Part 2 or What makes a “good” Conference?

I often mention how much I attend conferences, and often asked what makes a good conference.  I’ve been to many over the last five years, and not just Information Security, or even technology conferences, but for the sake of context I’ll use Security conferences as examples. I’ll mention some factors in how I define a good conference then a summary.

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I tend to go to a lot of conferences, especially over the last five years as I have taken a more active pursuit toward a full time information security career rather than merely participating in the community.  There are hundreds (yes hundreds) of conferences yearly, located all over the world.  Below are some of the larger conferences I have attended in the past.  Keep in mind your miles may vary depending on what you can afford, how far you are willing to travel, and the crowd you are used to. I will describe a couple simple things from my perspective.

  • The conference (along with a quick overview)
  • The location, and when it occurs (approximately)
  • The cost for admission

**Updated note** If a conference has early registration, REGISTER EARLY.  Be attentive to when or if the registration opens at certain times.  In some cases, the registration prices increase closer to the conference date.  In other cases where the attendance is capped and the conference is popular, it will sell out fast.

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