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What’s This Post All About?

Glad you asked.

Well, we all love a freebee, and in this post we take a look at FREE Cybersecurity Events!

Ticket prices for Cybersecurity Conferences vary considerably. They can be very high: for example a full pass for RSA San Francisco is $2,695 whilst DEF CON is priced more reasonably at $250 (cash only), but in summary, you can (generally) expect to pay a fair amount for attending InfoSec Events.

Quick side note: if you need to persuade your boss to attend a conference, click here!

Without further ado, here are our recommended FREE Cybersecurity Conferences for 2017 and beyond since we will be updating this post.

#1 The Underworld Tour USA, Nevada, Las Vegas

Description of The Underworld Tour

Background to this event
This is definitely a pretty awesome event: a tour of the deep web with Cylance! What makes this event even cooler is the location: the 1923 Bourbon Bar at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas!

For those that don’t know, but should know, Las Vegas is the place for Cybersecurity Conferences with DEF CON, Black Hat and BSides Las Vegas all taking place there.

This free event will, according to the organizers: “enable you to learn about the array of cybercrime conducted today, the most popular attack strategies and how to prevent these threats. You’ll leave empowered to improve your threat prevention strategy and with better knowledge of the technology you need to get you started.”

If you live and work in Nevada then this would be a fantastic event to attend.

Make sure to check if this event(s) take place in 2018 as well since we might not get round to updating this post.


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Description of TiaraCon

Background to this event
Here’s another one in Vegas baby!

This conference, with possibly the coolest title in Cyber conference sphere – TiaraCon – is an awesome free two day event that’s designed to advance the careers of women in cybersecurity.

We love this. In fact – if we had to choose a favorite, this event would be it.

According to the organizers: [TiaraCon] “seeks to bring attention to and ultimately change the fact that women constitute only 10 percent security professionals and 9 percent of InfoSec leadership.”

TiaraCon has only been running for a year (it started in 2016). The first event was seen as a career networking function and attendees learned how to solder and pick locks! The important thing however was a keynote talk titled: “Women in Infosec: Our Time is Now,” where panelists shared stories about making their way in the security industry.


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#3 SecureTour UK, London

Description of SecureTour

Background to this event
Here’s another mega free Cybersecurity event taking pace in London: SecureTour 2017 (however – quick heads-up, this might not be taking place in 2018. If you are reading this after 2017 then be sure to hit up our directory for 2018and onwards).

This was an awesome event with some heavy hitters in the Cybersecurity space. Speakers included Graham Cluley,Computer security analyst and award-winning blogger, James Lyne, SANS Instructor, industry leader and Cybersecurity TED speaker, Mustafa Al-Bassam, LulzSsec co-founder turned security advisor and many more.

This event is totally free and pretty amazing!



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#4 Unlocked London UK, London

Description of Unlocked London

Background to this event
Staying in the UK we note another cool event that (was) free and we hope continues in 2018 – this time it takes place in Manchester!

According to the organizers, “Unlocked will delve into business’s top security fears, tackling the burning issues in cybersecurity, from the rise in cyber-terrorism and ransomware to the benefits of ethical hacking and the future of AI and the IoT.”

Also! Update: we have launched a Manchester UK specific Cybersecurity Events page here.

You can watch some of the videos by visiting here.


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#5 Executive Alliance’s Security Leaders Summit NYC USA, New York, NYC

Description of Executive Alliance’s Security Leaders Summit NYC

Background to this event
If you live and work in Cybersecurity in New York then you’ll love this one: The Security Leaders Summit New York.

This event takes place September 26, 2017 at the New York Hilton Midtown and we imagine it will also take place around the same time in 2018 (but be sure to check our Cybersecurity Conferences 2018 directory in case this page hasn’t been updated).

The Summit (as it seems to be abbreviated) brings together (according to the organizers) “..a community of senior IT executives for engaging peer-level interaction, discussions on new approaches to managing complexities in Information Security, and provides opportunities to collaborate with leaders in the industry. Throughout the day, the Summit Hosts, representing companies across a diversity of industries and sizes, share their insights and knowledge with the distinguished group of attendees through their presentations, interviews and breakout roundtable discussions.”

Sounds good to us – not least the fact that this is a free Cybersecurity event in NYC.

We have a ton of other InfoSec events that take place in New York city here.


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#6 Premier CIO Forum – Central Florida USA, Florida, Orlando

Description of Premier CIO Forum – Central Florida

Background to this event
For those that live in Florida, we got you: this year (2017) will be the 13th Annual Central Florida Premier CIO Forum and is 100% free for IT Security Professionals. Nice.

According to the organizers: “Attendees across the region have come to expect a dynamic agenda with relevant, up-to-the-minute topics and exciting speakers who will share their wealth of knowledge and experience, helping you gain practical insights into your business challenges. The Premier CIO Forum includes powerful keynotes, informative breakouts, discussions with subject-matter experts, and cutting-edge solution providers.”



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#7 Cyber Job Fair USA, Texas, San Antonio

Description of Cyber Job Fair

Background to this event
Although this is not (strictly speaking) a “Cybersecurity Conference”; it’s an IT Security Job Fair, we like to include this event in our list because it does help our community.

According to the organizers the reason to attend this event is primarily because “Cybersecurity professionals and students meet face-to-face with leading cyber security employers at the Cyber Job Fair Tuesday, August 1, from 3pm – 7pm at the Marriott Courtyard Westover Hills in San Antonio.”

Apparently there are opportunities for all niches within cybersecurity / information security including positions within Software Engineers, CNO Engineers and Analysts, Database Administrators, Software and Application Developers, Help Desk, Trainers and much more.

This event is free and open to both security cleared and non-cleared InfoSec professionals and college students in a cybersecurity degree program.



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#8 Cyber Week Israel, Tel Aviv

Description of Cyber Week

Background to this event
Cyber Week is an annual cybersecurity conference held at Tel Aviv University in Israel, running this year (2017) from June 25th to June 29th, 2017, but do make sure you check our main 2018 events diary here for next years dates.

Cyber Week offers (according to the organizers) “a unique gathering of cybersecurity experts which brings together industry leaders, startups, investors, academics, diplomats, and other government officials. Delivering a thought-provoking exchange of knowledge, methods, and ideas, it is a leading international conference in cybersecurity.”

We also have a specific page where we list other ‘major’ Cybersecurity Conferences in Israel for 2017 here.

Needless for us to say but Israel are very big in the game of Cybersecurity.



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#9 Infosecurity Europe UK, London

Description of Infosecurity Europe

Background to this event
This is a big one if you live and work in Cybersecurity in London. Incidentally, on the subject, we list a pretty cool resource of Cybersecurity events and InfoSec meetings that take place in London here.

InfoSecurity Europe is an annual conference that’s evolved into one of the largest and most highly regarded security events held in Europe. Its reputation is bolstered by the conference’s free admission. This is a monster of an event with over 360 exhibitors showcasing the most relevant information security solutions and products to 13,700 visitors during their 2017 event!

Pretty impressive stuff and one to absolutely attend now or in 2018.



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#10 L.I. Cybersecurity Conference USA, New York, NYC

Description of L.I. Cybersecurity Conference

Background to this event
Going back stateside, here’s another event in NYCL The L.I. Cybersecurity Conference.

Presented by Suffolk County Community College in partnership with DuWayne Gregory, Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature, and Legislator Kara Hahn, this (according to the organizers) “topical conference offers regional businesses an opportunity to discuss the practical steps needed to protect their companies from identity theft, data breaches and a wide range of cyber-related challenges. It also creates a mutual opportunity to assess critical areas of need related to information technology.”

The theme for this years’ 2017 conference is “Protecting Your Business: Where to Begin”. This conference is free but registration is required.


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#11 SACON – Security Architecture Conference India, Bangalore

Description of SACON – Security Architecture Conference

Background to this event
Security Architecture Conference (SACON) started as a simple idea to grow the Information Security builder community in India.

The 4th edition of SACON is organized by CISO Platform, the largest social collaboration platform aimed exclusively for CISOs and senior information security executives with 60,000+ subscribers. Do double-check if this event is still free in 2018; all events listed in this post can of course change at anytime!

Worth noting that we also have a dedicated resource specifically regarding InfoSec Events in India.



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#12 OWASP Indonesia Cyber Security Conference Day 2017 Indonesia, Yogyakarta

Description of OWASP Indonesia Cyber Security Conference Day 2017

Background to this event
Many OWASP events are also free! Whilst OWASP occupies a very specific function within Cybersecurity – this is a space that is vital for many within security, i.e. Web Application Security. OWASP is the membership body to join for Web App security. To learn more about OWASP hit this.

OWASP is organizing the first OWASP Indonesia Day conference, to be held at the Jogja Digital Valley on Saturday September 9, 2017.

This is a one-day conference dedicated to application security, with an emphasis on secure architecture and development techniques to help developers build more secure applications.


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#13 BSides Conferences Worldwide

Description of BSides Conferences

Background to this event
We could not post a list of free Cybersecurity Meeting and events without a mention of BSides! Not all BSides events are free – but many are.

For those that don’t know BSides is (here’s the official summary) “a community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members. The goal is to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the traditional confines of space and time. It creates opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. It is where conversations for the next-big-thing are happening.”

Update 1! We interviewed Jack Daniel – see here for the transcript.

Update 2! We have also created a specific event calendar with links to literally every global BSides event.

BSides events are traditionally free to all attendees, although a token fee may be charged by some events to cover fees or help guarantee head counts.



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#14 PCI Security Standards Council 2017 LATAM Forum Brazil, San Paulo

Description of PCI Security Standards Council 2017 LATAM Forum

Background to this event
Do you work in PCI DSS and financial compliance – and – do you live and work in Cybersecurity in Brazil? If you just gave two ‘yes’ answers then get yourself to this event!

This event is an ideal networking opportunity where you will learn about updates in the payment industry.



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#15 Age of Security Forum Vilnius, Riga & Tallin

Description of Age of Security Forum

Background to this event
Last but not least in our list is an event in Tallin, Estonia.

The “Age of Security Forum 2017” is a series of international conferences, which will take place in 2017, take place in Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn.

The goal of these events (according to the organizes) “are to present leading information security solutions and methodologies according to Gartner recommendations and Gartner Magic Quadrants, as well as sharing best practices and experience on how to effectively defend against modern cyber threats and to be compliant with GDPR.”

Best thing about these events? They’re free!


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