Recommended Cyber Security Conferences in California, USA

Summary: In this blog post we will discuss our recommended Cyber Security Conferences in California 5 minute read
Author: Henry Dalziel | April 3, 2017
Category: California Cybersecurity Conferences, US Cybersecurity Conferences

What’s this post all about?

In this post we are going to tell you about popular (and worthwhile) cyber security conferences and events that take place in California each year. This post is a ‘work-in-progress’; i.e. meaning that we will be add events to this page over the coming months and years – so don’t be fooled by the original published date of this post! If you are interested in learning about Cyber Security Events that take place in the State of California, especially in LA, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose, then you’ve come to a useful resource, and one that we hope you enjoy and use. Our main Conference listing directory is updated on a regular basis, indeed almost daily, so if you want to learn about events that are taking place around the world (in every possible cyber niche) then we’d encourage you to take a look at that resource (link directly above).

This post takes a look at specifically conferences that we’d recommend taking place in California as a whole, however, we should also mention here that we also have listings for these cities and states in the US: Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco, Texas, Washington DC and an ‘overall USA Cyber Events Page’.

Why did we select these Cyber Conferences?

This is not a list of ‘upcoming events’, rather, this is a list of regular (typically annual) InfoSec events that take place within California. We select these Conferences on two criteria: firstly, is the conference reputable?; does it attract professional Cyber Professionals? And, secondly, does the conference take place on a regular basis? If the answer to these two questions is ‘yes’ then it is very likely that we will add the event to this page.

Can I add my Cyber Security Conference that is taking place in California to this page?

Of course! Please do! All you need to do is submit a form by visiting our main conference directory listing page here. We will happily add your event to all our resources including our weekly email that goes out to thousands of cyber security professionals.

Symantec Spotlight
Where: Los Angeles, California, USA

This is a free security conference which, according to the organizers, is the “next generation of security leaders and will provide a chance to attendees to join the cyber security experts in solving real-world security threats and challenges.” Sounds good to us – plus, it’s free so that’s always going to tweak our interest and make sure that it gets included in our list! Symantec Spotlight, like the next three events, at take place in Los Angeles.

Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC)
Where: Los Angeles, California, USA

Also taking place in LA, the ACSAC is a yearly event that brings a wide variety of professionals together. The ACSAC organizers always make sure to invite a mix of cyber professionals from academia, government and industry who are interested in applied security. ACSA is a non-profit association of computer security professionals, rather like ISACA and ISSA in the sense that they have a common goal of improving, promoting and enhancing cyber security. To achieve this ACSAC supports a wide range of activities, all of which serve the goal of improving the computer (cyber) security field. If ACSAC sounds of interest then we’d encourage you to check out their New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW) event which also happens (we think) each year.

Los Angeles Cyber Security Summit
Where: Los Angeles, California, USA

Again, taking place in LA are the (very friendly) organizers of “The Cyber Security Summit”. Basically you can think of these events as blending excellent career-networking opportunities with brilliant talks. You’ll learn a ton and also benefit from the career-networking piece which is never a bad thing. Worth also mentioning that the team also organize similar events in Atlanta, Dallas, DC/ Metro, Chicago, New York and LA.

Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security USA
Where: Sacramento, California, USA

The Annual Industrial Control CyberSecurity conference meets to unite key partners to address the obligation in guaranteeing the safety, reliability and stability of the Critical National Infrastructure of their organizations. SCADA and ICS cyber security conferences are all the rage at the moment, with it seems London leading the way.

IoT Tech Expo North America
Where: Santa Clara, California, USA

Another event that caught our attention is the Internet of Things Conference which takes place every year in the US. This conference brings key industries from across the US together for a couple of days and focuses on exploring the recent innovations within the IoT space. Sectors that are discussed are Manufacturing, Transport, Health, Logistics, Government, Energy and Automotive. Although not srictly a ‘Cyber Event’ we like it because security will be woven into the discussions of all IoT and with this being one of the largest IoT Conferences in the USA it stands to reason that there will be plenty of InfoSec knowledge promoted and shared.

SecureWorld Bay Area
Where: San Jose, California, USA

SecureWorld takes place in San Jose, California. In fact, SecureWorld is a series of events that take place throughout the United States, i.e. not just in California. The organizers claim to be offer delegates “cybersecurity content which includes breaking industry news, unique articles and research, web meetings, and training courses.” We’ve included SecureWorld California because they are consistent and they do offer Continuing Education training sessions as well which many cyber professionals are looking for in San Jose.

IEEE Workshop on Machine Learning in Security of Cyber-Physical Systems
Where: Anaheim, California, USA

IEEE events are typicaly very academic and high-brow but if you are a purtianical type of cyber professional then these events are for you, especially if you live and work in the Anaheim region. We’ve included this (and other IEEE events on other blog posts) because they are consistent and engaging; i.e. two criteria that we judge to make this list. If you have attended an IEEE event we’d love to hear from you.

CyberFest – The Future is Now!
Where: San Diego, California, USA

This conference is another worth taking a look at if you live and work in Cyber Security in California.

SANS San Francisco
Where: San Francisco, California, USA

This event and the one listed below are both SANS-related. SANS offer some of the finest cybersecurity training out there, and we’ve included their events in California because they do take place every year and with our list a state-based cyber listing directory we thought it appropriate to include SANS.

SANS San Diego
Where: San Diego, California, USA

Please see above for a description. This event take place in San Diego every year. Worth noting that SANS events take place throughout the US and Europe and are considered as being an excellent resource for attaining cyber training and education.

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