Thank you for your interest in attending INsecurity—A Dark Reading Conference. INsecurity is a new type of conference that we believe will take the cybersecurity discussion to the next level. Instead of focusing on research and the revelation of new threats and vulnerabilities, INsecurity will focus on the everyday practices of the IT security department, and real-life methods that you can use to shore up your own enterprise defenses. It will be the "blue team" counterpart to the traditional "hacker con," and will concentrate on methods of defense, rather than exploits and attacks.

Below is a template you can use to help justify your attendance at INsecurity this fall.

Simply copy and paste the verbiage you’d like to use and send it to your manager! The letter outlines the value that attending INsecurity provides not just you as enterprise security professional, but your entire organization.

Subject: Request to Attend INsecurity 2017

Dear [Fill In Name],

The INsecurity Conference takes place November 29-30 at the Gaylord National Harbor in the Washington D.C. area. The event offers two days of learning and sharing for the defenders of enterprise data security.

INsecurity is being produced by Dark Reading—the most trusted, widely-read cyber security news sites on the Web. I would like to request approval to attend INsecurity as I believe it will help me further develop my knowledge base around today’s best defense strategies which will then enable us to protect our business better against cyber threats. INsecurity will focus on the everyday practices of the IT security department, and real-life methods that we can use. It will be the "blue team" counterpart to the traditional "hacker con," and will concentrate on methods of defense, rather than exploits and attacks.

If I attend, here is just some of what I will get out of it:

  • Top enterprise security professionals will provide in-depth presentations on their own security practices, and how we can employ those practices in own environment
  • Security experts will lead Hot Topics discussion groups, enabling me to talk with other security pros in a safe, closed-room setting
  • Live demonstrations will enable me to see how other enterprises handle security incidents
  • Professional level content will enable me to learn and talk about everyday challenges in security, such as budgets, threat prioritization, staffing, and patch management
  • A Business Hall will offer a look at some of the emerging technology available to mitigate cyber threats, as well as providing information on new technology trends from sponsors
  • Roundtable discussions will provide a place for me to discuss key security challenges with small groups of my peers
  • Dedicated networking events allows me to make new contacts and build relationships with key security contacts

What makes INsecurity particularly appealing to me as a security pro is this: while the broader-learning sessions will be open to all attendees, many of the smaller discussions will be held under Chatham House Rules, enabling attendees to safely discuss key security issues anonymously in a closed-door setting. The goal of the event is to not only educate attendees, but to provide the right environment to meet colleagues and discuss IT security issues in depth.

Costs

The approximate investment for my attendance is as follows (complete the information):

  • Travel (Flight or Car): 
  • Accommodations:
  • Conference Pass: 
  • Total cost to attend: 

Our ROI

I believe the learnings I bring back from INsecurity can help avert costly cyber security threats and breaches. INsecurity is the "blue team" counterpart to the traditional "hacker con," and will concentrate on methods of defense, rather than exploits and attacks. I believe that the cost of a pass is a small price to pay in our mission to not only protect our assets, but our reputation.

To benefit from the current discount I need to register before September 29, so I appreciate a quick response. Thank you for your consideration.

[Your Name]