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2020 Digital Forensic Conferences (Updated)

Posted by Bret Peters on July 6, 2020
Bret Peters

The Best Digital Forensic Conferences of the Year - with COVID-19 Pandemic Updates

Below is a list of some of our favorite annual conferences which are in addition to our list of 2020 Law Enforcement Conferences in North America.  

Note: The COVID-19 Pandemic is causing some digital forensic conferences to be moved online to virtual events. Other events are getting postponed or cancelled. Please check with the individual conference organizer to verify dates and locations. 

The knowledge and training you can gain at digital forensic conferences around the world can make the difference in crime solving.  In addition to networking, annual conferences are one of the best ways to learn from peers, stay on top of the latest strategies and tactics, get an advance look at industry trends, and they can be a great place to talk face-to-face with digital forensic vendors. In addition to keynotes and lectures, many annual conferences also offer hands-on lab sessions or pre-conference training classes on everything from RAM capture to digital forensic triage and mobile forensic best practices.

IFIP logo - International Conference on Digital Forensics

Sixteenth IFIP Working Group 11.9 International Conference on Digital Forensics

When: January 6-8, 2020 

Where: New Delhi, India

Why Attend: Designed to advance the "state of the art" of research and practice in the emerging field of digital forensics, this conference is ideal for scientists, engineers and practitioners. 

Forenics Asia Expo 2020Forensics Asia Expo 

When: July 15 - 17, 2020

Where: Jakarta, Indonesia

Why Attened:  Set apart by its unique focus on the latest developments and debates within Asia’s forensic community, Forensics Asia Expo provides a definitive source of education, training and networking for professionals who attend.

International Conference on Digital Forensics and Justice SystemInternational Conference on Digital Forensics and Justice System

When: September 10-11, 2020

Where: Tokyo, Japan

Why Attend: The ICDFJS 2020 conference brings together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Digital Forensics and the Justice System. 

Forensics Europe ExpoForensics Europe Expo 

When: Postponed for 2020 due to COVID-19

Where: London UK

Why Attend: This year's event will  take place with Security & Counter Terror Expo and UK Security Week and attracts 1,500+ international forensics professionals from government, law enforcement, forensic laboratories, private sector, military and intelligence, as well as legal sector and university professionals. 

2020 National Cyber Crime Conference igNational Cyber Crime Conference (Virtual Conference)

When: July 13 - July 17, 2020 #2020NCCC

Where: Boston, Massachusetts

Why Attend: Coming off the successful 2019 NCCC event, this conference hosted by the MA Attorney General's Office features more than 100 digital forensic training sessions for police and investigators. 

logo-congreso-2020Congreso Informatica y Ciberseguridad 2020

When: Postponed 

Where: Madrid, Spain

Why Attend: Sponsored by ADF Authorized Partner Ondata International, and Red Seguridad magazine, this annual conference is ideal for investigators, lab examiners and anyone who is interested in the latest cybersecurity, incident response, risk management, electronic discovery or investigation technology.    


When: March 27, 2020

Where: Illinois Institute of Technology, Wheaton, Illinois

Why Attend:  Created by the Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education (IIT C²SAFE) and is an industry-focused technical conference (not an academic conference). This event is Chicago's premier cybersecurity conference. It attracts 200+ professionals for discussion and debate over forensics, security, data/information governance, cyber crime and security, cyber security legislation and legal issues, ethical hacking, eDiscovery, cloud forensics, steganography, policy and compliance, privacy, wireless security, cloud computing, identity theft, and more.

Digital Forensic Research Workshop logo - DFRWSDFRWS - Digital Forensic Research Workshop Conferences

DFRWS EU: March 25, 2020 - Oxford (Postponed due to COVID-19)

DFRWS USA: July 19, 2020 - Virtual Conference

DFRWS APAC: September 21, 2020 - Postponed to May 17-21, 2021

Why Attend: This event organized by DFRWS, a nonprofit, volunteer organization that is brings together individuals and organizations interested in digital forensics to help address emerging challenges in the field of digital forensics.  The event features industry leading keynotes, hands-on workshops, lectures, panel discussions as well as demos and poster sessions.  

IACIS LogoInternational Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) 

When: Postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19

Where: Orlando, Florida

Why Attend: Widely respected as one of the best training events for law enforcement, this event is focuses on Basic Computer Forensic Examiner training.  BCFE students receive a laptop computer, write-blocker, USB 3.0 external hard drive, thumb drive, training manuals, and other equipment to take home with them at the successful conclusion of the training. 

Annual ADFSL Conference on Digital Forensics, Security and Law

When: August 12-13, 2020 (Originally scheduled for May 27-28 in Las Vegas, NV)

Where: Daytona Beach, Florida  

Why Attend: Sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Purdue University and the University of Texas San Antonio, this official conference of the Association of Digital Forensics Security and Law provides an for the presentation and discussion of original research and curriculum about digital forensics and its relationship to security and law.

Ontario Forensic Investigators Association Annual Conference

When: November 3 - November 6, 2020

Where: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Why Attend: The OFIA 2020 educational conference is sponsored in conjunction with local law enforcement. 

Techno Security and Digital Forensics LogoTechno Security & Digital Forensics Conference

When: September 14 - September 17, 2020

Where: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Why Attend: The Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference brings together leaders in the digital forensics and cybersecurity industries and fosters collaboration between government and private sectors. "Techno" as it is often referred to within the industry, is designed to build awareness internationally in the field of IT security and digital forensics. 

SANS DFIR Digital Forensics & Incident Response Summit and TrainingSANS Digital Forensics and Incident Response Summit & Training 2020

When: July 16 - July 17, 2020

Where: Virtual Summit

Why Attend: The annual SANS DFIR Summit brings together an influential group of experts, immersion-style training, and industry networking opportunities for a multi-day training event that features highly technical summit talks, as well as hands-on courses taught by authors and instructors. 


HTCIA Logo TransparentHigh Technology Crime Investigation Association 

When: September 28 - October 2, 2020

Where: Virtual International Conference & Expo

Why Attend: This conference, for law enforcement, is one of the premier high tech investigation conferences in the world and it is focused on solving digital crimes and offers lectures, labs and pre-conference training.  Training is taught by "investigators for investigators". 

Still want more? Here's a list of law enforcement conferences by type.

Best 2020 Law Enforcement Conferences

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