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BSidesLV is a non-profit educational organization designed to advance the body of Information Security knowledge, by providing an annual, two day, open forum for discussion and debate for security engineers and their affiliates. We produce a conference that is a source of education, collaboration, and continued conversation for information technologists and those associated with this field. The technical and academic presentations at BSidesLV are given in the spirit of peer review and advanced knowledge dissemination. This allows the field of Information Security to grow in breadth and depth, and continue in its pursuit of highly advanced scientifically based knowledge.
BSIDES LAS VEGAS ISN’T ANOTHER “TALK AT YOU” CONFERENCE. EVERYONE AT BSIDES IS A PARTICIPANT.
TRACK AFTER TRACK, YEAR AFTER YEAR, THE SECURITY RESEARCHERS, ENGINEERS, ANALYSTS AND MANAGERS THAT PRESENT AT BSIDESLV ARE LOOKING TO ENGAGE OUR PARTICIPANTS AND BE ENGAGED BY THEM. THEY WANT YOUR FEEDBACK, INSIGHTS, OPINIONS AND QUESTIONS ON THE LATEST INFOSEC TOPICS AND DISCUSSIONS OF THE NEXT BIG THING.
OUR PRESENTERS DON’T TALK AT YOU, THEY CONVERSE WITH YOU.
COME JOIN THE CONVERSATION!
Proving Ground – Mentorship and Scholarship track for first time national speakers. Get paired with a great mentor, who will help you with your presentation from CFP to podium AND receive up to $500 to help offset the costs of traveling to Vegas to present.
Breaking Ground – Ground Breaking Information Security research and conversations on the “Next Big Thing”. Interactively discussing your research with our participants and getting feedback, input and opinion. No preaching from the podium at a passive audience.
Common Ground – Other topics of interest to the security community. e.g., Lock-picking, hardware hacking, mental health/burnout, Law, Privacy, Regulations, Risk, Crypto, Activism, etc. Again, interactive discussions with your peers and fellow researchers. Not passive lectures “at” an audience.
Underground – OTR talks on subjects best discussed AFK. No press, no recording, no streaming, no names. Just you and your peers, discussing what matters, behind closed doors. Think about it.
Ground Truth – Focused on use of data science, statistics, and other analytics techniques to solve problems in infosec. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: data processes, methods for getting or cleaning data, basic statistics done well, data visualization, real science (scientific method/hypothesis testing), practical applications of data science in production, academic research (both student and faculty), machine learning, attacking machine learning and data science, risks of machine learning and data science, and the use of analytics to discover the story told by the data. Participants are encouraged to challenge themselves and presenters are encouraged to challenge participants to rise to the level of the presentation. (edited)
I Am The Cavalry – Security that affects public safety and human life. Where our domain overlaps others, we must gather teammates and forge an alliance. Technical discussions cover medical devices, cars, and other connected technologies with a higher consequence of failure. Non-technical talks cover issues where security overlaps with the human condition, and building skills to influence change outside the echo chamber. See I Am The Cavalry or @iamthecavalry for more information.
Ground1234! (formerly PasswordsLV) – Focused on the (in)security of passwords and other authentication solutions, bringing together security researchers, password crackers, and experts in password security from around the globe in order to better understand and address the challenges surrounding digital authentication. This track explores all facets of authentication security, from analysis and education to creating, securing, cracking, and exploiting authentication solutions.
Training Ground – Consists of workshops and classes to give your students hands-on experience learning the latest and greatest. We accept proposals for 1/2 day, full-day and 2-day workshops.
Hire Ground – Our 2-day Career Track focusing on resume review, career planning and tracking, interviewing tips and tricks and getting you directly in front of companies that are hiring. Find out what good recruiters are looking for and how to best work with them to further YOUR career!
Lock Pick Village
Open Hacking Village
Silent Auction to benefit our charity partners – EFF, Geeks Without Bounds, #BrainBabe and Hak4Kidz
Tuesday Evening Volunteer Thank You Meetup
Tuesday night Speaker, Sponsor, Donor Thank You Reception
Water balloon fight to benefit Hak4Kidz Tuesday evening
QueerCon Poolside Mixer Tuesday night and Hospitality Suite both days
Pool Party Wednesday night 2200 – 0400 – don’t forget your swimsuit and conference badge!
A Global Movement
While BSides Las Vegas may be the original and largest Security BSides Conference, it is only one of many in a global movement that aims to increase InfoSec awareness, provide low-to-no-cost education, initiate conversations, and foster community and collaboration.
With over 300 events, in 100 cities in 26 countries on 6 continents, there is likely a BSides Conference in your own backyard!
To find out more about the Security BSides movement, or discover an event near you, visit the Security BSides Wiki today and discover more ways for you to get involved with YOUR community.
Photo/Video/Recording Device Policy
Ensure you have the permission from anyone you photograph or record. This includes those in the background of your shot. “Crowd shots” from the front (facing the crowd) are strongly discouraged. No photo/video/audio recording in the Underground Track, period.
If you’ve accidentally taken a picture without permission, delete it. If you are asked by a participant to delete/blur a picture they did not give you permission to take, do so immediately.
We ask Press photographers to adhere to this policy, as well. A Press badge is not a pass to break these rules.
Upon a first infraction, you will receive one warning from BSidesLV Staff. Upon a second infraction you will be asked to give up your device to BSidesLV Safety & Security for the duration of the Con or to leave the Con with your device, your choice. You may return to the Con once you have deposited your device in a secure location, offsite.
There are two official BSidesLV Photographers. Both will have professional cameras and Staff badges. They are aware of this policy and are not immune, except in cases where they have been requested to document activities, official parties, presentations, etc., for BSidesLV PR purposes. If you believe that either of the official BSidesLV photographers are breaking these rules, or abusing their privilege, please bring it to the attention of BSidesLV Safety & Security or any BSidesLV Staff member.
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO PRESS, VIDEO OR AUDIO RECORDING, OR PHOTOS ALLOWED IN “UNDERGROUND”
Thank you for your cooperation!
Code of Conduct
We have NO TOLERANCE for physical/verbal/sexual harassment of any human, humanoid or AI!
Our “Code of Conduct” is “Be Excellent to Each Other” AKA the Golden Rule.
Failing that, it is “Do not be an Ass* or we will kick your ass out!”.
Asking questions of a speaker during their talk, to get clarity or debate a point is NOT being an ass – heckling or haranguing the speaker IS. If you are not sure, ask, or err on the side of basic decency and common courtesy. If what they are doing would not be acceptable to have done to you, your best friend, your worst enemy, your sister, niece, daughter, brother, nephew, son, mother, father, or any human being, do not let them treat anyone else that way – whether you know them or not. If someone asks you to stop – stop.
If you are having an issue with a BSidesLV participant of ANY badge type, find a radioed member of our Safety & Security Team in the red BSidesLV t-shirts (or any staff member, in purple shirts). They will call our Safety & Medical Response Team (S.M.R.T), who will assist you in determining the next steps for you to feel safe and heard.
*Staff reserves the right to determine what constitutes “Being an Ass”.
We can’t wait to see you in Vegas, Baby!
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