BSides was co-founded by Mike Dahn, Jack Daniel, and Chris Nickerson in 2009. In the summer of that year, Black Hat USA rejected several Calls For Papers (CFP) that were submitted from well-known security researchers. Security BSides was created in response to these rejections, which were primarily based on the lack of speaker space and at Black Hat. Most commercial conferences, including Black Hat operate within very restrictive time boundaries to which the conference must adhere to.
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 the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. BSides AVL is a 100% volunteer-run information security conference that is held annually in Asheville, North Carolina. Presentations at this local conference cover 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. Our programming focuses on high-quality content, and our smaller, more intimate networking atmosphere fosters strong audience participation and overall group interaction. BSides Asheville conference aims to give researchers, professionals, and practitioners alike a chance to meet, engage in conversation through scheduled talks and events, as well as offer a networking opportunity that will result in new collaborative efforts for research and other security projects in the local community and beyond.
Our goal is to make this conference affordable for all, so general admission tickets are only $24 dollars per participant, which includes lunch & t-shirt.
The 2018 conference was held at The Collider, which is located in the heart of downtown Asheville.
Every year we raffle off door prizes to conference participant. These door prizes have been graciously donate by sponsors and others.
Training classes are $24 each and are offered by SecureIdeas. Be sure to reserve your spot now! More details can be found here: Adventuring in Active Directory
Our second Training for 2019 will be Containerized Microtarget API Architecture
Our annual after party was held at Lexington Avenue Brewery in 2018, which is located in the heart of downtown Asheville.
For BSides Asheville to succeed in delivering thought-provoking and engaging content to our participants, we depend on the generosity of our sponsors. BSides Asheville extends our sincere appreciation to our sponsors, without whom this conference would not be possible. Please take the time to visit our sponsors' pages to see the great things these organizations are doing to improve cybersecurity in their communities.