Tickets available and first sponsor

Tickets on sale

We are excited to announce that tickets are now on sale at Eventbrite! Tickets are $10, but there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that you have to pay the $1.54 fee in addition to the $10 ticket price. The good news is that, for $11.54:

  • We will have food catered in to feed you (exact details are still working out, but it will likely include breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks but not dinner)
  • You’ll get an opportunity to network with both Knoxville’s experienced security professionals and aspiring security professionals – the only other opportunity to do this is in the fall at the East Tennessee CyberSecurity Summit (ETCSS)
  • We will have 2 tracks filled with interesting, high quality talks for all sorts of interests (keep sending in those submissions!)
  • Every attendee will get a cool badge. We played with the idea of having fully functional electronic badges, but costs were prohibitive. Instead, we’ll have an awesome looking PCB and will aim to have the necessary components available onsite for you to purchase, and soldering stations allowing you to put them together. Or build it later and enjoy the talks instead!
  • No talks you’re interested in? Though we’re still working out exact details, we’ll have some fun activities (‘villages’ we like to call them) for you to engage in.


We’rCiscoe happy to announce Cisco as our first official platinum sponsor. Knoxville is a special place when it comes to Cisco and security, as the company’s Advanced Security Initiatives Group (ASIG) is based here.

Other Stuff

  • We’ve already been using it, so it looks like the official hashtag for this event will be #BSK2015.
  • If you are a student, email info (at) to receive a discounted rate for tickets! Student IDs will be checked to confirm the special rate at the door.
  • Tickets have been limited, as space is limited at this venue, and no one likes getting surprise visits from the fire marshall. If all tickets sell out and demand is still high, we will consider going to… plan 9. Just kidding, we have a plan B.
  • Since we’re providing food, we want to be respectful of any particular dietary needs. If you have any special needs, email us at info (at) and let us know.
  • If you have any other questions, email us at info (at)

CFP is open!

Calling all Makers, Hackers, Red Teams, Blue Teams, or anyone who wants to rant about security and privacy! The first ever BSides Knoxville is scheduled for May 15th, 2015 @ Scruffy City Hall, and we’re looking for creative, cutting-edge presentations.  Whether you’ve devised a new attack against internet-connected gas pumps or discovered a new behavioral analysis technique for identifying botnet C&C, we want to hear from you!  Attacking, defending, threat intelligence, privacy issues, reverse engineering, philosophy; if it has a security, hacking, or privacy angle, BSides Knoxville is interested!

If you want to shape Appalachia’s view on security, please submit a short abstract describing your contribution at:

Key CFP dates and deadlines:

  • CFP Opening: Feb. 1st, 2015
  • Early Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2015
  • Early Submission Notification: March 7th, 2015
  • Final Submission Deadline: April 1st, 2015
  • Final Notifications: April 7th, 2015

BSides comes to Knoxville

This ‘scruffy little city‘, after one aborted attempt and a lot of planning, is finally going to host its first BSides conference. Knoxville is an interesting place for security professionals. The InfoSec community is small here, but the area has its share of notable security events – good and bad. Knoxville gave birth to Neighborcon a ways back. Oak Ridge National Lab employs a significant security force and has had its struggles as a target. The Sarah Palin hack was carried out by a UT student. The Cisco Advanced Security Initiatives Group (ASIG) is based in Knoxville and its members are directly involved in getting this conference going. Knoxville has a number of companies headquartered here, a few of which include Pilot Flying J, Scripps Networks (HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Travel Channel, etc), Ruby Tuesday (in nearby Maryville), AC Entertainment, Bush Brothers, Jewelry Television, Sea Ray, Magnavox and Regal Entertainment.

All this factored into the decision to launch a security con here, though one of the most influencing factors was the great local need for security skillsets. This is a college town and there is some interest in the security world from students living and going to school here. Many of the companies I’ve mentioned are on the cusp of growing large enough to require full time security staff, or are currently looking to grow security staff.

Within the last 2-3 years, Knoxville received its first DEFCON group (DC865), ISSA chapter (almost there, actually) and maker space. Our experiences with these three groups all but validate our suspicions that this is a town begging for a hacker con. We hope. Tickets go on sale on February 15th, and our fingers are crossed.