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Security BSides (commonly referred to as BSides) is a series of loosely affiliated information security conferences.[1] It was co-founded by Mike Dahn, Jack Daniel, and Chris Nickerson in 2009.[2][3][4] Due to an overwhelming number of presentation submissions to Black Hat USA in 2009, the rejected presentations were presented to a smaller group of individuals.[5][6] The event was named after the "B-side" of a vinyl record.[7]

Over time the conference format matured and was released to enable individuals to start their own BSides conferences.[8][9] The Las Vegas BSides conference is also considered part of Hacker Summer Camp given its schedule and proximity to other security conferences during that time.[10]

Of the three standard conference event styles, structured, unconference, and hybrid. BSides falls into the unconference, or anti-conference, event style and is completely attendee driven.[11][12][13] Attendees appear at a predetermined time, discuss ideas, and collaboratively agree upon what the schedule will look like for that day. Talks that get the most attention and conversation get added to the schedule.

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  1. ^ Bradbury, Danny (7 October 2016). "B-Sides: A Grassroots Security Movement". SecTor 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  2. ^ "BSides / BSidesHistory". Retrieved 2024-01-28.
  3. ^ "Becoming jaded with Security BSides' Jack Daniel". SearchSecurity. Retrieved 2016-11-03.
  4. ^ Vamosi, Robert. "After 10 Years And 600 Events, Security BSides Keeps Growing". Forbes. Retrieved 2024-01-28.
  5. ^ "Security BSides / FrontPage". Retrieved 2016-11-05.
  6. ^ "Network Security Blog » Have you signed up for Security BSides?". Archived from the original on 2016-11-05. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
  7. ^ Loshin, Peter (29 August 2017). "Top cybersecurity conferences for when Black Hat and RSA aren't right". TechTarget Security. TechTarget. Retrieved 18 March 2024.
  8. ^ HUNTER, ILEANA (2022-10-08). "More than 200 attend Idaho Falls cybersecurity conference". Post Register. Retrieved 2023-02-25.
  9. ^ "BSides Cairo: The security conference that's building information sharing from the ground up". The Daily Swig | Cybersecurity news and views. 2020-03-06. Retrieved 2023-02-25.
  10. ^ "What to watch for as 'Hacker Summer Camp' gets underway in Las Vegas". CyberScoop. 2022-08-09. Retrieved 2023-02-25.
  11. ^ "Growing InfoSec "Unconference" Exceeds 20 Global Events This Year & Expects 400 Attendees in San Francisco". Archived from the original on 2016-11-05. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
  12. ^ "Security BSides Grows, But Not Too Much". Dark Reading. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
  13. ^ Brenner, Bill (2010-02-24). "Security B-Sides: Rise of the 'Anti-conference'". CSO Online. Retrieved 2023-02-25.