Security BSides Orlando is a community organized event, driven by the passion to connect people together, whether it’s to build relationships for a project, or to get to know your fellow professionals.

Security BSides Orlando is run like a typical security conference, with tracks and various villages, but we differ in the approach to the speakers and attendees. We encourage new and aspiring speakers the chance to present for the first time, and access to industry veterans to have a conversation beyond asking a few questions at the end. This approach also allows the industry veterans to get fresh perspectives on their projects and ideas.

Goal

Security BSides Orlando acts as a supplement to larger events, typically SANS Orlando. In running Security BSides Orlando alongside of SANS, we get the ability to provide a laid back environment to the professionals attending SANS and access to speakers that normally wouldn’t be at the event. This allows us to foster communications and collaboration that helps increase the level of engagement between professionals, hobbyists and students.

The goal of Security BSides Orlando is to bring the conversation to another level, to inspire people in their passions for security. Major conferences often focus on the current hot button topics in information security, while Security BSides Orlando and similar Security BSides events often cover topics that don’t get the big spotlight, but should be discussed. This includes anything from learning how to prototype electronics projects to discussing the ethics of target rich environments in a pentest.

History

2009 – Security BSides Framework Launched in United States
2012 – Over 30 events held in US, Europe, Africa, South America, Australia
2013 – Security BSides Orlando is launched with 200 attendees
2014 – Security BSides Orlando gains in its second year with 300 attendees
2015 – Security BSides Orlando changes venue to major research university, UCF
2016 – Security BSides Orlando grows it’s second year at UCF
2017 – Security BSides Orlando moves to larger venue at Valencia College
2018 – Security BSides Orlando grows to media college, Full Sail
2019 – Security BSides Orlando continues at Full Sail University with 700 attendees
2020 – Security BSides Orlando pivots to a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 – Security BSides Orlando does Byte Sized! a live CTF style, virtual event

What is a Security BSides?

Each B-Sides is a community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members.  The goal is to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the traditional confines of space and time.  It creates opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. It is where conversations for the next-big-thing are happening. Learn more about Security BSides and other regional Security BSides events at the website http://www.securitybsides.com