Springing up in the shadow of larger, fatter, richer security
shows like RSA and Black Hat, the Security B-Sides is more like a
security-focused salon than a traditional conference. A movable feast of some
of the top security minds, it combines rapid fire presentations on threats and
exploits with a loose, flexible organization and venues that range from high tech (Microsoft’s New England Research and Development (NERD) Center in Boston) to “direct to DVD” (an unoccupied mansion on the outskirts of ‘Vegas).
These days, you can find B-Sides
running alongside many major North American security conferences and often drawing a
steady stream of attendees to hear fresh, unexpurgated and commercial free
discussions of threats, attacks and prevention.
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