How Much Are Speakers Paid (in Cybersecurity)

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Written by Henry Dalziel

Speaker Fees in Cybersecurity

For over a decade, I’ve been deeply involved in the cybersecurity conference space, collaborating with dozens of event organizers across the globe.

My journey in the conference space (within cybersecurity specifically) has given me a front-row seat to the transformative power of knowledge-sharing and networking that these events offer.

But there’s another aspect that often goes unnoticed: the financial rewards for speakers.

Yes, speaking at conferences can be a lucrative endeavor for some.

While not everyone is paid well, those who have carved out a niche for themselves in the cybersecurity industry can earn high speaking fees. Experts who bring fresh perspectives, ground-breaking research, or high-level strategic thinking to the table are frequently generously compensated for their time and experience.

But it’s not just about the money; the exposure and networking opportunities are priceless. You will have the opportunity to share the platform with other thought leaders, interact with a highly targeted audience, and even capture the attention of future employers or clients.

Are There Free Cybersecurity Speaking Gigs?

Yes, of course, there are.

Typically if your company or employer is sponsoring a conference then you will be allocated a quota of speakers.

What about attending events? If you’re wondering whether you should attend cybersecurity conferences, my suggestion is a resounding yes; there are dozens of niches to choose from in our directory.

Whether you’re a new or seasoned speaker, these platforms provide a unique blend of professional and financial growth prospects that are too wonderful to pass up.

The cybersecurity landscape is always changing, and conferences serve as crucibles for shaping the future. Participate in shaping the future.

Here’s a small sample of what some of the best Cybersecurity speakers are being paid.

Cybersecurity Speakers Fees

Anthony Amore

Anthony Amore is the Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and an expert in art theft and museum security. He specializes in theft investigations and is passionate about cultural heritage preservation.

Role & Speaking Fees

  • Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Art Theft Investigator.
  • Fee: $7,500 – $10,000

Conferences include:

  • Art Crime Symposium
  • Museum Security Conferences

Scott Augenbaum

Scott Augenbaum says Scott Augenbaum, a retired FBI agent, has dedicated his career to cybercrime prevention. His area of expertise is teaching organizations and individuals how to defend themselves against cyber dangers.

Role & Speaking Fees

  • Retired FBI Agent with expertise in Cyber Crime Prevention.
  • Fee: $10,000 – $15,000

Conferences include:


Jessica Barker

Jessica Barker says Jessica Barker is an award-winning cybersecurity awareness leader who focuses on the human component of cybersecurity. Her expertise has been highlighted by major media sites such as the BBC and Sky News.

Role & Speaking Fees

  • Cybersecurity expert specializing in human behavior and culture.
  • Fee: $15,000 – $20,000

Conferences include:


Richard Bird

Richard Bird is the Chief Product Officer at SecZetta and has a background in customer information management. He also sits on the Forbes Technology Council.

Role & Speaking Fees

  • Chief Product Officer at SecZetta and Former Chief Customer Information Officer at Ping Identity.
  • Fee: $10,000 – $15,000

Conferences include:


Dr. Eric Cole

Eric Cole, MD: Dr. Eric Cole, a leading cybersecurity expert in the United States, has worked as McAfee’s CTO and Lockheed Martin’s Chief Scientist. He is the CEO and Founder of Secure Anchor Consulting.

Role & Speaking Fees

  • Top Cyber Security expert in the US, Former CTO of McAfee.
  • Fee: $20,000 – $30,000

Conferences include:


Lars Daniel

Role & Speaking Fees

Lars Daniel is a digital forensics expert who specializes in obtaining and evaluating electronic data. His expertise is focused on legal matters involving digital data.

  • Practice Leader in Digital Forensics.
  • Fee: $7,500 and Under

Conferences include:


Jon Engstrom

Jon Engstrom, a 20-year veteran of a major U.S. Metropolitan Police Department, is certified in ethical hacking. His area of expertise is cybersecurity law enforcement.

Role & Speaking Fees

  • 20-year Veteran with a Major U.S. Metropolitan Police Department.
  • Fee: $10,000 – $15,000

Conferences include:

  • International Conference on Cyber Security (ICCS)
  • CyberSec&AI Connected

Nick Espinosa

Nick Espinosa, also known as the Chief Security Fanatic, is a cybersecurity and network infrastructure expert. He is enthusiastic about educating businesses about cyber risks.

Role & Speaking Fees

  • Chief Security Fanatic and Expert in Cybersecurity and Network Infrastructure.
  • Fee: $10,000 – $15,000

Conferences include:


FC aka Freakyclown

FC, often known as Freakyclown: Freakyclown, a well-known ethical hacker and social engineer co-founded the cybersecurity firm Cygenta. He is well-known for his novel approaches to cybersecurity.

Role & Speaking Fees

  • Renowned ethical hacker and social engineer.
  • Fee: $15,000 – $20,000

Conferences include:


Carol Rollie Flynn

Carol Rollie Flynn, a 30-year CIA veteran, is the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s President-Elect. She specializes in intelligence and national security.

Role & Speaking Fees

  • President-Elect of the Foreign Policy Research Institute.
  • Fee: $10,000 – $15,000

Conferences include:


Summary

Go for it.

You’ve got to stay positive and keep applying for speaking gigs.

Once you get a name for yourself you’ll find yourself getting booking more frequently.

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