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16th Annual API Cybersecurity Conference for the Oil & Natural Gas Industry

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When: November 09, 2021 - November 10, 2021

Where: Woodlands Waterway Marriott, The Woodlands, Texas and Virtual

Open for Registration Details and Pricing

2021 Conference Program

Protecting Energy Through Cybersecurity

Join us at the 16th Annual API Cybersecurity Conference & Expo and discover methods for thwarting the bad guys, what the scene looks like over the horizon and how the latest technologies can help you counter cyber espionage, address cyber warfare, and make your cyber efforts secure.

The API Cybersecurity Conference has been an annual event since 2006.

For 16 years it has been the only cybersecurity conference dedicated to the oil and natural gas industry and has a loyal and dedicated attendee base. It is also volunteer-driven, both at the planning committee and speaker level. We consistently produce a compelling conference program, with a focus on safety, best practices, and innovation. In addition, the conference provides an opportunity for attendees to earn CPEs (Continuing Professional Education), maintaining their certifications and required hours. Finally, the conference provides the opportunity for networking and idea exchange, with our dedicated sponsors and exhibitors sharing their latest products and services.

Unable to attend in person? Join us by registering for the virtual option

The 2021 Conference will be presented in two formats; In-person, and simultaneously as a virtual event. We will be using Cvent Attendee Hub, a platform considered as having the best-in-class attendee, speaker, and exhibitor experience. Robust features including messaging and appointment scheduling will be available to both in-person and virtual attendees. Additional information will be made available closer to the event.

Schedule at a Glance

 November 9-10
 Conference  (3 Tracks)
 Exhibition


Questions?

2021 Conference Program

The work of the problem-solvers of our industry is never done.

The API Cybersecurity Conference has been an annual event since 2006. For 11 years it has been the only cybersecurity conference dedicated to the oil and natural gas industry and has a loyal and dedicated attendee base. It is also volunteer-driven, both at the planning committee and speaker level. We consistently produce a compelling conference program, with a focus on safety, best practices, and innovation.

The 2020 Conference Program included over 60 presentations in 3 tracks:

  • Regulatory Panel
  • Legal Panel
  • CIO Panel
  • CISO Panel
  • API Cybersecurity Update
  • Pandemic Response Track
  • Cybersecurity Programs
  • ICS Security: Collaboration, Standards, and Models
  • Next Generation SOC / Security Orchestration
  • Governance, Board Communications, Risk Management
  • Application Security and SecDevOps
  • Threat Intelligence Sharing
  • Cybersecurity Architecture
  • Emerging / Recent Threats
  • Cybersecurity Policy and Law
  • Industrial Internet of Things Including Edge Computing
  • Incident Response Management
  • Supply Chain
  • Emerging Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, and Machine Learning (ML)
  • Internal Threat Detection / Cybersecurity Analytics / Behavioral/Cognitive Analysis and Threat Hunting
  • Human Element
  • Threats and Information Sharing

The conference is expected to host over 600 cybersecurity experts from the oil and gas industry, creating the opportunity to learn about the latest developments, share insights, and network with other cybersecurity professionals. A virtual exhibition area will host companies from the cybersecurity industry.


Who Should Attend

  • IT Management 
  • IT Security Professionals
  • Operational Technology/PCS/ICS/SCADA Professionals
  • System Administrators
  • Database Administrators
  • Data Privacy Specialists
  • Application Support Personnel
  • Legal
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Operational Technology Auditors
  • Compliance Officers
  • Corporate Security Professionals
  • Anyone interested in learning about state of the art security practices and their practical implementation as well as securing their enterprise and its core processes.

Keynote Speakers


Robert Lee

Robert Lee, CEO, Dragos

Robert Lee is a recognized pioneer in the industrial security incident response and threat intelligence community. He gained his start in security as a U.S. Air Force Cyber Warfare Operations Officer tasked to the National Security Agency where he built a first-of-its-kind mission identifying and analyzing national threats to industrial infrastructure. He went on to build the industrial community’s first dedicated monitoring and incident response class at the SANS Institute (ICS515) and the industry recognized cyber threat intelligence course (FOR578).

Forbes named Robert to its 30 under 30 (2016) list as one of the “brightest entrepreneurs, breakout talents, and change agents” in Enterprise Technology. He is a business leader but also technical practitioner. Robert helped lead the investigation into the 2015 cyber attack on Ukraine’s power grid, he and his team at Dragos helped identify and analyze the CRASHOVERRIDE malware that attacked Ukraine’s grid in 2016 and the TRISIS malware deployed against an industrial safety system in the Middle East in 2017.

Robert is routinely sought after for his advice and input into industrial threat detection and response. He has presented at major security conferences such as SANS, BlackHat, DefCon, and RSA and has testified to the Senate’s Energy and National Resources Committee. As a non-resident national security fellow at New America, Robert works to inform policy related to critical infrastructure cyber security and is regularly asked by various governments to brief to national level leaders.


Wendi Whitmore

Wendi Whitmore, Senior Vice President, Unit 42, Palo Alto Networks

Wendi Whitmore serves as senior vice president for Unit 42 at Palo Alto Networks. She is a globally recognized cybersecurity leader, with two decades of experience building incident response and threat intelligence teams that have helped clients solve some of the world’s largest and most complex breaches.

Wendi leads the new and expanded Unit 42, which includes former Crypsis security consultants and members of the original Palo Alto Networks threat researcher group (the original Unit 42). The combined team helps organizations tackle the most complex cyberthreats — from ransomware to state-sponsored espionage.

She began her career as a Special Agent conducting computer crime investigations with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Wendi regularly meets with executive leadership teams and boards to advise them on strengthening their security programs to address their most-pressing threats. She is a frequent speaker at high-profile technical conferences and has taught graduate-level computer science and cyber security courses at Carnegie Mellon University and The George Washington University.

2021 Sponsor and Exhibitor Prospectus

August 5, 2021 Update: The 2021 Conference will be presented in two formats; In-person, and simultaneously as a virtual event. We will be using Cvent Attendee Hub, a platform considered as having the best-in-class attendee, speaker, and exhibitor experience. Robust features including messaging and appointment scheduling will be available to both in-person and virtual attendees. Additional information will be made available to confirmed sponsors and exhibitors closer to the event.

Pricing
Platinum Sponsor: $20,000
Gold Sponsor: $15,000
Silver Sponsor: $12,500
Exhibitor Pricing: $7,500

2021 exhibits are sold out. Please contact cunninghamm@api.org to be put on the waitlist.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Terms

Exhibitor Floor plan


Sponsor and Exhibitor follow-up information for the App:
Sponsors and Exhibitors will receive a confirmation email from Smartsheet once applications have been entered online. You will be asked to update your application submission as follows:

  • Confirm the name sponsor or exhibitor who will attend the meeting on-site.
  • Confirm the phone number and email address for the on-site contact.
  • Request an invoice for any balance due.
  • Request electricity if needed.
  • Provide company description, not to exceed 100 words.
  • Company URL
  • List of persons who will use any complimentary or discounted passes for registration to the meetings.

Please plan for this information so you will be ready to enter it once you receive the confirmation email from Smartsheet.


Additional Exhibitor Staff Registration

Additional Exhibitors registration

Please register your exhibit staff by Friday, October 29 at 5:00 PM Eastern.

This $395 "Additional Sponsor/Exhibitor" fee is for the registration of each additional sponsor/exhibitor after the initial representative from the sponsoring/exhibiting company. Fee includes admission to all conference sessions, exhibit area, lunches, and receptions. We do not have an "Exhibits Only" or "Exhibits Staff Only" registration for this conference. Badges are not transferable. All exhibit staff must register.

To be eligible for the above rate, Additional Sponsor/Exhibitor must be a direct employee of exhibiting or sponsoring company. API will request proof (i.e. business card) of direct employment and ID at the conference registration desk.



Avoid Housing Scams

Note: API has not contracted with any third party for hotel arrangements and will not call or email you directly to make housing arrangements on your behalf.

Should you receive a call or email from a third-party provider, please collect as much information as you can and let us know immediately. “Room Poachers” have been known to act as representatives of API, or authorized providers of API, to offer room discounts or alternative accommodations to our attendees – often to the attendee’s detriment. These companies are not affiliated with API, and reservations made through these companies for our meeting cannot be guaranteed.

How It Works

This deceptive practice (called “room poaching”) is carried out by third‐party companies that act as travel agencies, wholesalers, or even API to solicit registrants for room reservations. The poacher might inform registrants that the hotel room block is “sold out,” and that if you do not book with them immediately, you may not get a room. Room poachers make it more difficult for us to meet our room block commitments, and expose us to penalties and increased room rates for our events. Room poachers often don’t deliver on promises to customers. When customers arrive, reservations are non‐existent or the hotels are not conveniently located. Sometimes the rooms have been cancelled and hefty cancellation fees have been placed on the customer’s credit card.

Don’t Be Deceived

If you are contacted by anyone asking if you need a room for the API Conference, please get as much information as you can (their name, company name, phone number, etc.) and pass it along to registrar@api.org. Always make your room reservation directly with the information provided by API or a trusted source.

API will use all legal means possible to prevent these groups from operating.

Please contact registrar@api.org with any questions. 

Exhibitor Schedule at a Glance

November 8, 2021
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Registration Services Open
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Exhibitor Set-Up 
November 9, 2021
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Services Open
6:30 am - 7:30 am Exhibitor Set-Up
7:30 am - 6:00 pm Expo Open & Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall
November 10, 2021
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Services Open
7:30 am - 2:30 pm Expo Open
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm Exhibitor Tear-Down
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Closing Reception*
*Held in Prefunction Area. Exhibitors are welcome to attend.

2021 Cybersecurity Exhibitor Setup Information - Available Soon

2021 Cybersecurity Exhibitor Tear Down Information - Available Soon


Exhibit Booth Information

Each exhibitor will be provided a draped 10’ wide x 8' deep exhibit booth (80 square feet).  Each booth has a 6' x 2.5' draped table that can be removed. Each booth includes two chairs and a garbage can. A company sign will be provided above your booth. One 120 volt electrical outlet will be provided at no charge, as well as complimentary WiFi. Note: Set up outside of the set up times listed above is strictly forbidden. No exhibitor badges or materials will be distributed outside of these times.

Additional Audio Visual

Exhibitors are responsible for providing their own AV. Electricity and free WIFI will be provided to all exhibitors. 

Download Marriott Woodlands Waterway In-House AV Order Form


Shipping Information

Exhibitors are required to ship to the Freeman warehouse. Do not ship directly to the hotel. Shipping information can be found in the Freeman Decorating Services Handbook below.
API is not responsible for shipping to or from the conference hotel.


Exhibitor Order Forms

Each exhibit booth includes: 10' black drape behind booth, 3' black drape between booths, one 6' x 30" skirted exhibit table, carpet, two side chairs, and one wastebasket. One (1) 120 volt electrical outlet will also be provided to each exhibit booth. Free wireless internet access is provided throughout the exhibit area and meeting space, made possible by our sponsors..

Exhibitors are responsible for ordering the following from Freeman:

  • Booth furniture
  • Plants
  • Etc.

Freeman Decorating Services Handbook

Order early to take advantage of Freeman advance order rates; Place your order by October 18, 2021.

You can order the same materials in the Decorating Services Handbook above using Freeman Online.


Conference App

The API Cybersecurity Conference mobile app will be available soon to download to your iPhone, iPad, or Android. Note the free conference app is not a lead retrieval app, nor does it have badge scanning functionality.

Once Installed, you'll have instant access to awesome features, like: 

  • The full event schedule
  • The conference attendee list
  • Detailed info about speakers, moderators, and sponsors
  • The exhibitor list
  • Attendee Messaging
  • Social Sharing using #APICybersecurity

Cvent LeadCapture

Cvent, the provider of our conference app and registration system, is making available their app-based LeadCapture system. Order early for best pricing.

To use, complete this order form.
Event code: 3EB74F52BE89


Exhibitor Regulations

  • Attendees and Sponsoring/Exhibiting companies are prohibited from conducting ancillary activities or events during conference hours, including the receptions.
  • All booth activities must take place within the confines of the assigned booth space.
  • Booth activities deemed too disruptive may be discontinued at Show Management's discretion.
  • All promotional activities and distribution of literature must take place within the confines of the assigned booth. Distribution outside of the confines of the booth, including all API and Marriott Woodlands public areas is strictly prohibited
  • If a booth noise level is particularly disturbing or disruptive, Show Management will direct that the noise be turned down.
  • All speakers must face inward and not out towards the aisles or neighboring Exhibits. Exhibitors found in non-compliance, will be required to modify the direction of the speakers to a more suitable position.
  • No element can impede the aisles; All demonstrations must take place within the confines of the assigned booth space.
  • A maximum height of eight feet is allowed only in the rear half of the booth space, with a four foot height restriction on all materials (product or equipment) in the front half of the booth.
  • All booths should be designed in such a way so as to eliminate line of sight obstructions from one exhibit to the next.
  • Delivery or removal of any portion of an exhibit will not be permitted during exhibit hours.

2021 Cybersecurity Conference Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Accenture
Deloitte
Palo Alto

Gold Sponsors

Dragos
Fortinet
Randori
Rapid7
Riskercon
Rubrik
SecurityScorecard
Thales Group
Verve
Waterfall Security Solutions Ltd.

Silver Sponsors

 
Cybereason
Hexagon-PAS
iboss
Industrial Defener
Nozomi
Virsec
Proofpoint
SentinelOne
Set Solutions
Virsec

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott
1601 Lake Robbins Dr.
The Woodlands, Texas
Call: 281-367-9797
Room Rate: $229/night: Mention API Cybersecurity Conference 
Reservation Deadline: Monday, October 25, 2021 at 5pm Central, or until room block is sold out

Online reservations


Avoid Housing Scams

Note: API has not contracted with any third party for hotel arrangements and will not call or email you directly to make housing arrangements on your behalf.

Should you receive a call or email from a third-party provider, please collect as much information as you can and let us know immediately. “Room Poachers” have been known to act as representatives of API, or authorized providers of API, to offer room discounts or alternative accommodations to our attendees – often to the attendee’s detriment. These companies are not affiliated with API, and reservations made through these companies for our meeting cannot be guaranteed.

How It Works

This deceptive practice (called “room poaching”) is carried out by third‐party companies that act as travel agencies, wholesalers, or even API to solicit registrants for room reservations. The poacher might inform registrants that the hotel room block is “sold out,” and that if you do not book with them immediately, you may not get a room. Room poachers make it more difficult for us to meet our room block commitments, and expose us to penalties and increased room rates for our events. Room poachers often don’t deliver on promises to customers. When customers arrive, reservations are non‐existent or the hotels are not conveniently located. Sometimes the rooms have been cancelled and hefty cancellation fees have been placed on the customer’s credit card.

Don’t Be Deceived

If you are contacted by anyone asking if you need a room for the API Conference, please get as much information as you can (their name, company name, phone number, etc.) and pass it along to registrar@api.org. Always make your room reservation directly with the information provided by API or a trusted source.

API will use all legal means possible to prevent these groups from operating.

Please contact registrar@api.org with any questions.