If you’re in the security industry or just interested in security in general, you should get along to the BSides Canberra conference.

What is BSides?

“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.” – securitybsides.com

BSides Canberra Conference

BSides Canberra is an annual two-day security conference. It is open for discussion and debate to security professionals, academics, hackers, and hobbyists.

BSides General Admission includes:

  • Two days of single-track security presentations and interactive workshops
  • Opportunity to participate in the Capture-the-Flag (CTF) competition
  • Access to Physical security area including – Hardware, Wireless, Lockpicking & Tamperproof
  • Breakout areas and licensed bar for socialising & networking
  • Free T-shirt
  • Electronic badge
  • Conference booklet & sticker
  • Entry to the Friday night conference party
  • Entry to the Saturday night conference party

Lockpicking Workshop

If you’re interested in the workings of locks and security devices, this workshop should appeal to you. The workshop focuses on the operation of fundamental physical security hardware and its weaknesses. It is a physical security demonstration and participation area.
You can learn about lock vulnerabilities and try lockpicking on locks of various levels of difficulty. There will also be the chance to compete in the Australian BSides lockpicking competition.

Tamper Evident Workshop

There will be a new workshop at this year’s BSides – Tamper Evident Workshop. This focuses on “Tamper Evident Seals”, which are security mechanisms designed to show if someone has accessed something or somewhere without authorisation. The workshop will provide tamper evident seals for participants to try their hands at bypassing. Different methods will be explored, such as physical attacks with precision instruments, or chemical solvents. This area of security is often overlooked and BSides aims to further develop security measures to make our information and premises safer.

More information about BSides Canberra can be found here.