Dreading the end of summer? Don’t despair. The end of the warm-weather months signals the start of another season filled with tech conferences and other tech-focused events. For IT professionals, these events provide great opportunities for learning about new and better ways to manage technology assets and build on existing network and endpoint security solutions.
Are these conferences worth taking time away from work? When security is concerned, absolutely. Today’s threats are growing in both number and sophistication. Companies need to secure not only their networks but also all the mobile and endpoint devices connected to them—even seemingly innocent endpoints, like printers. Attending these conferences will help you think like a hacker by identifying overlooked entry points that need securing and understanding the latest shifts in technology trends.
That said, open up your calendars and start planning your autumn itinerary, starting with these three tech conferences in Toronto.
1. Start innovating at HackerNest Tech Social
When: September 24, 2018
Where: Toronto, ON—exact location TBA
If you’re into badass tech and innovation events, then put HackerNest on your calendar this fall. HackerNest’s tech conferences, which run in more than 34 cities around the world, use hackathons to create quick-to-market solutions addressing global issues, such as dementia, water sustainability, and inequities in the judicial system. The nonprofit organization also hosts Tech Socials where IT professionals and managers can connect with other innovative minds.
Plan to be in Toronto on September 24 at 7 p.m. to kick off the first Tech Social event of the fall season. In the meantime, start getting ready to discuss everything tech—from the coolest new apps to the most robust endpoint security solutions.
2. Stay serious about security threats at SecTor
When: October 1–3, 2018
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St., Toronto, ON, M5V 2W6, Canada
Hackers keep coming up with new ways to attack. Consider that the number of software update supply chain attacks went up 200 percent in 2017 from the previous year. Meanwhile, new mobile malware variants increased by 54 percent, according to the 2018 Internet Security Threat Report from Symantec Corporation. Those are just some of the reasons why you need to stay on the leading edge in network and endpoint security solutions.
Now in its twelfth year, SecTor brings together leading IT security experts from around the world to talk about the latest research and technologies in the field. In addition to its stellar lineup of speakers, SecTor hosts a summit where conference guests can take part in candid, expert-led discussions about today’s security concerns.
3. Get more intelligent at the Artificial Intelligence World Forum
When: November 26–27, 2018
Where: The Carlu, 444 Yonge St., Toronto, ON, M5B 2H4, Canada
IT professionals and managers who keep up to date with the latest developments in their field know that artificial intelligence and machine learning offer unparalleled new ways to detect and defend against cyber attacks. In this two-day AI World Forum, leading experts in the field come together to explore trends in AI, machine learning, and quantum computing across sectors that range from automotive to healthcare.
Check out the keynote presentation on what NASA is doing in quantum AI, as well as the session on cybersecurity. There’s no question you’ll leave this conference with more than a few smart ideas on how to bring new innovations to your company.
As the leaves start to change colour, the season’s slate of tech conferences should make the switch from summer to fall something to look forward to. The takeaways from these brief but information-packed events can have a lasting impact on your network and company as a whole, so start booking your calendar now.
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