Hacker conference aimed at professionals and enthusiasts alike located in New Orleans, offering training also interesting and inventive talks and workshops. These talks often cover Social Engineering so if you’re located it that part of the world then give them a visit!


Executive Summary

I’ve flagged these events as having Social Engineering content within them but there may be more, please check in the appropriate section of our directory.

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