Category: <span>Announcement</span>

Speaker Feature: Jeff Tehovnik

Jeff has been working in IT since 1998 and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (BS-IS 2012, MS-CISS 2014) and the SANS Technology Institute (PGC Ethical Hacking & Penetration Testing). Jeff also enjoys research and educating on Technical Information Security Topics including Network Security Monitoring and Advanced Persistent Threats. In addition to recently passing the CCSP exam, Jeff holds the CISSP, GCIH, GPEN, GWAPT, GXPN and VMware NSX: Micro-Segmentation certificates.

When he’s not delving into the cloud, Jeff enjoys Reading, Fishing, and Vacationing at the beach with his wife and kids.  He is also an avid Hockey Fan.

Infrastructure as Code: Theory and Concepts

Information Systems Engineering & Operations Personnel can realize Scalability and Consistency by leveraging Infrastructure as Code.  This presentation will dive into the Theory of Infrastructure as Code and the Concepts on effective use.  A pathway to CI/CD, and eventually DevOps, will be shown.

Come see Jeff at RVAsec! Register now.

Speaker Feature: Yonatan Striem-Amit

Yonatan Striem-Amit, CTO and Co-Founder of Cybereason, is a machine learning, big data analytics and visualization technology expert, with over a decade of experience applying analytics to security in the Israeli Defense Forces and Israeli Governmental Agencies. Prior to founding Cybereason, Mr. Striem-Amit headed the development for Watchdox, a leading DRM and SaaS security startup.

What’s Next In The Fight Against Ransomware

With ransomware attacks simultaneously becoming more effective and at the same time more prevalent – a ransomware defense strategy is top of mind for prepared security leaders.

In this session we’ll address:
– How to build an effective anti-ransomware security program
– Similarities and differences between ransomware attacks and other sophisticated operations
– The ranging impacts of a ransomware attack – both financial and other
– Implementations security teams can make today for better ransomware defense

Come see Yonatan at RVAsec! Register now.

Speaker Feature: Evan Johnson

An engineer at heart, Evan works at Cloudflare with all of the software engineering teams on the systems and products they are building. the first security engineer hired at Cloudflare, and also worked at LastPass as a software engineer, and was the first security hire at Segment.

Zero Trust: The Good Parts

After working on implementing zero trust at a multi-thousand person workforce, and working on building the product that provided it, there are a lot of learnings to share. Join me while I talk about the how we went about implementing zero trust at Cloudflare, and building a product now used by many other companies to do the same.

Come see Evan at RVAsec! Register now.

RVAsec 2021 Speakers and Schedule Announced

This year we are going to back to our roots and we will having a single track conference! This was the best decision as we continue to prioritize ensuring that we have both a safe and engaging event.

We had many great submissions to the CFP and given the limited number of speaking spots it was extremely hard, but the CFP team has managed to select a great lineup for RVAsec 2021.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal to the CFP –the review team had to make some tough decisions and we appreciate all the time and hard work that went into submitting.

Without further delay, here are the speakers for the RVAsec 2021!

For the full details and times for specific talks, please see the schedule page.

Can you believe we are only 24 days away?  Please register as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly for a smooth event! Now is the time to register if you haven’t yet!

Don’t forget to get your hotel room booked!  The rate is good until 10/21.

Things are looking great for the conference and we expect more details will be provided soon!

Book Your Hotel Room for RVAsec 2021 Now!

We recently were onsite at the Omni in preparation for RVAsec 10 taking place November 4-5, 2021.  RVAsec has the entire hotel for the event and plenty of space to celebrate our 10th year!

We ask that you please book your hotel room as soon as possible to assist with our planning as we get back in person.  In order to have the entire hotel, we do need to have a significant amount of hotel rooms as part of the conference.  We ask that you please consider staying at the hotel this year.  The hotel block will expire on October 22, 2021 and be advised that we will not be able to assist after that date has passed.

For the conference rate, call 1-800-the-Omni or(804) 344-7000 and ask for the “RVAsec Conference 2021” rate.  You can also directly book on the Omni Richmond website.

While onsite, we spent time working on the new layout for the conference, but also spent considerable time discussing how we will implement precautions to make sure the event is as safe as possible and comfortable for our attendees.

We will continue to monitor the situation in Richmond, VA, however, as of now Virginia has not mandated masks for individuals that are vaccinated, but is strongly encouraging them.  We will continue to work with the hotel and put in place the necessary safety measures.  

We want to assure everyone that we are taking the utmost COVID safety precautions including extreme spacing out of vendor and session areas, single-serving food, sanitizing stations, among other things.  More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Registration is open and we ask that if you are planning to attend please register ASAP.  This will greatly help the conference! 

We understand that everyone has their own risk model, but we are excited to be with you in person in November!

-Jake and Chris

RVAsec 2021 – Registration is Open!

Tickets for RVAsec 2021 are now on sale!

We are back and looking forward to seeing everyone in November!

Tickets that were purchased for 2020 have been automatically rolled over into this year’s event.  You should be able to login to your Eventbrite account and access your tickets.  If you have any issues accessing them please contact us and we will do our best to assist.

There will be a lot of change this year as we move to The Omni and we are still navigating a post-COVID lockdown world.  Regardless, we are planning for a full event including two full days of talks, great speakers, meals, snacks, drinks, reception, after party, prizes, a capture the flag contest, t-shirt & swag!

We have already sold 50% of our available tickets.  Once we sell out there will be no more tickets available.  Please remember that you are not guaranteed shirts, bags and badges if you register late, they will be provided to attendees in the order of registration until supplies run out.  Further, if there are capacity limits priority will be provided in the order that tickets were purchased.

Conference ticket prices:

  • $225 regular price until 8/31
  • $300 late registration until 10/15
  • $425 super late registration until 10/31

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 we are unable to provide refunds due to processing fees.  You can, however, easily transfer your ticket to another person.

Register now!

RVAsec – November 4-5, 2021

First, we want to apologize for the lack of communication.  At the same time we want to assure everyone including our attendees, speakers and sponsors that we have been working hard to figure out how to bring RVAsec back even better than before the world imploded in early 2020.

COVID has lingered far longer than we expected.   While now is not the time to lower our guard, the downward trend in Virginia is very promising.  Further the distribution of the vaccine is progressing and Virginia now has launched a website allowing residents to pre-register.  With this positive news we are planning to move forward with an in-person event this year.

This year marks the 10th year of RVAsec.  We had previously made some major decisions prior to COVID to mark the occasion.  We are now finally able to announce our plans moving forward.

RVAsec is moving to the Omni for the next three years.  While we are extremely sad to be leaving our original home at VCU, this move gives us the entire hotel to take the conference to the next level.  

Again, the conference will be held in person November 4-5, 2021 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.

Previously purchased tickets for 2020 will be automatically transferred to the 2021 conference. More communication to follow on this.

We have been working closely with the hotel and will continue to be in touch with them to ensure the event is run in a safe manner, while still providing the best security conference experience.  For those that are unable to attend in person, we are hoping that we will be able to stream the conference.

Over the next couple weeks we will be in touch with sponsors soon to discuss details on the event, and we will begin to publish additional information and timelines.

We thank you for your flexibility and we look forward to seeing you all in person later this year!

-Chris and Jake

RVAsec 9 Goes Virtual

On July 1, Virginia officially entered into Phase 3 and began to further reopen the state. Governor Northam’s face covering requirement for indoor public spaces remains in place, and guidelines for indoor events changed to allow up to 250 people to attend RVAsec. 

Even though Virginia has been in Phase 3 for some time, we have still been proceeding cautiously. While Virginia has done well so far handling COVID-19 compared to many states, in the last few weeks it has become clear that it’s in everyone’s best interest to revise our plans for October. We are still working through the details, but we will not conduct RVAsec 9 in person as we desired, but rather we are working on plans to hold it as a virtual summit with streaming talks before the end of the year.

The RVAsec 9 Virtual Summit will be completely free for attendees, which will allow us to reach a broader audience and bring new members to the community.

We are in the process of setting up a chat server (using Discord) for our community so we can have active discussions during the streaming presentations, and we’ll also be leveraging this going forward to keep the RVAsec community in touch and socializing. Lastly, we are also looking at ways we can resume our monthly meetings in some virtual fashion.

Previously purchased tickets for 2020 will be automatically transferred to the 2021 conference, which will be held in person on June 3-4, 2021, regardless of any price increases.

While going virtual is a huge disappointment for all of us, the safety of the community that’s grown over the last nine years is paramount. We thank you for your flexibility this year as we work through brand new challenges, and look forward to being in-person again in 2021 at our brand new venue. 

We will be following up with more details about the Summit, and a huge announcement about plans for 2021.

See you in the virtual!

-Chris and Jake

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 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!


Jake and Chris

After Conference Reception Sponsor: Corelight

We are pleased to announce that Corelight are sponsoring our After Conference Reception on Wednesday, 6th May. The Reception will be held in the Commonwealth Ballroom directly after the last talk on Wednesday afternoon. Thank you to Corelight, and we look forward to seeing you all there!

Corelight makes powerful network traffic analysis (NTA) solutions that transform network traffic into rich logs, extracted files, and security insights, helping security teams achieve more effective incident response, threat hunting, and forensics. Corelight Sensors run on Zeek (formerly called “Bro”), the open-source network security monitoring tool used by thousands of organizations worldwide. Corelight’s family of network sensors dramatically simplify the deployment and management of Zeek and expand its performance and capabilities. Corelight is based in San Francisco, California and its global customers include Fortune 500 companies, large government agencies, and major research universities.

Come see us at RVAsec. Register now!