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BSides Las Vegas 2017


CFP for all tracks, including Proving Ground and Proving Ground Mentor submissions  open as of noon on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017. 


The general CFP for all tracks other than Proving Ground will close Wednesday, May 10th. 

Acceptance/Rejection letters will go out Wednesday, June 14th.


Proving Ground Call for Presenters and Proving Ground Call for Mentors will close Wednesday, February 15th.  

Mentor/Mentee match-ups will be announced starting Wednesday, March 29th.  

For more information on the Proving Ground program, please visit (Speakers) or (Mentors)

Proving ground mentor and new speaker signups will now use the same OpenConf platform as all our other talks. Please use the "Make Submission" link below, and select "Proving Ground" or "Proving Ground Mentor" as your topic in order to begin the PG process.

If you hit a snag, or have any questions about the new process, please email provingground[at]bsideslv[dot]org and Tottenkoph, SecurityMoey, or Guy will help walk you through it.

Special thanks to those signing up to be a mentor. This program couldn't happen without you!


BSidesLV 2017 will consist of eight speaking tracks, two workshop tracks, the content of the tracks below will be determined by this open Call For Presenters, as well as some select curated presentations for our "Hire Ground" and "I Am The Cavalry" events.


BSidesLV is committed to keeping our conference vendor-pitch free. Any abstracts that reflect a sales approach or talk of the product and not the tech will be rejected out of hand. Speakers sneaking a sales or product pitch in under the guise of a tech talk will be pulled from stage and publically shamed and humiliated on Social Media. All talks are vetted through our CFP committee (except some select presentations in "I Am The Cavalry" and "Hire Ground") and any talks submitted on behalf of someone else (i.e.: not submitted by one of the primary authors) will not be considered.


Please refer to the Sample Submission below, for proper formatting!










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Sample Submission

Note to the reader: This is a completely made up talk (courtesy of the fine folks at ShmooCon). While it's not a perfect fit for a BSides event,  it should give you an idea of what types of information to include, the lowest level of detail to use, and the overall flow of a good submission.

1. Title of Presentation

Template Management using Osiris

2. Presenter(s) Name

Bruce Potter

3. Bio

Bruce Potter is jack of many trades and master of none… well, maybe public speaking, but that’s about it. Bruce has been doing security related things for nearly 20 years, which makes him feel old. Bruce is the founder of The Shmoo Group, helps out with ShmooCon, and has more Shmoo-branded shwag in his basement that he’ll publicly admit.

4. Abstract

Osiris is an open source integrity monitoring software system written by the Shmoo Group many years ago. It is used in many organizations as a scalable means to monitor for changes created by change management violations and penetration by external actors. One of the challenges with Osiris (and any integrity monitoring tool) is minimizing the amount of noise created by inconsequential changes. Osiris addresses this problem through the use of templates that limit the scope of monitoring based on the host OS and user customizations. Unfortunately as OS’s evolve, the set of files that SHOULD be monitored can often change and osiris templates don’t account for these changes.

We have developed a lightweight tool to monitor running systems to instrument changes over time and ultimately recommend changes to the currently deployed templates. Rather than performing full blown scans and checksumming to look for changes, this tool will only examine MAC times thereby dramatically reducing a “normal” instrumentation scan. Administrators are able to look at the statistical data under the tool and determine what changes to accept to the running template. We have also developed a public database of templates based on results from the tool so that organizations can provide updated templates back to the community.

5. Detailed Outline

6. List of other conferences

We presented our data on system file drift at BSides Antarctica in July. However that research as been updated and the tools and database are completely new.

7. Why is this a good fit for BSides LV

We feel that integrity management is an important capability for any modern enterprise, especially with the ease of which adversaries can modify attacks and malware to avoid detection by AV and IPS. We feel that our template update system provides a key component that is otherwise missing in integrity management systems.

8. Previous experience

We have presented at BSidesLV  before. We have also delivered presentations at DefCon, Blackhat, The Gathering of The Shmoo, and InfoSec Anonymous.

You can see video of our best previous presentation here:


9. List of facilities requested

We need to be able to project 2 different systems at one time for our demonstration. Please let us know if that’s a problem as we’ll retool our demo to accommodate one screen.


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