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Best Digital Forensic Conferences for 2021

Posted by Bret Peters on July 13, 2020
Bret Peters

Industry Events: Network, Learn, Grow

Here's a list of the best 2021 digital forensic conferences around the world designed to help promote training and skills needed to collect and analyze digital evidence from computers and mobile devices.  

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. 

IFIP logo - International Conference on Digital ForensicsSeventeenth IFIP Working Group 11.9 International Conference on Digital Forensics

When: February 1-2, 2021

Where: Remote via Microsoft Teams

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. 

GPEC digital logo - digital forensics eventsGeneral Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference (GPEC Digital) 

When: Moved to May 31 - June 2, 2022

Where: Frankfurt, Germany

Why Attend: Known as the General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference (GPEC), this conference and exhibition brings together police and security authorities as a "one Stop Shop" for police and security equipment for the digitization of law enforcement and public security. 

Techno Security and Digital Forensics ConferenceTechno Security & Digital Forensics 

Denver, CO USA: August 2 - August 4, 2021 

Myrtle Beach, SC USA: June 6 - June 9, 2021

San Diego, CA USA: October 25 - October 27, 2021

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.

Forenics Asia ExpoForensics Asia Expo 

When: Appears cancelled

Why Attend:  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: Appears cancelled

Why Attend: The ICDFJS 2021 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. 

NCCC National Cyber Crime Conference LogoNational Cyber Crime Conference

When: April 26 - April 28, 2021 #2021NCCC

Where: Norwood, Massachusetts (May move virtual or Hybrid)

Why Attend: Following the 2020 Virtual Conference the NCCC conference hosted by the MA Attorney General's Office features 100+ digital forensic training sessions for police and investigators. 

Forensics Europe Expo 2021Forensics Europe Expo 

When: September 14 - September 16, 2021

Where: London, United Kingdom

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. 

* Note is typically held in conjunction with the  Security & Policing Home Office Event

iafs logoInternational Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS)

When: November 20 - November 24, 2023 

Where: Sydney, Australia

Why Attend: The symposium brings together the forensic science societies of Australia and New Zealand at the International Convention Centre in Sydney to exchange best practices and scientific and technical information in the field of forensic science. The goal of the event is to share and consider strategies and operational improvements to improve the field of forensics, document and digital forensics. 

Congreso Informatica y Ciberseguridad 2021

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.    

Emirates International Forensic Conference & Exhibition

When: February 10 - February 15, 2021 

Where: Dubai, UAE

Why Attend: Sponsored in conjunction with the Dubai Police as the strategic partner covering digital investigation services and equipment.  


When: April 16, 2021

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 - DFRWS

DFRWS - Digital Forensic Research Workshop

DFRWS EU: March 29 - April 1, 2021 (Virtual Conference)

DFRWS USA: July 12 - July 14, 2021 (Virtual Conference)

DFRWS APAC: January 27 - January 29, 2021 (Virtual Conference)

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: April 26 - May 7, 2021

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: May 2021

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: May 10 - May 13, 2022

Where: Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada

Why Attend: The OFIA 2021 has been postponed. This educational conference is sponsored in conjunction with local Canadian law enforcement. 

SANS DFIR - 2021 tbd

SANS Digital Forensics and Incident Response Summit & Training 2021

When: July 16 - July 25, 2021

Where: Virtual Summit & Training

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: May 4 - May 7, 2021 (Canada Cyber Summit)

When: September 26 - September 29, 2021 (International) 

Where: Phoenix, Arizona

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". 

Special Note Regarding COVID-19

With COVID-19 causing the cancellation or postponement of many 2020 Digital Forensic Conferences, our hope is that 2021 will lead to many of the events being delivered as scheduled either in-person or virtually. The events listed above are great for anyone interested in networking and pursuing digital forensic jobs or careers in forensic science.

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