Middle Bit: BSides Security Conference will take place April 20

The 2019 BSidesIowa Security Conference is set to take place Saturday, April 20 at Grand View University in Des Moines.

This will be the 6th time the event has been held in Iowa, making BSidesIowa is the longest running security conference in the state.

“The purpose of the conference is to drive community-drive security conferences at a low-cost,” said Gret Hatrick, lead organizer of the conference. “The talks that we have are very community-based. It’s people in the community about research they’re doing or things they’re learning, just sharing relevant and cool information.”

The conference will consist of a combination of workshops and talks throughout the day along with a Capture the Flag event presented by SecDSM. BSides Iowa is currently looking for presenters to speak at this year’s event.

“Being in Iowa, we don’t have a big offensive security community so a lot of the talks will be about how to defend your network or the corporate network you’re working for,” Hetrick said.

Tickets to the conference are $20 and admission is free for students. The first 150 attendees to purchase tickets will receive an LED badge with the BsidesIowa logo.

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