20 Virtual Cybersecurity Events To Attend in 2020 (Updated September)

  • 27 September 2020

Why do people attend conferences and industry-specific events? Because they’re valuable opportunities for professionals to network, develop or learn new skills, and gain valuable insights from leading experts. That’s one reason why, instead of canceling or postponing their events this year, many event organizers have opted to take them online. 

We’ve rounded up the best virtual events (including webinars!) over the next several months and have highlighted why you should attend, what to expect, and the cost (if any). 

Note: While, yes, a lot of these events are targeted at security vendors or leaders, non-technical executives like CEOs, CFOs, and COOs also have a lot to gain by tuning in. Keep reading to find out why. 

Virtual Cybersecurity Events for 2020

The following 20 events are going ahead virtually and are listed in date order. 

For the most up-to-date and/or specific event information, including registration details, be sure to visit the event’s website. All information is correct at the time of writing.

1. [Webinar] Developing and Sustaining an Effective Security Culture

Date: October 6 at 11am (BST) 

Over the last several months, the Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG) has been live streaming a webinar every. single. day. It’s fair to say they’ve mastered it.

While you can check out their full calendar of events here, we wanted to highlight this one in particular.

Martin Smith, Chairman and Founder of SASIG will be joined by Gaynore Rich, the Global Director of Cybersecurity Strategy & Transformation at Unilever, Zsuzsanna Berenyi, Head of Cybersecurity Awareness and Culture at London Stock Exchange Group, Vic Djondo, Director of Cyber Targeted Training and Awareness at Standard Chartered Bank, and Imogen Verret, Senior Behavioural Insights and Security Awareness Manager at Vodafone Group.

They’ll all be discussing their strategies building a strong security culture while also offering tips to their peers. 

Cost to Attend: Free, but you must be a member. Cybersecurity frontliners can become members by registering (for free) here.

2. [Panel] Security 101: Back to the Basics

Date: October 6 at 10 am (PST) 

As a part of their Remote Session series, SecureWorld – whose mission is to connect, inform, and develop leaders in cybersecurity – is hosting a panel to remind us all that we still need to do the little things. 

Speakers include Roy Wattanasin, Information Security Leader at the Association for Computing Machinery, Advait Deodhar, Solutions Architect, CISSP, at ForgeRock, and Ryan Swimm,Senior Security Analyst, at BitSight Technologies

Cost to Attend: Free

3. Cyber Security Digital Summit: EMEA 2020

DateOctober 13

This summit – which is being put on by The Cyber Security Hub – is focused on educating CISOs and other security professionals about how to handle today’s threats and tomorrow’s breaches.

This 2-day EMEA event is coming after a deep dive into the APAC region and will feature speakers from around the world including Lucy Payne, Security Education and Training Manager at Aviva, Mohamad Mahjoub, CISO at Veolia, and many more.

Bonus: Attendees will be able to download slides after the event to reference later on.

Cost to Attend: Free

4. [email protected]

Date: October 20-23

[email protected] is the only security conference powered by hackers brought to you by – you guessed it! – HackerOne. The theme? The critical role of hackers in your cybersecurity strategy. 

This will be the fourth consecutive year the event has been held and attendees can once again expect to hear from thoughts leaders in the public and private sectors, security industry influencers, and – of course – some of the world’s most elite hackers. 

While you can access the full agenda here, here are some highlights:

  1. Engaging Hackers to Help Secure Elections
  2. Beyond the Checkbox: Leveraging Compliance Frameworks to Improve Security Postures 
  3. How a Bug Becomes a Fix

Cost to Attend: Free

5. [Panel] Social Engineering, BEC Attacks, and Other ‘Fun’ Scams

Date: October 20 at 10 am (PST) 

Yep, that’s right. Another one of SecureWorld’s remote sessions has made our list of must-attend events. Why attend? We’ll tell you.

Business Email Compromise has increased by over 100% in the last two years and – as you may have noticed – social engineering has been making headlines more and more frequently.

Looking for real-world examples of both? Check out this article.

While panelists haven’t yet been announced, SecureWorld has said that guest speakers will be fielding questions live and that attendees will walk away with a better idea of how to keep their organization secure.  

Cost to Attend: Free

6. [Webinar] Adapting Cybersecurity For a Hybrid Workforce 

Date: October 21

Security strategies changed quickly with the move from office to home and now, as many organizations around the world are adopting hybrid remote working structures, they’ll have to change again.

That’s why Tessian is hosting this webinar. More information including speakers and how to register coming soon! To be the first to get updates, sign-up for our newsletter.

Cost to Attend: Free

7. Open Data Science Conference West

Date: October 26-30

This is one to invite your larger security team to, including engineers. Why? There are over a dozen different topics and training areas, over 200 speakers, and it’s the only applied data science conference in the world.

You can also sign-up for pre-conference training and a hackathon.

Cost to Attend: $129-$859 (Click here to see which pass is right for you.)

8. FutureCon – London

Date: October 27

FutureCon Events brings together security leaders to discuss new approaches to managing risk. Attendees can expect panels with C-level executives who have effectively mitigated risks associated with cyber attacks and several other learning opportunities that will help you build cyber resilient organizations.

Can’t make it on October 27? That’s okay! FutureCon is hosting virtual events in several different cities, all spreading the same message: “Cybersecurity is no longer just an IT problem.

Cost to Attend: $100

9. InfoSec Connect Virtual Summit 

Date: October 28-29

If you’re a security leader working in Financial Services, you don’t want to miss this. While it is a virtual event, the set-up will mirror what people have come to expect from Connet’s in-person events. 

That means 1:1 meetings, in-depth discussions, exclusive networking, and content that’s been created and tailored specifically for the audience. 

Note: This event is invite-only, so if you’re interested in attending, make sure you request an invitation ASAP

Cost to Attend: Free

10. CISO Healthcare Exchange

Date: October 28

This is another event targeted at a specific industry and, again, is invite-only. This time, though, it’s Healthcare.

Attendees will discuss some of the most critical challenges CISOs are facing and how to make sure your security strategy is evolving in tandem with the changing threat landscape. While you can view the full agenda here, below is a sneak peek.

  1. Living on the Edge: Meeting Emerging Cybersecurity Challenges in Digital Health
  2. Healthcare 2.0: Securing the Brave New World of the IoMT
  3. Championing Cybersecurity as a Critical Component of the Consumerization of Healthcare

If you’re interested, make sure you register for your invitation soon.

Cost to Attend: Free

11.National HealthSec eForum 

Date: November 5

A perfect follow-up to the above event, this National HealthSec eFourm (which is being put on by the Cybersecurity Collaboration Forum). While the agenda hasn’t been shared yet, we do know that board members recommend and vet topics, speakers and industry partners, ensuring each event will address the industry’s most significant concerns.

Bonus: Sessions are interactive, peer driven, and limited in size for maximum learning and networking.

Make sure you register now; space is limited and you must qualify to attend. A member of your local leadership board will reach out once you’ve been approved to attend with a confirmation.

Cost to Attend: Free

12. Global Talent: What your Workplace & Workforce of the Future will Look Like

Date: November 10

As we’ve already mentioned, the workplace is changing. Many organizations are adopting flexible, hybrid, and even fully remote structures which means cybersecurity leaders need to adapt and evolve their strategies.

This event in particular is for security leaders in Financial Services. Here’s what you should expect:

  1. A panel session where experts will share advice, wisdom, and best practices on the evolving workplace and workforce
  2. A closer look at how emerging collaboration paradigms may affect strategies
  3. A deep dive into data privacy across geographical boundaries

Members can sign-up here. And, if you’re not a member, you can register to become one now.

Cost to Attend: Free

13. Cybersecurity Digital Summit – Fall 2020

Date: November 10-12

This three-day virtual event promises to help you chart the course for 2021 with the help of expert opinions and advice. And – spoiler alert – the speaker line-up is first-class and includes Ramy Housssaini, Chief Cyber and Technology Risk Officer at BNP Parabas, Brian Robinson, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Blackberry, and many (many) more. 

Check out the full agenda here and decide which of the sessions you’re going to attend. 

Cost to Attend: Free

14.ISF Digital Congress 2020 

Date: November 15-19

This is the Information Security Forum’s flagship event which means it’s perfectly aligned with the organization’s overall mission, which is to”….[help] members overcome the wide-running information security challenges that impact business today.”

ISF is promoting this as a sort of “live broadcast”, which means members (and non-members, so long as you register now!) from a variety of timezones can tune in.

To learn more about what to expect and why you should attend, watch this video featuring Steve Durbin, Managing Director at ISF, and Nicholas Witchell, renowned journalist and Master of Ceremonies for Digital 2020.

Cost to Attend: Free

15. PrivSec Global (Q4)

Date: November 30-December 3

While we certainly will provide a bit more context about this event, this one-liner (in many ways) tells you everything you need to know. This is the largest data protection, privacy, and security event of 2020. 

Spread across four days and sponsored by Microsoft and The Wall Street Journal, attendees can choose from one of four tracks including privacy, security, industry, and region. That means that the content will be highly curated.

And, with over 200 speakers and 90 sessions, it won’t be hard to find a topic that’s relevant specifically to you. 

Cost to Attend: Free

16. Chief Information Security Officer Exchange

Date: December 8-9

CISO’s, here’s another one just for you. At this 2-day virtual event, attendees will learn how to empower their organization to navigate through the changing landscape. How? Through a variety of topics, including:

  • How to use strategic storytelling to provide clear benchmarks and metrics
  • How to dissolve the gender and workforce gap on cybersecurity leadership teams
  • How to prioritize and revise the definition of your organization’s risk appetite

For a full list of speakers, click here. And make sure you register now! 

Cost to Attend: Free

17. 2020 HMG Live! Financial Services CIO Executive Leadership Summit 

Date: December 10

Last but not least, HMG’s live virtual event – specifically designed for security leaders in Financial Services – top technology executives will share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in driving innovation and reshaping the future of work.

While there will no doubt be a focus on security, many of the topics will actually cover the more human aspect of being a leader, including how to keep employees inspired and how to strengthen employee engagement and motivation. 

You can view the agenda, speaker line-up, and partners here.

Cost to Attend: Free

18. Accounting & Finance Show

When: October 20 – October 21, 2020

Cost to Attend: Free 

The Accounting & Finance Show is the USA’s largest virtual accounting and finance exhibition. With over 150 speakers and 3,000 attendees, the exhibition features online networking, virtual workshops, and CPE education. Content tracks include HCM & Payroll, Tax, Technology, and Practice Management. Why attend? If you’re a security leader in Financial Services, this is a great opportunity to connect with your peers and understand what they’re doing to overcome current challenges. 

19. Futurist Virtual Conference

When: November 11 – 12, 2020

Cost to Attend: Free

Futurist Virtual Conference is Canada’s largest blockchain and emerging tech conference. Over 100 world-class speakers are attending this year to discuss emerging industries and their trends, and attendees have the option to sit in on over 60 panel sessions, workshops, and roundtables. 

20. NewStatesman Virtual Cyber Security in Financial Services Conference

When: November 24, 2020

Cost to Attend: Free for senior-level delegates from financial institutions.

At this year’s virtual conference, senior figures and thought leaders will lead presentations that examine current regulations and key trends. Some of the presentations include:

  • How the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the cybersecurity landscape
  • Building cyber resilience in the new decade
  • How biometric innovation is shaping the future

Are there any other events you think we should add to this list? Email [email protected]