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.

Not quite as hyper as L.A. and a little too laid back compared to bustling San Fran, but San Diego has its own charms. No surprise then that there’s a significant presence of local professional groups.

Since there are lots of groups, there are definitely lots of local meetings too.

  • San Diego 2600 – It’s at Regent’s Pizza, 4150 Regent’s Part Row #170. If you’re itching to, then don’t miss it. San Diego 2600 get together every first Friday of the month.

Woah! check out these hackerspaces.

  • Nucleon – Haven’t done anything significant in a while. But they at least have an extensive back log.
  • San Diego Hacker News Meetup – Quite the shadowy bunch. They do have a physical address though.
  • HackerspaceSD – Another group who keep a really low profile. Try the link for interesting stuff.

There wouldn’t be much of a scene without security events.

  • SANS Security West San Diego – It actually just finished yesterday, but just so you know it happened.
  • ToorCon San Diego – Already wrapped last year but there’s another come October, so stay tuned on this front.
  • CyberSecurity Symposium – Happens on May 17. An all day event at the Doubletree Hotel.
  • BarCamp San Diego – A long running series that just concluded its first 2011 outing on January. Check the link for updates and registration for future meets.
  • Security Day San Diego – A campus event at UCSD that happens at least once a year. The last installment was on November 2010, so expect its follow up on the same date this 2011.

There might be a few groups and events we missed. If so, feel free to chime in at the comments.