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Information Security Conventions for beginners?

What are some of the best InfoSec cons for people gaining interest in this field?

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Joshua’s Answer

I would suggest smaller ones to start with. BSides events (securitybsides.com) are very good and typically $20 or less. I have been to NOLACon and DerbyCon a few times. Alot of it comes down to your location and whose funding the trip too. I've paid for all of mine so far and it's been worth the money. Other small ones are CircleCityCon, GRRCon, HouSecCon to name a few.


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Kristen’s Answer

BSides conferences are a great way to meet people in the industry and many are free. What is nice about these conferences for beginners is that the topics are not typically as deep of a dive as you might find at the bigger conferences...ie DefCon. Most of the speakers would love to chat with you personally more about their presentation and it is a fantastic way to meet others in the industry. Many conferences also record their presentations online after the conference, which is a good way to "attend" the conference without the cost. Viewing these presentations is also a great way to explore the many paths of Information Security. Start by reviewing conferences you think might be interesting and then research past years to see if any recordings are available. Another option may to to check for local meetups or local hacker spaces. You will meet many people who share the same interests and have a lot to contribute to the industry, but who aren't giving presentations at conferences. This gives you the one on one time to ask questions and explore interests.

Kristen recommends the following next steps:

Check out http://www.securitybsides.com to find a local conference.
Check online for Security Conference recordings
Check for local meetups

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Alex’s Answer

As Joshua answered, there are BSides conferences in many cities, and they are very accessible for people new to the field. It looks like you're in Ohio, so you may be interested in BSides Columbus: https://www.bsidescolumbus.com/

There are also several conferences that record and share many of their talks, such as CCC (https://media.ccc.de/) and DefCon (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9_QBPq2MmmThH9ftM_v5Fw). These videos can be a great way to gain insight into the field without having to pay for a ticket.


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Tina’s Answer

All of the conferences mentioned are great and small enough in nature for you to begin your network. I would also recommend if you are interested to look them up on YouTube as you will also get a sense of what they are like and what you will get out of them. This is helpful if you are looking to see if this is a field you are interested in.

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