What is BSides Las Vegas?

BSides Las Vegas is a nonprofit organization formed to stimulate the Information Security industry and community by providing an annual, two-day conference for security practitioners and those interested in (or looking to) enter the field.

Our event is a source of education, communication, and collaboration. The technical and academic presentations at BSidesLV are given in the spirit of peer review and for the dissemination of knowledge among all specialties. This allows the field of Information Security to grow and continue its pursuit of a world where privacy and security are attainable.

Board of Directors

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Cindy Jones, President (@SinderzNAshes)

Cindy brings over 20 years of professional IT and security experience to her current role as a product security strategist at her $dayjob. She has been actively involved within the information security community for over a decade. She fell in love with this amazing movement in the very beginning and began volunteering immediately. She lead the registration team for BSides Las Vegas (in addition to her role on the BSides Las Vegas Board of Directors) for 6 years, and embraces her role as Workshops 2IC Goon for both DEF CON as well as DEF CON China. Cindy currently lives in the San Diego area, by way of San Antonio, Zushi, Japan and her home town of Los Angeles. (LETS GO DODGERS)

Russ Rogers

Russ Rogers, Vice President (@v3rtig0)

Russ now works for Microsoft’s customer facing Incident Response team, after over 2 decades of working in the penetration testing and red team fields. He spent 19 years on staff with DEF CON before his retirement in 2016, and has been on staff in one manner or another with Black Hat for 21 years.  He currently sits on the Training Review Board at Black Hat, and is a Board Member for BSidesLV. Russ has co-founded two veteran owned small businesses, written or edited over 20 books on security and hacking, and spoken around the world.  He has multiple college degrees, and his current passion is the simplification and visualization of complex data sets using 3D gaming software. Russ has recently come to terms with the fact he’s a grey beard, and he’s really okay with that. He’s excited to be donating his time and efforts to the BSides movement.
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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.

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Julianne Renowden, Treasurer (@jwrenowden)

Julianne has inhabited the IT world for over 25 years and has dabbled in nearly all of it. She definitely dabbles in quite a lot at $dayjob and is very proud to have been a part of various hackercons since 2016. She formally joined the BSides Las Vegas sponsorship staff for the 2018 event and they have not been able to get rid of her since. She is a serial volunteer and is frequently found tearing her hair out near Allentown PA (Billy Joel earworms strictly forbidden) though she normally spends as much time as possible visiting friends in Philadelphia and New York.

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Jack Daniel, Director Emeritus (@jack_daniel)

Jack Daniel is a co-founder of Security BSides, a community builder, storyteller, technologist, historian, security professional, and he works for Tenable. Jack has over 20 years’ experience in network and system administration and security, and has worked in a variety of practitioner and management positions. Jack used to put letters after his name but he’s let them fall off and feels better now.

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Iftach Ian Amit, General Director (@iiamit)

Iftach (Ian) Amit, has over 20 years of experience in hands-on and strategic roles, working across diverse security fields: business, industry, marketing, technical and research. Ian is the Chief Security Officer at Cimpress, the world leader in mass customization. Previously, Ian held senior leadership roles at Amazon, ZeroFOX and IOActive. His career also includes time at Security-Art, Aladdin, Finjan, and Datavantage, as well as speaking at conferences such as BlackHat, DefCon, various BSides, and RSA. 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.


Jessica Archer, General Director (@j3ssa)

Jessica Archer has 20 years of combined experience working in telecommunications and technology including 14 years working within the information security industry. She is currently a Senior Competition Development Coordinator for the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at the University of Texas, San Antonio. As the Director of External relations for the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition she has helped create, develop, oversee, and grow the competition over the past 12 years into the largest and most prestigious tiered collegiate cyber defense competition system in the U.S.A.

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Charles Nwatu, General Director (@charles_nwatu )

Charles has over 13 years of information security experience. Charles has held leadership roles at LinkedIn, Twilio, and StitchFix. He is currently an Engineering Manager at Netflix, focusing on risk measurement and technology assurance.  Charles is an advocate for volunteering; he was a Co-Technical Lead for Black Girls CODE and a Fellows Program Council Co-Chair for CODE2040. He is also an ally of the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu.

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Alex Hutton, General Director (@alexhutton )

Alex Hutton is a Security Executive at a large financial institution.  A member of the Board of Directors for BSides Charlotte as well, Alex’s past contributions have included creating an international standard for the Factor Analysis of Information Risk (FAIR), helping to create the Society of Information Risk Analysts, and during his tenure at Verizon, helped create the open VERIS ontology for incident classification. When he had more time and a much smaller family, he was an avid security blogger, podcaster, and conference speaker.



Chief Operations Officer / Executive Producer – Kelly Gardner, aka nous (@nousie)

Kelly Gardner, aka nous, joined the BSides Las Vegas staff as Volunteer Operations coordinator. After several years of trying to remember more than one hundred and fifty names, Kelly was offered the role of COO (where she only has to remember 70 or so people) and then Executive Producer. Kelly is passionate about the Info Sec community, as she has found her home here since she first dialed into underground BBSs in the mid-90s. After a long career as a housewife and a short-ish career as a pastry chef, Kelly is happily re-entering the tech industry.

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Chief Security Officer – Rob Carson (@robcarson05)

Rob Carson is currently Director of Security for Cherwell Software. Although not currently on Active Duty, he is also a Captain in the USMC and served FT for 7 years. Rob has built highly successful Information Security Management Systems as well as implementing and maintaining certifications for ISO 27001:2005/2013, PCI, and HIPPA and holds a CISSP and a CISA. In his spare time, he loves Skiing, Scuba Diving, and raising his Man Cubs with Mama Bear. He is very excited to be involved with BSidesLV, especially the opportunity to provide a safe environment for participants to get their “Nerd On”.  All this while implementing an Ops temp that, as we continue to grow, won’t kill all the Awesome volunteers that make this happen.

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Chief Information Security Officer – Pablo Breuer (@Ngree_H0bit)

Dr. Pablo Breuer has over 20 years’ experience in hands-on and strategic goals across government, industry, and academia. He served 22 years as an active duty Naval Officer at posts including: Innovation Officer at US Special Operations Command/Donovan Group and SOFWERX, the National Security Agency, and U.S. Cyber Command as well as being the Director of C4 at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. He’s been a visiting scientist with Carnegie Mellon CERT, adjunct faculty at numerous universities, and is currently the Chief Information Security Officer for Helm Services.


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.



A special thanks to the 250 volunteers who help us before, during, and after the show. Without your support, we’d be nowhere.