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#1 Information Security Summit
Conference Location: Hong Kong, Wan Chai
Information Security Summit

Background to this event

These events, (abbreviated as IS Summits) are jointly organized by various Hong Kong IT security associations in conjunction with the Hong Kong Productivity Council. The various associations are listed here.

This years theme is titled: “Effective Use of Analytics and Threat Intelligence to Secure Organizations.”

Following the successes of previous events, this year’s Conference will last for two-days and will also include workshops demonstrating “management and technical theory, applications and practical experiences on all aspects of information security relating to securing and protecting data in borderless cloud and mobile environment, big data analytics and the Internet of Things.”

Information Security Summit (IS Summits) have been running events since 2003. Here’s a list of the past themes that they have organized:

– 2003 – Capitalize the Value of Information Security for Competitive Advantage
– 2004 – Management Challenges for Effective Information Security Governance
– 2005 – Forensically Sound Information Security Management in a Risk Compliance Era
– 2006 – IT Fraud, Forensics and Security Controls – Looking to – 2007 and Beyond
– 2007 – Information Security Evolution – Convergence, Compliance and Certification
– 2008 – Enhancing Mobility Security in an Information Collaboration World
– 2009 – Security in the Age of Cloud Computing, Virtualisation and Social Networking
– 2010 – Cloud and Mobile Security in a Blurred Perimeter Environment
– 2011 – Managing Information – Security Risks of Cloud, Mobile and Social Networking Environments
– 2012 – BYOD and Mobility – Balancing Corporate Security with End-User Needs
– 2013 – Trust and Privacy in the Cyber Era – 2.0 – Securing and Protecting Borderless Data
– 2014 – Enhancing Business Governance to Embrace the Internet of Everything – Anticipating and Responding to Security Risks
– 2015 – Information Anywhere Anytime – Mobile, Analytics, Cloud, IoTs – Security Friends or Foes
– 2016 – Achieving Business Value, Governance and Compliance — Fighting Cyber Crime and Blended Threats
– 2017 – Effective Use of Analytics and Threat Intelligence to Secure Organizations

#2 (ISC)2 Security Congress APAC
Conference Location: Hong Kong
(ISC)2 Security Congress APAC

Background to this event
This is a two day conference which is organized by ISC2. For those that don’t know ISC2 is a very large Cybersecurity Professional Membership body (they offer the ‘industry standard certification: CISSP’).

In the words of the organizers their event: “offers a platform for you to gain insight on the latest innovations on data security, cloud security, cyber intelligence, and emerging technology trends. Hear from respected cybersecurity experts and industry thought leaders from around the globe as they share their knowledge and international best practices through presentations, case studies and interactive discussions.”

There are several tracks at this years event, which include: Cloud Computing, Cloud Security, Critical Infrastructure, Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII), Emerging Tech, Emerging Technologies and Security, Government Law Enforcement, Governance – Risk and Compliance and Security Operations.

If you are a member of ISC2 APAC and require CEU in Hong Kong then we’d absolutely encourage you to attend this event.

The organizers claim to have 50+ speakers lined up which is certainly a huge amount of talent in one area of Hong Kong!

#3 Total Security Conference Hong Kong
Conference Location: Hong Kong, Tsimshatsui
Total Security Conference Hong Kong

Background to this event
“Total Security Conference” is organized by a group called Questex and they hold Cyber events throughout SE Asia, notably in Hong Kong, Jakarta and Singapore.

In the words of the organizers: “[our events] presents the opportunity for delegates to network and build partnerships with peer level professionals, while learning new ideas and strategies that they can replicate within their own organizations, to build a best practices culture.”

The expected profile of InfoSec Professional you’ll meet is varied by within the CCO/ Senior Executives bracket coming from corporate and government verticals.

Key topics that were covered in 2017 included: Customer-centric security, CISO trends, DevsecOps, Container and virtualization security, Cloud security, Mobile security, CISO vs CIRO, Internet of things and Cryptography.

#4 CIO Leaders Summit Hong Kong
Conference Location: Hong Kong
CIO Leaders Summit Hong Kong

Background to this event
This year will be the 4th Annual CIO Leaders Summit in Hong Kong.

The CIO Leaders Summit Hong Kong will highlight the emerging technologies that are leading the way and will examine current challenges that CIO’s are faced with. The Summit will provide senior IT professionals with a unique opportunity to learn and interact with their peers through a series of professionally led sessions hosted by both international and local experts, allowing all attendees the opportunity to be informed by front line executives.

According to the organizers here are the benefits of taking part at CISO Leaders Summit in Hong Kong:

  • CIO Leaders Summit structure
  • Over 80 CIO leaders from across Hong Kong, present over 2 days
  • Over 120 attendees from across the industry present
  • 20 leading technology/ suppliers on-site
  • Over 25 high level speakers on-site
  • Series of targeted roundtable sessions
  • Gala Dinner and Networking Lunches

#5 Dragoncon
Conference Location: Hong Kong

Background to this event
Definitely not to be confused with a significantly larger event by the same name which attracts a crowd of over 70,000 this event is organized by the Dragon Threat Labs which is a a security research group.

In the words of the organizers: “In keeping with Hong Kong’s fine reputation as the cyberpunk sprawl giving birth to such engineering marvels such as Lik-Sang and where movies and games like Blackhat, Sleeping Dogs and Ghost in the Shell take place, DragonCon’s first conference has IoT as its theme. Now at this East meets West place, at this age of Cyber meets Physical, the 1st DragonCon is set to present topics guaranteed to scare and inspire.”

#6 APAC Digital Identity Summit
Conference Location: Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui
APAC Digital Identity Summit

Background to this event
The Digital Identity Summit is an annual event that takes place in Hong Kong bringing together digital, risk and fraud professionals to discuss how digital businesses thrive in today’s economy by leveraging trusted digital identities.

In the words of the organizers: “[Our Events] Feature world-class speakers, hands-on demonstrations and abundant networking opportunities, this is the must-attend cyber security event of the year.”

The organizers of this event, ‘Threat Metrix’ offer a bunch of solutions to the Risk and Fraud Prevention space, and their event take place in Europe (London), the US, (San Francisco) and Singapore or Hong Kong in SE Asia.

The event is officially titled as the ‘Digital Identity Summit APAC 2018‘ (for next year) and they attract first class speakers both from Hong Kong and Worldwide.

Needless to say, Cybercrime and Fraud (and Cyberterrorism) are all increasing in frequency and attack-vector in SE Asia, so this is a very much a welcomed event, especially if you work in the Cybersecurity Digital Forensics/ Fraud space.

One of the main purposes of this event is, again in the words of the organizers, “[facilitate the] increasing need for cross-industry collaboration to equip APAC businesses with the best approaches and most innovative technologies for establishing trusted identities and securing transactions on the Internet.”

#7 The Info Security Conference
Conference Location: Hong Kong, Wan Chai
The Info Security Conference

Background to this event
Just like the title suggests, the organizers have been doing this for the last 17 18 years!

In the words of the organizers: “The 18th Info-Security Conference offers a platform to share, debate and identify solutions and strategies that are working. In an open environment that brings together vendors, C-level practitioners, analysts and forward thinkers, to discuss what worked, what did not.”

In the world of Cybersecurity Conferences, trust us, that is a very long time. The mighty DEF CON has been going for only six years more and that is considered as being one of the oldest on the Cyber Conference circuit.

The organizers put on a great show and I was lucky enough to attend their event June 9th 2017.

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