Recommended Cyber Security Conferences in India

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

What’s this post all about?

In this post we are going to tell you about popular (and what we believe to be worthwhile) cyber security conferences and events that take place in India each year. Of course, there are dozens of events taking place in India and this post is very much 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! Our understanding is that most cyber conferences in India take place in the cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kerala and Lucknow.

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 India. We select these Conferences on two criteria: firstly, is the conference reputable, and does it attract professional Cyber Professionals? 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 or event that is taking place in India 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.

nullcon Security Conference
Where: Bangalore, India

Started in 2010, this Indian Cybersecurity Conferences started life with the intention of providing a platform for information sharing with regards to cyber attack vectors, vulnerabilities and threats. According to the organizers, this conference is aimed at taking information security to the next level; so they are clearly on a mission.

This conference takes place in Goa, India, so another major reason to attend! Last years speakers included Jennifer Steffens, Chief Executive Officer for IOActive. Just like many other Cyber Security Conferences do, nullcon provide training during the initial two days, then they dive into cyber discussions and talks. If you are working in the Cyber Security space in India then we’d highly recommend that you take advantage of beautiful Goa and immerse yourself in this event!

DEF CON | OWASP Lucknow Information Security Conference
Where: Lucknow, India

There’s no doubt, at Concise we are massive fans of DEF CON, we’ve blogged about it quite a bit before and included it in our Top Ten Cybersecurity Conferences list, so their affiliated event in India clearly had to make this list! Mainly focusing on mainstream Information Security and application security within an OWASP perspective, DEF CON India, based in Lucknow spreads awareness of cyber! If you are a penetration tester or security analyst and working in India, then this is another event which you really ought to get yourself down to. Cybersecurity Conferences in India follow an event like this – so get yourself involved, especially if you are in Lucknow.

Incidentally, Lucknow is India’s first ‘CCTV City’ with 9,500 CCTV cameras installed all over the city, as of by April, 2015 – so clearly the city is not the most friendly with those paranoid with being under surveillance, which most people associated with cyber security are! We’ve never been to Lucknow so don’t quite know why the city has so much surveillance…

Next Generation Cyber Threats India Exposition
Where: Mumbai, India

With a surge in the number of cyber attacks in India, (just like every other nation) “Next Generation Cyber Threats India Exposition” was started in Mumbai as a series of conferences. With this being their third annual exposition, speakers would be invited from all over the world with the intention of creating a common stage to debate and discuss possible solutions to mitigate cyber risks. This conference caters to a wide selection of Indian industries that have exposure to Cyber Security, these include: Telecomms, IT, Banking, Defense, Power and Aviation etc. This event in Mumbai attracted some of the brightest minds within Information Security and for networking opportunities in India this cyber event is probably one of the better ones out there.

HAKON – Terrorstorm – The Rise of Digital Terrorism + Women’s In-Security
Where: Indore, India

HAKON is a conference that was started the previous year and this will be its second season. They invite well-versed and experienced speakers in the field of cyber security that are highly knowledgeable. The training they provide seems excellent which focuses on the most relevant security threats facing us at the moment. Also, for ‘coolness value’ these guys have an awesome graphic and visual appeal so on those stakes it seems pretty kick-ass!

The Leet Hacking Conference
Where: Delhi, India

While exploring new ways to hack into systems, this conference also includes a hacking track where there is a discussion about Cryptography and Mobile Systems. Cryptography has always been a fascinating field in digital security as it attempts to encrypt confidential information that is sensitive. This event seems to be more of a ‘techie’ conference in India which is cool by us! Also, from our understand 1337/ leet/ l33t-con has a pretty awesome community. Go check ’em out if you are in the Patna, India region!

0SecCon (ZeroSecCon)
Where: Kerala, India

Taking place in Kerala, India, this is likely one of the most awesome events taking place. Not only is this event free, (yup!) but it has got a sense of hackerish coolness about it. If you are serious about your information security then this really is a ‘must-go-to’ event in you live and work in India, or, if you are trying to break into the Indian Cybersecurity scene.

SISA Summit – Innovation in Payments Security
Where: Mumbai, India

This event takes place at the start of the year in Bangalore, India. The SISA Summit 2016 is a one day conference specially aimed at the security payment cyber niche. As you would expect the event is frequented by cyber security specialists and those working within the payment industry; especially fintech. In summary, the SIS Summit acts as a platform in which payment developments (and therefore security) are presented and discussed.

Cyber Radiance
Where: Lucknow, India

Taking place in Lucknow, India, this cyber event, which lasts for two days, is aimed at students, cyber experts serving in the IT sector and Indian Law Enforcement Agencies. This event showcases in-depth Indian advances in cyber security especially within a crime-prevention digital forensics capacity.

International Conference on Cyber Security
Where: Kota, India

This event takes place each year in Kota, India, during the summer. The International Conference on Cyber Security, abbreviated to ICCS, is similar to Cyber Radiance in the sense that Law Enforcement have a significant presence. ICCS India attracts some well-known cyber personalities and we’d certainly recommed this event if you live and work in Information Security in Kota.

Where: Kollam, India

This event takes place in Kollam, near Kerala in India. Like Cyber Radiance and ICSS, C0c0n also has a Cyber Law Enforcement (Digital Forensics) influence.

International Conference on Cyber law, Cyber Crime/ Cyber Security
Where: New Delhi, India

Again, another conference aimed at those working in Cyber Crime, Cyber Law and Cyber Security. This conference takes place in New Delhi, India. See above events (Cyber Radiance, ICSS, C0C0n for similar meetings).

India Security Conference
Where: Mumbai, India

Taking place in Mumbai, India, this event will, according to the organizers focus on: “Building safe and secured environments with Intelligence, Analytics and Mobility”. If you live in Mumbai and work within cyber security then we’d certainly recommend that you learn more about this event.

CyFy: The India Conference on Cyber Security and Internet Governance
Where: New Delhi, India

We aren’t too sure if this is an annual cyber event but we’ve added it because it likely will become a recurring event. CyFy takes place in Delhi, India, and it brings together some brilliant minds from the IT security space.

Where: New Delhi, India

Taking place in New Delhi, this event (which takes place each year hence why it’s in our list) showcases (according to the organizers) “cutting edge products like CCTV & Cideo surveillance, Biometrics & RFID, integrated systems, access control, cyber security, integrated systems, physical security, perimeter protection, fire detection systems, intruder alarms and fire alarms.” Think of this event as being slightly more of a hardware event and you’ve got the right idea.

In Summary

Amazingly, India had no Cyber security policy before 2013, but now clearly the sector is booming; which is punctuated by a lot of cyber security conferences taking place. Of interest there seems to be a lot more cyber forensics and legal events in India.

In 2013, The Hindu newspaper, which regularly reports on Cyber Security, citing documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden (who incidentally is now on Twitter!), reported that significant amounts of NSA surveillance was focused on India’s domestic politics and its strategic and commercial interests. The end result was that the Indian government launched the Indian National Cyber Security Policy 2013 on 2 July 2013.

What do you all think of this post? Do you agree? Have we missed a Cyber event that takes place in India? Let us know and we will grow the list.

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