BSIDES BELFAST 2018
THE POOL ON THE ROOF MUST HAVE A LEAKText and Photos: Reinis Babrovskis
“BSIDES BELFAST 2018” event took place in Europa Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 27th September where more than 20 speakers from various cyber security companies, as well as journalists gave speeches on various IT subjects. The event attracted a huge crowd on the day and proved to be a great success.
BSIDE was born in 2009 when a number of quality speakers were rejected from mainstream conference, not due to lack of quality but rather lack of space and time. BSIDE mission was to provide people with options by removing common conference barriers and by providing more options for speakers, topics and events. First BSIDE event was held in Las Vegas, NV, USA , in 2011 it arrived in UK where it soon became the leading info conference in the UK. In 2015 there were more than 200 events and in 2016 BSIDE arrived in Belfast for the first time. 2018 BSIDE event took place in the iconic Europa Hotel in Belfast.
BSIDES is a not profit organisation and wouldn’t be possible without the help of sponsors. BSIDES BELFAST 2018 was possible thanks to Talos, Rapid1, Anomali, Amazon Information Security, Synopsys, Logically Secure, Alert Logic, Proofpoint, BH Consulting, BSIDES London, BSIDES Manchester, BSIDES Glasgow, Steelgon.
During the day multiple participants took on the challenge of capturing the flag; thanks to @ZeroDaysCTF for the CTF. The winning team “CultOfTheDeadCarrot” received an awesome prize – a £300 voucher for Amazon, whereas second and third place obtained £200 and £100 vouchers.
If capturing the flag wasn't hands-on enough for the attendees, the conference attendees also had a chance to have a go at picking some locks and handcuffs on one of the stands; this seems to have gone down very successfully as the desk was always surrounded by loads of people.
Well… the majority people attended this event to learn more about the current IT affairs, risks and issues and listen to the talented speakers, it also was a superb way to meet new professionals, make new friends and generally have a good day full of laughter and fun with same minded people.
There were multiple speakers on the day covering various exciting subjects, including:
Costin Raiu – Opening Keynote
Saher Naumaan - Lazarus on the Rise: Insights from SWIFT bank attacks
Steve Armstrong - Implementing Advanced Incident Response Techniques
Kris McConkey - Twenty-four (FIN)seven
Joseph Cox - Hackers, Journalists, Unite!
Peter Ewane - Azured Persistence
Ashlee Benge - Analysis and Detection of Malicious OLEs using Open Source Tools
Phoebe Queen - Adverse Engineering
David Coursey - Hacking Mobile Apps with Frida
Paul Rascagnères & Warren Mercer - Group123: Korea In The Crosshairs
Sébastien Larinier - When the machine learning can help for the Hunting
Daniel Nash - The Terror Of Tracking
Samantha Seaman - Breaking & Entering: A look at how women get into cybersecurity
Ivan Kwiatkowski - FFM – A free, open-source hacking harness
Nick Biasini - Infosec time machine: Securing your network like it's 1999
Edwin Van Andel - Tales (Fails) from the Trenches
Katherine Cancelado - From the source code, to the infinity and beyond.
Yassine Aboukir - Crowdsourced security an efficient and cost-effective solution to augment organisations' security
Ciaran Conliffe - Threat Model The World
If you didn't get a chance to go this year please keep an eye for the future events, as if you're into IT, Security and just interested in current IT affairs this event is for you.