May 15, 2012
Information Security Conference Convenes at RenCen June 1 and 2

"Security BSides Detroit," a meeting for members of the information security community, will hold its second annual conference at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit June 1 and 2." Admission to the event is free.


Billed as an "un-conference," the event provides practitioners with a clear, unfiltered view of the industry. "Security BSides has always welcomed security practitioners and researchers" says Steven Fox, one of the conference coordinators. "The technology that enables our use of information is becoming increasingly ubiquitous, and our approaches to work and social interactions is touched by mobile and static devices whose workings are targeted by cyber miscreants. In response, BSides is reaching out to everyone who relies on the deep knowledge and experience of this community," Mr. Fox adds.


BSides will feature two tracks and 32 talks by local and national experts on a variety of technical and non-technical industry-related subjects. Sponsors include Arbor Networks, Qualys, Checkpoint, Delta Network Services, Fortinet and VioPoint. Representatives of a number of organizations, including Oakland Community College have volunteered their time. OCC Network Security Specialist Ryan Harp was one of the key individuals responsible for bringing the BSides conference to the Detroit area in 2011. Harp is again one of four organizers leading the effort in 2012. OCC students were encouraged to attend by their CIS instructors in 2011 and will be participating and volunteering in 2012 as well.


Three keynote speakers will be featured at the event.

  • Dave Kennedy, penetration expert and author of several books on the subject, including the Penetration Tester's Guide, will speak on "Changing an Industry."
  • Rafal Los, security business professional, will present "House of Cards." Los is Hewlett Packard's Chief Security Evangelist.
  • Jim Manico, vice president at WhiteHat Security and committee chair of the Open Web Security Project will speak on "Top Ten Web Defenses."


In addition to the two track sessions the conference will feature four important workshops:

  • A SecBiz Workshop titled "Bridging the Security Business Gap" by Rafal Los of Hewlett-Packard
  • "Forensics Challenge" presented by Larry McDonald of Hewlett-Packard
  • "An Introduction to MetaSploit," presented by consultant Georgia Weidman
  • "Pentest Basics with Armitage" presented by John Moore of General Electric


Ticket information and a complete schedule are available at For further details contact BSides Detroit organizers at


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