Category: Announcement

Andy Ellis (@csoandy) Keynote and Book Signing at RVAsec 2023!

We are pleased to announce that Andy Ellis will be keynoting RVAsec 2023 and he will also be doing a book signing!  We are not sure how many total copies of the book we will have available, the sooner you register the better chance you will be able to get a free copy!

Andy is the author of 1% Leadership. He is the Advisory CISO at Orca Security and the Operating Partner at YL Ventures, and is an advisor to several cyber security startups, including VulcanUptycsGripPerygeeVendictValencePiiano, and Eureka. He is the founder and CEO of Duha, a leadership development consultancy that brings training to people earlier in their careers.

Andy Ellis is a seasoned technology and business executive with deep expertise in security, managing risk, and leading an inclusive culture. In his twenty-year tenure at Akamai, Andy led the information security organization from a single individual to a 90+ person team, over 40% of whom were women. Andy designed systems, governed risk management, implemented policy, and supported go-to-market functions. Widely respected across the cybersecurity industry for his pragmatic approach to aligning security and business needs,

Andy regularly speaks and writes on cybersecurity, leadership, diversity & inclusion, and decision-making. Andy has received a wide variety of accolades, including the CSO Compass Award, Air Force Commendation Medal, Spirit of Disneyland Award, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence (for The Arlington Inn), and was the winner of the Sherman Oaks Galleria Spelling Bee. He was inducted into the CSO Hall of Fame in 2021.

He currently serves on Harvard University’s Visiting Committee to IT. After receiving a degree in computer science from MIT, Andy served as an officer in the United States Air Force with the 609th Information Warfare Squadron and the Electronic Systems Center.

Paul Asadoorian To Keynote RVAsec 2023!

This may seem like Déjà vu but a silly pandemic won’t stop us!

We are pleased to announce once again that Paul Asadoorian will be keynoting RVAsec!  Paul is the Founder & CTO of Security Weekly as well as a Principal Security Evangelist at Eclypsium.

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 2023 – Registration is Open!

Tickets for RVAsec 2023 are now on sale!

RVAsec BadgesRegistration the RVAsec 2023 security conference, located in Richmond, Virginia, is only $250 for two 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.

Conference ticket prices and deadlines:

  • $250 early price until 2/28
  • $350 regular price until 5/1
  • $450 late registration until 5/31
  • $550 super late registration until 6/9 or until tickets sell out

This year we are introducing a new RVAsec Hotel Package.  The conference + Omni hotel package is $650 and includes:

  • Two night’s stay at the Omni Hotel (6/12 and 6/13), including taxes+fees
  • Reduced Parking Price
  • RVAsec conference admission
  • Electronic badge guaranteed **
  • T-Shirt
  • Bag
  • Meals & snacks
  • Events

** Please note: The RVAsec Hotel Package is the only ticket level which guarantees an electronic badge from Hack.RVA. All other tickets are first-come first-served based on availability. ** If you are unable to attend due to the price, please contact us to discuss as we have stipends available for students, and we have a 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 2022 Videos Published!

We’re pleased to announce the availability of the RVAsec 2022 videos!

Videos on Youtube

We have created the following playlists:

2022 RVAsec

2021 RVAsec

You can see all RVAsec presentations on YouTube.


RVAsec 2023: June 13-14

We’re pleased to announce dates for RVAsec 2023! 

know ➜ The conference will be Tuesday, June 13th and Wednesday, June 14, 2023.

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get ready ➜ Interested in speaking? Keep an eye out for a CFP announcement!



RVAsec Mobile App & Schedule

Please make sure you download the RVAsec Mobile App!

You can easily download the Sched app for iOS or Android.  After downloading, you can log into Sched (should be sync’d with your ticket purchase). You can then easily create and see your schedule.  If you have any issues you can also reset your password and search for RVAsec.

If you don’t want to install the mobile application, the RVAsec schedule is available also for mobile!


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RVAsec Passport for Prizes

We are once again having the Passport for Prizes event at RVAsec 11! This event gives you the opportunity to win some awesome prizes from our participating sponsors. 

Visit sponsor’s tables and get their initials or signature in the corresponding box. When completed, return your entry to registration for a chance to win.

Note: Your information must be complete to be eligible*, and you must be present at the reception on Friday to win.

  • Two “Mystery Bags” provided by RVAsec
  • $100 Gas Card provided by Abnormal Security
  • $100 Amazon Gift Card provided by Arctic Wolf
  • Drone provided by Assura
  • Whiskey Decanter & 2 Whiskey Glasses provided by Cisco
  • Bose Speaker provided by Corelight
  • $100 Gas Card provided by Exabeam
  • $100 Gift Card provided by Red Canary
  • Razer Naga Trinity Gaming Mouse provided by Risk Based Security
  • $100 Amazon Gift Card provided by SafeBreach
  • Bose SoundLink Flex Bluetooth Speaker provided by SentinelOne
  • $100 Visa Gift Card provided by Syscom
  • Herschel Duffle Bag provided by Tanium
  • Ranger Solo Stove Fire Pit & Beyond provided by Tenable
  • $100 Amazon Gift Card provided by Tidal Cyber
  • $100 Nike Gift Card provided by Varonis
  • Yeti Cooler – Hopper provided by Winslow Technology Group
  • $100 Longoven Gift Card in SA provided by Crowdstrike
  • $100 Gift Card provided by Check Point

* Contact information will be shared with Passport sponsors.

Speaker Feature: Raymond Canzanese

Ray is the Director of Netskope Threat Labs, which specializes in cloud-focused threat research. His background is in software anti-tamper, malware detection and classification, cloud security, sequential detection, and machine learning. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University. Most recently, Ray was the CTO of cloud security startup Sift Security.

Malware: Where Does It Come From?

We analyzed more than 100 thousand HTTP/HTTPS malware downloads from the past two years to answer one seemingly straightforward question: Where does malware come from? More specifically, we want to understand exactly what kicked off the chain of events that led to the malware download. Did the malware download originate from social media, phishing emails, compromised websites, unsavory websites, or somewhere else? Was the URL of the malware download somewhere unsavory or seemingly innocuous? Do different malware families tend to come from different places on the web? We will answer these and other related questions and wrap up the presentation by discussing what we can do with all of this information to reduce our own risk as we browse the web.

Come see Ray at RVAsec! Register now!