Welcome to BSides Asheville

Our 5th year building a more secure community

Steering you through the security fog, Going beyond the ā€œ1s and 0sā€, Strengthening your knowledge of cyber security, Bringing Insight to Cybersecurity

About Us

Where security ideas come from

Security BSides (commonly referred to as BSides) is a community-driven endeavor for building events for and by information security community members.

BSides was co-founded by Mike Dahn, Jack Daniel, and Chris Nickerson in 2009. BSides was born out of number of rejections to the Calls For Papers (CFP) for Black Hat USA 2009. A number of quality speakers were rejected, not due to lack of content but lack of space and time. Any constrained system must operate within the bounds to which it has defined itself.

The goal of BSides 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.

BSides is an open platform that gives security experts and industry professionals the opportunity to share ideas, insights, and develop longstanding relationships with others in the community. It is a rare opportunity to directly connect and create trusted relationships with key members of the community.

BSides Asheville (BSides AVL) was started in 2014 by several information security professionals living in Western North Carolina. BSides AVL is a volunteer-run information security conference held annually in Asheville, North Carolina. This conference presents a wide range of information security topics from technical topics, such as dissecting network protocols, to policy issues such as managing information leakage via social networks and complex international problems, such as cyber warfare. The conference also offers hands-on activities, such lock picking and ethnical hacking.

Conference Info

BSides Asheville will be holding its 5th Information Security Conference on June 22-23 in Asheville, North Carolina.
This year's keynote will be given by Chris Nickerson, CEO of Lares.


Our goal is to make this conference affordable for all, so tickets start are only $32 dollars per participate, which includes lunch & t-shirt.


This year's conference will be held in the heart of downtown Asheville. The venue location will be announced soon.

After Party

Our annual after party will be held in the Aloft Asheville at the hotel's outside bar "The Ledge." This vivacious veranda gives you a clear view of the bustling boulevard below.


Industry information security experts teach our intimate training classes. Training classes cost $64 for each class.


Every year we raffle off door prizes to conference participates. These door prizes have been graciously donate by sponsors and others.

Pub Crawl

Asheville was the first winner of USA TODAY's Beer City USA title, so BSides Asheville will be holding its Pub Crawl in the downtown area.

Sponsors 2018

BSides Asheville extends our sincere appreciation to our sponsors, without whom this conference would not be possible.
Their generous support helped us make a difference in spreading cyber security education to Asheville and Western North Carolina.

The BSides Asheville Team

These core volunteers helped make BSides Asheville possible for 2018.

Daniel McCauley


John Bumgarner

Community Outreach

Vanessa Mason

Marketing Specialist

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