Security B-Sides is a framework of events that enables individuals to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the confines of traditional media. Frameworks such as BSides enable individuals to drive the event, shape the media, and encourage participation. BSides are free, community organized events put on by local individuals with the expressed goal of enabling a platform for information dissemination. BSides is an ‘unconference’ that follows the ‘open spaces’ format. This varies from structured presentations to smaller break-out groups, but both provide a direct connection between speakers and the audience. The following are several details about the events:
2009 – Launched in United States
2010 – First European event
2011 – Over 20 events held in US, Europe, India, Hong Kong, & Australia
2012 – Over 30 events held in US, Europe, Africa, South America, Australia
2013 – First Orlando event
Thousands of people have attended and written about their experience at BSides events: http://www.securitybsides.com/Media
Community organized, volunteer driven, and corporate funded
Focuses on expanding the spectrum of conversation and giving voice to the next big thing.
Security B-Sides mailing list, online forums, slide share, Facebook/Twitter activity, archived photos/videos and video stream accessible through the BSides portal:http://www.securitybsides.com
BSides acts as a complement to current events by enabling long-tail spectrum events that complement the current or surrounding event. The goal is to foster communication and collaboration while increasing the level of conversation.
Major conferences focus on the current hot topics in information security. BSides events explore the fringe of conversation and focus on the next big thing. The conversations have ranged from hardware hacking to gender issues, from Twitter hacking to proximity-based identity theft. BSides gives voice to the conversation that is happening just below the surface, and sponsoring enables you to engage that conversation.
While each BSides event is unique, we target the industry professional looking to offset or augment their current security skill set with that of the next-big-thing conversations. These are industry leaders, thought leaders, information security professionals, and even students who wish to expand their body of knowledge. People who attend have various backgrounds in different sectors and verticals. Their common goal is to learn about emerging issues and connect with those who are having them.
Unlike other events where the speaker is rushed in and out, BSides provides a small and intimate environment for the attendees to directly engage the speaker before, during, and after their talk or presentation. Attendees are looking for more than just information; they are looking to make connections they will call upon throughout the rest of the year.
Prior speakers include: Gene Kim, HD Moore, Dino Dai Zovi, Alex Hutton, Tim Keanini, Jonathan Cran, David Mortman, Val Smith, Egyp7, Bruce Potter, Mike Murray, Mike Bailey, Andy Ellis, Jack Daniel, Erin Jacobs, and many more.
Traditional media exist as a constrained system and must operate within the bounds to which it has defined itself. Physical events constrain themselves with space and time, but frameworks permit the continuous creation of individual events. Our goal is to provide people with options by removing those barriers and providing more options of speakers, topics, and events. The initial event in Las Vegas spawned a wave of new events throughout the United States and around the world. Plans are underway for international BSides events in Australia, London, New Delhi, and St. John.
BSides is not made up of members but participants. Each person who participates in BSides brings to it something to contribute. Some people bring hardware, organizational skills, or their friends. You are offering to bring other resources that help fuel the conversation. Sponsoring enables you to engage the conversation and interact with attendees. In return you have our commitment to connect you with those attendees of interest to you and your business. The organizers hope your participation will enable another great BSides event.
In under a year, BSides has gathered mass media attention and been written up in CSO Online, The Register, ZDNet, and Dark Reading magazines. In addition to the plethora of blog posts and podcasts, BSides has also received coverage from Hacker News Network (HNN), EFFector, and Cisco System Cyber Risk Report. Check out the entire list here: http://www.securitybsides.org/Media.