BSides Philadelphia is an Information Security conference that’s different. We’re a volunteer organized event, hosted by and for the community, and we strive to keep information accessible.

The conference design is to advance the body of Information Security knowledge, by providing an annual, two-day, open forum for discussion and debate for security engineers and their affiliates. We hope to produce a conference that is a source of education, collaboration, and continued conversation for information technologists and those associated with this field. The technical and academic presentations at BSides Philadelphia have the spirit of peer review and advanced knowledge dissemination. Hosting this conference allows the field of Information Security to grow in breadth and depth and continue in its pursuit of knowledge and insight.

Our Story

As security researchers/practitioners/tinkerers/hobbyists our group has attended many conferences and events around the country. While at one event this past year, some of us questioned, of all the events we have gone to, why hasn’t there been something like this in Philly? From that conversation, we promoted the idea to other close friends and members of the industry, and they too agreed that an event such as BSides should be in Philadelphia. As that continued, more and more people showed interest and signed up to help make this inaugural conference a success and a foundation for future events in our area.