Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a hot button topic and has been for some time. One of the larger sectors of AI is cybersecurity. Discover some of the top can't miss events in 2019 for AI and cybersecurity.
Many credit Alan Turing for starting the conversation on artificial intelligence. However, due to technological and financial limitations, Turing was relegated to only discussing the topic. That would change a few years later in 1956 when The Logic Theorist became the first program to replicate human problem-solving.
Today, AI has a place in nearly every profession. From the Pentagon to the board room to marketing events, AI is found in just about every modern work setting. Event software relies on AI just as the defense sector does. An event app may use AI to analyze guests' social media profiles for tailored recommendations or oversee event security. Meanwhile, the government may use it for aiding people in combat.
Another area that uses AI is cybersecurity. With such diverse needs in AI and cybersecurity, many can't-miss technology events have been around and growing for some time, with a few in operation for over two decades. We've compiled a list of the 20 can't miss events you should consider in 2019.
20 Can't-Miss Cybersecurity Events for 2019
Date & Location: June 17 - 20 in National Harbor, Maryland
Description: Discover the latest concerning new threats and emerging technologies including AI, machine learning, analysis, and blockchain.
Why You Should Attend: Gartner's events are some of the most talked about events each year. At the Security & Risk Management Summit, attendees are given the latest news on the rapidly evolving landscape to combat a cyber threat, as well as other popular IT trends including the Internet of Things (IoT) and AI. This year's summit expects to bring in over 3,500 attendees as well as over 200 exhibitors. Guests can also interact with more than 60 Gartner analysts while learning from the 120+ research-driven sessions during the event.
Source: AI & Big Data Expo
Date & Location: June 19 - 20 in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Description: Four co-located events showcasing the latest in technology and strategy.
Why You Should Attend: The AI & Big Data Conference is a must attend for those seeking the latest in data analytics for AI, Enterprise AI, IoT, big data business solutions and much more. This summer's event is slated to host a diverse number of speakers, totaling more than 300. They include Data Scientists, Chief Analytics Officers (CAO) and Principle Product Managers. Across the four events, 10,000 attendees are expected to take in the 21 different conference tracks featuring over 350 exhibitors. AI & Big Data’s event brand can also be found in Santa Clara and London this year.
Source: Big Data Toronto
Date & Location: June 12 - 13 in Toronto, Canada
Description: Discover how to future-proof business strategies while developing an unbeatable competitive advantage.
Why You Should Attend: The two-day conference and expo features insights concerning the strategic and technical aspects of big data and AI. Just some of the topics expected to be discussed include data visualization, the convergence of AI and IoT, as well as cybersecurity and privacy regulations. The event expects 5,000 attendees for this year's series, which features four conference tracks and 150 speakers on three different expo stages, including over 90 exhibitors for ample learning and networking.
Source: The AI Summit
Date & Location: September 25 - 26 in San Francisco, California
Description: Learn about the solutions that propel modern business productivity.
Why You Should Attend: The AI Summit bills itself as the world's first and largest conference and expo geared toward the practical implications of AI for enterprise ventures. Now in its fourth year, the program aims to provide wisdom from top C-suite leaders, including speakers from IBM, NASA, and Facebook just to name a few. This year's iteration expects to host over 4,000 delegates, 200 speakers and 10,000 networking meetings. The event is also held in New York City.
Date & Location: March 4 - 8 in San Francisco, California
Description: Stand up to the cyber threats that attempt to steal your business's valuable information.
Why You Should Attend: Last year's RSA event discussed hot button issues like ditching the firewall and a need for going back to security basics. 2019's U.S. version of the event should feature more of the same with scores of tutorials, training, and learning labs in addition to keynote speakers from leaders at Oracle, KPMG, and several more. Can't make the American stop of the conference? RSA will also host additional stops in Europe and Asia in 2019.
Source: MIS|TI Training Institute
Date & Location: April 1 - 3 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Description: Catch up on the latest in cybersecurity innovations with the world’s most iconic theme park as the backdrop.
Why You Should Attend: Not many information security conferences get to boast as much focused content, targeted workshops, and access to Disney Parks. While the focus is certainly on cybersecurity and its evolution over the last 25 years, it's more than understandable that you'd get excited over some theme park fun after taking in keynotes from top minds at the Mayo Clinic, Duke University, and Ample Organics among others.
Source: SC Media
Date & Location: May 8 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Description: Considered by many a must-attend event for chief information security officers and other protection professionals to discover new approaches in this field.
Why You Should Attend: SC Media RiskSec not only includes diverse speakers from Foot Locker to Resorts Casino to the U.S. House of Representatives, it also provides career benefits. During the day's festivities, attendees can earn up to nine CPE credits which help maintain certification. Not a bad bonus on top of the excellent networking opportunities.
Source: Strata Data Conference
Date & Location: September 23 - 26 in New York, New York
Description: Dive deep into the business of data by connecting with thousands of the top minds in business and tech.
Why You Should Attend: Strata brings together the typical cybersecurity topics while also emphasizing law, ethics, and culture. The event aims to bring together a variety of perspectives in a bid to encourage true innovation in the space. Held at the Javits Center in New York, the series will feature two days of dedicated training and tutorials, and two other days focused on keynotes and sessions. The series is also held in London and San Francisco.
Source: Corporate Board Member
Date & Location: March 4 in San Francisco, California
Description: Learn and implement the smartest, savviest strategies for every public company board member.
Why You Should Attend: Partnering with the RSA Conference, the Cyber Risk Forum will prepare guests for the profound and complex intersection of business and tech. This includes discussing emerging regulations, changes in privacy expectations, and ensuring trust in a customer-centric business world. The event is billed as being tailor-made for public company directors and promises to prepare guests to be better leaders.
Date & Location: March 20 - 22 in Vancouver, Canada
Description: Learn and implement the smartest, savviest strategies for every public company board member.
Why You Should Attend: For 19 years, CanSecWest has been a source in highlighting the evolution of the cybersecurity landscape. Guests can sign up for two or four courses inside the event's dojo. This is in addition to a list of speakers that has yet to be released for this year. Topics on deck this year include app sec, Canadian cyber innovation, social engineering at scale, and much more.
Source: Hack in the Box
Date & Location: May 6 - 10 in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Description: Discover the top strategies in the quickly progressing world of cybersecurity.
Why You Should Attend: HITB is an annual event held in both Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Each event features two days of training and multi-track conferences. These sessions include discussions on "cutting-edge hardcore technical talks." Past keynotes have been given by senior leaders at Microsoft and EADS Innovation Works.
Date & Location: May 14 - 17 in Vancouver, Canada
Description: Connect and learn from cryptography leaders as they dive into the post-quantum crypto work in Asia.
Why You Should Attend: ICMC bills itself as the leading forum for the global commercial crypto community. With its seventh event opening this spring, ICMC aims to examine crypto's growing influence in Asian nations. Another topic being discussed includes the contributions coming from Australia and Southeast Asia. Over 500 industry leaders from over 25 companies are expected to be in attendance to address the needs in this growing market.
13. Black Hat USA
Source: Black Hat Events
Date & Location: August 3 - 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Description: Four days of technical training followed by two days of main room conferences focused on information security.
Why You Should Attend: Black Hat USA has been one of the most insightful events for over two decades. Now in its 22nd year, the event emanates from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and provides training on topics like app security, crypto, and risk just to name a few. The final two days of the series delve into the cutting-edge research and information regarding security risks and trends. In addition to a U.S. installment, Black Hat events will also be held in Europe and Asia.
14. Cybersecurity X
Source: Cybersecurity Event Series USA
Date & Location: September 25 - 26 in Chicago, Illinois
Description: A two-day affair dedicated to providing the latest in tech and knowledge in cybersecurity.
Why You Should Attend: Cybersecurity X promises to provide guests with invaluable insights into the world of cybersecurity. The event wants to provide attendees with their own personal seminar agenda which allows them to gain CPE credits along the way. Topics up for discussion during the event include defending your network and getting good insights from the (almost) bad guys.
Source: Women in Cybersecurity
Date & Location: March 28 - 30 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Description: A signature event for recruiting, retaining, and advancing women in the field.
Why You Should Attend: WiCyS is a non-profit which brings together over 1,000 conference participants and more than 500 students from a range of fields. They include experts in academia, research, and government. Students must qualify for a scholarship to attend. The program also offers grants for faculty members. With a need for advancing women in the field, this is one of the cybersecurity conferences all companies should highly consider.
Date & Location: March 5 - 6 in London, England
Description: The UK's most comprehensive national security event and showcase.
Why You Should Attend: SCTX focuses on protecting a nation using cybersecurity and other methods. The expo brings together professionals from governments, national operators, and local authorities to discuss the latest products, technologies, and strategies at the UK's most comprehensive security event. Last year's event brought together over 10,000 attendees from 71 nations to learn from 304 exhibiting companies about cyber and other threats.
Date & Location: September 25 - 28 in San Francisco, California
Description: The world's largest nonprofit tech conference to drive impact for organizations.
Why You Should Attend: Presented by Salesforce, Dreamforce brings together 170,000 peers across 2,700 sessions to discuss best practices for organizations. Additionally, the four-day event focuses on giving back, networking, and shaping careers. These outcomes are achieved through expert panels, case studies, and keynotes.
Date & Location: September 5 - 6 in London, England
Description: A conference focused on how intelligent systems and AI apply to the real world.
Why You Should Attend: IntelliSys aims to provide guests with a forum which brings together a variety of researchers and practitioners to investigate how AI interacts with our world. The conference offers four tracks to explore the topic: AI, machine vision, robotics, and ambient intelligence. This year's keynote speaker is Keith Clark, Emeritus Professor at Imperial College.
Date & Location: September 8 - 12 in Chicago, Illinois
Description: An event aimed at delivering a more expansive, collaborative experience for industry professionals.
Why You Should Attend: GSX brings together over 20,000 guests to network and learn from one another. To help spur on discussions and ideas, GSX will host more than 350 sessions on a range of topics. These sessions will be led by ASIS International, InfraGard, CSS, and ISSA subject matter experts. Last year’s sessions included talks on leveraging cyber programs and balancing public access among others.
Source: DEF CON Hacking Conference
Date & Location: August 8 - 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Description: This is the conference for all things hacking.
Why You Should Attend: DEF CON 27 should continue to live up to its storied legacy in 2019. The four-day conference brings professionals and enthusiasts together to discuss a myriad of topics that apply to the industry. In addition to talks, DEF CON includes ample time for networking during challenges and presentations, or during the numerous parties and concerts going on.
Which Cybersecurity Events Will You Attend in 2019?
2019 appears to be another booming year for AI and cybersecurity. As AI continues to evolve in its bid to thwart cyber attacks, its events are sure to continue expanding and enhancing their offerings. So, which ones will you be attending?
Each of the cyber security conferences above will definitely provide you with valuable insights and access to further your career or business. Have you been to any of these events before? We'd love to hear about your experiences!
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