List of Cybersecurity (IT Security) Hacker Conferences in Rochester, New York, USA

Summary: In this blog post we will discuss our recommended Cybersecurity Conferences in Rochester, New York, USA 5 minute read
Author: Henry Dalziel | April 3, 2017
Category: New York Cybersecurity Conferences, US Cybersecurity Conferences

What is this post about?

We take a look at cybersecurity conferences taking place in cities like Rochester in the state of New York.

Is this pages relating to hacker conferences taking place in Rochester updated?

Yes they are, but not as often as our main directory listing. We base the below listings on popular and repetitive events that take place in Rochester, New York. Rather than simply listing a bunch of ‘one-off’ events that might never be organized again, most (not all!) of the gatherings mentioned below have been taking place every year. We have also included ISACA, ISSA, OWASP and BSides events that take place in Rochester where possible. To see global BSides specific listings (some include speaker videos and presentations made by IronGeek) click here. Make sure that you don’t miss an event by joining our New York-specific New York newsletter! For other cities that we list cyber events and hacker conferences taking place in New York please click here, or to return to our main global list of IT Security conferences please follow this link. If you would like to add an event to this page and our main listing directory click here.

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#1 OWASP Rochester

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Background to this event
This group has a treasure trove of stuff on its site. Meetings are every third Monday of the month. The chapter leader is Ralph Durkee. The next event will be on November 18, 2016 and you can check their website for future events. OWASP chapter meetings are free and open to anyone interested in application security. We encourage members to give presentations on specific topics and to contribute to the local chapter by sharing their knowledge with others.


#2 ISSA Rochester Chapter

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Background to this event
The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is a not for profit business association comprised of information security professionals and practitioners. Members include practitioners at all levels of the security field in a broad range of industries, such as communications, education, healthcare, manufacturing, financial and government. The Rochester Chapter was the 101st official chapter of the international Information Systems Security Association. The primary goal of the ISSA is to promote management practices that will ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information resources. ISSA facilitates interaction and education to create a more successful environment for global information systems security and for the professionals involved. Beginning in 2006, the Rochester ISSA members hosted the first annual Rochester Security Summit. It is a community focal point for education and awareness in collaboration with higher education, business and industry partners, held during National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The Summit features speakers and panels providing education opportunities for executives, CFO, CIO/CSO, business managers, IT managers, security professionals, technical specialist and developers.


#3 InfraGard Rochester

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Background to this event
At its most basic level, InfraGard is a cooperative undertaking between the U.S. Government (led by the FBI) and an association of businesses, academic institutions, New York and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to increasing the security of United New Yorks critical infrastructures. InfraGard is an information sharing and analysis effort serving the interests and combining the knowledge base of a wide range of members. At its most basic level, InfraGard is a cooperative undertaking between the U.S. Government (led by the FBI) and an association of businesses, academic institutions, New York and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to increasing the security of United New Yorks critical infrastructures.

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#4 DCG585

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Background to this event
The Rochester DefCon group’s site has gotten a bit quiet though you can visit it and email the address on site to find out more. They do meet every third Friday though at Interlock Rochester so drop by, they don’t bite. The DCG585 started in 2003. It ran successfully as an independant organization until 2010, when it migrated to the Rochester Hacker Space – Interlock, and began collaborating with the Rochester 2600 group and TOOOL.ROC. It quickly became apparent that the same people going to ROC2600 and TOOOL were the ones that had been going to the DEF CON Group meetings.

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#5 Rochester 2600

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Background to this event
Attending a 2600 meeting for the November month means you will see a deep dive into monkeys and their relationships much as our presenters share their knoweldge about problems of balls and a depressed fourth grader. 2600 Meetings exist as a forum for all interested in technology to meet and talk about events in technology-land, learn, and teach. Meetings are open to anyone of any age or level of expertise.

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#6 Interlock Rochester

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Background to this event
Interlock is a non-profit organization that provides space for its members and the local community to develop and share their interests in science, technology, art, and culture. Interlock Rochester is a 501(c)3 non-profit Hackerspace whose goal is to provide a physical space and community to its members and the public at large. We provide workshops, classes, and a community of hackers with a wide range of interests: 3D Printing, information security, electronics, micro-controllers, laser cutting, radios, programming, networking, and much more that falls on the geek spectrum.

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#7 The Rochester Security Summit

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The Rochester Security Summit is a collaboration of area organizations and the Rochester Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). The first Summit was held in 2006. The Rochester Security Summit is a community focal point for education and awareness in collaboration with higher education, business and industry partners, held during National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

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#8 BSides Rochester

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B-Sides Rochester is a free and open hacker event held in Rochester, NY. It gives a place for people to learn about infosec, hacking and all kinds of different technology in a fun environment.

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