About BSides Ottawa

BSides… is made out of people!

BSides Ottawa is a grassroots-driven conference that provides an open platform for security experts, industry professionals and everyone with an interest in cyber security to share their ideas, questions, insights and research, and to create trusted relationships with members of the National Capital Region cyber security community from the public and private sectors.

Each BSides 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.

2023 Call For Papers *Now Closed!*

The CFP for BSides Ottawa 2023 is now officially closed. This year has been extraordinary in many ways, including a record-breaking number of submissions from talented speakers near and far. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one who volunteered to speak at this year’s conference. Your enthusiasm and expertise are not just noteworthy; they are the very backbone of BSides Ottawa. Without you, there simply would be no show. Thank you for helping make BSides Ottawa 2023 poised to be our most exciting and insightful event yet! Speaker announcements will be published before September 15, 2023.

BSides Ottawa is celebrating a special milestone this year as it will be its eleventh event! From its humble beginnings, word of mouth grew, and year after year its popularity grew too. Many people have dedicated their time and effort over the years, and while the faces may change, BSides Ottawa has always strived to stick to its roots. It’s about giving back to the security community, networking, creating opportunities, sharing knowledge and making security training accessible. We extend our thanks to BSides Ottawa founders, and all of the organizers along the way that have helped it become what it is today. This year we have some special activities and prizes planned, so don’t miss out!

What is a security conference without a party? We have no idea either because we can’t imagine a Security BSides without one! Aftermath, the BSides Ottawa celebration is back again this year. Join us for drinks of your choosing and connect with former colleagues, geek out, laugh (or cry) about war stories, look for new opportunities or just blow some steam. It’s always a blast so let’s all raise a glass. See you there!

Challenges, Training, and Villages

Test your mettle in casual and competitive capture the flag, practice lock picking, jump into free security training and explore IoT and RF technology hacking!

CTF by Xanthus Security
Embedded Systems Village by Loudmouth Security
RFID Village by Loudmouth Security
Lockpick Village by Toool Ottawa
Vendor Track – To Be Announced…

See the Things to Do page for the full lineup!