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   BSides Columbus   



   Our History  

How did it all start?

BSides is a community-driven framework for organizing and holding information security conferences, a concept that began in the US in 2009. Because the call for papers that year for Black Hat Vegas was oversubscribed, several quality speakers were rejected—not because of lack of quality but of lack of space and time. Those unable to present decided to hold their own conference on the "b side."


Since then, many BSides events have been arranged in several countries throughout the world. Each Security BSides Conference is a community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members.


The goal is to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the traditional confines of space and time. It creates opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. It is where conversations for the next-big-thing are happening.


BSides Columbus

BSides Columbus was founded in 2014 to give local information security enthusiasts a platform to share their discoveries and breakthroughs in securing technology to the vast Central Ohio infosec community.


BSides Columbus has been proud to feature the likes of David Kennedy, Runa Sandvik, Jayson Street, and Thomas Drake as keynote speakers in years past. Not only is BSides Columbus an awesome place to showcase 614 security talent, but the conference is also a fantastic way to meet fellow security practitioners.

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   Code of Conduct   

Everyone is Welcome and Valued at Bsides Columbus

We're committed to fostering an inclusive and respectful environment for all participants.

Harassment of any kind is not tolerated at BSides Columbus. This includes but is not limited to unwelcome comments, gestures, or physical contact that makes others feel uncomfortable or unsafe. We strive to create a space where all individuals can freely express themselves without fear of discrimination or harassment.

Participants who violate these principles may be warned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the organizers. We rely on the cooperation of all attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers to uphold these standards and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. Together, let's embrace the spirit of omics and build a community that celebrates diversity and inclusion.

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Get Involved with BSides Columbus

Join our team of volunteers and help make BSides Columbus a success! Whether you're interested in event planning, logistics, marketing, or tech support, there's a role for you. Volunteering is a great way to network, gain experience, and give back to the cybersecurity community.

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Partner with BSides Columbus

Partner with BSides Columbus to showcase your commitment to cybersecurity. Our sponsorship packages offer opportunities to increase brand visibility, connect with industry leaders, and support community growth. Contact us to learn more about sponsorship opportunities!

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