Best UK Government Events & Conferences 2020 – 2021

"Best In Category" Series

We cherry-pick Cybersecurity conferences that we believe are "best in category". We encourage you to learn more about them!

First Published: , by Henry Dalziel
(frequently updated to reflect new event details)

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Author: Henry Dalziel

In this resource, I’ll be populating our “recommended” (mostly) UK-Government Level organized Cyber Security events and conferences. Owing to the nature of these events some will, of course, be invite-only but the majority of the conferences that will be placed within this resource are open to the public.

Title of UK Government Security EventCountry
Government IT Security Conference (GovSec)United Kingdom (London)
Cranfield University Cyber SymposiumUnited Kingdom (Cranfield)
CyConEstonia (NATO)
CYBERUK 2021United Kingdom (Wales)
SPIE – Security + Defence Digital Forum 2020United Kingdom (Scotland)

I’ve also created a list with some of the best US Government Cybersecurity conferences. If you want to get even more granular then you might be interested in our recommended Cyber Warfare Cybersecurity Conferences list.

Whilst most of these are aimed at Cybersecurity Professionals I’d suggest that they are mostly conferences aimed at CISO, CSO’s, and other Senior Level Cyber Pro’s. Incidentally, we have a resource that lists a bunch of recommended Senior-Level Cybersecurity Conferences.

Government IT Security Conference (GovSec)

2020 Conference Date

September 23rd, 2020
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United Kingdom
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Conference Summary

One of the important events in the UK where it will help the UK government how to secure information in a fast-changing environment. This will teach participants on how to detect and defend against cyber attacks quickly.


Cranfield University Cyber Symposium

2020 Conference Date

January 28th, 2020
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United Kingdom
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Conference Summary

They are one of the biggest UK provider of masters-level graduates in engineering and offer a flagship MBA. They organized a cybersecurity event that will discuss the impact of cybersecurity across the span of military activity such as security, training, operations, and education. Future challenges and how to solve them will also be tackled by participants from across the cybersecurity and defense sector.


CyCon

2020 Conference Date

May 26th, 2020
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Estonia
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Conference Summary

CyCon is co-organized by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.

Whilst not being a “strictly UK Government Cyber Security Event” I added CyCon because of the obvious close ties the UK has with NATO.

This is a major event for many (especially European) InfoSec professionals. CyCon is now entering into its’ second decade and during that time the conference has firmly established itself as a leading multidisciplinary security conference and community-building event for infosec professionals from around the world.

CyCon is also particularly noted for high standards of academic research; and there will likely be NATO/UK Cybersecurity Policy directive research as well.


CYBERUK 2021

2020 Conference Date

May 11th, 2021
202 Days Until The Event
United Kingdom
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Conference Summary

CYBERUK is the UK Cybersecurity Government Flagship event.

Highly recommended for those working at a national InfoSec level. The conference will be taken place in Wales in 2021.

2,500 delegates are expected in 2021 (COVID-permitting). The main focus according to the UK Government “National Cyber Security Centre” is to showcase the United Kingdom as a leader within cyber resilience.

There are multiple benefits in attending, not least that you’ll have the opportunity to network with peers in the industry who likely are all experiencing the same difficulties and challenges resulting from COVID-19 throughout 2020.


SPIE – Security + Defence Digital Forum 2020

2020 Conference Date

September 21st, 2020
This Event is Now Over
United Kingdom
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Conference Summary

Whilst not a “UK Government-Level” cyber conference I’ve included this event because of its’ focus on the Security abd Defence sectors.


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