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$ man BSidesRoc

Security B-Sides Rochester, or BSidesROC, is an open, non-profit hacker conference in Rochester, NY. It provides a place for people to learn about hacking, infosec, and all kinds of different technology in a fun environment.

Our seventh year was another action packed event that included presentations from industry professionals, games and challenges that exercised your hacker skills, as well as community involvement that represents the Rochester community. We helped students and employers match up to see if we can’t turn the amateur hacker into a career plan.

Here’s a quick summary of our conference based on surveys from attendees:


This is fun, can I volunteer?

If you’re interested in this year’s volunteer opportunities, you can email volunteer at bsidesroc.com.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There will be no ID requirements to get into the conference. This is not a child oriented event but all are welcome.

What should I bring into the event?

Laptops are recommended if you’re interested in playing the CTF or crypto challenge. If you’re interested in career opportunities, we’d recommend bringing a hard copy of your resume.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can email info at bsidesroc.com if you have any questions.

$ cat CodeOfConduct

One of the goals we have with BSidesROC is to foster open discussion between attendees, speakers, and staff. Expressing radical viewpoints is welcome, and a high degree of skepticism on all sides is expected. Regardless, we aim to make BSidesROC a safe environment for everyone. We hold to the hacker ethos that what you look like is not important, your brain is what matters. As such, insulting or harassing other participants is unacceptable. We do not condone harassment against any participant, for any reason. Harassment includes deliberate intimidation, and targeting individuals in a manner that makes them feel unwelcome, or afraid – it does not include expressing viewpoints in a civil manner, even if they run contrary to the views others hold.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. We reserve the right to respond to harassment in the manner we deem appropriate, including – but not limited to – expulsion from the event without refund, and referral to the relevant authorities.

This Code of Conduct applies to everyone participating at BSidesROC – whether they are attendees, speakers, press, volunteers, or staff.

Anyone can report harassment. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, you can contact any BSidesROC staff or volunteer – identified by their unique shirt, and radio. Our staff will be happy to help attendees contact local law enforcement, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.

This code borrows heavily from the DEF CON code of conduct, drafted by DT

$ echo -e $(cat 501c3)

Security B-Sides Rochester (BSidesROC) has recently become a 501(c)3 Not-For Profit organization. In order to be as transparent as possible, below you can find information about the goals for the organization, the corporate structure, and other information about the organization.



The following currently fullfil the role of Board of Directors for the B-Sides Rochester, Inc. corporation. Their responsibilities are outlined in the bylaws above.

Coordinator: Forrest Fuqua [@jrwr]

Treasurer: David Frier

Secretary: Bill Bukowski


JRWR @jrwr (Coordinator)

A bunch of stuff here about FF Badge Op CTF Op

Kahomono (Treasurer)

Kahomono is a lucky security boffin from Baltimore via New Jersey and Florida, now planted firmly in Rochester. He implements security frameworks so all you techies have some context for the valuable things you do. Registration Op Speaker Dinner

Bill “JustBill” Bukowski @justbill6942 (Secretary)

JustBill is well, JustBill. His daytime job is Director of Infrastructure for the largest market research company in the world. His evening job is father and husband. His freetime job is hacking, riding motorcycle, board member/haunter of the local hackerspace, and a business side operator of BsidesROC. When you are bored or drunk hit him up on anything you want to talk about, and he’ll remind you none of it really matters because of heat death. Radio Op

Investigatorchic @investigatorchi

Investigatorchic AKA Cathy is a security researcher, speaker, and Senior Information Security Analyst at University at Buffalo with over 20 years of highly technical experience. In her current role, she is a data forensics and incident response (DFIR) specialist, performing incident management, intrusion detection, investigative services, awareness training, and personnel case resolution in a dynamic academic environment. She has presented at a number of information security conferences including DEF CON and Hacker Halted. In her (minimal) spare time, she enjoys visiting her adopted two-toed sloth Flash at the Buffalo zoo, researching death and the dead, and learning more about hacking things to make the world a more secure place. Sanity Check Op Social Media Op AV Op Stay-on-Target Op Volunteer Op

Alex Page

Alex is a data scientist at URMC. His work involves database tuning, machine learning, and parallel programming, He is also interested in software-defined radio, quantum computing, and medical device security. This is his seventh year helping at BSidesROC. Store Op Workshop Op


Jason aka lilillilliill is a lead network security engineer for a multinational mssp. He likes firewalls with lots of blinky lights, Linux, scripting, pcaps, dual-homing, big riffs, brown notes, pretentious existential art films, Louis Brandeis, community organizing, the outdoors, & fam time. Community Room Op

halpcomputa @hi_im_nikko

Nikko is a graduate of RIT where he studied Computing Security and still works at a security software company. He’s interested in hardware hacking, Internet of Things shenanigans, and ICS/SCADA. In his free time he’s a pretty average Overwatch player and baker. Art Co-Op, AV

Sean @ph3tt

As an Information Security Operations Manager by day, Sean leads both the vulnerability assessment and testing team, along with the threat intelligence team for a large national health care system. In his spare time, he enjoys popping locks, amateur radio, and tabletop gaming. Disappointed white male, looking for discreet friend to bring dreams to reality. Leather, lace and water sports…. Wait… wrong bio… Art Co-Op