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    Alison O’Hare is the Technical Director at Mimecast, having joined the company in 2008. She has proven expertise in finding solutions for the technical and business challenges organisations experience and ensuring customer satisfaction. Alison has established herself as a leader at Mimecast by driving innovation and enhancing both product features and business applications. She is also committed to educating Mimecast partners by personally supporting and enabling ANZ teams to achieve their best outcomes with Mimecast’s capabilities.

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Cybersecurity Shows Demystified

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Year round, CISOs, IT security professionals and hackers alike converge on cities around the globe to learn the latest and greatest cybersecurity trends, technologies and issues, while meeting their peers in person to collaborate on critical success factors in the war on cybercrime.

For Mainstream CISOs

Infosec-conferences.com has the most comprehensive list of cyber security events across the globe. They describe themselves on their website as:

“We’re the InfoSec Community’s #1 ‘Go To’ resource for Cybersecurity Conferences. Since 2012 we’ve provided Cybersecurity Professionals with accurate event listings that are manually checked and updated every day."

You can literally find dozens of events around Australia and hundreds across the globe with up-to-date calendars, locations and links. For Mainstream CISOs The leading conferences in Australia feature global speakers and exhibitors, so…

The leading conferences in Australia feature global speakers and exhibitors, so you don’t need to travel far. Here are some of the biggest and best:

If you are looking to learn from overseas trends the following are key overseas events to evaluate for potential attendance:

  • InfoSec World Conference Expo: allows you to join your peers and experts  to Take a glimpse into what the next 25 years will look like for the infosec industry with all that’s available to you.

  • RSA Conference and its associated events represent one of the biggest security gatherings there is. The 2020 event will be held in San Francisco in February.

  • Infosecurity Europe features the region’s largest and most comprehensive conference program and over 400 exhibitors showcasing the most relevant information security solutions and products to 15,000+ information security professionals.

  • Black Hat : is the most technical and relevant information security event series in the world, with major annual conferences in the US (mid-year) and Europe (in 2019 it’s in London in December) in a strictly vendor-neutral environment.

For Hackers and The More Edgy

There are also a few overseas security shows that are not for the faint of heart. Check out these if you are interested in the hacker perspective on cybersecurity:

  • DEF CON 27 was started by the legend that is Dark Tangent (Jeff Moss) DEF CON is the world’s best known “hacker convention”. As the first took place in June 1993, it’s also one of the oldest (and therefore original) cybersecurity meetings.

  • Nuit du Hack was initiated in 2003 by a crew of people who got together under the name of Hackerz Voice and is inspired by “DEFCON.” It’is one of the oldest French underground hackers’ events which bring together, professionals and amateurs of any skill level, around lectures and challenges. Regardless of their skill, guests come to see and talk about the latest advances in IT security to assess and/or improve their level.

  • TROOPERS started in 2007 in Germanyunder the direction that they wouldn’t allow the “usual product/vendor presentations and marketing”; instead they just seek more of a pure cybersecurity agenda.

For Those Who Don’t Travel

Not everyone can make it to one of these or even any cyber security events in person. For those on limited travel budgets there are always webcasts. BrightTalk has an IT Security channel with over 233,000 recorded security webcasts with nearly 400 typically listed as upcoming.

This article is adapted from one originally published here.

Technical Director, Mimecast

Alison O’Hare is the Technical Director at Mimecast, having joined the company in 2008. She has proven expertise in finding solutions for the technical and business challenges organisations experience and ensuring customer satisfaction. Alison has established herself as a leader at Mimecast by driving innovation and enhancing both product features and business applications. She is also committed to educating Mimecast partners by personally supporting and enabling ANZ teams to achieve their best outcomes with Mimecast’s capabilities.

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