The annual AWS re:Inforce event brings together security professionals from across the country to learn the latest on data protection; governance, risk, and compliance; identity and access management; network and infrastructure security; threat detection and incident response; and application security. On June 13-14, the Anaheim Convention Center hosts the 2023 event.

AWS re:Inforce can be a daunting experience even for the most seasoned conference goer. Everyone has different reasons and goals for attending re:Inforce; some go for the potential product launches by AWS, others go for their own education and AWS training, and many attend to meet with AWS partners and demo the latest cloud technologies. Due to the scale of this show, we gathered our team’s best tips on maximizing your time in Anaheim.

Save Time for the AWS re:Inforce Keynote

This year’s AWS keynote focuses on four areas: security of cloud; security in the cloud; human element of security; and looking into the future. AWS Chief Information Security Officer CJ Moses leads the keynote, being joined by SVP and Chief Information Officer at Delta Air Lines Debbie Wheeler and AWS Senior Principal Engineer Becky Weiss. The keynote takes place on June 13 at 9 a.m.

Check Out the Leadership Sessions

Learn from AWS thought leaders who will take a deep dive into today’s most important security topics during Leadership Sessions. Over the two days, there will be four, 60-minute Leadership Sessions where speakers will share what’s possible on AWS:

  • Security in the Open: OSS and AWS featuring Mark Ryland, Director, Office of the CISO, AWS, and David Nalley, Director, Open Source Strategy & Marketing, AWS
  • Journeys to Zero Trust on AWS featuring Jess Szmajda, General Manager, Network Firewall & Firewall Manager, AWS, and Quint Van Deman, Principal, Office of the CISO, AWS
  • Achieving End-to-End Security on AWS featuring Kurt Kufeld, VP, AWS Platforms, and Jesse Dougherty, VP, AWS Network Edge Services
  • How AWS Can Help Navigate Shifts in the Global Regulatory Landscape featuring Samara Moore, Senior Manager, Security Assurance, AWS

And There Are More Learning Opportunities with Breakout Content

Through AWS re:Inforce Breakout Content, you can increase your knowledge about security, identity, and compliance through six tracks:

  • Application security
  • Data protection
  • Governance, risk, and compliance
  • Identity and access management
  • Network and infrastructure security
  • Threat detection and incident response

While in Anaheim, create the education path that works best for you. Session types in 2023 include:

  • Breakout sessions (60 minutes)
  • Builders’ sessions (60 minutes)
  • Chalk talks (60 minutes)
  • Code talks (60 minutes)
  • Gamified learning sessions (150 minutes)
  • Lightning talks (15-30 minutes)
  • Workshops (120 minutes)

Tom Gorup, Alert Logic’s Vice President of Security Operations Center, will lead a lightning talk on An Infantryman’s Guide to Security Posture, held in the “Security & MSSP Lounge” (Booth #200) on Tuesday, June 13, at 8:30 a.m.

Once you register for re:Inforce, you’ll be given full access to the show catalog available through the Attendee Portal. In the portal, you’ll be able to search and filter sessions and save your favorites. A catalog preview is available.

Walk the AWS re:Inforce Floor

Take a look at the expo map before arriving in Anaheim to see what companies will be in attendance (Fortra is in booth #239). Consider having your first visit to the exposition as a true walk through, where you take in all that’s at AWS re:Inforce without stopping at any booths. Note exhibitors who look interesting but weren’t on your radar when you were making plans. The expo opens at 8 a.m. on June 13 so you could walk the floor before the keynote address. If you’re in Anaheim on June 12, stop by the convention center and pick up your badge between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Set Your Appointments

You don’t want to miss out on the chance to really connect with potential suppliers or your current partners. Reach out before arriving in Anaheim to make sure you have time set for some valuable 1:1 interaction.

And we’re hoping to see you at re:Inforce! Scheduling a meeting with Fortra’s Alert Logic couldn’t be easier. Simply fill out our meeting form and we’ll get an appointment on the books.

It’s All About Anaheim

If you’re hoping to take a customer to dinner, reconnect with your team after a day at re:Inforce or spend some vacation time before or after the event, planning is they key! Anaheim is a popular destination, and you don’t want to be in a scramble for a dinner reservation. Check out Visit Anaheim, CA | Official Visitor & Tourism Information or Anaheim | Visit California for some great information on restaurants and things to do in Anaheim.

As Anaheim is served by four airports – John Wayne Airport-Orange County (SNA), Long Beach Airport (LGB), Ontario International Airport (LGB), and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – don’t assume your teammate who’s meeting you at re:Inforce is flying into the airport. Share schedules before you head out. Anaheim also is home to the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (locals refer to it as ARTIC), a transportation hub including rail, bus, taxi, and other services.

Heather Wiederhoeft
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Heather Wiederhoeft
Heather McLean Wiederhoeft is the Senior Content and Social Media Creator for Fortra’s Alert Logic. An accomplished strategic communicator, she brings more than 30 years’ experience in content creation, marketing communications, public relations, and publication development to the team.

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