Join Infosec Island and Tripwire at Security BSides Las Vegas

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Infosec Island Admin

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BSidesLV2012 will be held on July 25th and 26th, at The Artisan Boutique Hotel!

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. You don’t want to miss it!

Infosec Island is pleased to continue our support and coverage of the Security BSides events. We would like to extend a special thanks to Tripwire for making possible our coverage of the Security BSides Las Vegas event.

/uploads/remoteimg/0bb1c0d4fb1b35dab6cbf18a0a0a9040.jpgHeadquartered in Portland, Oregon, Tripwire has operations in 15 countries around the world.

Tripwire was recently named to the Portland Business Journal's Fastest Growing Private 100 List and Oregon Business Magazine named it one of the 100 Best Companies in Oregon.

Tripwire is an active participant in the local business community and academia. Their goal is to stimulate achievements in the high-tech sector and create opportunities for America's next generation of young engineers while they develop best-of-breed products.

First, some BSides business:

As some of you are aware, there have been some major changes in the BSides organization in the past few months. One of these changes is that Chris Nickerson stepped down from the Board of Directors of BSides global, and Gene Kim has taken his place. 

Another is that BSidesLV has broken off from the parent organization. We are now completely autonomous in our planning and execution, and we have a spiffy new Board of Directors to boot:

  • GK Southwick (@banasidhe): GK has been loosely involved in the hacker community for almost 20 years. She ran the BSidesLV Safety & Security crew for BSidesLV II & III and is looking forward to the challenges of taking on the roles of Producer and Chairman of the Board. GK has an extensive background in event planning and execution and can't think of a better way to use her skills than helping to organize one of her favorite conferences.
  • Jack Daniel (@jack_daniel): Yep, Jack is still with us. No way Vegas was going to let him go, as he's the glue that binds this community together.
  • Joshua Marpet (@quadling): Josh has been involved in the hacker community since 1997 and has been active with BSidesLV since the beginning. He presented at BSidesLV I and has assisted in organizing the BSidesLV volunteer crew. He is also instrumental in helping his fiance produce BSidesDE. Josh is taking on the role of Secretary for BSidesLV. We're very excited to have him on the Board.

On with the show!

Now that we have that out of the way, we'd like to introduce you to the newest addition to BSidesLV:

The BSidesLV Mentorship Program: BSidesLV is starting a mentorship program for new speakers, with the belief that we, the Infosec community, need to step-up and get more involved. Think you're up to the challenge? Then hit the link and find out how you can take part!

And of course, we have all the usual information:

We are SOLD OUT... (for now) BUT READ ON!

We may release more badges once we have a full headcount of volunteers, donors, sponsors, speakers, press, etc., but for now, the best way to get a badge is sign-up to be a volunteer for at least 2 shifts (Call for Volunteers). Don't want to commit because you're not sure you can make it? There will be a very limited number of free one-day walk-ins allowed each day. These are first come, first served and will run out quick.

Also, follow us on twitter, @bsideslv, as we'll be giving away badges there in the weeks leading up to the conference. One badge a week will be given away every Wednesday around 1500 EDT via trivia question or challenge, starting in mid-May. Some of our Podcast friends have been allocated Badges to give away. So far, Eurotrash, Southern Fried Security, Cloak & Swagger and SecBit Podcasts have all taken us up on the offer. Tune-in to win! You never know when or where another badge might pop-up!

***Due to the extremely high costs of holding this event in Las Vegas, along with a requirement to keep our headcount relatively low, this year we must implement a US$15, non-refundable pre-registration fee per attendee. Badges are transferable! If you paid to register for BSidesLV and find that you can't make it to Vegas, please pass your badge on to someone who can use it. Email us a copy of your receipt, from the email you registered with, with "BSidesLV2012 Badge Transfer" as the subject. Include the name of the person you’d like the badge to be transferred to and Cc that person. We will then have the list updated to reflect the new name at which point we will notify you the change has been made. From that point you are free to send the new badge to that person. We cannot provide refunds for unused registrations. However, when you check-in, we'll give you three (3) "BSides Bucks" (equivalent cash value, US$5 each) that you can use toward the t-shirt you ordered, buy yourself or a friend a drink at the bar, give to our friends at a supporting charity, or give back to BSidesLV to start building our Mentorship Scholarship fund for next year. If you really can't afford to pay $15, yet still want to attend BSidesLV, volunteer for at least two shifts (6 hours). (Call for Volunteers) Don't want to commit because you're not sure you can make it? There will be a very limited number of free one-day walk-ins allowed each day. These are first come, first served and will run out quick.

See you at BSidesLV!!!

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