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What’s This Post All About?

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In the course of having done this since 2013 we’ve noted that the majority of events take place in the US (notably on the East Coast, especially DC, and New York), the UK, (dominated by London) but also India. However, Australia, given the size in population terms hosts dozens of absolutely awesome Cybersecurity Conferences and that is what prompted this resource.

Why Is Australia Such An ‘Up And Coming’ Major Player in Cybersecurity?

Primarily for this reason: Australia is considered as having one of the fastest growing industries in the world. In tandem with economic prosperity comes cybercrime and hence why we are seeing the boom of the InfoSec market in Australia.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull launched Australia’s cybersecurity strategy in April 2016 which was titled somewhat boringly: the Cybersecurity Strategy. It seems that this strategy has mostly been successful (if you are interested you should read more about it here), but in any event we do note that the growth of Cybersecurity spending is rapidly rising in Australia. For those that are interested in the stats please refer here. So, with all of this being said, it stands to reason that Cybersecurity Conferences in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth are all bastions of Australian InfoSec R&D. If you live and work in Australia especially in any of the major cities then we hope that you find our resource useful.

Why And How Did We Select These Cyber Conferences?

As long as the conference is reputable, professional, takes place in Australia and has Cybersecurity as its’ main focus we will almost certainly be happy to include it in this resource.

Can I Add My Australia InfoSec Event To This Page?

Of course you can and we actively encourage it. All you need do is contact us.

#1 RUXCON
RUXCON

RUXCON is a hub for sharing key information regarding cyber crimes and cyber security in Australia in general, and is possibly the best known cyber conference on the continent.

Although we haven’t been to RUXCON we’ve been reliably informed that it is an excellent ‘hands-on’ event that attracts some awesome delegates and first-class cyber expert speakers. Indeed, the quality and expectations of the talks is high: last year there was a total of 28 cyber networking experts that demonstrated their research and solutions. Although the quantity of speakers is not the largest we’ve seen when reviewing and blogging about cyber events, RUXCON seems to counter that by providing high-quality talks.

RUXCON has a reputation of demonstrating cutting edge presentations which are much valued in our industry. Owing to the quality of talks and “hacker-con” feel of the event, we feel that RUXCON is one of those conferences that positively influences younger people to get a start in cyber security so if you are new to the indsutry and living in Australia, then attending this event is a no-brainer.

Of interest, one of the keynotes last year was Paul Vixie, who we had on Hacker Hotshots here at Concise.

Also, it’s worth noting that this event is co-sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Defense, so if you’re looking to get a job working in Government then this might be worth attending for networking-career reasons as well.


#2 Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC)
Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC)

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is another Government affiliated conference so like other conferences mentioned in this post, this would be worth attending if you have an interest to work as a cyber security professional for the Australian Government. The ACSC annual conference is all about “providing a platform for the cyber world experts in Australia to meet like-minded people”, so they’ve clearly got the right intention when it comes to networking.

ACSC attracts cyber security experts from Australia and all over the globe to share new trends, updates and advancement in the field of cyber security. The discussions and solutions make it possible for the experts and workers to build networks that are harder to hack – which is a basic tenet for the creation of ACSC by the Government of Australia.


#3 Security Exhibition & Conference
Security Exhibition & Conference

Like RUXCON, this simply titled: “Security Exhibition & Conference” also takes place in Melbourne, Australia.

This event is more of an “expo” in the traditional sense. The event is packed full of informative and security-driven seminars which are designed to ensure that the network (infrastructure) security future of Australia is in safe hands. The discussions and questions & answer sessions are a perfect opportunity for professionals to share their solutions to any contemporary cyber security problem. This annual expo takes place in Melbourne every year and in our opinion is another ‘must-attend’ event if you live and work in Australia.

The “Security Exhibition & Conference” in Melbourne is packed full of vendors so if marketing cyber is your game then this might be a conference worth discussing with your senior management with a view to attend or pitch.

It’s worth noting that this event is 30 years old! That makes it one of the oldest cyber/security-related conferences in the world.


#4 AISA National Conference
AISA National Conference

The city where AISA National Conference might change so if you know that it’s not in Melbourne then would you please let us know by dropping a comment below?

For those that don’t know, ASIA, established in 1999, is an abbreviation of the “Australian Information Security Association” which, like other Cyber Security membership bodies out there (like ISC2, CompTIA, ISACA, ISSA etc) is a not-for-profit organisation, and also similarily to those organizations, also has an annual conference for its’ members.

The AISA’s stated goal is to “advance the cyber-security and safety of all sectors of Australian life; public, corporate, and government”.

If you work in cyber security in Australia then we’d obviously recommend that you become a member of AISA, and attend their annual conference which takes place in Sydney. It’s worth also mentioning that AISA have branches in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane and likely they will also run mini local events for members.

The theme of the 2015 conference was “Trust in the world of Information Security” and the list of speakers included local and internationally recognized cyber experts. This event, along with RUXCON and the “Security Exhibition & Conference” are must-attends events if you live and work in Melbourne.


#5 AusCERT
AusCERT

The Annual AusCERT is another very well known Australian cyber security conference. AusCERT is a slightly different IT Security conference in that it focuses on specific niches within cyber: “the Law (Legality)” and associated solutions. The big names at this conference, which takes place each year at the Gold Coast, always receives positive reviews and doesn’t seem to ever disappoint. We took a look at several of the talks last year and they seemed excellent: all the discussions were contemporary, useful, and the speakers also provided actionable novel ideas to cyber threats.

This summit is also the oldest computer security annual meet-up in Australia. A whole week is arranged for the attendants to learn the things they are never taught in high school or college. The field experts are ready to give out their experiences and hear new ideas from the youngsters. AusCERT is a big name in providing computer security advice and preventing cyber attacks involving networks in Australia.