Now in its 11th year, the main S4 Conference in Miami Beach will have 300+ attendees watching 3 days of sessions on 3 stages. It is the one show where advanced ICS security, OT and IIoT content can be presented to an audience that will get it. There is no SCADASEC 101 at S4.
- Sign Up To Be An S4x18 Sponsor … Note the sponsor slots have sold out the last three years. S4x17 have until April 30 to renew. On May 1st we will accept new sponsors for any remaining slots. Whether you are a returning sponsor or a new sponsor, contact Digital Bond now if you want to sponsor S4x18.
- S4 Call For Presentations will be open from June 1st to August 15th.
- S4x18 Registration will open on October 1st. We will offer the first 50 tickets at the original S4x07 price of $995.
You can validate our claim that S4 has the most advanced content by asking friends who attended or checking out past sessions on the S4 Events YouTube Channel. S4 is where Ralph Langner gave the detailed Stuxnet logic briefing. S4 is where Project Basecamp and insecure by design was introduced. S4 is where cyber/physical attack and defense was first discussed.
And there is a lot of content: three days on three stages at the Jackie Gleason Theater.
The Main Stage
The Main Stage at the Jackie Gleason theater is a thing of beauty. It is a huge, theater quality stage with lighting and sound to match. We outfit it with three giant screens and step up the staging every year.
The Main Stage is advanced content, but not highly technical content. It is geared towards the Plant Manager or CISO who understand Operations and IT. We have big name speakers and new topics in ICS security, OT and related fields. Our goal is to bring fresh information that challenges and informs the audience. Past Main Stage speakers include General Hayden, Richard Clarke, Ralph Langner, Mikko Hypponen, Josh Corman, Mike Assante, and more.
Stage 2: Technical Deep Dives
Stage 2 brings S4 back to its roots. It is ultra technical. We tell speakers to go deep into the bits and bytes, exploit code, math, theory, etc. If you complain that conference talks don’t provide enough technical content, then Stage 2 is for you.
Stage 2 is held on the rehearsal stage at the Jackie Gleason Theater. It seats about 150 and is almost always at capacity.
All S4 Sponsors have a 30 minute session on the Sponsor Stage. The speakers on the Sponsor Stage often keynote other ICS security events, and the agenda compares favorably to other events … and this is the third stage.
The Sponsors really stepped up their content at S4x17. They realize they are in competition with sessions on the other two stages and need great speakers and fresh information to draw a crowd.
Reid Wightman will be running the ICS Capture The Flag competition again at S4x18. Every year we get an increasing number of attendees coming to S4 just to play the CTF. A 3-man team from Booz Allen Hamilton devoted all day and night at S4 to win at S4x17.
Wednesday afternoon, Day 2 at S4, we move the event to the Surfcomber Pool for what we call the Cabana Sessions. This is a great time to enjoy the Miami Beach weather while getting to know your fellow attendees.
A lot of attendees view the Cabana Sessions skeptically, until they attend one. Then it is one of their favorite parts of S4. It is something about having gone through a day and a half of hard core sessions to get you thinking, and then having hours to relax and talk about it with others who get it.
Immediately after the first day of sessions all of the attendees take a short walk to the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens for the S4 Welcome Party. Music, great food and drink, unique entertainment is all happening at sunset in the January Miami Beach night. Ever year this party gets bigger and better, and we have new ideas for the S4x18 Welcome Party.
Closing Craft Beer Bash
The Craft Beer Bash is the S4 way to end with a bang rather than a whimper. After the final speaker is done we open up the curtain on the Main Stage and invite everyone on stage for a last celebratory beer from some local craft brewers. People enjoy the event and attendees so much that it is always a challenge to get them off stage.