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Information Security and Information Technology professionals from both private and public sector organizations throughout the Rio Grande Valley are putting together a cybersecurity event for the community.  The event will be the 2nd Annual BSides RGV 2019 Cybersecurity Conference and will follow the well-known BSides community-driven framework.  In order to make this event a success, we need your help.  We are looking for sponsors, volunteers, and also for presentations for the event.  What makes a BSides different than any other cybersecurity event is that the goal is to create opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration.  We not only want to encourage the local information security community to attend, but also to submit a presentation proposal.  We know there is talent in our community‚Ķthis is a chance to share your knowledge with your peers.



     Saturday, May 11th, 2019

     Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT



     South Texas College

     3201 West Pecan Blvd.

     Student Union Building

     McAllen, Texas  78501

     (956) 872-2335


Event Promotional Flyer


Contact:  [email protected]


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Registration:  Closed. (sign up for our Mailing List to keep up with future event details)


CPE Hours:

ISACA - 4.75

ISC2 - 4.00


Instructions to Connect to Guest Wi-Fi:

Login information will be provided the day of the event.


Event Parking Map: (Green = Event Location, Yellow = Sponsor/Volunteer Designated Parking, Red = Free Parking For All Participants)

Student Union Building: Letter U

Reserved Parking Lot: Number 4 and West Adjacent Parking Lot

General Parking Lots: Numbers 3, 15 & 17

Note:  If you need additional accommodations please email us at [email protected].


Call for Presentations:  Closed.

  • Submission deadline is Sunday, April 14th, 2019.
  • Presentation time slots are 45 minutes plus 5 minutes (if necessary) for Q&A.
  • Topics should be within the scope of information security.
  • 15 & 30-minute time slots will be permitted for lightning talks to encourage new presenters.
  • Once your submission is approved, a follow-up email will be sent confirming your presentation.


NOTE:  Any presentations related to marketing or sales pitches will be rejected.


Call for Volunteers:  Closed.

  • We plan to have enough volunteers so that you can attend some of the breakout sessions.
  • An email will be sent once we have made all of our selections.
  • Free volunteer t-shirt if you are selected.


Agenda: *(featuring: Capture the Flag, Escape Room, Longhorn Locksport Village, RGV Amateur Radio Club (HAM), Vendor Booths, VR Simulator)




09:00 AM - 09:45 AM Registration:  Lite Breakfast (Student Union Cafeteria - Sponsored By Insight) 
09:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Welcome:  (Student Union 2nd Floor 2.100) 

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Session 1:  Containers: What You Need To Know, So You Know What You Need To KnowEll Marquez - Linux Academy (Student Union 2nd Floor 2.100)
Session 2:  Protecting The Control, Management & Data Plane On A Network SwitchJohn D. Garza - STC IT Risk & Security (Student Union 2nd Floor 2.102)
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Session 1:  Consumer Cyber Security:  Cesar Pastore/Francisco Tamez - UTRGV InfoSec Office (Student Union 2nd Floor 2.100)

Session 2:  How Your Passwords Are Being CrackedJose Padilla - NetSync  (Student Union 2nd Floor 2.102)

11:45 AM - 01:15 PM

Lunch:  BBQ Chicken & Brisket (Student Union Cafeteria - Sponsored By McAfee / Dell)


01:15 PM - 02:00 PM

Session 1:  Cybersecurity At A Large Texas Water UtilityVictor M. Gonzalez - San Antonio Water System (Student Union 2nd Floor 2.100)

Session 2:  Automotive Cyber SecurityCesar Ibarra - Autotune Performance (Student Union 2nd Floor 2.102)
02:15 PM - 03:00 PM

Session 1:  Building A Home Lab For Offensive And Defensive SecurityRamon Hermida - Palo Alto (Student Union 2nd Floor 2.100)

Session 2:  Combatting Email Based Attacks - Real-World ApproachRavi Gidituri - Box.com (Student Union 2nd Floor 2.102)
03:00 PM - 03:15 PM Break:  Refreshments (Student Union Cafeteria - Sponsored By Insight) 
03:15 PM - 04:00 PM 

Closing Session:  (Student Union 2nd Floor 2.100)

06:00 PM - 08:00 PM  Meet-Up Reception:  Whistling Duck featuring 5x5 Brewing Co. (Sponsored By CISCO) 

*Subject To Change


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