As I pack for my trip to Las Vegas to attend Blackhat, Defcon and BSides Las Vegas security conferences, I had to take a moment to jot down some thoughts. This has been an annual event for me for many years now. BSides coming into existence only a few short years ago. The BSides community security conferences are an phenomenon that has spread rapidly across the globe in a relative short number of years. What had had begun as an interesting adventure is now really starting to find its stride.
So, what you may ask, are BSides?
Each BSides 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.
These community based security conferences have come a long way. I remember several years ago, at BSides Las Vegas, sitting on an artificial beach with James Arlen, Rafal Los, Erin Jacobs and a few others discussing a panel moderated by Josh Corman. I found it a surreal setting to discuss the security topics of the day. But, it really worked.
Now to contrast that with what I witnessed when attended BSides London this year was simply amazing. The BSides London conference was very well run with excellent time management. All in all it was a fantastic result from an attendee perspective. BSides conferences overall have become a force to be reckoned with. These conferences help provide security information sharing by making it more accessible to a wider audience. You can start one in your community.
In light of the global spread of these conferences and a desire to give back to the community at large I'm pleased to be able to announce that BSides Toronto 2013 will be added to that long line of BSides endeavours. The conference will be held on October 5th, 2013 preceding the Sector Security Conference which runs Oct 8&9. The CFP for BSides Toronto is open from now until September 15th. Come to Toronto this fall for these two excellent conferences.