Securing the Date for 2021: The team behind the Billington CyberSecurity Summit recently made a few announcements related to their next annual event. They have decided to expand the summit to three days and will continue to host it virtually in 2021 (though a decision about whether to add limited in-person events will be made in April). A new conference platform will “enhance the engagement and experience for attendees” and “virtual booths will be replaced with enhanced networking”, according to the organizers. This flagship summit, held from 6-8 October 2021 will kick off Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the new government fiscal year.

Making New Connections: Parks Associates has announced a new format for its CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference in 2021. Instead of a multi-day live event, they plan to host multiple, virtual sessions and networking experiences throughout 2021 focused on smart home, security, services, and connected products. The organizers recently announced this schedule, including the topics they plant to cover: 24 March – Smart Products Serving the SMB Market; 12 May – Supporting Remote Workers with a Smarter Home; 25 May – State of the Smart Home & Pro-Installers and Home Technologies; 26 May – Home Services Opportunities, Sensor Innovation & AI – Driving New Use Cases; 14 July – MDUs, Scaling up; 18 August – State of Home Security Market; 22 September Home Networking and Wi-Fi; 9 November – Smart Home: Battle of the Platforms, Protecting Consumers; 10 November – Europe and the Smart Home/Insurance and Smart Home.

Speaking Opportunity: The identity security industry will gather at Identiverse next 21-23 June both in Denver & online, with a particular 2021 program focus on personal identity. Those who wish to present on new technologies and techniques to authenticate, verify, authorize, and be authorized can submit now through 8 January. Since Identiverse 2021 will operate as a hybrid event, the organizers will also review proposals for potential blog or podcast coverage outside of the main agenda.

Lunchtime Learning: When everything went virtual this year, the team behind the financial services industry organization Money20/20 ran the first Money Fest online. The October event was live streamed and its content is now on-demand conference!  There are sessions on the agenda for the entire money ecosystem. Check out the speaker videos featuring Mark Barnett, President of MasterCard Europe; Cathay Bessant the Chief Operation & Technology Officer at Bank of America, Ulrich Bindseil the General Director on Market Infrastructure & Payments at the European Central Bank, and more.

Coming Up Next Week: Not this newsletter! We are taking a couple weeks off to enjoy the holidays after this tumultuous year. Our best to you and yours!