Best US 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

The US Government is actively, indeed – relentlessly – protecting itself against Cyber Attacks from adversaries. Of course, the world’s de facto superpower is also engaged in offensive operations; as are all nation-states. Period. If they deny it then they’re lying! Anyways, the purpose of this resource is not to get political but instead to list some US Government Cyber Security Conferences that I feel might be of interest to you if you work in the public and military space. Inevitably, many of these conferences will be invite-only.

The security level or “sensitivity” of the conference will dictate whether you can attend. If you’re reading this with a view to secure employment within Cybersecurity or perhaps progress with your career then I’d certainly recommend attending several of these conferences if you can get an invite for obvious reasons: they’re an excellent way to meet and network with vendors.

If you’re interested in finding employment you might want to also check out our dedicated InfoSec Career Fairs resource.

Title of US Government Security EventCountry
National Homeland Security Conference (NHSC)United States
NOAA IT Security ConferenceUnited States
Suits and Spooks DCUnited States
Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience AmericasUnited States
GovSummitUnited States
WEST ConferenceUnited States
Insider Threat SummitUnited States
SINET ITSEF 2020United States
Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Summit (Virtual)United States
FAL.CONUnited States

National Homeland Security Conference (NHSC)

2020 Conference Date

June 29th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
United States
More Info & Event Link

Conference Summary

The National Homeland Security Conference (NHSC) occupies a prominent place in any US Government InfoSec Professional’s calendar.

Needless to say, but Homeland Security has an acute interest in everything related to the Security of Cyber Assets.

The annual NHSC attracts over a thousand (mostly US) InfoSec professionals eager to learn about the emerging trends with information security and who want to discover recent technologies and equipment available to support various federal-level missions.

This would be an excellent opportunity to interact with exhibitors and vendors with an affiliation to US Government activities.


NOAA IT Security Conference

2020 Conference Date

July 22nd, 2020
This Event is Now Over
United States
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Conference Summary

This one is very niche, but as ever in Cybersecurity: going niche is a good thing.

The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) will be becoming an increasingly busy department as a result of climate change.

Two of the largest and undeniable challenges we face in the next decade include:

  • Extreme Weather Events
  • Cyber Attacks
  • (Perhaps also Ongoing Pandemic Issues with COVID?)

When I mention “Cyber Attacks” in this context I’m also referring to Cyber Warfare.

The event specializes, which was virtual in 2020 like most other conferences were, discussed recent advances in military hardware, technology, training, and other areas.


Suits and Spooks DC

2020 Conference Date

February 7th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
United States
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Conference Summary

Suits ‘n Spooks is one of my favorite events of the year.

In fact, I interviewed the founder of Suits ‘n Spooks, Jeffrey Carr – so if you’re interested in this conference you might be interested to learn more about what Jeffrey has to say.

Jeffrey invites excellent speakers from the Federal and private sectors, and the talks are always thought-provoking and informative.

This is a highly recommended event for those interested to see a mix of personalities.


Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Americas

2020 Conference Date

October 27th, 2020
2 Days Until The Event
United States
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Conference Summary

Attend this event and you’ll hear from various speakers who will deliver thought-provoking presentations regarding the fragile nature of some of the nations critical infrastructure.

You’ll learn measures that will be taken to protect and secure the industry.

If you work with aspects of the US national infrastructure then clearly this conference would be of interest.

Furthermore, it is worth me mentioning here that we also have a resource listing some of the best SCADA and ICS conferences of the year.


GovSummit

2020 Conference Date

June 1st, 2020
This Event is Now Over
United States
More Info & Event Link

Conference Summary

GovSummit was a free and virtual US Government Cybersecurity Conference in 2020.

Their event in 2021 will likely be a physical “in-person” conference so be sure to check out the particular information on their site.

GovSummit is a major event in the Federal-Level Cybersecurity calendar as it will bring together government leaders with the intention of sharing research and information on a wide range of different security topics.

Content discussed at GovSummit is aimed at:

  • State level
  • Federal level
  • Local level (agencies)

In previous years GovSummit discussed content such as security technology procurement, identity management (PII and Privacy), cybersecurity, access control policies, and much more.

This is definitely an event to look out for if you’re interested in working for the US Government within a Cybersecurity remit.


Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Summit (Virtual)

2020 Conference Date

June 23rd, 2020
This Event is Now Over
United States
More Info & Event Link

Conference Summary

This event is only open to United States federal employees.

Speakers typically discuss how to recruit, maintain or build a robust cybersecurity workforce.


FAL.CON

2020 Conference Date

June 24th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
United States
More Info & Event Link

Conference Summary

At a recent FAL.CON conference, Information Security Professionals from CrowdStrike and leaders from the state, federal, and local governments shared research and actionable plans on supply chain security, threat intelligence, artificial intelligence, and a bunch more.


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