In the rapidly evolving field of cybersecurity, the need for continuing education and information sharing is paramount. And thankfully, we have a multitude of options available to us nowadays.
But your time is valuable, so you need to focus where you'll get the best return on investment. We often hear from our attendees that SecureWorld delivers the most bang for the buck.
"I've been participating with SecureWorld for many years, and few conferences offer as good a value proposition as these events, " says Andy Bennett, Director of Information Security Governance for the State of Texas.
"SecureWorld provides me with much more useful information than a full week session with one of the so-called industry 'big boys.' SecureWorld provides the best value proposition compared to all other InfoSec conferences," says Dan Herrmann, Director of Information Security and Risk Officer at FIS.
"SecureWorld is a 'best buy' in infosec conferences. I've attended since at least 2012 and each one has been worthwhile," says Paul Dalberth, VP of Infrastructure and Security at Martin Marietta.
With that said, here are 10 reasons attending a SecureWorld conference should be near the top of your list.
1. Learn from the best
No one can be an expert in every area of InfoSec. That is why SecureWorld brings together your local and national peers who are doing incredible things, to share how they found success in a particular area of cybersecurity or leadership. You’ll walk away with practical ideas you can take back to the office—along with 6-16 CPE credit hours.2. Accessible and near you
Our regional conference model saves you time, money, and travel. Many security practitioners simply can’t spare the budget or time away from the office to attend the large industry tradeshows. Our events are in your community and priced affordably so that all can attend.
3. Build your peer network
Network, share, and socialize with hundreds of fellow security professionals—from the front lines to CISO—in your local community. Build teamwork and shared knowledge by attending with other members of your security team.
4. Stay out of the headlines
An ounce of prevention is a worth a pound of cure. By investing in yourself and your team for one or two days, you may save your company millions of dollars in incident response, brand reputation damage, stock devaluation, and possible litigation.
5. Cover your assets
Cybercrime—such as ransomware and Business Email Compromise—is the fastest growing risk to businesses globally. Secure your critical data and infrastructure before it’s breached!
6. Avoid security blind spots
Did Equifax, Sony, Target, Home Depot—and so many other businesses that have been hacked—do everything within their power to avoid being victimized? Were they following security best practices and protocols? Is your company next? Learn the latest defensive measures in breakout sessions, panel discussions, and workshops.
7. Discover and vet solutions
See and evaluate solutions from dozens of leading security providers in the Exhibitor Hall. Instead of time-consuming meetings with vendor reps at the office, learn what’s new and what’s next in a concentrated space, and quickly investigate technology that can help you secure the business.
8. Plan to be productive
When you register, you will have the opportunity to securely schedule meetings in advance with exhibitors and attendees, helping you to make the most of your time. Use the conference app to create your custom agenda for the day.
9. You won't go hungry
Conference Pass holders and above receive catered lunch, refreshments throughout the day, and happy hour receptions. Other perks include speaker presentations available for download after the event, and promotional give-away items from exhibitors.
10. Have fun
Attendees tell us they leave SecureWorld feeling refreshed and energized. A little fun sure helps. Play CyberHunt, the SecureWorld app game, and compete for rewards, and finish up with Dash for Prizes.
Please share with a colleague or your security team and invite them to attend with you. Group discounts are available.
And if you're needing to persuade your boss to approve the cost of registration or the time away from the office, download and share this list as a PDF.