Welcome to BSides Asheville 2017

Steering you through the security fog, Strengthening your knowledge of Cybersecurity, 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 computer 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.

Conference Info

BSides Asheville will be holding its 4th cyber security conference on July 28-29 in Asheville, North Carolina.
Last year's event pushed the limits of our venue's space, so this year RISC Networks donated space to host the conference.
The RISC Networks location will provides us with ample room to spread our ideas more freely.
BSides AVL goal has always been to bring quality speakers and security training to the area for a low cost.


Our goal is to make this conference affordable for all, so tickets start at only $16 dollars per participant, which includes lunch & t-shirt.


This year's conference will be held in the corporate headquarters of RISC Networks, which is located in the heart of downtown Asheville.

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 cybersecurity experts teach our intimate training classes. Training classes cost $32 per seat. Tickets available for two classes this year: Modern Web App Pentesting and From Phish to Persist


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 second Pub Crawl in the downtown area.

Sponsors 2017

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 2017.

D. McCauley


John Bumgarner

Community Outreach

Vanessa Mason

Marketing Specialist

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