You know the saying: Bigger isn’t necessarily better. When it comes to conferences, however, knowing your audience’s interests and preferences is key to putting on a great event. Audience inclinations can also indicate subtle shifts in the market that haven’t yet fully emerged, or they can highlight the fact that there are some legacy issues we still haven’t mastered.
The focus and challenges in infosec change rapidly due to many factors: a big breach followed by subsequent media outcry, a recently launched product, a merger or acquisition, new regulations or guidance, and much more.
At least as far as what attracted the attention of attendees at InfoSec World 2016, the following were the best-attended talks (listed based on time slot, not highest to lowest).
Most popular roundtable (seats were intentionally limited):
Some very technical talks are represented on this list, but many of these top talks focused on how infosec professionals can better understand their threat environment. If size means anything, InfoSec World 2016 attendees also still want to receive guidance on building better frameworks and running smoother operations to manage the myriad challenges faced every day. So while technical acumen remains important, the ability to manage and measure from the ground up is top of mind.