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!
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:
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.
The call for papers for RVAsec 2020 is now open!
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.
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:
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!
If you need proof of attendance for your CISSP or other certification CPEs, please use this PDF.
Proof of attendance:
Barry Kouns is CEO at Risk Based Security, a vulnerability intelligence, organizational ratings,
and on-demand security solutions firm. Barry’s experience includes information security consulting, risk assessment and quality management. Barry has full knowledge of GLBA, FFIEC, HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, and ISO 27001 and is well versed with PCI DSS, ISO 9001, COBIT, FISMA, NIST 800-53, BS 25999, ISO 31000 and ISO 20000. He has earned a B.S. in Statistics from Virginia Tech and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering Management from North Dakota State University. He has earned the CISSP designation, is a trained ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Auditor & ISMS Implementer, and is ITIL Foundation Certified. Barry was a Captain in the United States Air Force and served as a B-52H Bombardier.
Everywhere you look today you see “risk-based security” being touted as the next big thing. Knowing your assets, understanding the threats and vulnerabilities that may impact those assets, and calculating a risk score in order to prioritize mitigation actions, should be every organization’s goal. Risk-based security is not accomplished by performing a risk assessment exercise once a year. It requires a continuous assessment of your organization’s risk posture. Too many businesses think that completing a risk assessment is a difficult and complicated process that requires expensive software and can only be done by third party consultants. As a result, risk assessments are not conducted or conducted once and stored away to show the auditors. Risk assessments are essential in order to assure that the expenditures involved in mitigating vulnerabilities and the implementation of security controls are commensurate with the risks facing the organization. Attend this interactive session to explore the definitions, methodologies, structure and the expected results of a proper risk assessment that can be produced by your organization
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Chandos Carrow is a Co-Information Security Officer for the Virginia Department of Health. He has worked for the Commonwealth of Virginia for more than 10 years and has been with the VDH for almost 2 years. Chandos has worked in several state agencies in his career including healthcare and higher education. He obtained his Master of Science in Information Systems from VCU and his CISSP from (ISC) 2. He is a member of several information security user groups including the (ISC) 2 Richmond Metro Chapter, Virginia Cyber Security Partnership, and Commonwealth of Virginia Information Security Council’s Conference and Knowledge Sharing Committees. Chandos enjoys giving back the knowledge he has obtained over his career and is currently an adjunct IT professor at Bryant & Stratton College in Richmond.
Information security is always changing and to keep up with these changes we need to somehow upgrade the professionals to keep up. In order to do this we need to expand the brain of the information security professionals. In this presentation we will cover several modern day philosophy concepts and how to incorporate these concepts into your everyday practice. These concepts include: ontological design, looking-glass self, feedback loops, flow state, cognitive play. Applying these concepts will hopefully expand your mind and improve how information security is conducted.
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Deana Shick has been a Member of the Technical Staff at the Software Engineering Institute’s CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) for 5 years. Deana works on the Threat Ecosystem Analysis team where she researches and analyzes current and emerging threats and vulnerabilities. Prior to working at CERT/CC, Deana was an International Trade Specialist focusing on EAR and ITAR regulatory processes. In 2014, she completed her M.S. in Information Security Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Along with her position at CERT/CC, Deana teaches at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, and pioneered the Information Security program at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Information Security is constantly in the news and making headlines. Which companies are breached? What are the impacts? How will the government respond to adversarial nations? The Internet still behaves much like the wild west – policy decisions are consistently being made and changed based on the structure and sustainability of the web. Organizations large and small are feeling the impacts of having a poor cyber security posture. This talk is perfect for those who are beginners, career changers, or anyone who needs a refresh on the building blocks of information security. It will discuss how data can be compromised, what those impacts are, and some suggestions of first steps. We will then dive into what vulnerabilities are and what to do about it. Finally, we will go over the things the rest of the 101 track will cover.
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