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About Us

What is BSides Las Vegas?

BSides Las Vegas is an Information / Security conference that’s different. We’re a volunteer organized event, put on by and for the community, and we truly strive to keep information free.

There is no charge to the public to attend BSidesLV. Our costs are covered by our generous donors and sponsors, who share our vision of free dissemination of information. The conversations are getting more potent and the “TALK AT YOU” conferences are starting to realize they have to change. BSidesLV is making this happen by shaking-up the format.

The next big thing

Presenters at our conference are engaging our participants and getting the discussions started on the “Next Big Thing”, not preaching at you from the podium about last month’s news. There are no “attendees” at a BSides event. EVERYONE is a participant, adding something of value to the conversations.

With tracks as diverse as “Common Ground”, focusing on non-tech issues of importance to the community, “Underground”, our Off-The-Record series that lets you delve deeper into the subjects that are better-off discussed Away-From-Keys, behind closed doors, “Hire Ground”, our Career Track, focused on matching our Sponsors with participants looking for their next job, or career change and “Proving Ground”, our mentorship program for first-time presenters, YOU are the reason for this new era of Information Sharing and Teamwork.

Raising the bar for security

The BSides community has continuously raised the bar and put the INFO back in INFOSEC. We thank each and every member/participant/organizer of this community for their hard work, sweat, and relentless pursuit of High Quality information.

We also have to give a HUGE amount of thanks to our generous sponsors and donors that have the foresight to give without strings attached, year after year, and PROVE to the community that we are all in this together. In concert, the participants, sponsors and donors have allowed for us all to get together and make moves to change InfoSec…. one chat, presentation, laugh, and/or drink at a time.

With some of the most passionate and influential infosec practitioners from around the country, and the world, coming to Vegas, BSidesLV is the place to be. The mix ranges from “down in the trenches” engineers, to business leaders, thought leaders, and executive decision makers of all stripes.


The Board of Directors



Genevieve Southwick, President, CEO (@banasidhe)

Genevieve has been loosely involved in the InfoSec community for almost 20 years. She began attending Digital Decay meet-ups in Orange County CA, in the early 90’s and was eventually invited to attend DEFCON IV by her best friend at the time. She fell in love with the wider community and has never looked back. After running the BSidesLV Safety & Security crew for BSidesLV II & III, (she has a secondary education diploma in Homeland Security and a PhySec background that dates back to 1991) she stepped-up to take over as producer for BSidesLV IV. She is enjoying the challenges of her roles of Executive Producer and President of the Board and is constantly striving to expand the scope of BSidesLV offerings, while trying to keep the size manageable enough for a small NPO to affordably host. Genevieve has an extensive background in event planning and execution and can’t think of a better way to use her skills than helping to organize one of her favorite conferences. For her day job, she is the Founder and Chief Squirrel Herder (CSH) of Squirrel Herder Productions, LLC, an event planning company focusing on conferences, celebrations, retreats and trainings in the IS/IT space.



Jack Daniel, Treasurer, CFO (@jack_daniel)

Jack Daniel, Technical Product Manager for Tenable Network Security, has over 20 years’ experience in network and system administration and security, and has worked in a variety of practitioner and management positions.  A technology community activist, Jack is a co-founder of the Security BSides movement and serves on the Board of Directors for Security BSides Las Vegas, Inc., and Security BSides, Inc.  A frequent speaker at technology and security events large and small, Jack is a CISSP, holds CCSK, and is a Microsoft MVP for Enterprise Security. Jack’s Uncommon Sense Security was named to the Security Bloggers’ Hall of Fame at the 2013 Security Blogger Awards.



Justin Tibbs, Secretary (@JMP_EBP)

An avid security researcher in the fields of network and application security, Justin has worked with companies such as Cisco, Apple, Microsoft, Symantec, and IBM (ISS) to validate and remediate vulnerabilities discovered in their applications and products. While at Cisco, where he was a member of the World Wide Security Services practice, he was tasked with helping customers understand security threats to their applications, and infrastructure; and helped develop application testing methodologies known as Deep Application Vulnerability Assessments (DAVA) used by internal teams to validate the security posture of their applications. Additionally, he has held security-related positions at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman, where he consulted for both the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on subject matter relating to secure network design and application security.  Justin was a core member of the SNOSoft research team in the 90’s and early 2000’s, and currently holds the position of CSO for Red Sky Solutions.



Meredith L. Patterson, General Director (@maradydd)

Meredith L. Patterson is a software engineer, formal language theorist, and co-originator of the language-theoretic approach to computer security (with Len Sassaman and Sergey Bratus). Her work has appeared in IEEE Security and Privacy and Systems Journal, USENIX ;login, and Financial Cryptography, and she often speaks at security conferences in the US and Europe. Her firm, Upstanding Hackers, LLC, develops open-source security software, including the Hammer parser generator library. She is also involved with the biohacking community, holds a General class ham radio license, and is an avid shooter.



Iftach Ian Amit, General Director (@iiamit)

Iftach (Ian) Amit, has over  15 years of experience in hands-on and strategic roles, working across a diversity of security fields: business, industry, marketing, technical and research. At Amazon, Ian is the Director of Application Security. Previously, Ian lead ZeroFOX’s customer solutions offerings and ran their New York offices. Ian also served as Director of Services at IOActive. His career also includes time at Security-Art, Aladdin, Finjan, and Datavantage, as well as speaking at conferences such as BlackHat, DefCon, and InfoSecurity. A skilled researcher, Ian has deep technical knowledge of programming, operating systems (particularly Unix and Win32), applications (including most network server applications), penetration testing, databases and infrastructures. He founded the Tel-Aviv DefCon chapter (DC9723) and also was a founding member of the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES). Ian studied Computer Science and Business Administration at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center and lives in Manhattan.



Dave Lewis, General Director (@gattaca)

Dave Lewis has almost two decades of industry experience. He has extensive experience in IT operations and management. Currently, Lewis is a Global Security Advocate for Akamai Technologies. He is the founder of the security site Liquidmatrix Security Digest and cohost of the Liquidmatrix podcast. Lewis writes a column for CSO Online and Forbes.


General Officers


Chief Operations Officer – Kelly “Nous” Gardner (@nousie)


Chief Security Officer – Rob Carson (@robcarson05)



Chief Media Officer – Steve Ragan (@SteveD3)

Prior to joining the journalism world in 2005, Steve spent 15 years as a freelance IT contractor focused on infrastructure management and security. He’s a father of two, and rounded geek with a strong technical background.


BSidesLV Senior Staff



And all of the approximately 150 volunteers Days-of-Show, that we couldn’t pull this shindig off without!