The top 10 SMB cybersecurity conferences to attend in 2021


Jan 13, 2021

Whether you’re a small business owner or the CISO at a large organization, attending conferences is a necessity for furthering your cybersecurity education and exploring the latest innovations and technology solutions. The COVID-19 crisis significantly impacted the ability to gather in 2020, and, unfortunately, has led to the canceling, postponement, or rescheduling of many much-anticipated events, including conferences. However, many industries have successfully transitioned their conferences to a fully virtual format, and plan to continue this trend into 2021.

At Milner, we know how important it is for you to stay informed with the latest cybersecurity trends and ever-evolving threats from field experts, and to come away with best practices to help you keep your business and employees protected and productive. Which is why we've put together a curated list of our top choices for cybersecurity conferences to attend in 2021 (both online or in-person).

Our picks for 2021:

  1. Milner Ignites 2021

    Date: February 16, 2021
    Location: Virtual
    Cost: Free

    We are so excited to extend you all an invitation to Milner Ignites 2021: Reload, Reboot, Recalibrate. While attending, you'll learn about the latest trends, services, and solutions by interacting with Milner and our partners at virtual booths, breakout sessions, and live demonstrations.

    You'll hear the latest insights and thought-provoking leadership concepts from Jocko Willink, former U.S. Navy SEAL, and security strategies to combat intrusion presented by the FBI’s Cyber Squad. You will also have the unmatched opportunity to engage and connect with industry experts and leaders through the fully interactive virtual conference.

    Speakers include:

    • Jocko Willink, Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Officer
    • Shivaun Albright, Chief Technologist, Printing Security Print Hardware Systems HP Inc.
    • Juergen Bayer, Sr. Security Solutions Advisor,PC Security Personal Systems Hardware HP Inc.
    • Kelly Saco, Sideline Reporter, Producer, Host at Fox Sports Florida
  2. American CIO and IT Summit

    Date: May 25-27, 2021
    Location: Virtual
    Cost: TBD

    Designed to provide executives with current trends, strategic insights and best practices in trending technology, cyber-security, risk management, the American CIO & IT Summit is clearly aimed at those working in IT at a senior level within cybersecurity and managing talent. This distinctive summit brings together leaders across all industry verticals involved in the business of IT – from food and beverage to automotive to retail and more.

    Speakers include:

    • Bryant Noice, Chief Technology Officer, IKEA Retail, Ingka Group
    • Craig Froelich, Chief Information Security Officer, Bank of America
    • Michelle Borninkhof, Chief Information Officer and VP, U.S. Technology McDonald's
  3. Virtual Boston Cyber Security Summit 2021

    Date: November 17, 2021
    Location: Virtual
    Cost: $95

    Rated as one of The Top 50 Must Attend Conferences for the last 3 years, the fifth annual Boston Cyber Security Summit will go virtual this year as it connects C-Suite & Senior Executives responsible for protecting their companies’ critical infrastructures with innovative solution providers and renowned information security experts. Attendees can learn from renowned experts from around the globe on how to protect and defend your business from cyber attacks. Interactive panels and fast track discussions will focus on the latest issues such as Insider Threat, Zero Trust, Ransomware, AI, Cloud Security, and much more.

    Speakers include:

    • Franco Cappa, Cybersecurity Advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    • Kristin Judge, CEO/President, Cybercrime Support Network
    • Todd Renner, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Atlanta
  4. FutureCon

    Date: January 13, 2021 (Eastern Region)
    Location: Virtual
    Cost: Free

    According to the FutureCon website: “Cybersecurity is no longer just an IT problem." These conferences feature different CXO-level keynote InfoSec speakers who engage participants in current security methodologies and risk management practices in the ever-changing cybersecurity threatened workplace. While attending, you will be able to demo the latest technology, interact with global security leaders, and expand your knowledge on pressing issues of interest to the information security community.

    Speakers include:

    • Morgan Wright, Chief Security Advisor, SentinelOne & Cyberterrorism and Cybercrime Analyst, Fox News
    • Laureen Smith, VP Global Strategic Alliances, Accellion
    • Gerald Beuchelt, Chief Information Security Officer, LogMeIn, Inc.
  5. Cybersecurity & Cloud Expo Global 2021

    Date:March 17-18, 2021
    Location: Virtual
    Cost: Free

    This conference spans two days, and is filled with top-level content and thought leadership discussions looking at the Cyber Security & Cloud ecosystem. The agenda will tackle the real issues facing CISOs and security professionals today as modern enterprises evolve, as well as showcase the most innovative and important developments in the security solutions market.

    The summit will cover a range of industries including: manufacturing, transport, supply chain, government, legal sectors and financial services energy, utilities, insurance, healthcare, retail and more.

    Speakers include:

    • Randy Barr, Head of Product Security, Zoom
    • Steve Bond, Group Head of Cyber Security, William Hill
    • Johanna Berlin, Head of Technology Resilience and Risk Direct Line Group
  6. KB4CON 2021

    Date: April 19-20, 2021
    Location: Virtual
    Cost: TBD

    KnowB4’s user conference (its 4th annual) is ideal for CISOs, security awareness training administrators and other InfoSec professionals. This one-of-a-kind conference will include social engineering methods and tactics from industry experts, compliance and security insights, how-to's and platform knowledge, how to create a security culture and get budget for IT, product roadmap with upcoming features and thought-provoking best-practice discussions with their peers.

    Speakers include:

    • Theresa Payton, Author and first female CIO in the White House
    • Clint Watts, Cybersecurity expert and former FBI Special Agent
    • Stu Sjouwerman, Chief Executive Officer of KnowBe4
  7. ISMG Virtual Cybersecurity Summit: Financial Services

    Date: January 12-13, 2021
    Location: Virtual
    Cost: Free

    ISMG’s Global Summit Series focuses on topics such as data breach prevention and response, fraud prevention, and payments security along with key industry sectors such as finance, government, retail, energy, and healthcare. You will gain expert insight from practitioners, researchers, and vendors about the services and technologies that are driving the financial services transformation. Attendees can also chat with speakers and technology influencers in an "interactive exhibit and networking experience," as download educational assets to review after the summit at the resource center. In addition, attendees can earn CPE credits and join the ISMG community of over 950,000 subscribers.

    Speakers include:

    • Joe Martinez, CISO, Aon
    • Global Deputy CIO & Chairman, CISO Council, Zoom
    • Christopher Janczewski, Special Agent, IRS
  8. RSA Conference

    Date: May 17-20, 2021
    Location: Virtual
    Cost: TBD

    One of the world's largest security conferences, the educational content will cover 20 tracks, and include more than 300 sessions with keynotes, partner seminars, and sponsor briefings as well as interactive and traditional sessions. Though shifting to 100% virtual this year, and in honoring their 2021 theme: "resilience", RSAC will include many of the conference's signature programs, including an innovation sandbox contest, capture-the-flag events, birds-of-a-feather discussions, multiple opportunities for attendees to connect with one another, and an expansive sponsor resource center.

    Speakers include:

    • Mark Russinovich, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Azure;
    • Dr. Tracy Celaya Brown, President, Go Consulting International
    • Ira Winkler, President, Secure Mentem
  9. Secure360 2021: Securing Our Ever-changing World

    Date: May 11-12, 2021
    Location: Virtual
    Cost: $399 (before 2/25), $449 regular price

    According to the event website, Secure360 is "the professional conference of choice for comprehensive security and risk management education", and will provide collaboration and education for your entire team. The conference is entering its 5th year and focuses on the following key focus areas: governance, risk and compliance, information security, physical security, business continuity management, and professional development.

    Speakers include:

    • Alex Stamos, Former Chief Security Officer of Facebook and Former Chief Information Security Officer of Yahoo
    • Shannon Polson, One of the first U.S. Army women Apache helicopter captains and pilot
  10. Red Hat Summit 2021

    Date: April 27-28, 2021, various
    Location: Virtual
    Cost: Free

    No cybersecurity conference list would be complete without Red Hat. Red Hat Summit is the premier open source technology event that brings together thousands of IT professionals every year to innovate and focus on high-performing Linux, cloud, automation and management, container, and Kubernetes technologies.

    And the open source event is expanding to become an all-new, flexible conference series this year, consisting of a three-part experience that includes two virtual components in the spring and summer and a series of in-person events later in the year! Their team is excited that going virtual brings the opportunity to connect more customers, partners, technology industry leaders, and open source enthusiasts from around the world together for more innovation, collaboration and learning. Check out their blog for updates.

Even though many things in our world remain uncertain, it’s encouraging to know the companies listed above are working hard to share content (free and paid), through various channels, to keep security professionals like you connected and current. Whatever your interests, availability or price point, we hope you are able to find a conference that suits your needs.

And we hope you’ll join us at Milner Ignites 2021, where our security experts are excited to help bring your business back up to speed for what’s to come this year.

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