This post is for the INFOSEC people that we know, and especially for the ones we haven’t met yet, as it’s about traveling, meeting fellow professionals, and maybe getting leads and/or valuable new contacts.
This profession, more than any other, seems to thrive on ‘cons (conventions), but sometimes, you want to travel someplace that doesn’t have a ‘con or just doesn’t have one going on at the right time. In these cases, there are places you can turn to, to make the best of a bad situation.
First, do you have friends there from con’s that you can visit? If so, Bob’s your uncle.
Second, while there might not be an INFOSEC show of any sort, there are plenty of other options.
There are local user groups, in particular, chapters for the ISC2, ISACA, and AITP. While it might not be as much fun as hack3rcon, it’s a business connection you can use.
There are local hacking groups, as well as maker groups. Any of these can usually be reached out to for a get together.
A good source of event lists is here: http://infosecevents.net/ Just plug in your city, and it should give you a list of possibilities.
So if you need to travel, you can usually tie it to business. You get to write off the trip, and you get to meet new folks in the industry.