About BSides Wellington

What is Security BSides?

BSides is a community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members. The goal is to expand the spectrum of knowledge and understanding through conversation by creating opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages discussion and collaboration. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. It is where conversations on the next big thing are happening.

History of Security BSides

Security BSides was born out of a desire to remove barriers to entry and create a community of active participants. We believe that making it easier for everyone to participate in the security community enables great things. What started as a small gathering of folks at one event in 2009 has grown to more than 275 BSides events in 84 cities, in 19 countries in just eight years, and the number of events continues to grow as participants realise they can create a community anywhere, be it in Augusta or Zurich.

While every BSides event is unique and independently run, each is committed to being a community-organised, volunteer-driven, and corporately-funded forum for expanding the spectrum of information security conversations.


BSidesWLG is Wellington’s own slice of Security B-Sides, our 2017 conference will be our inaugural event. The event is being organised for the benefit of the entire New Zealand information security community and we are aiming to pack the two days with security education, collaboration, community building and a bit of fun too!


Erica, or sput, is a self-described cat lady, ketchup lover, human brain fancier, and security nerd. She prefers to spend her time getting frustrated with pi/arduinos, participating in high school-level CTFs, and learning about random technology things. Follow her ramblings on twitter @sputina.

Chris is a bearded hipster information security geek who hates the term ‘cybersecurity’ with a passion. He is also a self-confessed caffeine addict who can frequently be found drinking craft beer when not enjoying listening to and playing music. You can follow his rants, commentary and ramblings on twitter @chrisblunt.

Catherine (Kate) has the superpower of not needing a loudhailer and also has a thing for yellow. She also seems to keep herself busy doing all the things. Lately this has involved a lot of public speaking and international travel, as well as a lot of mentoring - particularly of women. She can be found on twitter as @secvalve.

Skooch, our resident college dropout hacker lacking any formal education, has been known to swear profusely at GDB around 4am in the morning while annoying people on twitter. Nobody really knows what he does, but there’s no doubt he’s upto no good.


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