Austin - March 12-13, 2015


BSides Austin 2015: 

Security is still Weird and SCARY!!!



When: Thursday & Friday - March 12th & 13th, 2015

WEDS Evening Mar 11th 5pm-8pm - At the Wingate Round Rock Hotel Bar

OWASP/ISSA/BSides Security Social sponsored by:


Where:  Wingate Conference Center - Round Rock, TX. (Austin suburb)


Registration Open - Reserve your spot HERE


If you are a student or Military with a valid ID, you will get in for FREE !!!  Just send us an email to BSidesAustin (at)


Call for Papers is CLOSED


-Wendy Nather

The security industry is growing like never before — not just in the number of startups and ideas, but in investments and valuation. And yet some of these “new ideas” seem awfully familiar (don’t IOCs sound a lot like signatures to you?). The number of breaches isn’t decreasing; vulnerabilities are discovered on a daily basis, sometimes after having been around for decades. Maybe what we need is some outside-the-sandbox thinking. In this session, 451 Research director Wendy Nather will throw out the data from over 1,000 security vendors and start fresh with some ideas so crazy, they just might work. No sacred cows will be admitted to the keynote except in the form of BBQ brisket.

Thursday Followup KEYNOTE: 

-Jay McLaughlin 

Title: Faces of Fraud: How Cybercriminals are Attacking Financial Institutions

The virtual branch is the financial institution¹s franchise. But satisfying the experience of your valuable customers while protecting against the latest threats brings new challenges in securing this critical channel. Cybercrime has transformed into a sophisticated, billion-dollar industry, and high-risk targets need to develop a security posture that can scale to the volume and maturity of cyber-attacks being carried out. Multi-layered security solutions are needed to protect your virtual branch from fraud - but what does this even mean? This session will highlight tools and best practices on pressing issues - account takeover, social engineering, neural network monitoring, and emerging payments. Join this session to hear Jay McLaughlin, Chief Security Officer for Q2, who will share insights on how to protect against the most persistent and motivated cyber adversaries.

Bio: Jay McLaughlin currently serves as the Chief Security Officer and Senior Vice President for Q2, a provider of premier electronic banking solutions for community focused financial institutions. In this role, he is responsible for the delivery and execution of the organization¹s overall security strategy. Jay brings more than 15 years of technology and security experience within the financial services. McLaughlin, a well-regarded thought leader, is known throughout the industry as a go-to expert for security. His dynamic, balanced, insightful presentations and writings cover a wide range of security topics. He is highly visible and frequently speaks at industry conferences and summits. He's been featured and quoted in various publications including ComputerWorld, CIO Magazine, American Banker, and the ABA Banking Journal. In 2010, ComputerWorld selected and recognized him as a Premier100 IT Leader for his contributions and leadership over the course of his career. Jay is a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Central Florida.



-Reuben Paul

Topic Title: CyberSecurity-NG
In this keynote, 9 year old, Reuben Paul (@RAPst4r) will talk about what (or who) is the next generation (NG) of CyberSecurity, covering threats, targets and defenses. He will also cover and show a step by step process of how someone can hack in this current/next generation by demonstrating an android malware attack. Be prepared to smile, if he turns on the webcam on your mobile phone. Finally, he will share some thoughts of what is close to his heart - the education of children in cybersecurity. 
Come join us at BSides Austin 2015, for a fun-filled, entertaining yet educational, one-of-a-kind, unprecedented keynote by this rising cybersecurity star - Reuben Paul, who by the way, did we mention is also the youngest person to have received the Shaolin Do Kung Fu Blackbelt in America :-)

9 Year Old / 3rd Grader / CEO of Prudent Games / Cyber Security Ambassador / Hacker / Keynote Speaker / Black Belt in Kung Fu / Spider- Ben


  • Weds March 11th - Moving to later in the year in association with Austin ISSA
  • OWASP/ISSA/BSides InfoSec Social - WinGate Hotel Bar - 5-8pm
  • Suggest one! - BSidesAustin<at>Gmail<dot>com

Follow the schedule as it develops:

LockPick Village:



Thursday Night Event:

The return of our famed 'Fire Marshal Talks'.  Submit your topic and discuss whatever IT/InfoSec/Hackery/Sploit you want.

Find the board, write your name and topic.

Starts at 6pm or after the Thursday talks conclude.  Dinner and beer provided IF sponsored.

Friday Night Reception:

Join us for the Post Con Reception for refreshments and food.  Meet the sponsors, speakers and get to know your community!
Starts at 6pm or after the Con concludes and the cleanup is complete.  

   BrewSides Austin 2015 

Post Con Activity

       Saturday March 14th 10am
       Meet at - Wingate Hotel Lobby, NOT the Conf Center


Book one of these rooms near the venue - closest hotels first

 BSides Austin Staff and Speaker Hotel
Wingate Round Rock- overflow
  • 512-341-7000
  • 1209 N. IH 35 North, Exit 253 at Hwy 79, Round Rock, TX 78664
  • Use code "BSidesAustin"

2015 BSides Texas State Sponsor:
BSides Texas would like to express our extreme thanks to sponsors that support BSidesAustin, & BSidesSATX!

Engaging the Audience Sponsors for BSidesAustin 2015

Above and Beyond for BSidesAustin 2015

Core Sponsors for BSidesAustin 2015

Contributing Sponsors for BSidesAustin 2015

BEER Sponsor

Door Prizes

LockPick Village and CTF