RVAsec 2021 CFP is now open!

The call for papers for RVAsec 2021 is now open!

Click here to submit a talk to the CFP now!

Conference: November 4-5, 2021 Location: Richmond, VA CFP deadline is August 31st, 2021 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 2021, 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: November 4-5, 2021
  • All talks must be 50 minutes in length
  • Presenters will need to select technical, business/management, or 101 tracks.
  • While we welcome foreign speakers if travel restrictions allow, 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/G6do8VQ2EAsZ2d9M9

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 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!


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!

Silver Sponsor Feature: Crowdstrike

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Speaker Dinner Sponsor: Armis

We are very pleased to welcome Armis as our Speaker Dinner Sponsor for Monday 4th May!



Armis is the first agentless, enterprise-class security platform to address the new threat landscape of unmanaged and IoT devices. We discover every managed, unmanaged, and IoT device on and off of your network, analyze device behavior to identify risks or attacks, and protect your critical business information and systems. Armis is agentless and integrates easily with your existing security products.

Come see us at RVAsec. Register now!

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

Silver Sponsor Feature: Optiv




Optiv’s vision is to become the most advanced, most comprehensive and most trusted partner for cyber security solutions. We provide a full suite of information security services and solutions that help define cyber security strategy, identify and remediate threats and risks, select and deploy the right technology, and achieve operational readiness to protect from malicious attack.

Come see us at RVAsec! Register now.