Best Web Application Security Events & Conferences 2020 – 2021

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

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Author: Henry Dalziel

Web application security is central to the operations of any online business, eCommerce site, or indeed anything at all that’s online. The ubiquitous nature of the Internet means that hackers can discover vulnerabilities and attack weak points. I generalize greatly but in essence, the importance of securing your web app is obvious. Attending a conference, virtual, or “in-person” is clearly key to your success as a software developer or programmer.

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In this post, like all the others in our “best-of” series is a mix of all the events that we’ve found in our directory for this year.

Like all other security events in 2020, the majority of all conferences including Web Application events (DevOps/SecOps) were all converted to virtual.

So far, I’ve identified none, but don’t worry, this section will be populated with events as the year rolls on. Typically by Q1 2021 this section will get filled up!

These are the events that I’ve flagged as being the “Best Web Application Security Events of 2020”. We’d like to extend our thanks to the organizers for having (for the most part) submitted their events to our directory and also to wish them the best of luck for 2021 and beyond.

This list will be updated as new and notable Web App conferences are submitted to our directory.

Title of Web Application Security EventCountry
8.8 SolidariaChile
Hardware Security Training (Hardwear.io) BerlinGermany
LevelUp0x07United States
USENIX Security Symposium 2020United States
Web Security and Bug Bounty WebinarUnited States
Blue Team ConUnited States
LaravelConf Taiwan 2020Taiwan
AppSec CaliforniaUnited States
Objective by the Sea v3.0United States
ROMHACKItaly

My Recommended Web App Conferences 2020 – 2021

8.8 Solidaria

2020 Conference Date

June 26th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
Chile
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Conference Summary

This first one on our list is a beauty.

Taking place in Chile 8.8 has been going strong over the last decade. In all of South America, you can consider 8.8 as being, easily, one of the best Hacker Conferences in Chile but also in the region. If web application security, as well as offensive security, is your thing then be sure to check out this event.


Hardware Security Training (Hardwear.io) Berlin

2020 Conference Date

January 22nd, 2020
This Event is Now Over
Germany
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Conference Summary

I’m pretty sure that hardware.io is the same group that organizes nullcon in Goa, India. Needless to say, this event is fantastic. An excellent organization (and highly established) that supports operating system research. This event has a mix of training sessions as well as talks. Our understanding is that there are two sets of talks in 2020, so please be sure to check them out.


LevelUp0x07

2020 Conference Date

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


LevelUp is an absolutely amazing event for those with an interest in web-app testing and especially within the bug bounty (bug hunting) community. This virtual event is packed full of useful and actionable content and even has a CTF.

Bugcrowd (the folks that organize this virtual InfoSec event) is basically the largest crowdsourced security testing platform on the Internet and it can be thought of as being one of the initial Cyber Security companies to use crowd-sourced security web-app testing. If you’re interested in bug bounties then events organized by Bugcrowd ought to be of interest.

USENIX Security Symposium 2020

2020 Conference Date

August 12th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
United States
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Conference Summary

USENIX is an association in the United States that is primarily focused on operating system research. It was founded in 1975 under the name “Unix Users Group.” Central to the organization’s goals is the advancement and development of Unix and similar systems. So, therefore, if Operating Systems (Unix, Linux and others) are your bag then you’ll surely be interested in this event as well as all other USENIX events of which there are many.


Web Security and Bug Bounty Webinar

2020 Conference Date

June 4th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
United Kingdom
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Conference Summary

This event, Hacktory, is certainly one of the more geeky and actionable events in our list.

I don’t know too much about these events, and they might also be taking place in Russia as well, but what I have discovered is that they are designed to help the individual to develop secure web applications.

If you’re tasked with securing your company‚Äôs information security department then sure, events like these would be of certain interest.


Blue Team Con

2020 Conference Date

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

Blue Team Con is a cyber security event aimed at those that are tasked with executing blue team type work at their companies.

Many blue teamers work for consultancies and this would be of particular interest to those firms.

Web App security would only be a part of what a blue-team would be defending, but the applications still play an important role.


LaravelConf Taiwan 2020

2020 Conference Date

July 25th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
Taiwan
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Conference Summary

OK, I know!

Laravel is a PHP framework and this event is clearly to promote their software, but as a Laravel fan, I can attest to the power of the platform. Security is a must for this platform and the security of the application will be baked into discussions and meetings like this one held in Taiwan.


AppSec California

2020 Conference Date

January 21st, 2020
This Event is Now Over
United States
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Conference Summary

AppSec California is a unique conference made for information security experts, pentesters, developers, QA and testing professionals, as they collaborate at the beach from around the world to share experiences, knowledge and learn about secure development methodologies and secure systems.

I might be wrong with this but I am pretty sure that AppSec is affiliated with OWASP, an organization that you can consider as being at the forefront of everything to do with web application security. The organization is “made famous” by their OWASP Top Ten Web App Threats.


Objective by the Sea v3.0

2020 Conference Date

March 11th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
United States
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Conference Summary

This conference is all about securing macOS. As far as I can tell it is the only security conference dedicated to the research and hardening of the OS. Clearly this event will bring the world’s best macOS security researchers and passionate mac users in stunning tropical locations.


RomHack

2020 Conference Date

September 26th, 2020
This Event is Now Over
Italy
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Conference Summary

This web application security conference is now in its’ third year and is likely the biggest and best web app event taking place in Rome, Italy. Of particular interest is their prominent Capture the Flag Contest.


Executive Summary

We list dozens of security conferences every year that take place around the world and I hope that my hand picked series of events for Web Application security events are of interest.

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