Category: Conference

Dorsey Levens To Keynote RVAsec 2022!

Dorsey LevensWe are pleased to announce that Dorsey Levens will be keynoting RVAsec 2022!

Dorsey Levens is a retired All Pro running back who played in the NFL for 11 seasons from 1994-2004. Levens spent 8 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, winning Super Bowl 31 and appearing in Super Bowl 32. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 2009. Levens also played two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, making another Super Bowl appearance, and one season with the New York Giants.

After retiring, Levens had a short run as a sports broadcaster, later focusing on producing and acting. He also wrote, produced, and starred in the stage play ‘Stripped,’ and produced ‘Bell Rung’, a documentary about concussions in football. Devens later landed a role in the NBC sitcom “Good Girls,” made guest appearances on Tyler Perry’s “For Better Or Worse,” and toured with Perry’s stage play “Madea On The Run.”

Levens currently lives in Atlanta, GA, where he teaches personal growth and development through mindfulness. Re.Mind, The School of Life, was developed by Levens with hopes of changing our perception about our lives and the world we live in. 

Dorsey will share how having the proper mindset is more essential than ever. As we are constantly bombarded with information, news, and social media, it has never been more important how this information is received and processed. With stress, worry, fear, and uncertainty at an all time high, Dorsey will discuss the necessary tools to help you navigate through this unpredictable journey we call life.

Twitter: @dorseylevens

Instagram: @dorseylevens25

Website: Re.Mind


RVAsec 11 – Registration is Open!

Tickets for RVAsec 2022 are now on sale!

RVAsec Badges Registration the RVAsec 2022 security conference, located in Richmond, Virginia, is only $225 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:

  • $225 regular price until 3/31
  • $300 late registration until 5/19
  • $500 super late registration until 5/31

** Please note that the only the first 300 registrations will be provided an electronic badge. **

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 Rescheduled – June 16-17, 2022

Due to several conflicts the conference will be now held June 16-17, 2022 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.

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

Quick reminder that the CFP is still open and tickets will go on sale shortly!

-Chris and Jake


RVAsec 11 CFP is now open!

The call for papers for RVAsec 2022 is now open!

Click here to submit a talk to the CFP now!

Conference: June 16-17th, 2022

Location: Richmond, VA

CFP Submission Deadline:  March 13th, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern


RVAsec is a Richmond, VA based security convention that brings top industry speakers to the midatlantic region. In its eleventh year, RVAsec 2022 is expected to attract over 750 security professionals from across the country. For 2022, 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: June 8-9, 2022
  • 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! 

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

https://forms.gle/wo1FhhcCG1Fn1pHp6

 


RVAsec 2021 Recap

We have finally recovered from RVAsec and wanted to bring you a quick recap!  We had over 450 attendees for this year and it was great to see everyone back in person!

What we were thrilled to bring you:

Thank you to everyone that took the time to provide us feedback.  We worked long and hard for several months to ensure that we are able to provide the safest conference possible and follow CDC and Virginia COVID recommendations.  We are pleased to report that while we were able to deliver that, in order to make that happen we modified the event from previous years.  We are very hopeful that we can get back to a “normal” RVAsec in 2022.

What to expect in the coming weeks:

Thanks again to all our our speakers, sponsors and volunteers!

Next year, RVAsec will be June 16-17, 2022 at the Omni Hotel Richmond.

See you next year.

Jake and Chris


Speaker Feature: Anthony Switzer

Anthony is just someone that has a passion for helping people and shares that passion through cybersecurity.

Why I Love Purple Teams, Even Though They Don’t Exist

The industry of Cybersecurity has grown over the years. As a group driven by innovation, we look to solve our own problems. We have mimicked the military by choosing to have blue and red teams but have also developed a new team, the Purple Team. If you asked a cybersecurity professional what a Purple Team is, they might respond with a simple “it’s red and blue combined.” This talk is questioning what a Purple Team is by breaking the problem down to a first principle. Once we have the first principle, we’ll open it up to see if this is really a unique situation to our industry or was it solved already.

Come see Anthony at RVAsec! Register now.


Speaker Feature: Richard Thayer

Richard Thayer has been in IT for over 35 years. From his early beginnings of working on IBM’s 8086XT system(s), to designing robust security architectures for Fortune 50 companies; Mr. Thayer has consulted for vertical markets within Finance, Energy, Manufacturing, Retail, Insurance, and DoD & Civilian Government.

Three Worlds of Application / Cloud Security

Application / Cloud security goes hand in hand in our ever-changing IT environments.  With the cloud actually “being” an application, we need to look at three areas of Application Security that encompass what goes into the cloud, the cloud itself, and how to secure its communications and workloads.

This discussion will start to the extreme “far left” in the security lifecycle, all the way to the developer’s keyboards. Then we will explore the DevSecOps security process, based on the “Defense in Depth” theory of security. Then finally we will address the workloads in the cloud, with some of the public cloud’s native functionality to protect itself, and how we can use additional toolsets to enhance them.

Companies need to identify not only the tools, but when to use them, and how to automate them.

Come see Richard at RVAsec! Register now.


Speaker Feature: John Behen

John Behen is the Vulnerability Management Lead for Newport News Shipbuilding, in Newport News, VA. He has been an IT professional for 25 years at a diverse range of companies including Newport News Shipbuilding, The Martin Agency and Procter & Gamble. Outside of Information Security, John enjoys spending time with his family and competitive offshore yacht racing.

5.4 Million Vulnerabilities and Counting…

More and more, Vulnerability Management is becoming a central function in an organization’s defensive posture. Along with that realization, companies are discovering that there is no central framework for implementing a Vulnerability Management program. Facing millions of vulnerabilities, we implemented a prototype vulnerability management framework that can be applied to any organization, regardless of size. This presentation will take attendees through the six core Vulnerability Management domains, with tips on how this framework can be applied to other organizations.

Come see John at RVAsec! Register now.


RVAsec 10 After Party — Live Band: Monkey Fist — Register Now!

The RVAsec 10 after party, brought to you by Risk Based Security and GuidePoint Security, will be at in the main Omni Ballroom on Thursday, November 4th, right after the conference ends!

  • 5:30pm to 7pm: Food/Beverage
  • 7pm to 10pm: Monkey Fist  plays

Monkey Fist has been amazing audiences in the Central Virginia area since 2006 with a high-energy rock show that promises stellar musicianship and vocals, and a wide range of musical selections: from 80’s anthems to today’s new rock and everything in between.

This is an exclusive event, so you must be registered to attend or you will not be allowed entrance–no exceptions!

Important Notes:

  • You must use the same email you used to register to RVAsec.
  • Each attendee must have their own name listed (duplicates will be deleted).
  • If you are not registered for RVAsec,  your ticket will be deleted.

Even if you have a ticket for RVAsec and said that you wanted to attend during the signup process, you MUST now registered for the party!

Register For The After Party Now!

If you haven’t bought a ticket for the RVAsec conference yet, now is the time…. click this link, you know you want to!

Or if you know better, don’t click that link, copy and paste this (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rvasec-2021-security-conference-tickets-86646133919) in and purchase that ticket!


Speaker Feature: Karl Jankowski

Karl is a business technologist through experience and a private pilot by fascination. While spending most work days in “the Cloud”, weekends are often spent flying below the cloud deck.

Network Assessments: Cybersecurity, Quackery and Fraud

Network assessments are valuable tools to provide insight into infrastructure. It is no surprise they are used to close 7 out of 10 new business opportunities for managed service providers. Their benefit to business is often an illusion.  This talk covers the basics of assessments, how they are misused, and what companies of all sizes should be doing instead.

Come see Karl at RVAsec! Register now.