Best Cybersecurity Conferences in Las Vegas 2017 – 2018

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#1 BlackHat USA
Conference Location: USA, Nevada, Las Vegas
BlackHat USA

Background to this event
Clearly, no list on cyber, hacking conferences, would be complete with the next three major events that we have on our list, namely, BlackHat, DEFCON and BSides LV. Happening all in early August (sometimes the end of July) these three hacker-cons, are simply said ‘where it’s at!’. BlackHat and DEFCON were both started by Jeff Moss – and they’ve been going on for more than two decades! BlackHat is slightly younger – but these are the events to see and be seen. To be a speaker at any of these events in a major deal and would work wonders for your career. BlackHat lasts for about six days (for the entire thing including the training) whilst the actual talks are four days long. BlackHat is awesome for security practitioners of all levels followed by over 100 selected Briefings, Arsenal, Business Hall and a lot more!


#2 DEFCON
Conference Location: USA, Nevada, Las Vegas
DEFCON

Background to this event
Started by the legend that is Dark Tangent (Jeff Moss) DEF CON (spelt like that, i..e two separate words) is, really, the world’s best known “hacker convention” or “hacker conference.” DEF CON is held every year in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA and the first DEF CON took place in June 1993 so it”s also one of the oldest (and therefore original) cybersecurity meetings. In fact, we’d really encourage you to watch the DEF CON documentary linked below this section; it really is a fascinating insight into how this iconic cyber conference came into being.

Consider this as the biggest and baddest Cybersecurity Conference to attend and a “must” for any serious Infosec Professional.


#3 BSides Las Vegas
Conference Location: USA, Nevada, Las Vegas
BSides Las Vegas

Background to this event
Sharing the awesomness stakes is BSides Las Vegas. This event, which many DEFCON and BlackHat hackers also go to includes talks and demonstrations on new defense/attack techniques, hacker tools, incident response and digital forensics – and much more! These Bsides events are already happening in major cities around the world.


#4 Interop Las Vegas
Conference Location: USA, Nevada, Las Vegas
Interop Las Vegas

Background to this event
Interop, as far as we can tell, differentiates itself by focusing on creating and implementing robust network and secure IT architecture. Interop’s conference (according to the organizers) “offers a balance of technical skills training and thinking. Keynotes and sessions are information that also gives an inside look at groundbreaking technology.”


#5 SANS Las Vegas
Conference Location: USA, Nevada, Las Vegas
SANS Las Vegas

Background to this event
Choose from nine courses in IT security, forensics, and security management. With cyber attacks and data breaches accelerating, now is the time to learn vital skills to protect your organization. At SANS events you get the kind of immersion-style training that you can put to work immediately, and our top-rated instructors are dedicated to helping you meet your training goals. Don’t miss this opportunity to strengthen your information security skillset with hands-on training courses from SANS in fabulous Las Vegas!


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