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SecTor

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Billed as “Canada’s Premiere IT Security
Conference” (they might want to ask the CanSecWest folks about that), SecTor is
an annual security confab that draws some of the top security researchers and
IT professionals from the Great White North and the U.S. to Toronto for
training and a two day conference. Smaller and more mellow than shows like
BlackHat, SecTor offers a great lineup of top tier speakers and sessions
without the insanity of its larger kin south of the border.

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Notacon

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Cleveland, Ohio

A hacker con in the truest sense, this
Cleveland, Ohio, based conference takes place in April and combines sessions on
traditional IT security with craftier fare like the convergence of clothes,
fashion and hacking, biomimicry and mimetic engineering. Now in its eighth
year, Notacon says its goal is “to apply technology to
graphics, art, music, or social interaction. “

(Check it out at http://www.notacon.org/ – and PLEASE note that
.ORG!! ;-) )

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Syscan

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Asia

One of Asia’s
premiere security events, Syscan pitches its tent in some of the current and
emerging IT capitals in the region, including Singapore, Hangzhou, Taipei, and
Ho Chi Minh City with top tier security researchers, Black Hat style
presentations, a capture the flag tournament and more.

http://syscan.org/

(Image via Syscan.org)

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Hackid

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One of the more interesting trends is the way hacking culture is starting to trickle down from the technology cognoscenti to a far broader and equally receptive audience. Hackid is a great example of that. In its first year
ever, Hackid is a conference specifically targeted at kids aged 5 to
17. The show is the brainchild of Cisco cloud specialist Christopher Hoff, who says the idea occurred to him after he brought his own children to the Source Boston show, expecting them to be bored out of their minds, only to watch them have a great time.

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Ekoparty

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A mainstay for the Latin American security
community, Ekoparty burst into the limelight this year with a presentation (reported first by
Threatpost.com) on a hole in Microsoft’s ASP.NET technology that could render
the security on millions of Web sites obsolete.  Now in its sixth year,
the annual event is held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and features training
sessions, a two day conference, lock picking, war driving and other hacker
fare. Ekoparty is well worth the trip south of the Equator.

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Day-Con

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Dayton, Ohio

When I
say “Dayton,Ohio,” what image comes to mind? Hacking, right? If not, then
you’ve never been to Day-Con, the annual Ohio-based hacker con now in its
fourth year. This year’s Day-Con is scheduled for October 22nd and 23rd, with three days
of training preceding the main conference.

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HOPE (Hackers on Planet Earth)

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New York City, New York, U.S.

A production of 2600: The Hacker
Quarterly, Hackers on Planet Earth (or HOPE) is in its 18th year
(give or take a couple) and offers an utterly unique blend of technology, culture and media.
Previous HOPE events have seen speakers (like private investigator Steve Rambam) dragged from the
stage by FBI agents, and featured keynotes by the likes of Kevin Mitnick and
former Dead Kennedy’s singer and Green Party activist Jello Biafra.
 

http://thenexthope.org/

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Security B-Sides

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Various Cities

Springing up in the shadow of larger, fatter, richer security
shows like RSA and Black Hat, the Security B-Sides is more like a
security-focused salon than a traditional conference. A movable feast of some
of the top security minds, it combines rapid fire presentations on threats and
exploits with a loose, flexible organization and venues that range from high tech (Microsoft’s New England Research and Development (NERD) Center in Boston) to “direct to DVD”  (an unoccupied mansion on the outskirts of ‘Vegas).

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