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"What up, Beaches?" - @shrdlu


August 18 & 19, 2011


Dockweiler Youth Center


Dockweiler State Beach


Free (as always!)



And we Love our Sponsors!


Event details


Security on the beach, where else but in Los Angeles!  Two days of talks on the beach, with real Firetalks with Real fires!  "Bring your swimming trunks, 'cause if they don't like your talk, you're going in the water!" - @banasidhe 


BSidesLA goal was to mash up the local Southern California security community with the best open thinkers from around the world in the famous SecurityBSides open, interactive and community oriented format.  This was and will continue to be a community event - for all of us, by all of us.  In exchange for it being a free event, you will be encouraged to be active.  Come and talk, speak up, ask questions and participate throughout the event.  It is a time for all of us to learn, share and explore without judgment, and con-fees.


BSidesLA - Talks - Presentations Available from this site as provided by speakers.


Pictures of the 2011 Event



For details on the schedule, please see the schedule posted further down this page.


The event will include:
  •      Thursday and Friday during the day there will be a selection of semi-scheduled talks at Dockweiler Youth Center. 
    • Registration opens at 9:00 AM Thursday and Friday
    • Talks start at 9:30 AM on both Thursday and Friday
    • Lunch will be provided and will be at 12:30 - Rinaldi's Original, and Border Grill Taco Truck 

  •      Thursday evening, dinner with open firetalks around the firepits at Dockweiler State Beach
    • Dinner: A special dinner on the beach! Border Grill did the catering and our attendees did (alot of) eating.
    • Firetalks: any attendee can present in a 20 minute format - 10 to talk, 10 for community feedback.
    • Sign-ups to get a spot on the firetalks are open (see below for how to submit)!


Volunteers!  Sponsors! We need sponsors, wranglers, handlers, speakers, nuts, looneys, the sane, and those of you that are somewhere in-between to all throw in a hand. Because in Los Angeles, we do everything BIG.


Invite your friends by posting this on Twitter: "#BSidesLA August 18&19,2011: Discover the next big thing!"



Firetalks on the Beach!


All attendees and speakers were welcome to submit to give a firetalk.  Signups continued through to August 18th.  Do not worry about being accepted.  We will accept anyone who wants to talk!


If you'd like to follow the signups, join the Google Group "BSidesLA Firetalks".


The Format:  Each Firetalk will be given a total of 20 minutes.  Each speaker will have up to 10 minutes to talk on any subject of their choice, and those gathered around the fire will have up to 10 minutes to either: discuss and debate the subject and the talk, or throw the speaker in the ocean (yes, it is an option, and we hear there are sharks...)  There are no limits on subjects, animation, or creativity.  This is a time to share and really see if you have an idea in your future that will be your own "Next Big Thing".



The CFP (Call for Papers) is CLOSED!


Thanks everyone!  The goal of BSidesLA is to bring together the best from around the world, and the best from the local talent for a chance to share and exchange ideas.  The talks are a simple opportunity for people to come to BSidesLA and present their ideas, round-table, mash-up or other activity on Information Security and its related fields.


To see the submitted talks, please follow this link...BSidesLA - Talks

We will be collecting the presentations and videos and posting them on the Talks page.





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Talk Details are Available on the BSidesLA Talks Page


Day 1


Thursday, August 18th Track 1
Track 2
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Title: Ankle Busters to the Wedge: What's up with these APT Kooks

Speakers: Kevin Albano & Christopher Price (Los Angeles based)

Title: The Green Malware - made from 100% recycled malware
Speaker: Christopher Elisan
10:30 AM- 11:30 AM
Title: Why Information Security is like Brakes and Seatbelts?
Speaker: Jerry Sto. Tomas, Allergan (Los Angeles based)

Title:  Solving the US Cyber Challenge: Cyber Quest 

Speaker: Skyler Onken (Los Angeles based)


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Title: Don't Fear the Auditor
Speaker: Steve Weil, (Los Angeles based)
Title: Weaponizing The Smartphone: Deploying The Perfect WMD
Speaker: Kizz MyAnthia (Nicholas Donarski) 
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
LUNCH!!!  The Original Rinaldi's (Deli Sandwiches)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Title: Everything I Need to Know About  Security I Learned in Spy School (well, almost everything) 

Speaker: Bernie Cowens, CSO, First American (Los Angeles based) 

 Title:  State of Crimeware Today - Report from the Trenches

Speaker:  Ivan Macalintal (Los Angeles based)

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Title: Go Heavy or Go Home...Applying Bodybuilding Basics to Infosec
Speaker: Sean Cordero
Title: Security Domination via Hard Drive Isolation. AKA Bubbles and Bootables as Rootkit Rebuffers
Speaker: Gal Shpantzer 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Title:  TBA

Speaker:  Francisco Artes, CSO Deluxe Entertainment (Los Angeles based)

Title:  Malware: Why You Should Never Use the Internet
Speaker:  Sean McAllister (gaten), (Los Angeles based)
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Firetalks and Dinner at the Beach!!! 


Day 2


Friday - August 19th Track 1
Track 2
9:30 AM- 10:30 AM
Title:  WOMBAT and other fun IT & Security Terms
Speaker: Daniel Blander (Los Angeles based)

Title:  Hacking Google Chrome OS 

Speaker: Matt Johansen

10:30 AM - 11:30 PM

Panel:  A League Of Our Own:  The Future Of Cyber Defense Competitions
Panelists:  Anna Carlin, Dan Manson, and James Schneider

(Greater Los Angeles based)


Title: This is Not Your Granddad's Web App

Speaker: Dan Kuykendall, NTObjectives, Inc. (Los Angeles based)

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Title:  Are There Vulnerabilities Around Your Firewall? Hell Yes, But Don't Blame the Firewall!
Speaker:  Jody Brazil

Title: The Consumerization of IT and its Impact on Enterprise Security

Speaker: Chris Perret

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
LUNCH!!!  The Border Grill Taco Truck!

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

 Title:  Moneysec: Applying the lessons of 'Moneyball' to information security
Speakers:  Brian Keefer AKA chort, Jared Pfost 
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Title:  Security Outliers: Cultural cues from high risk professions
Speaker:  Gal Shpantzer 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Title:  IT Security Budgeting from the Hacker's Perspective
Speaker:  Joe McCray 





  • Daniel Blander - Beachcomber, that Gnarly Dude who sleeps on the beach
  • Mike Krueger - Security, Special Food, Surf Guitar
  • Mehrina Ahmed - Sponsors, Food, Water Goddess
  • Jason Martin - CFP, Surfer
  • Eric Schmiedl
  • Dan Tentler



  • Thank you all the awesome volunteers who made it possible, and chipped in at every opportunity!



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