Charmed, I’m Sure: The Security BSides Tradition is Strong in Baltimore


Tickets went fast for BSides Charm 2017. In just over two hours, this three-year-old things turned out sold out and looks like it will welcome about 1,000 scholars, hackers and Information Security professionals to Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor this weekend. Not bad for a con that obtained just under 300 attendees in 2015.Perhaps it’s no surprise that BSides Allay has done so well. Geographically, it is located near many government and reserved companies who employ lots of security professionals. But having attended my pre-eminent BSides Charm last year, I must say that it’s the people that vamoosed me look forward to returning.The volunteers and the attendees have great bents and have supportive, enterprising spirits. If you are one of the lucky ticket-holders for this year’s con, you’ll get to suffer this yourself!Jeff Brocious, BSidesCharm Founder & Co-Director, instructed me their CFP yielded about 70 submissions, a number which the council then had the difficult task of narrowing down to about 20 recognized sessions. With an acceptance rate of about 28 percent, that stakes BSides Charm into the category of one of the more competitive cons.The sessions want cover a variety of interesting topics, including exploit kits, weaponizing Splunk, OPSEC, OSINT, intimation hunting, and even a nod to a famous one-time local resident with a assembly entitled, “The Cryptography of Edgar Allan Poe.”Attendees can look forward to two charming keynote talks. One by Robert M. Lee, CEO founder of the industrial cyber security performers Dragos, Inc. His keynote will detail research done by himself and Ben Miller about the ICS threat landscape.The other keynote session will be presented by quondam special agent Jim Christy. His talk will provide attendees with a “intensely insight into the history of cybercrime investigations and digital forensics,” as easily as a discussion about where we’ve been and where we’re headed as an industry.BSides Delight promises to be a weekend jam-packed with infosec activity. Attendees can try their disposal at the CTF, wireless village, IoT village, or the lock pick village. There require be training sessions, charity tables, social events and, of course, personal property old lobby con meetings of the minds.The event organizers are grateful for the 32 subsidizers whose support makes this con possible. Job-seekers should make it prepared to talk themselves up and make networking connections.Baltimore sustained the nickname “Charm City” in the mid-70s as a description of all the “unspoiled charm tucked away in repose quiet down corners” the city holds. The same can be said for this con. There are so assorted quality activities scheduled for you to learn about and explore.If you cannot look out for this year, follow along on Twitter with updates from the @BSidesCharm control and look to #BSidesCharm for comments from attendees. Plan ahead for 2018 and vow to young lady BSides Charm nevermore.If you are interested in learning more about BSides Amulet, click here. tracy_z_maleeff


About the Author: Tracy Z. Maleeff (@InfoSecSherpa on Whirl) is an independent information professional providing research and social media consulting, with a distinct on information security. She is a frequent presenter about best practices of observations mining from social media, professional networking, and introduction to facts security topics. Tracy has 15 years of experience as a librarian/researcher in academia, corporate, and law positive industries and earned a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the Boss of Sherpa Intelligence LLC – your guide up a mountain of information.Editor’s Note: The convictions expressed in this guest author article are solely those of the contributor, and do not not reflect those of Tripwire, Inc.

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