Security and risk management leaders can attend industry conferences to network with colleagues, learn about new business & security strategies, and develop their own physical security & risk programs.

Security magazine brings you a list of the top physical security conferences to attend across the world in 2023.

NRF 2023

New York City, New York

January 14-17

The National Retail Federation (NRF) 2023 conference, known as "Retail's Big Show," provides a venue for retail security & loss prevention leaders to network with industry colleagues across a number of Fortune 500 companies to share information and enhance their security strategies.

National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Forum

College Station, Texas

January 17-18

The National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Forum, hosted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), brings together campus safety, event security and sports security leaders for information sessions, keynote speakers from across intercollegiate athletics, and university sports networking.

ASIS Europe

Rotterdam, Netherlands and online

March 21-23 in person, March 2 and April 27 online

ASIS Europe joins established and aspiring security leaders from across the continent and the world to discuss enterprise risk and resilience in the changing threat landscape.

ISC West

Las Vegas, Nevada

March 28-31

One of the largest North American security conferences, ISC West serves as a meeting place of security professionals, technology specialists and other industry thought leaders. The conference includes women in security events, networking opportunities for young professionals, learning sessions and keynotes from prominent security leaders.

RLPSA Annual Conference

Denver, Colorado

April 2-5

The Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association (RLPSA) Annual Conference offers restaurant security professionals the chance to network and share sector-specific insights across organizations, bolstering the security of the restaurant industry as a whole.

The Security Event

Birmingham, England

April 25-27

Hosted in Birmingham's National Event Centre, The Security Event provides a space for enterprise & public-sector security professionals to liaise with one another and discover new security technologies. Co-located with a number of other events, including a fire safety conference, The Security Event caters to security professionals across a number of industry niches.

2023 IAHSS Annual Conference & Exhibition

Nashville, Tennessee and online

May 1-3

Healthcare security leaders attend the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition to network within their sector and strengthen the hospital information sharing network. This year's event includes leadership keynotes and sessions focused on emerging & enduring threats to the industry, such as workplace violence.

IFCPP 24th Annual Conference

St. Petersburg, Florida and online

May 6-10

The International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection (IFCPP)'s 24th Annual Conference, held at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, creates a space for interorganizational learning as security leaders from museums, universities and other cultural institutions gather to discuss security strategies specific to the field.

SIA GovSummit

Washington, D.C.

May 16-17

Government security leaders convene at the SIA GovSummit each year. The 2023 event features keynotes from industry leaders at U.S. Customs & Border Protection, the Department of Homeland Security, the D.C. Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency, and more.

IFSEC International Security Event

London, England

May 16-18

Co-located with events on fire safety, intelligent buildings, health & safety, and facilities, IFSEC Global's International Security Event serves as a reunion of security leaders from across the globe responsible for international security at their organizations. 

NCS4 Annual Conference

San Antonio, Texas

June 27-29

More than 500 sports safety professionals convene each year at the NCS4 Annual Conference, taking place this year in San Antonio, Texas. Event & facility safety leaders will present panels and lead discussions on themes affecting the industry in the past year, from how to mitigate emerging threats to strategies for patron protection.


Dallas, Texas

September 11-13

The Global Security Exchange (GSX) conference from ASIS International unites security and technology leaders to discuss the newest trends and security challenges seen across the world. This year's conference will feature a large exhibit hall and information sessions, as well as networking events.

International Security Expo

London, England

September 26-27

The International Security Expo is a global conference for security professionals at all stages of their careers, from entry-level professionals to seasoned executives. Government and private-sector security leaders engage with each other and explore new technologies and security strategies at the event.


Louisville, Kentucky

October 13-16

CONSULT is an annual event hosted by SecuritySpecifiers and geared towards security consultants. Conference attendees can explore cutting-edge technologies and their implementations across sectors, featuring a number of informational panels and discussions from industry leaders in technology, consulting, cybersecurity and more.

Securing New Ground

New York City, New York

October 17-18

Entrepreneurs, security executives and those on the cutting edge of the industry meet at the Securing New Ground (SNG) conference from SIA to identify new trends in security threats and strategies.

SECURITY 500 Conference

Washington, D.C.

November 13

The 15th annual SECURITY 500 Conference from Security magazine will take place this November in Washington, D.C. The event features panel discussions and keynotes from a number of influential physical security and cybersecurity executives and unites government and private sector security leaders.

OSAC Annual Briefing

Washington, D.C.

November 14-16

The Overseas Security Advisory Council unites high-level government security and enterprise security leaders for an event geared towards information sharing, learning and exchange. This year's event will see security leaders discussing lessons learned in 2023 and new strategies for dealing with global threats.

ISC East

New York City, New York

November 14-16

ISC East provides security professionals with the opportunity to engage one-on-one with top industry leaders, as well as participate in security education, training and networking. Hosted by sponsor SIA and partner ASIS NYC, ISC East brings together law enforcement, security vendors, enterprise security leaders and government employees for security discussions.

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