12 Industrial Cyber Security Events You Shouldn't Miss in 2018

Jan 8, 2018 | Dana Tamir
Dana Tamir
Take a look at the top 12 Industrial Cyber Security events that are coming up in 2018.

Next year’s events will focus on a number of topics, including emerging industrial control system threat vectors, 
the need for collaborative IT-OT cybersecurity strategies, and the newest and most advanced methods for detecting industrial cyber attacks.

As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time to start preparing for 2018’s industrial cyber security tradeshows and events that are approaching.

Next year’s events will focus on a number of topics, including emerging industrial control system threat vectors, the need for collaborative IT-OT cybersecurity strategies, and the newest and most advanced methods for detecting industrial cyber attacks.

One common focus is how the digital transformation and increased connectivity to IT networks in 2018 will leave critical infrastructure more exposed to cyber threats than ever before.

Check out our list of the top 12 ICS cyber security events you should consider for the upcoming year.


1. S4x18 ICS Security Conference

Now in its 11th year, the S4x18 Conference is 3-day event featuring 68 ICS security sessions.

S4x18.pngWith expected attendance of over 300 leaders from ICS and IoT security the community, this year’s conference spans 3 stages, featuring topics such as cloud security for ICS/IoT, detecting ICS Attacks using Recurrent Neural Networks (RNN), the role of Big Data in OT and denial-of-service attacks on ICS wireless protocols.

S4x18 also offers great social events for networking, including a Welcome Party at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens and a Craft Beer Bash on the Main Stage, so you have a chance to network with ICS security, OT and IIoT experts.

Top Sessions to Attend:

  • January 16th, 10:45 - 11:30am
    Passive, Active or Hybrid Monitoring: What’s The Right Choice for Your ICS Network?
    Speaker: Barak Perelman, CEO, Indegy

  • January 18th, 10:00 - 10:30am
    Aurora 10 Years Later: Progress, Failure & What Remains to be Learned
    Speakers: Michael Assante, SANS lead for ICS and SCADA Security and Dale Peterson, Founder, Digital Bond and S4 Events

Fast Facts:
  • When: January 16-18, 2018
  • Where: Fillmore Miami Beach, Miami South Beach, Florida
  • Price: Tickets range from $800 – $1,595
  • Click here to register for the event



2. ARC Industry Forum Orlando 2018

The 22nd Annual ARC Industry Forum, “Digitizing and Securing Industry, Infrastructure, and Cities,” is a must-attend event for VPs, Directors and Managers of Engineering, Operations, Procurement, Automation, Supply Chain, Logistics and more.

ARC Forum.pngARC Advisory Group, which organizes the event, is a leading technology research and advisory firm for industry, infrastructure, and cities, and this year’s Forum focuses on how digitizing factories, cities, and infrastructure will benefit technology end users and suppliers alike. This Forum will cover the blurring boundaries between IT, OT, and IoT, and how this increases the need for more integrated, collaborative cybersecurity strategies. In addition, the speakers will discuss how disruptive technologies change existing products, plants, and cities -  and whether cybersecurity threats can be overcome.

Programs for the ARC Industrial Forum event will include: machine learning, connected smart machines, IT/OT/ET Convergence, industrial internet platforms and smart cities.

Interested in taking a closer look? Check out the highlights from the 2017 ARC Industry Forum.

Top Executive Speakers to Watch Out For:

  1. (Keynote) Kenny Warren, VP of Engineering, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering
  2. Andy Bochman, Senior Cyber and Energy Security Strategist, Idaho National Laboratory
  3. Jeffrey Gray, Unit Chief of Training and Outreach, Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team. Department of Homeland Security

Fast Facts:

  • When: February 12-15, 2018
  • Where: Renaissance Orlando Hotel, Orlando, Florida
  • Price: $2,495 if registered by December 31, 2017; after that the fee is $2,995
  • Click here to register for the event
  • Bonus! Don’t miss the Innovations Showcase, (open during the Monday evening reception and during breakfasts, breaks lunch) featuring emerging technologies

3. CS4CA

Now in its 6th year, 2018’s Cyber Security for Critical Assets Summit (CS4CA) brings together cyber security leaders from industries such as oil and gas, pharma, energy, utility, chemicals and more, to discuss challenges, share experiences and investigate best practice guidelines.

CS4CA.jpgThe Summit will offer a dedicated stream for IT and OT, in addition to plenary sessions addressing common issues that bind both groups of professionals.This year’s event will feature keynotes from leading industry execs, interactive panel debates and in-depth case studies relevant to multiple sectors. The Summit will cover topics such as bridging the IT-OT gap, integration of ICS and Corporate Systems, future threats of cyber security as a form of warfare, and how cyber insurance fits into risk management.

Speaking Sessions of Interest:

March 6th 

  • 09:40 - 10:20am | Keynote
    How Should Wannacry, Petya and notPetya Influence Your Strategy Towards Ransomware?

  • 2:40-3:10pm | OT Stream Presentation
    Securing an ICS: Monitoring and Detecting Unusual Activity on your Network

March 7th

  • 09:00-09:40am | Opening Panel
    Partial IT/OT Convergence is Still Holding Back Your Cybersecurity
  • 2:00-2:20pm | OT Stream Presentation
    Meeting Security Requirements for a SCADA System

Fast Facts:

  • When: March 6-8, 2018 (March 8th is a CISO Training Opportunity Day)
  • Where: JW Marriott, Houston, Texas
  • Price: Tickets start from $1,099 if you register by January 12; after it's $1,699   
  • Click here to register for the event


4. SANS ICS Security Summit 2018

This year's annual SANS ICS Security Summit focuses on the theme “Who is in control of your control system?,” bringing together in-the-field practitioners and leading experts to share ideas, methods, and techniques for defending control systems.

SANS.pngThe Summit will span 2 days, featuring presentations and panel discussions highlighting real-world approaches that help industry professionals defend ICS networks against attacks. In addition, the training courses will take place over a 5-day period, offering 5 immersion-style ICS security courses. 

Although the Summit Agenda isn’t live yet (
check here for updates), it will cover a wide range of topics, such as deconstructing real-world ICS attacks and technical threats, future attack vectors on ICS, physical security, and organizational investment opportunities that reduce attacker effects. In addition, the event will feature a number of live attack demonstrations.

Fast Facts:

  • When: March 19-26, 2018
  • Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Orlando, Florida
  • Price: Summit starts from $2,310; courses start from $5,380 (Use discount code “EarlyBird18” before February 7 to save up to $400 (more discounts here)
  • Click here to register for the event
  • Bonus! Check out the NetWars: ICS Tournament, featuring interactive learning scenarios that enable OT security professionals to develop and master the real-world skills they need to defend real-time systems



5. ICSJWG 2018 Spring Meeting

The 2018 Spring Meeting is a 3-day event organized by the ICSJWG, whose goal is to enhance the collaborative efforts of the industrial control systems stakeholder community in securing CI by accelerating the design, development, and deployment of secure industrial control systems.

ICSJWG _ Banner_0.pngThe event, which enables stakeholders to exchange ideas on critical issues in ICS cybersecurity, spans 3 days, and will include keynote speakers, practical demos, presentations, and panels.

This is a great opportunity to interface with peers, network with industry leaders, and stay up-to-date on the latest initiatives impacting security for industrial control systems and our critical infrastructure.


  • Keynote Presentation, “Easiest Catch: Don’t Be Another Fish in the Dark ‘Net”
    Speaker: Mark Lanterman, Chief Technology Officer, Computer Forensic Services

  • “Ask Me Anything” Session with leadership of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). 

Fast Facts:

  • When: April 10-12, 2018
  • Where: Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Price: Free
  • Registration: Not open yet, check here for updates



The 3rd edition of the Manusec Summit  will bring together a senior delegation of 120+ manufacturing leaders from across the US. Featuring keynote sessions, case studies, interactive panel debates and more, the event aims to forge a connection between the process control and corporate IT senior level professionals, giving them the opportunities to discuss challenges, critical issues and debate best practice guidelines.

ManuSec.pngThis year’s Manusec will focus on how the manufacturing sector can defend itself against a growing range of cyber threats, and how organizations must engage all levels from the executive board down, to establish best practice policies to protect key assets.

If you’re involved in cyber security for the critical manufacturing sector, and want to learn how to identify your most valuable data assets, this event is for you. Other topics include discovering how to improve employee awareness to the threats of cyber attacks and examining the role of public and private stakeholders in the protection of cyberspace.

Interested in learning more? Watch the short video with highlights from ManuSec USA 2017.

Fast Facts:

  • When: October 9-10, 2018
  • Where: Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago, Illinois
  • Price: Tickets range from $1,299 - $2,999
  • Click here to register for the event

7. SecurityWeek ICS Cyber Security Conference

SecurityWeek ICS - otherwise known as the original ICS/SCADA cyber security conference (launched back in 2002), is a 4-day event aimed at operations, control systems and IT security professionals interested in SCADA, DCS PLC and field controller cyber security. 

ICS Cyber Security ConferenceThis is a must-attend conference for both IT and OT professionals across a number of industries - including defense, power generation, transmission and distribution, water utilities, chemicals, oil and gas, pipelines, data centers, and more - who are interested in hearing and exchanging ideas on the most recent cyber-incidents, analyzing what caused them, and cooperating on solutions.

This year's event will focus on the multitude of cyber threats that ICS operators face worldwide, as well as SCADA, plant control systems, engineering workstations, substation equipment, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and other field control system devices.

If you're interested in attending, take a look at the agenda from the 2017 event here.

Fast Facts:

  • When: October 22-25, 2018
  • Where: InterContinental Buckhead Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia 
  • Price: $1,995 for regular pre-registration or $2,195 for on-site registration 
  • Click here to register for the event

8. CS3STHLM SCADA Security Conference


This is the 6th year that the Stockholm International Summit on Cyber Security in SCADA and Industrial Control Systems is being held. The annual summit gathers the leading stakeholders across critical processes and industries, and has quickly become the premier ICS Security Summit in Northern Europe.  Furthermore there is a hands-on ICS & IOT security lab. 

This year's CS3STHLM will feature a hands-on ICS & IOT security lab that gives attendees the opportunity to test out setups and devices. Join 200 participants from over 20 countries for a range of talks, workshops and tutorials from international experts who will provide knowledge and recommendations related to ICS security - and don't miss out on the extensive networking opportunities.

Fast Facts:

  • When: October 22-25, 2018
  • Where: Nalen Conference Center, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Price: Not available yet
  • Registration: Check here for updates

8. API Cybersecurity Conference for Oil & Gas Industry

This is the 13th annual API Cybersecurity Conference & Expo, covering the most advanced cyber security methods for thwarting attacks, and how the latest technologies can help you counter cyber espionage, address cyber warfare, and make your cyber efforts secure.  

EnergyAPI.jpgThe energy industry, including oil and natural gas, is ranked 2nd highest of all industries most likely to suffer a cyber attack, and this event is organized by the American Petroleum Institute to provide an opportunity to network with cybersecurity professionals, and openly discuss challenges and share solutions. 

The sessions, essential to cybersecurity, are chosen and presented by recognized experts in the field.

Fast Facts:

  • When: November 6-7, 2018
  • Where: Houston, Texas
  • Price: Tickets range from $495 (API Member) - $795 (Non-Member)
  • Registration: Check here for updates


8. Israel 2018 HLS & Cyber

Israel HLS & Cyber is a leading biennial conference for homeland security and cybersecurity professionals. This is the 5th time the event is being held, welcoming thousands of senior public officials and government agencies from around the world, as well as decision makers and executives from multinational companies and conglomerates.

HLS and Cyber Conference.pngThis year, HLS & Cyber will feature 160 exhibitors, and 5,000 participants (from 80 countries!) and the focus will be on the increasing correlation between HLS and cyber.

The event will cover physical protection challenges, and how these are a cross-sector responsibility that spans infrastructure, health, finance, transportation and the corporate business worlds.

Fast Facts:

  • When: November 12-15, 2018
  • Where: The Israel Convention Center, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Price: Not available
  • Registration: Not open yet; for more information email: israelhlscyber@export.gov.il


11. IMI: IT Meets Industry Congress & Exhibition

The IMI Exhibition represents the critical intersection between IT and industry. The conference is aimed at decision makers and professionals from both sides (including CEOs, CIOs, CISOs, automation engineers, and IT security experts) from the chemical, pharmaceutical, energy, oil & gas, transport and health sectors. 

IMI 2018.pngIMI's speaker sessions and expo are designed to bring awarenes to the great opportunities offered by the intersection between IT and automation - particularly for the operation of industrial production sites and critical infrastructure, and also highlight the risks that can emerge from this overlap.

Watch this short video to learn more about past IMI events.

Fast Facts:


 12. SPS IPC Drives 2018

The next SPS IPC Drives event will take place in the fall of 2018, with 1,700 exhibitors and expected attendance of over 70,000 visitors. This is a leading expo for globally renowned companies in the automation industry, and this year’s event will focus on Industry 4.0.

SPS IPC Drives 2018.jpgAlongside products and examples of applications, there will be topic-based special display areas and presentations,and a hall addressing new challenges in production technologies.

The topics that will be covered include control technology, electric drive systems and components, human-machine-interface (HMI) devices, industrial software and digital production, and more.

Fast Facts:

  • When: November 27-29, 2018
  • Where: Nuremberg, Germany
  • Price: Not available yet
  • Registration: Not open yet; check here for updates


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