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RVAsec 2020 Rescheduled – October 14-15, 2020

As we shared in our previous update on the COVID-19 situation, RVAsec is committed to providing a safe environment for our attendees, and we will always act accordingly as we figure out the best way to move forward. 

As security people, many times we are frustrated when people won’t listen to expert (our) advice. Now it’s our time to listen to the experts at the CDC and numerous other government sources, and follow their recommendations.

Thus we have made the difficult decision to postpone RVAsec 2020. While working closely with VCU through the process, we came to the unfortunate conclusion that it would not be possible to host RVAsec at the university later this year. This issue made the process even more challenging to quickly reschedule the event, however, we now have a plan in place!

RVAsec 2020 will now be held at the Altria Theater on Wednesday, 

October 14 and Thursday, October 15 2020.

We’re grateful for the patience and support of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors, as well as our hosting partner VCU, while we weighed our options. Postponing the event to a much later date we believe is the right decision that allows us to ensure the safety of all attendees as well as making sure that RVAsec lives up to its name and what the community has come to expect.

We understand that many questions will remain, and we have a ton of work that needs to be completed in order to properly communicate more details and next steps. At this point, all registered attendees and sponsors have been rolled over to the new dates. We will follow-up as soon as we have concrete details for next steps, and any other actions that you may need to take including how we plan to address scheduling conflicts.

We wanted to communicate this decision as quickly as possible, so if you have any pressing questions, please feel free to contact us directly at info@rvasec.com and we will do our best to respond in a timely fashion. We plan to send out a more detailed FAQ about the date change, tickets, CFP, hotel information, and other key points as soon as possible.

We hope everyone stays well and we look forward to seeing you as soon as we are past these unprecedented times.

We also want to express our thanks to Hope and VCU for their amazing response and efforts, Sarah and Altria for working with us, and to thank our community for their continued support of RVAsec so we can bring the conference to Richmond for many years to come!

Regards,

Jake and Chris


RVAsec 2020 – COVID-19 Update – March 12, 2020

There’s a lot of concern and attention in the media about the Coronavirus pandemic. Many large security events and gatherings are being postponed or cancelled. We’re aware that many companies are introducing restrictions on travel. And many people have concerns about safety when traveling or attending a public event;  we do too.

With that in mind, we want you to know that we have been, and continue to keep a close eye on the situation. We want to share some information with our attendees, speakers, sponsors and our community.

Richmond, VA has been relatively unaffected by the situation so far. We have been cautiously optimistic that we could continue as scheduled by implementing additional sanitation and safety measures. Our plans have been to monitor the situation and follow the lead provided by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), our hosting sponsor, and our local government officials.

This week VCU issued a statement that all events with more than 100 people have been cancelled until April 15. While RVAsec is outside of that range (May 5-6), it is not currently clear if that date will be extended. 

We can tell you that RVAsec is committed to providing a safe environment for our attendees, and we will act accordingly as we figure out the best way to move forward. Furthermore, we are prepared to do our part to reduce the potential impact to our community and flatten the curve, even if to the detriment of the conference itself. 

Our next step is that we will be meeting with officials from VCU this coming week to further discuss the situation. This meeting will hopefully provide additional insights that will allow us to make a proper decision on how to proceed with RVAsec 2020. 

We will provide further information as soon as it becomes available.

Thanks for your support in these unprecedented times,

Jake and Chris


RVAsec 2020 Hotel Information

RVAsec has reserved a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn Downtown for out of town guests. The rate is $144* (includes hot breakfast) and discounted parking ($10/day in & out privileges).

You book online book online or call the hotel at  804-643-5400 and ask for the “RVAsec 2020” rate.

When you call the hotel please tell mention the block “RVAsec2020” to get the special rate.

Hampton Inn Downtown Richmond
700 E Main St
Richmond, VA 23219

Make sure you check out information on getting to the conference.


If for any reason you are unable to get the RVAsec rate or the block of rooms has been filled, please let us know.


Paul Asadoorian (@securityweekly) To Keynote RVAsec 2020!

We are pleased to announce that Paul Asadoorian, Security Weekly, Founder & CTO will be keynoting RVAsec 2020!

Paul spent time “in the trenches” implementing security programs for a lottery company and then a large university. Paul is offensive, having spent several years as a penetration tester. He is the founder of the Security Weekly podcast network, offering freely available shows on the topics of information security and hacking. As Product Evangelist for Tenable Network Security, Paul built a library of materials on the topic of vulnerability management. When not hacking together embedded systems (or just plain hacking them) or coding silly projects in Python, Paul can be found researching his next set of headphones.


RVAsec 2019 Videos

We’re pleased to announce the immediate availability of the RVAsec 2019 videos!

Click through to watch all presentations on YouTube, and all the slides are now available as well!

 


RVAsec 2020 Registration Is Now Open!

Tickets for RVAsec 2020 are now on sale!

Early registration price is only $175 for two days of great speakers, food and beverages, t-shirt, swag, parking and more!

RVAsec’s base ticket price for 2020 is $225 and will be in place after 2/1–so don’t wait! And if that’s not enough incentive to purchase your tickets early, late registrations (after 3/20) will be $300!

Don’t forget all the things you get with registration, including 2 full days of talks, meals, snacks, drinks, reception, after party, prizes, a capture the flag contest, t-shirt & swag!

Once we sell out there will be no more tickets available.  Please remember you are not guaranteed shirts, bags and badges if you register late.

So, to recap the conference prices:

  • $175 discounted price until 1/31
  • $225 regular price until 3/20
  • $300 late registration until 4/24
  • $425 super late registration until 5/1

If you are unable to attend due to the price, please contact us to discuss as we do have stipends available for students and also have volunteer opportunities that provide a great way to get in for free!

Once again there will be no tickets sold at the door, and don’t forget that RVAsec has sold out every year–so don’t wait!  Please note there are no refunds due to processing fees.  You can however easily transfer your ticket.

Register now!


RVAsec 2020 CFP is now open!

The call for papers for RVAsec 2020 is now open!

Click here to submit a talk to the CFP now!

Conference: May 5-6th, 2020

Location: Richmond, VA

CFP Submission Deadline:  March 1st, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern


RVAsec is a Richmond, VA based security convention that brings top industry speakers to the midatlantic region. In its eighth year, RVAsec 2019 attracted over 750 security professionals from across the country. For 2020, the conference is a two day and three track format, with a mixed focus on technical and management/business presentations.

Information:

  • Conference location: Richmond, VA
  • Dates: May 5-6, 2020
  • All talks must be 50 minutes in length
  • Presenters will need to select technical, business/management, or 101 tracks.
  • While we welcome foreign speakers, we are unable provide sponsorship for entry to the U.S.

We try to treat our speakers well with a special VIP event, gifts, and travel assistance (if possible). Join us at RVAsec and enjoy the perks! Join us at RVAsec and enjoy the perks!

For more information and requirements, or to submit, please visit:

https://forms.gle/wo1FhhcCG1Fn1pHp6

 


RVAsec 2020 – May 5-6

We’re pleased to formally announce dates for RVAsec 2020!

Due to some unforeseen scheduling conflicts at VCU we have had to move up the dates for 2020.

The 9th Annual RVAsec conference will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5th and 6th at the Commonwealth Ballroom at VCU’s University Commons.

If you are interested in speaking, keep an eye out for a CFP announcement coming shortly!

Sponsorships are still available, but as a reminder we sell out every year so please contact us soon if interested!


RVAsec 2019 Proof of Attendance

If you need proof of attendance for your CISSP or other certification CPEs, please use this PDF.

Instructions:

Proof of attendance:

 


RVAsec 8 CTF Sponsored by Capital One

It’s that time of year again! RVAsec is right around the corner, and the MetaCTF Team as well as a small army of volunteers are hard at work preparing some exciting challenges for this year’s competition. In keeping with the format of the past several years, we’ll be running a practice CTF on the first day of the conference (Wednesday, May 22nd). This will be a great opportunity to get familiar with the platform, and if you’ve never done a CTF before, a perfect time to try one out with plenty of people on hand to help!

On Day 2 (Thursday, May 23rd), we’ll be running the actual competition. Even though it will contain some hard challenges, this is a learning CTF – not a stump-the-chump competition. As such, there will be plenty of challenges including lockpicking, recon, web & binary exploitation, forensics/IR, and more designed for people of all levels and backgrounds. Additionally, you may choose to compete as an individual or form teams of up to 4 people – there are separate prize categories for both.

You will need an updated Kali machine, but we will provide everything else. In addition, we’re excited to announce that Capital One will be sponsoring the CTF this year!

Below is a list of some of the skills/topics that have been covered in previous years:

Entry Level: Primarily aimed at beginners and those with a less technical background, focusing on basic infosec skills and concepts.

  • Rot N encoding
  • Google Fu / OSINT
  • Examining website source code
  • Basic file analysis (eg. file, strings)
  • Trivia

Intermediate: Expect to begin taking a deep dive into the core categories by finding and exploiting vulnerabilities, cracking passwords, etc.

  • Extracting objects from Wireshark dump
  • SQL Injection
  • Recovering and analyzing forensic artifacts
  • Cracking password hashes (using john, Hashcat, etc)
  • Reverse Engineering and Disassembly

Hard: For our battle-hardened, seasoned CTF players which will challenge competitors to truly think outside the box, crack encryption, exploit binaries, and more.

  • Blacklist filter evasion for SQL Injection
  • Binary Exploitation (buffer overflows and ROP chains!)
  • Cracking RSA Encryption
  • Multi-step OSINT investigation
  • Hardware / Wireless 🙂

Finally, good luck to everyone, and we’ll see you in Richmond soon!

CapitalOne