Second BSides Huntsville to Offer a Range of Speakers and Topics

Tuesday February 03, 2015

Cybersecurity Conference Open to Professionals, Students and Parents

The second annual BSides Huntsville security conference will feature speakers ranging from award-winning local high school students to renowned international presenters. Two simultaneous tracks will allow conference attendees to choose the sessions they wish to attend. The conference, scheduled for Feb. 7, 2015, at Dynetics in Cummings Research Park, is open to professionals, students and parents of students. BSides will offer training sessions on Feb. 6. The cost to attend the Saturday conference is $10, including lunch, and the Friday classes are $25 each.

Nineteen speakers for 16 different sessions are confirmed for the conference, and registration is already up to about 150 people. Presenters will come from Brazil and France and from all over the United States.

Robert M. Lee will open up the conference with the keynote presentation. He is an Air Force cyber warfare operations officer and co-founder of @DragosSecurity.

Adrian Crenshaw, an internationally known cybersecurity expert, will demonstrate "lock picking, but bypass is easier," explaining the basics of security locks and their security features and bypasses.

Marcos Cicero will travel all the way from Brazil to Huntsville to enlighten conference attendees on how inside distributed denial-of-service (DDos) amplification attacks can be used to overwhelm internet service providers (ISPs) without external resources by using internal open resolvers. His presentation will be entitled "Bring Your Own DNS: on the ISP inner amplification attacks."

James Brahm, Matthew Rogers and Morgan Wagner, seniors at Grissom High School, where they are part of the nationally ranked cybersecurity team, and also malware researchers at Dynetics, will present "So Easy a High-Schooler Could Do It: Static Malware Analysis Using Function-Level Signatures." 

"We are very pleased with the response we've gotten from both presenters and attendees," said Paul Coggin, a senior principal cybersecurity analyst with Dynetics and organizer of the event. Coggin, who presents at conferences all over the world, will speak on "Hijacking Label Switched Networks in the Cloud."

For a complete schedule, visit the BSides Huntsville website.  

Jonathan Whitcomb, Dynetics vice president, Enterprise Solutions, said, "We are seeing a growing number of quality cybersecurity conferences in Huntsville. Dynetics is pleased to sponsor and host BSides, along with Rocket City TakeDownCon and the Southeast Cyber Security Summit. These venues offer excellent opportunities to network and learn about the latest in cybersecurity technology."

BSides is a community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members. It creates opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration on the most current topics with regards to cybersecurity. It is an intense event with discussions, demonstrations and interaction from participants. BSides conferences are held all over the world. 

For more information about BSides Huntsville, including a registration link, visit the website.

About BSides

Security BSides is the first grass roots, DIY, open security conference in the world. It is a combination of two event styles: structured anchor events and grass-roots geocentric events. 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. For more information, visit www.securitybsides.com.

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