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The Definitive Guide to Private Investigator Conferences in 2023: Expand Your Expertise and Network

Investigators, when was the last time you attended a professional conference? Attending industry events enriches your career and elevates your network.

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The Case for Attending Investigator Conferences
Investigator conferences are a treasure trove of knowledge. You\’ll hear from all the big players in our industry and learn about the latest developments and trends. Professional conferences serve as a crash course on industry hot topics and emerging threats. They\’re where you expand your network, find specialized vendors, and get face-time with colleagues you\’ve heard of but never met.

You\’ll return home with new tricks in your bag and plenty of contacts who are as passionate about solving problems for their clients as you. And, let\’s be real, the parties are pretty sweet too.

NALI 2023 Virtual Conference

The National Association of Legal Investigators online virtual training event lets you beef up your legal investigation arsenal without leaving home. With sessions on Financial Open Source Intelligence (FinOSINT), spotting liars, leveraging social media, and marketing, NALI’s virtual conference is an excellent opportunity to pack in some continuing education without boarding an airplane.

Details: February 17 | Zoom | $95 for members of any state PI association

Who: Legal Investigators | Private Investigators

World Game Protection Conference 2023

You’re probably thinking, “I don’t work in the gaming industry — why would I want to attend a casino conference?” But hear me out. Founded by Casino Riskologist Willy Allison in 2006, WGPC boasts a lineup of experts on surveillance, OSINT, cheating, risk mitigation, insider threats, de-escalation, and more. WGPC isn’t afraid to learn from the bad guys, either. The speakers include card counters, hackers, fraudsters, cheats, and sleight-of-hand artists, so you\’ll get both sides. There\’s also an EXPO featuring the latest surveillance and security products and services.

Details: March 7 to 9 | Tropicana | Las Vegas, NV | $1,195

Who: Casino Investigators | Fraud Investigators | Asset Investigators | Private Investigators

Insurance Fraud Management Conference  

Insurance investigators, you don’t want to miss IFM. Hosted by Verisk and the National Insurance Crimes Bureau, the Insurance Fraud Management Conference will get you up to speed on the latest tactics and tools to close SIU investigations. At IFM 2023, you’ll learn to leverage data from smart devices, navigate emerging legal threats, and leverage artificial intelligence in SIU investigations. It\’s not all work, either. The conference kicks off with golf, tennis, and pickleball.

Details: March 19 to 22 | Omni La Costa Resort & Spa | Carlsbad, CA | $1,550

Who: SIU Investigators | Insurance Investigators | Private Investigators | Fraud Investigators

Seattle Cybersecurity Conference

FutureCon Events\’ Seattle Cybersecurity Conference features high-level cybersecurity seminars and an opportunity to network with CISOs and IT leaders. You’ll learn about cutting-edge security approaches, risk management, and emerging issues in cybersecurity. This conference is a must-attend for Seattle offensive cybersecurity pros.

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Details: March 22 | Meydenbauer Center | Bellevue, WA | $50 

Who: Cybersecurity | Digital Forensics 

INTELLENET

The annual INTELLENET Conference is the place to learn the latest trends and techniques in cyber investigations from the experts. This conference offers a chance to connect with industry leaders, enhance your skills, and grow your network. Plus, the educational offerings! Learn how to unlock car secrets via vehicle infotainment forensics, dodge ethically-challenged investigations, and add drones to your next surveillance detail.

Details: March 27 to 30 | Rosen Centre Hotel | Orlando, FL | $375

Who: Surveillance Investigators | Cybersecurity | Digital Forensics 

DEF CON Trainings Seattle

The DEF CON Seattle training event is an in-the-weeds crash course for established hackers and cyber security pros. Training topics include hacking cryptography, IoT exploitation, and threat hunting. 

Details: April 13 to 14 | Meydenbauer Center | Bellevue, WA | $1,800 to $2,800

Who: Certified Ethical Hackers | Cybersecurity | Digital Forensics 

IntelliCon 2023

Add a few arrows to your quiver with workshops on various competitive intelligence-gathering topics. Hone your ability to perform reputational due diligence on company executives. Master the art of eliciting intelligence through casual conversation. You’ll leave IntelliCon better equipped to ferret out the secrets of your competitors.

Details: April 17 to 19 | Embassy Suites | Scottsdale, AZ | $1,949 (free membership)

Who: Competitive Intelligence | Business Intelligence | Intelligence Gatherers

OffshoreAlert Miami

Who wouldn’t want to network with the offshore finance set on the beach in Miami? Offshore Alert brings together global asset recovery leaders for three days of seminars, cocktail hours, and keynotes. Attendees include investigators, offshore finance professionals, asset recovery attorneys, regulators, law enforcement, and journalists. OffshoreAlert Miami features a corruption, oligarch, and cryptocurrency-heavy lineup this year — if your investigative niche encompasses high-dollar financial intelligence and investigations, you\’ll be glad you attended.

Details: April 23 to 25 | The Ritz-Carlton | South Beach, FL | $ 1,895

Who: Asset Investigators | Fraud Investigators | Legal Investigators | Private Investigators

AIIP2023

At the Association for Independent Information Professionals annual conference, AIIP members share strategies to survive and thrive as modern “infopreneurs.” Learn tactics for rapidly distilling facts from social media profiles, FOIA requests, court opinions, campaign contributions, and library resources. There’s business-minded content, too. Master the art of the perfect proposal and become a pro at managing client expectations and having tough conversations about budget and scope creep.

Details: April 27 to 30 | Hyatt Regency | Milwaukee, WI | $725 (free membership)

Who: Researchers | Background Checkers | Legal Investigators | Private Investigators 

NAPD 2023 \”We The Defenders\” Conference   

The National Association for Public Defense hosts We the Defenders, a conference geared toward non-attorney public defender\’s office staff, including investigators. NAPD is a dedicated criminal defense conference where you’ll learn how to be a better member of a legal teams, construct compelling narratives for sentencing mitigation, and minimize the breadcrumbs you scatter across the internet.

Details: May 1 to 4 | Crowne Plaza | Albuquerque, NM | $595

Who: Public Defense Investigators

Executive Security Operations Conference

Hosted by the Board of Executive Protection Professionals, ESOC is an annual gathering of close-protection pros. Curious about integrating drones into your executive protection operations? Advance operations best practices? Go to ESOC. You’ll leave ESOC prepared to transport VIPs and manage medical emergencies. They’ll even teach you how to stay sane through all the madness you encounter. And so much more! If you work in EP, you won\’t regret attending this executive security practitioner conference. Plus, free drinks.

Details: June 7 to 9 | Loews Hotel | Kansas City, MO | $399

Who: Executive Protection | Close Protection | Security 

ATAP Joint Threat Assessment Training

You’ll be the calmest person in the worst situations after attending the ATAP Joint Threat Assessment Training. ATAP wants to prepare you for any imaginable targeted violence situation. Master best practices for responding to mass shootings, public attacks, workplace violence, and even assassinations.

Details: June 20 to 22 | Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing | Philadelphia, PA | $575

Who: Executive Protection | Corporate Investigators | Close Protection | Security

34th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference

Ready to sharpen your fraud-fighting skills? The 34th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference is in Seattle this June! Network with industry pros while exploring fraud topics like prevention methods, detection techniques, and best practices. With pre & post-conference networking events and elite speakers, there’s no better time or place to gain exposure to the latest developments in fraud. 

Details: June 11 to 16 | The Westin | Seattle, WA | Members: $1,750 | Non-members: $2,050

Who: Fraud Investigators | Legal Investigators | Corporate Investigators

DEFCON 31

One of the more novel gatherings on the conference circuit, DEFCON31’s theme is ‘the future will prevail.\’ Adapt or perish. DEFCON is Burning Man for hackers, with veteran attendees clad in full nerd regalia (think tin foil hats and necks heavily laden with badges from past events). DEFCON comprises \”villages\” focusing on artificial intelligence, car hacking, lock-picking, and more. Swing by the biohacker village and walk away with an RFID or NFC chip implanted in your hand. The possibilities!

Details: August 10 to 13 | Caesars Forum | Las Vegas, NV | TBD

Who: Certified Ethical Hackers | Cybersecurity | Digital Forensics

National Association for Legal Support Professionals National Conference

The NALS National Conference attracts the top echelon of legal support professionals—from investigators to paralegals and legal secretaries to legal administrators and office managers. The NALS National Conference offers training tracks focusing on technology, professional development, and specialized law topics. Civil litigation, corporate law, real estate law, and estate planning/probate feature heavily. NALS is also an excellent place to meet the kind of people who can get your foot in the door at law firms.

Details: August 21 to 23 | Hotel Derek | Houston, TX | TBD

Who: Legal Investigators

Global Security Exchange 2023 (GSX) 

ASIS International, the largest association for security management professionals, hosts the annual GSX Security Exchange trade show. At GSX, security professionals and vendors showcase their knowledge, products, and services to security professionals from dozens of countries. Learn about emerging risks, threats, and technology. You\’ll leave GSX with new skills and an expanded tool chest.

Details: September 11 to 13 | Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center | Dallas, TX | TBD

Who: Security | Private Investigators | Close Protection | Executive Protection

2023 HTCIA International Conference & Expo 

The 39th Annual High Technology Crime Investigation Association Conference features technical training for digital forensics investigators. It’s an ideal opportunity to forge real-world connections with peers and get up to date on the latest products and services.

Details: September 19 to 23 | Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel | Phoenix, AZ | TBD

Who: Cybersecurity | Digital Forensics 

AWI Annual Conference

The Association of Workplace Investigators annual conference focuses on investigations into sexual assault, NDAs, and the merits of arbitration. AWI is where workplace investigators go to expand their network, improve their craft, and stay up-to-date on employment law. Speakers include seasoned human resource investigation pros and a celebrity news anchor. Go for the content; stay for the relationships.

Details: October 5 to 6 | The Scottsdale Plaza Resort & Villa | Scottsdale, AZ | $800-$900

Who: Workplace Investigators | Legal Investigators | Human Resources Investigators

OSMOSISCON 2023

Are you looking to take your OSINT game up a notch? Look no further than the 9th annual OSMOSIScon, the must-attend conference for anyone seeking to level up their open-source intelligence investigation skills. Hosted by the OSMOSIS Institute and founded by accomplished investigator Cynthia Hetherington, this conference keeps investigators, researchers, reporters, and analysts up-to-date on the latest and greatest in OSINT and SOCMINT. Delve into the latest open-source intelligence techniques, covering everything from exposing fraud to getting photos to divulge their geolocation secrets. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from industry leaders, share best practices, and connect with colleagues who are passionate about OSINT.

Details: October 15 to 17 | Crown Plaza French Quarter | New Orleans, LA | $919

Who: OSINT | Legal Investigators | Asset Investigators | Private Investigators

World Association of Detectives 2023

The World Association of Detectives (WAD) is hosting its 98th Annual Conference in Vancouver this October. The conference is at the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver, BC, making it far more convenient than the organization’s typical far-flung events. WAD conferences attract private investigators and detectives from across the globe. Attendees come to soak up new information and bolster their professional network. The conference will feature keynote speakers, educational sessions, and ample opportunities for attendees to network with industry leaders and peers. Whether you\’re a seasoned investigator or just starting, the WAD Annual Conference is an ideal event to connect with colleagues and boost your skills.

Details: October date TBD | Fairmont Waterfront | Vancouver, BC | TBD

Who: Private Investigators | Legal Investigators | Security

ISS World North America 2023 

Intelligence Support Systems World North America is a law enforcement conference, but it\’s relevant to private sector investigators. The program includes electronic surveillance, social media, and dark net monitoring. However, some training sessions are law-enforcement only, and private sector attendees may not be able to purchase or legally use much of the technology on display.

Details: November 7 to 9 | Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel | Arlington, VA | $1,295

Who: Cybersecurity | Digital Forensics | Law Enforcement

By attending investigator conferences, you\’ll maintain a robust professional network, sharpen your skills, and stay up to date on the latest technology, tools, and services.  I love going to conferences because I return inspired and highly motivated to do jaw-dropping work for my clients. This year you’ll catch me at Offshore Alert, NALI, World Association of Detectives, OSMOSISCON, and the Seattle Cybersecurity Conference. Possibly ACFE.

The Pacific Northwest Investigator Association (PNAI) will also host a conference and training events this year. Stay tuned to learn more!

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