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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.  This event will be the 4th Annual BSides RGV 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 presenters, sponsors, and volunteers for the conference.  What makes a BSides different than any other cybersecurity conference is the goal is to create opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that inspires collaboration.  We not only want to encourage the local cybersecurity community to attend, but also to submit a presentation proposal.  We know there is talent in our community‚Ķthis is your chance to share your knowledge with your peers.



     Saturday, May 20, 2023

     Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT



     South Texas College

     3201 West Pecan Blvd.

     Student Union Building

     McAllen, Texas  78501



Event Promotional Flyer:   Click Here



Contact:  BSidesRGV@gmail.com



Follow us on Twitter @BSidesRGV to keep up with upcoming events.


Registration:  CLICK HERE


CPE Hours:

ISACA - 4.75

ISC2 - 4.00


Guest WiFi Instructions:

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)


RESERVED PARKING LOTS: Number 4 and West Adjacent Parking Lot

GENERAL PARKING LOTS: Numbers 3, 15, & 17


Contact us if additional accommodations are required.


Call For Presentations:  CLOSED

  • Submission deadline is Sunday, April 30, 2023.
  • Presentation time slots are 30 - 60 minutes including Q&A.
  • Topics should be within the scope of information security.
  • 15-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: Lock Picking Village, Hardware Hacking Village, RGV Amateur HAM Radio Club...and more!



09:00 AM - 09:45 AM



Registration:  Breakfast Tacos from Tortilleria Emmanuel (Cafeteria - Sponsored By SHI) 


09:45 AM - 10:00 AM



Welcome:  2nd Floor - Room 2.100


10:00 AM - 10:45 AM


Opening Session:  2nd Floor - Room 2.100

  • Presenter:  Chief Rene Lopez [MISSION FD]  

"Surviving the Unthinkable: Society's Resilience In A Total Grid Collapse"



11:00 AM - 11:45 AM


Session 1:  2nd Floor - Room 2.100

Operation Ringing Rascal: Set Up Your

Own Social Engineering Infrastructure

Kyle Gaertner [FORTRA]



Session 2:  2nd Floor - Room 2.102

Pentest vs Governance: Closing The Gap For The Win - Pete Ortega [CAI]



11:45 AM - 01:15 PM


Lunch:  Chicken Salad Croissant Plate from Tea With Friends (Cafeteria - Sponsored By CISCO)



01:15 PM - 02:00 PM


Session 1:  2nd Floor - Room 2.100

Use DMARC, Do Not Let Others Abuse Your Brand!

- Adan Mendoza [VTX1]



Session 2:  2nd Floor - Room 2.102

NTLM Is Still A Problem - Matthew Navarro [CITY OF EDINBURG, TX]


02:15 PM - 03:00 PM


Session 1:  2nd Floor - Room 2.100

Incident Response Playbook 101 - Yaamini Barathi Mohan [DELL TECHNOLOGIES]


Session 2:  2nd Floor - Room 2.102

Getting Hacked From Gaming - Jose Padilla [QUALYS]



03:00 PM - 03:15 PM



Break:  Refreshments from PJ's Coffee (Cafeteria - Sponsored By SHI) 


03:15 PM - 04:15 PM 


KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:  2nd Floor - Room 2.100

  • Presenter:  David N. Mata - Senior VP, Global Head of Incident Management [DARKTRACE] 

"Offensive Cyber"






05:00 PM - 08:00 PM 


Meet-Up Reception:  Howling Rabbits Beerworks (Sponsored By NetSync) 


*Subject To Change



Sponsorship Kit: CLICK HERE




















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