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20+ Physical Security and Access Control Conferences and Events to Attend in 2023

Check out our list of 20+ worldwide 2023 physical security and access control conferences. Discover additional industry-specific security conferences.

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Updated on July 17, 2023

Written by Vera Eftimovska

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Physical security and access control conferences are finally coming back in full swing. After a couple of years of online networking, 2023 is the perfect time to attend some physical security conferences, network face-to-face with security professionals, experience security and access control products firsthand, get actionable insights and inspiration on relevant topics, and maybe even establish some fruitful partnerships. Check out our list of 20+ worldwide security conferences. Go through the industry-specific events we highlighted at the end to find events for industries like healthcare and education.

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2023 physical security conferences in the US #

Midsize Enterprise Summit: IT Security #

As the name suggests, the Midsize Enterprise Summit: IT Security is a conference dedicated to meeting the IT security needs of midmarket organizations.

The always-evolving security risks IT leaders face can sink a company or ruin its reputation. This summit aims to address the necessary investments, partnerships, strategies, and tactics IT leaders need to implement to prevent or minimize breaches.

  • When: March 20-21 2023
  • Where: Indianapolis, IN
  • Register

ISC West #

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As one of the leading comprehensive and converged security trade events in the US, the International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West) is an excellent opportunity to network and connect with thousands of security and public safety professionals.

Attendees will also have a chance to learn from the dynamic SIA Education@ISC program, explore the latest technologies in access control, alarms, monitoring, and video surveillance, and discover emerging trends in drones and robotics, cybersecurity and connected IoT, smart home, and more.

The combination of products, educational programming, and networking opportunities make ISC West the go-to destination to showcase innovation and discover the latest security trends.

  • When: March 28-31 2023
  • Where: Las Vegas, NV
  • Pricing: $75-$1,125
  • Register

CAA Conference #

The California Alarm Association (CAA) develops and manages programs to promote the growth of professionalism in the electronic security industry throughout the state of California.

With over 20 years of history, the CAA conference is an excellent opportunity for security professionals to enjoy a few days filled with workshops, meetings, exhibits, and networking.

  • When: May 17-20 2023
  • Where: Palm Springs, CA

Electronic Security Expo (ESX) #

The ESX Electronic Security Expo is an exclusive pro-installer and integrator event designed to allow passionate professionals to learn, share, and interact more. The tailored educational event focuses on helping electronic security professionals grow their businesses without the involvement of end-users and big crowds.

Dealers, integrators, and monitoring professionals will have the opportunity to learn about proven marketing tactics, sales team management practices, key performance indicators to monitor, how to reduce truck rolls, and more.

  • When: June 5-8 2023
  • Where: Louisville, KY
  • Pricing: $0-$799
  • Register

Security LeadHER #

Presented by ASIS International and the Security Industry Association, Security LeadHER is an inspiring event dedicated to the advancement of women in the global security industry.

Connect with impactful keynotes, lively networking, and small group breakouts to effect change and create a more enriching and inclusive security community.

The curated education and networking events, exploring fresh ideas and proven techniques, are just part of the many opportunities to develop security leadership skills and grow your tribe.

  • When: June 12-13 2023
  • Where: Nashville, TN
  • Pricing: $395-$495
  • Register

Global Security Exchange (GSX) #

The Global Security Exchange (GSX) ensures security professionals stay informed, connected, and prepared for what’s next in this ever-evolving industry. It is the perfect opportunity to access CPE-eligible education on the most pressing issues impacting the profession while building and strengthening professional networks and connections.

The attendees will discover new products, technologies, and services that will help them develop strategies to remain resilient against growing cyber and physical threats.

  • When: September 11-13 2023
  • Where: Dallas, TX

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InfoSec World #

InfoSec World, known as the “Business of Security” conference, will bring together security practitioners and executives for multiple days of top-notch education and networking for the 29th time.

The world-class conference programming will present keynotes from the industry’s leading influencers, like Tomás Maldonado, CISO at NFL, and Maggie Amato, Business Information Security Officer at Salesforce.

  • When: September 25-27 2023
  • Where: Lake Buena Vista, FL
  • Pricing: $1,295-$2,995
  • Register


CONSULT is an event developed specifically for technical security consultants. It involves hands-on networking, cutting-edge best practices, and the most recent data on trends, tactics, and forecasts.

The experienced speakers are committed to bringing engaging, informed perspectives to their fellow consultants. CONSULT is structured to allow attendees to make lasting connections and solve real-time issues in a precisely organized program.

  • When: October 13-16 2023
  • Where: Louisville, KY

Securing New Ground #

Founded more than 20 years ago, Securing New Ground is one of the premier security business conferences. Focused on strategists, technologists, and executive leadership, it empowers the people and companies that are defining the future of security.

Digging into the security business trends enables security professionals to clarify their strategies and drive their businesses forward. Besides learning about the latest trends, like artificial intelligence and home automation, attendees have the opportunity to network and connect with senior-level executives.

  • When: October 17-18 2023
  • Where: New York City, NY
  • Pricing: $0-$1,995
  • Register

The Monitoring Association (TMA) Annual Meeting #

TMA’s Annual Meeting is a remarkable event that draws C-suite executives across the monitoring and security industry. The combination of high-level educational programming and informal networking provides an ideal balance for beneficial business-enhancing exchanges.

The Education/Technology/Surveillance and Video Verification Joint Committee Meeting, the Q&A Associate/Consultant/Security Technology Services Provider Members Joint Committee Meeting, and the general sessions are just part of the rich repertoire.

  • When: November 4-8 2023
  • Where: Maui, HI
  • Pricing: $950-$2,675

ISC East #

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As one of the Northeast’s leading security and public safety events, the International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC East) connects security dealers, installers, integrators, consultants, and corporate, government, and law enforcement/first responder practitioners to keep communities safe and secure.

It stimulates security experts to network, learn, and evaluate the latest technologies and solutions, combining one-on-one conversations with top innovators, high-quality special events, and cutting-edge education and training.

  • When: November 14-16 2023
  • Where: New York, NY
  • Register

2023 physical security conferences in Europe #

ASIS Europe #

ASIS Europe – From Risk to Resilience will focus on enterprise-wide security and the role security plays in supporting business objectives. The numerous education sessions and interactive workshops will cover today’s diverse hybrid threat landscape.

The hours of dedicated networking time for building trusted connections across Europe and beyond will complement the valuable insights. Security leaders will check out the showcased technology and solutions and enjoy the keynotes from Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General of DIGITALEUROPE, and Catherine De Bolle, Executive at Europol.

  • When: March 21-23 2023
  • Where: Rotterdam, NL
  • Pricing: €50-€1,195
  • Register

The Security Event #

The Security Event is the go-to destination for installers, integrators, consultants, and end-users to source the latest security products and solutions, engage and network with peers and gain direct security insights.

The highly focused program investigates the evolving challenges and opportunities involved in delivering security projects throughout the supply chain.

Hosting exclusive onsite and out-of-hours networking drinks and initiatives, The Security Event presents countless opportunities to connect with new and existing contacts and industry peers.

  • When: April 25-27 2023
  • Where: Birmingham, UK
  • Pricing: Free to attend
  • Register

IFSEC International Security Event #

One of Europe’s leading security events, IFSEC, welcomes thousands of global security professionals to explore innovative solutions and collaborate with the entire security community.

It’s an excellent opportunity to meet security peers and global suppliers alongside key security associations, like BSIA, SSAIB, the Security Institute, ASIS, NSI, and FSA.

You’ll get to experience the latest technology and products first-hand and speak to the experts to assess hundreds of leading suppliers across cloud security, surveillance, home security, smart buildings, and more.

  • When: May 16-18 2023
  • Where: London, UK
  • Pricing: Free to attend
  • Register

ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies (SACMAT) #

The ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies (SACMAT) is the premier forum for presenting research results and experience reports on leading access control topics, including models, systems, applications, and theory.

The goal is simple - sharing novel access control solutions and identifying new directions for future research and development. SACMAT provides researchers and practitioners with a unique opportunity to share their perspectives with others interested in the various access control aspects.

  • When: June 7-9
  • Where: Trento, Italy


Connecting the security sector for the 27th time, ISAF will exhibit the latest technologies and explore the products, systems, and technologies of the future. International and homeland security, fire and rescue, cyber security, smart life, and safety and health will be the main 5 main exhibitions in 2023 as well.

ISAF will cover relevant security concepts like smart systems in security and homeland security, smart cities and buildings, and the increasing importance and use of software and IT in the sector.

  • When: September 14-17 2023
  • Where: Istanbul, TR

International Security Expo #

International Security Expo brings together established security professionals looking to source the products and solutions they need to improve the security and resilience of businesses, people, and critical infrastructures. It allows security professionals to meet face-to-face, network, learn, and discover the latest security solutions.

Join the CPD-certified conferences and summits: Global Counter Terror and Serious and Organised Crime Summit, International Security Conference, and International Risk and Resilience Conference, where world-renowned speakers and acclaimed global security leaders will discuss the latest security topics, threats, and challenges.

  • When: September 26-27 2023
  • Where: London, UK
  • Pricing: Free to attend
  • Register

FinnSec #

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FinnSec, as one of the most prominent Nordic security events, brings together industry professionals, decision-makers, and company security managers to discover new trends, products, and solutions in the industry, update their information, and network together. Access control, monitoring station equipment, occupational safety, and electronic security systems are just part of the participating actors.

  • When: October 11-12 2023
  • Where: Helsinki, FI
  • Pricing: Free to attend

Sectech #

Sectech is a complement to the traditional exhibitions with a twist. It is an exhibition and a seminar program in a compact format completely focused on security technologies.

Security suppliers, installers, consultants, and end-user purchasing managers can meet, interact, and get updated on the latest developments. There is also room for social activities, including a security banquet.

  • When: October 24-25 2023
  • Where: Stockholm, SE
  • Pricing: Free to attend

2023 physical security conferences in Asia #

SECON 2023 (International Security Exhibition & Conference) #

SECON 2023 is a fantastic opportunity to network and do business with the entire security buying chain, keep up-to-date with legislation, discover solutions, and experience product tests first-hand across access control, video surveillance, perimeter protection, and more.

Exploring the latest security trend developments of the 4th Industrial Revolution is complemented with the chance to meet over 400+ exhibitors and 25,000+ security professionals. The various conferences and seminar programs by Korean security experts are a unique chance to broaden your knowledge of the Korean and Asian security market.

  • When: March 29-31 2023
  • Where: Goyang, KOR
  • Register

Secutech Thailand #

Secutech Thailand gathers top security professionals in the heart of Southeast Asia. This year products and solutions in intelligent security, smart living, smart city solutions, fire and safety, and information security will be showcased.

  • When: November 1-3 2023
  • Where: Bangkok, THA
  • Pricing: Free to attend

2023 physical security conferences in Africa #

Securex West Africa #

The 11th edition of Securex West Africa introduces new technology, cutting-edge products, and developments for the year. Connect with thousands of commercial, homeland, cyber, and perimeter security, fire safety, and health and safety professionals and explore opportunities and developments with hundreds of brands showcasing live equipment.

The events ranging from networking to expert-led conferences will help you gain a deeper understanding of the West African market and establish key connections with distributors and suppliers.

  • When: May 9-11 2023
  • Where: Lagos, NG
  • Pricing: Free to attend
  • Register

Industry-specific physical security conferences in 2023 #

RLPSA Annual Conference #

RLPSA’s Annual Conference offers relevant and valuable content to tackle difficult challenges and discover industry best practices for all restaurant and foodservice providers.

The conference will feature thought-provoking keynote speakers with broad and specific takeaways. Real-world practitioners discuss actual challenges and solutions covering: loss prevention, safety, and risk management during the breakout sessions.

  • When: April 2-5 2023
  • Where: Denver, CO
  • Industry: Restaurant and foodservice
  • Pricing: $499-$995
  • Register

AFPM Security Conference #

Entirely dedicated to the fuel refining and petrochemical manufacturing industries, the AFPM Security Conference is a forum for corporate and site security personnel to explore current topics relating to security at facilities, regulations, policies, and global developments that may impact business assets or personal safety.

It offers discussion to learn more about how these industries operate in an era of enhanced security, like Security Technologies--Counter UAS, DHS Pathway Model, Port Security Grants: Easy Money, and CISA: Partnering with Industry to Protect Against Physical and Cyber Threats.

Former R-TX representative and CIA clandestine agent Wil Hurd will discuss current security threats that have evolved since 9-11 and potential threats on the horizon as the keynote.

  • When: April 13-14 2023
  • Where: San Antonio, TX
  • Industry: Refining and petrochemical manufacturing
  • Pricing: $850-$1,450
  • Register

IAHSS Annual Conference & Exhibition #

The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety - IAHSS will host the 55th Annual Conference & Exhibition. As the biggest gathering of healthcare security and safety leaders, it solely focuses on professionals involved in managing and directing security and safety programs in healthcare facilities.

Besides the exciting networking opportunities, attendees can join one of the many sessions like, Healthcare Security as a Highly Reliable Organization, The Strategic Security Officer: A Concept for Modern Officer Training, How to Find and Apply for Federal Grants to Finance Security Projects and Upgrades, the pre-conference Seminar: Basic Elements of Healthcare Security Management, and attend the keynote: Lead Out Loud.

  • When: May 1-3 2023
  • Where: Nashville, TN
  • Industry: Healthcare
  • Pricing: $400-$1,000
  • Register


NRF PROTECT is the only retail event that brings cross-functional teams responsible for loss prevention, asset protection, digital fraud, and cybersecurity together to share valuable insights and strategies vital to the organization.

The 32 planned sessions will help attendees learn new strategies and actionable insights about combating everything from ORC and e-commerce fraud to crisis management and data breaches.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to test-drive over 50 categories of the latest tech, build new partnerships with the industry’s top solution providers, and directly collaborate with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to discuss trending issues.

  • When: June 5-7 2023
  • Where: Grapevine, TX
  • Industry: Retail
  • Pricing: $0-$1,975
  • Register

Bank Security Conference #

The Bank Security Conference ensures that financial institution security officers and their staff are kept up-to-date and in compliance with industry best practices.

Created by security professionals for security professionals, the conference provides an excellent environment for networking, sharing ideas, and getting answers to security questions.

Join some of the many stimulating sessions like Violence: Is it Coming to Your Office?, Active Threat Attacks: What You Need to Know to Survive, and Tipping Point: Keys to Developing and Implementing a Comprehensive Violence Prevention Program.

  • When: October 25-26 2023
  • Where: Virtual
  • Industry: Banking
  • Pricing: $1,295
  • Register

EDspaces and Campus Safety Conference #

EDspaces and Campus Safety joined forces to host a conference and bring forward the best of school and higher education safety and design under one roof for a seamless attendee experience.

Campus physical safety and classroom design go hand in hand, so the EDspaces and Campus Safety Conference will open the door to more resources for school and college administrators, campus security executives, law enforcement, and emergency management professionals. They will address the rising issues facing today’s schools and institutions of higher education to help them prepare for, prevent, and mitigate security and safety incidents.

The conference will also offer an expanded Campus Safety Pavilion and additional safety and security educational content to deliver new insights to architects and distributors in the education design market.

  • When: November 7-9 2023
  • Where: Charlotte, NC
  • Industry: Education


With more than 30 years of history, SICUREZZA introduces advanced security and fire solutions, serving as an instrument for market development, training, and innovation.

This event dedicated to smart buildings and cities, addresses all industry professionals involved in every step of the process, from the idea to the project, from construction to maintenance, from single installations to integrated systems.

  • When: November 15-17 2023
  • Where: Milan, IT
  • Industry: Building and construction

2023 is the year of enhanced physical security #

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Physical security conferences are a great place to network, get insights on access control and security trends, and discover the latest tech. To encapsulate all these events, 2023 will be the year of cloud-based access control to enhance the security of both your people and your spaces. If you are interested in learning more about a future-proof access control solution suitable for your business, make sure to contact our team.

Have a security event to add? #

Contact us so we can add the physical security or access control event you are hosting or attending in 2023.

Vera Eftimovska

Senior Content Strategist at Kisi, eager to craft the next access control story. Connecting people and spaces with person-centered yet reliable, data-based security content.

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