Saturday, September 22, 2018 we had our first Security BSides conference in the South Florida area: BSides Miami. Hosted at i2 Labs on Biscayne Bay, we had two tracks of speakers, several panels, and about 80+ participants.
I spoke at the conference on the topic of Security Maturity Models. Interestingly, the presidents of the South Florida ISACA Chapter and HackMiami also spoke at the conference.
For a first time conference, it was overall good. There were problems, which will happen with a first time event. I hope they address this for the next time, and I do hope there is a next time. I was bothered by the emphasis on blockchain. For my view, BSides should be a conference by and for the whole infosec community. We should have sessions that appeal to and be of value to a wide range of folks: those getting into the field, mid-level folks, experienced folks, etc. I do like that seeing other activities at BSides conferences, like job fairs, hack the flag games, lock picking, etc. A blockchain track is one thing, but it shouldn't overwhelm the overall conference.
Do to the problems with my presentation, I'll be posting a summary here soon.