Each week, we’ll highlight a major city in the US and cover the places and events you can go to in that area to get your security information fix. This post is part of the information security communities.

What comes to mind when someone says Cincinnati? Jerry Springer, perhaps. Oktoberfest, more likely. This Germanic-influenced inland city has a lot to offer, especially to infosec professionals. Here are some of Cinci’s local professional groups.

  • Cincinnati OWASP Local Chapter – Meetings for this OWASP group aren’t set in a fixed schedule but the next meeting is on November 18. RSVP though to get in and check out the mailing list for more info. Or hit the source link for past presentations.
  • Greater Cincinnati ISSA – The meetings for this ISSA group are usually during the third Wednesday of the month. Gander at past meetings here or visit the site for upcoming events.
  • Greater Cincinnati ISACA Chapter – With over 320 members, this ISACA chapter was started by a mere 16 people in 1973. If you are interested, join up now.
  • Cincinnati InfraGard Chapter – Though no further information is included, you can check out the next meeting of this public-private sector group backed by the FBI. Next meeting is on November 10 at Great Oaks.

In addition to these, there is also a vibrant community that holds local meetings in the area.

  • Cincinnati 2600 – Join this group that meets every first Friday at The Brew House. You can get more on what they do by backreading the site above, which also serves as a blog.
  • DC859 – This DefCon group’s site seems to be out of commission but you can try contacting Xodia for details.

If your thing is more on tinkering, Cincinnati also has a few hackerspaces.

  • KOIpound – Founded on the spirit of Burning Man culture, this space located at the West End caters to creative people of all walks. Read more about their past events on the website.
  • Hive13 – This hackerspace is located in the Anchor Building and is open to all interested parties. Just attend the Tuesday night meetings to know more.

Lastly, you can catch this security event if you are in the area.

  • Day-Con IV – Sadly. registration is already closed for this event since its happening on October 22-23. Maybe catch it next year.

So that’s it for this round. If we missed anything, feel free to comment below.