With the new year upon us, it's a good time to look ahead to some upcoming network conferences that might be interesting.Comnet, of course, will be hitting Washington, D.C., later this month. The hot topic areas are security, Web services, storage and wireless. The wireless track will look at where IEEE 802.11b technology is headed, security issues associated with wireless, and offer a case study. The show will take place Jan. 27-30. The URL is: https:\/\/www.comnetexpo.com\/NetWorld+Interop is coming up in late April. Remember, the fall version of the trade show has been discontinued, so this is really your only chance to hit the biggest of the networking shows. N+I is also featuring a heavy focus on wireless LANs, looking at trends and security issues.Plus, N+I always has tutorials for learning the basics of various network technologies. There are sessions on network planning and design, security, integrated data and voice, and more. Plus, Cisco President and CEO John Chambers will be giving a keynote.That's really just scratching the surface. N+I runs April 27-May 2. More info can be found at:https:\/\/www.interop.com\/lasvegas2003\/The Network Processors Conference East is coming up in June. These conferences cover anything and everything about network processors, those specialized chips created for network equipment. The conference will run June 24-26 at a hotel in Danvers, Mass. You can find out more at: https:\/\/www.networkprocessors.com\/English\/East\/index.htmlIf you miss that one, there is always the West Coast version of the conference, coming in October in San Jose.