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.
It doesn’t get any hotter than Phoenix, in the literal sense. The intense climate is nothing to local Arizona folk however, and the interest in security burns bright in this side of the nation. Let’s take a look at some of the local professional groups.
- OWASP Phoenix Local Chapter – Meetings for this OWASP chapter are held on the first Tuesday every month at the University of Advancing Technology. The next one is on the 4th. To get more info, drop by the link above for past meetings or join the local mailing list.
- Phoenix ISSA – The next meeting for this group is on the 11th of January and it’s done every quarter. RSVP to that meeting here and you can also check out their news feed.
- ISACA Phoenix Chapter – This chapter is holding a seminar next January 27th which might be of interest to you. Peruse past quarterly newsletters or browse through the calendar of activities.
- Arizona Infragard – Take part in the annual membership meeting this January 24th at the Hilton Phoenix. More info here. You can also take a look at past newsletters.
There are also a few local meetings in the city.
- DC602 – This is a placeholder site for the Phoenix Hackers Unincorporated group. As the site says, it’s a proof of concept for more structured meetings but we have no clue what happened to it after that.
- PHX2600 – This 2600 group meets every first Friday at Lola Coffee. They have a wiki, Twitter and even swag!
There are also hackerspaces in the city which the locals are proud of.
- Heatsync Labs – Started in 2009, this nonprofit workshop hosts public meetings (where all are welcome) every first and third Thursday in Gangplank. Get connected through their Facebook page or just become a member and enjoy the benefits! Here are the events calendar, project wiki and contact details.
- Gangplank – This is a free coworking space (at least during weekdays) located in Chandler. Wednesdays are Hacknights for those tinkerers out there. Read more on them through their manifesto and FAQ.
There’s also a big security event coming up to the Valley of the Sun.
- SANS Phoenix – SANS is going to hold six courses starting February 25, 2011. Want to know what is in store? Check out the event at a glance here.
There might be a few groups and events we missed. If so, feel free to chime in at the comments.