6 December 2017 | by Zach Smith


Three Takeaways from BSides Fredericton 2017

On Tuesday, November 21, I had the pleasure of attending the first annual BSides conference held in Fredericton, New Brunswick.  BSides is a Do-It-Yourself (DIY), open security conference that enables cybersecurity specialists and other industry members to connect and share ideas.

As a computer science student, this event was a great learning experience! I got the chance to hear all of the new and exciting things going on in the cybersecurity world as well as meet a few people already working in the industry.

Here are my three takeaways from Bsides Fredericton 2017.


Many pieces will have to fit together in order to complete the cybersecurity puzzle. A subject agreed to by the vast majority of the room was collaboration. A few speakers noted collaboration in their presentations including Al Dillon, Managing Director of CyberNB who stated, “Cybersecurity is a team sport”.

Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement was a part of the presentation done by Kathryn Chamberlain of Beauceron.  This stood out for me because many do not know that each and every person plays a huge role in the war on cybercrime. Keeping employees engaged not only increases performance, it can also create a better environment for everyone in the workplace.

Workforce Development

I think that the best example of workforce development came from Liam Gunton’s presentation. Liam is a grade 12 student from Caledonia Regional High School. Coached by his teacher Benjamin Kelly, Liam is a CyberTitan and is currently doing a virtual co-op with Bulletproof. I believe this type of workforce development in high schools is exactly what is needed to fill the cybersecurity skills gap.

BSides Fredericton 2017 was a very positive experience for me I hope and look forward to attending the second annual Fredericton conference in 2018.

For more information on the speakers for BSides Fredericton 2017 visit here.  For more information on future BSides events visit securitybsides.com

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