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10 Cybersecurity Conferences and Speaker Deadlines

Submitting to speak at cybersecurity conferences can be overwhelming. From the constantly shifting deadlines, abrupt changes to criteria, and the vast number of conferences in any one industry, making sure deadlines aren’t missed and the best content is submitted is a full-time job.

To make things easier, we’ve compiled 10 cybersecurity and information security conferences, including their dates, location, speaker submission details, and a brief event description.

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1. Black Hat USA

August 4-9, 2018; Las Vegas, NV

Speaker Proposals: Call for papers closed April 9, 2018. Expect 2019’s proposals to be due around April 2019.

Now in its 21st year, Black Hat USA is the world’s leading information security event, providing attendees with the very latest in research, development and trends. Black Hat USA 2018 opens with four days of technical Trainings (August 4 – 7) followed by the two-day main conference (August 8 – 9) featuring Briefings, Arsenal, Business Hall, and more.


2. BSides Las Vegas

August 7-8, 2018; Las Vegas, NV

Speaker Proposals: Call for papers closed May 24, 2018. Expect 2019’s proposals to be due around May 2019.

BSidesLV is a non-profit educational organization designed to advance the body of Information Security knowledge, by providing an annual, two day, open forum for discussion and debate for security engineers and their affiliates. We produce a conference that is a source of education, collaboration, and continued conversation for information technologists and those associated with this field. The technical and academic presentations at BSidesLV are given in the spirit of peer review and advanced knowledge dissemination. This allows the field of Information Security to grow in breadth and depth, and to continue in its pursuit of highly advanced scientifically based knowledge.

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3. ICS Cyber Security Conference

October 22-25, 2018; Atlanta, GA

Speaker Proposals: Call for speakers is open until July 31, 2018. Learn more here.

Since 2002, the ICS Cyber Security Conference has gathered ICS cyber security stakeholders across various industries and attracts operations and control engineers, IT, government, vendors and academics.

Over the years, the focus of the conference has shifted from raising awareness towards sharing security event histories and discussing solutions and protection strategies.

As the longest-running cyber security-focused conference for the industrial control systems sector, the event will cater to the energy, utility, chemical, transportation, manufacturing, and other industrial and critical infrastructure organizations.


4. IEEE Cybersecurity Development Conference (IEEE SecDev)

September 30 – October 2, 2018; Cambridge, MA

Speaker Proposals: Call for speakers closed March 12, 2018. Expect 2019’s proposals to be due around February or March 2019.

SecDev is one of the most distinguished cybersecurity conferences that focuses on how to “build security in” (and not simply to discover the absence of security). Its goal is to encourage and disseminate ideas for secure system development among both academia and industry.


5. InfoSec World Conference

April 1-3, 2019; Lake Buena Vista, FL

Speaker Proposals: For speaking opportunities, contact Katherine Teitler at

For more than 20 years security professionals have made InfoSec World the “business of security” of all cybersecurity conferences. To manage today’s threats, security practitioners must have the skills to be both a business partner and enabler, and have the technical expertise to prevent, detect and respond to security challenges. InfoSec World features a world-class program and expert speakers from the field to help you do just that.


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6. Infosecurity North America

November 14-15, 2018; New York, NY

Speaker Proposals: Call for papers closed July 12, 2018. Expect a similar date for 2019’s event.

Infosecurity North America will provide end-user buyers with a focused business event environment that facilitates valuable networking, immersive learning and leads the critical debate through cutting edge content.

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RSA cybersecurity conference

7. RSA Conference

March 4-8, 2018; San Francisco, CA

Speaker Proposals: To be considered for multiple tracks and program committees, call for speakers closes Wednesday, August 1, 2018. To be considered exclusively for one of the two hackers & threats tracks, submit by Saturday, September 1, 2018. Learn more here.

Learn about the latest cybersecurity developments in expert-led sessions, inspiring keynotes and in-depth seminars at one of the largest cybersecurity conferences. Demo innovative products and solutions, network with infosec insiders and peers, and help move the industry forward as part of an engaged and empowered global community.


8. SecureWorld Cybersecurity Conferences

August 21, 2018; Santa Clara, CA

September 6, 2018; Twin Cities, MN

September 12-13, 2018; Detroit, MI

September 18-19, 2018; St. Louis, MO

October 10-11, 2018; Dallas, TX

October 17, 2018; Cincinnati, OH

October 31 – November 1, 2018; Denver, CO

November 7-8, 2018; Seattle, WA

Speaker Proposals: Speaking submissions forms must be filled out and submitted by the following dates for each city:

  • Santa Clara, CA – July 6, 2018
  • Twin Cities, MN – July 24, 2018
  • Detroit, MI – July 31, 2018
  • Louis, MO – August 7, 2018
  • Dallas, TX – September 4, 2018
  • Cincinnati, OH – September 4, 2018
  • Denver, CO – September 17, 2018
  • Seattle, WA – September 24, 2018

Join your fellow security professionals for affordable, high-quality training and education. Attend featured keynotes, panel discussions, and breakout sessions—all while networking with local peers. Earn 12-16 CPE credits through 60+ educational elements, learning from nationally recognized industry leaders.

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9. SecurIT

September 13, 2018; Dallas, TX

Speaker Proposals: To be considered as a speaker contact Derek Hulitzky at

The risk landscape for CIOs and CSOs has never been broader – or more crucial to effectively manage. The SecurIT event comes to Dallas, TX this September to provide a forum for the conversations you need to have to protect your business.


10. USENIX Security Symposium

August 15-17, 2018

Speaker Proposals: Call for papers closed February 8, 2018. Expect a similar date for 2019’s event.

USENIX Security brings together researchers, practitioners, system administrators, system programmers, and others to share and explore the latest advances in the security and privacy of computer systems and networks.

Know of another conference that we missed? Share it with us in a comment below!

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