The best security events to attend in 2024, according to security pros

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Written by Celina Murphy

With security team workloads increasing year-on-year, it’s no surprise that practitioners are selective about the cybersecurity events and conferences they attend. 

But despite reporting high levels of understaffing and burnout, most security pros find the time to attend these events. According to the 2023 Voice of the SOC report, which surveyed 900 practitioners in the US and Europe, 81% have attended at least one conference in the past two years.

The message here is clear: most security professionals view attending cybersecurity conferences as time well spent.

Key benefits of attending cybersecurity events:

  • help security practitioners stay informed on upcoming trends and threats

  • provide opportunities to connect with peers and learn how other teams are approaching common problems

  • explore the latest security tools and platforms

  • hear insights from industry leaders

In short, security pros walk away from these events with a deeper understanding of what they should focus on for the following quarter. 

So which conferences are security teams prioritizing in 2024? According to the report, there are seven events that they find value in year after year.

The best cybersecurity events and conferences, according to security practitioners 

1. AWS re:Inforce 

Taking place annually in the US, AWS re:Inforce is a three-day conference inviting attendees to learn about cloud security, compliance, identity, and privacy. It includes leadership and breakout sessions, as well as details of new AWS launches in the event’s hotly-anticipated keynote.

Attended by: 39% of survey respondents

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2. Black Hat 

Black Hat is an international event series that provides practitioners with the latest in information security research, development, and trends. Taking place in the US, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa, the multi-day, in–person events offer hands-on trainings, as well as expert-led briefings on new research, vulnerabilities, and open-source tools.

Attended by: 37% of survey respondents

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3. AWS re:Invent 

AWS re:Invent is a five-day learning conference for the cloud computing community. The in-person event includes keynote announcements, training and certification opportunities, and technical sessions.

Attended by: 35% of survey respondents

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4. InfoSec 

InfoSec is a popular event series for the information security community, taking place annually in the US and Europe. Attendees can expect learning and networking opportunities, as well as expert-led sessions and workshops.

Attended by: 27% of survey respondents

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5. DefCon 

DefCon is a hacker conference held annually in Las Vegas, which proved to be particularly popular with security practitioners from smaller companies of 1,000 employees or less. Famous for its contests, the conference includes several speaker tracks covering a wide range of cybersecurity challenges.

Attended by: 27% of survey respondents

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6. BSides 

BSides is a community-driven security event series that takes place in 60+ countries. Famous for its schedule of live talks and demos, and its collaborative atmosphere, BSides events are particularly popular with survey respondents in Europe - 30% said they’d attended a BSides event in the past 2 years. 

Attended by: 24% of total survey respondents

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7. RSA Conference 

One of the longest-established events on this list, RSA is an annual cybersecurity conference which was designed to help practitioners strengthen the security posture of their organizations. Attendees can expect networking, contests, and expert-led sessions.

Attended by: 13% of survey respondents

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On the rise: new and noteworthy security events 


Hosted by the team at search-powered solutions Elastic, ElasticON invites attendees to hear the latest insights from product experts and network with fellow users.

Next events:

ElasticON London, February 13, 2024 | London, UK

ElasticON Sydney, February 20, 2024 | Sydney, AU

ElasticON Singapore, March 5, 2024 | Singapore

ElasticON Chicago, March 12, 2024 | Chicago, IL

ElasticON New York, March 26, 2024 | New York, NY


SecureWorld's list of events has grown steadily over the past 22 years, as attendees gather virtually and in person for training, collaboration, and panel discussions featuring recognized industry leaders.

Next events:

SecureWorld Boston, March 13 - 14, 2024 | Boston, MA

SecureWorld Miami, March 19 - 21, 2024 | Miami, FL


Hosted by Crowdstrike, Fal.Con is an annual event featuring keynote speakers, breakout sessions, case study panels and strategy sessions. It also offers attendees a chance to get up to date on Crowdstrike's suite of cybersecurity products.

Next event:

Fal.Con, September 16 - 18, 2024 | Las Vegas, NV

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