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Security BSides Austin 2011: Keep Security Weird


Thanks to everyone who made Security BSides Austin 2011 phenomenal- participants, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, and organizers.


Yes, we're already talking about Security BSides Austin 2012.  Please send feedback or suggestions to jack at securitybsides.org, or join the Austin Google Group.


Animoto slideshow: 

Soundtrack by Lisa Marshall http://www.lisamarshallmusic.com/


Handcuff competition video:


Jack's Flick set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jack_daniel/sets/72157626114099539/


Event details


An ecclectic gathering of infosec people to hear awesome talks and have outrageously fun discussions! Our mission is to provide an inclusive, open environment for sharing

and collaborative discourse on topics that most interest you.


The first Austin event was great, which you know if you were there.  Security BSides Austin 2011 will be even better.  If you have thoughts, comments, complaints, suggestions- or would like to volunteer, let us know.  Join the BSides mailing list, or send a message to feedback(at)keepsecurityweird.org


When: March 11-12, 2011


The full event schedule, parking information and more are HERE on this mobile-friendly site


Event Registration is now closed - we will try to allow some walk-ins if space and safety permit


Hackers on a Duck- yes, there was another episode of Hackers on a Duck. It was epic.

Austin Cosmic Cowboy Tour (After-hours Duck tour operator)

Lisa Marshall provided the live music on the duck this year, visit her site here: http://www.lisamarshallmusic.com/


Live stream info:

Main/Armadillo Track: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bsidesaustinmain

AppSec/Bat Track: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bsidesaustin


Jack's Flick set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jack_daniel/sets/72157626114099539/



CFP is now closed - Thanks to all who submitted!  The submitted talks page: BSidesAustinTalks2011


NEW this yearAppSec Guerrilla Camp (click for details)

What is AppSec Guerrilla Camp? A form of irregular training that gives you concentrated hands-on training in a highly mobile format.


Lodging:  Yes, this is during SxSWi, that means rooms are scarce, you may have luck with http://www.airbnb.com/search?code=3WtTPD if you have not already scored a room.


Want to help make this year's BSides Austin truly outstanding? Join the list at https://groups.google.com/group/bsides-austin?hl=en

Possible Topics

  • It is during SxSW Interactive, privacy would be a good topic, no?
  • Writing robust code. Rugged, even
  • Practical Application Security
  • Whatever cool hackery you are up to
  • Achieving security while maintaining compliance 
  • Exploitation and education, better than peanut butter and chocolate 


Where: The Walton-Joseph Building, 706-708 6th Street.  (and beyond)

That's right, we will be right on 6th St, near everything (or at least near I-35, the transit center, the convention center, bars, restaurants, and much more).

This historic building was built C. 1884, and has served as a retail store, boarding house, bar, church, shoeshine parlor, restaurant- and now a BSides Venue.



Photos and video clips from 2010:







Sponsorships, large and small, make BSides events possible.  There are many options for helping this (and all the other) BSides event.


Please thank our sponsors for #BSidesAustin!!! They make this event possible.


Your organization's name would look awesome right here.

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Day 1


  • Morning: We aren't fond of morning, either.  The good news is that Eastside Tacos and The Coffee Trailer will be stopping by to offer breakfast tacos, coffee, and much more to start your day.

  • Lunch


  • Afternoon:


  • Breaks


  • Evening/Party Hackers on a Duck! Will probably be on Friday evening, but not confirmed yet. 


Day 2 


  • Morning: After Hackers on a Duck and whatever else we do, morning may be a bit rough again.  But Eastside Tacos  and The Coffee Trailer will again be stopping by to offer breakfast tacos, coffee, and much more to help ease your stomach (and possibly brain) into a new day.


  • Lunch


  • Afternoon


  • Breaks


  • Evening/Party: Will probably be at the event venue.



A/V, crowd control, setup/teardown, logistics, finding equipment- these all take people to make it happen.  

To help BSides Austin, please join the maillist at https://groups.google.com/group/bsides-austin?hl=en 



Parking and Public Transit

There is plenty of parking in the area, and we'll be just a few blocks from the Austin downtown station and convention center.





We will have robust wired and wireless networks and a network visibility lab this year thanks to global sponsors AlienVaultAstaro and NetWitness.  Check out the mini-NOC and see what they have built for BSides Austin.


Task List



Wifi - VideoMan

Projectors, screens, white boards




Streaming or Stickam or Skype





Lunch (plenty of cheap eats in the area)

Coffee/Tea (Need sponsor)

Tables and chairs 



Tags for flickr, delicious, ma.gnolia, technorati etc.

Please use the tag #BSidesAustin for content related to this event


Who's blogging?

I'd be glad to blog the event or assist

Comments (1)

Marisa Fagan said

at 3:43 am on Jan 29, 2011

Anyone want to split hotel accommodations? Preferably someone who identifies as female.

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