About BSides

What is BSides?

Who We Are

BSidesChicago is made up by a bunch of Infosec friends and awesome volunteers. We are driven by sharing information, have a huge passion for growth in our industry where researchers can present their work in a friendly and welcoming environment and everybody has an opportunity to learn and network.

BSidesChicago Lead

Kat Fitzgerald has many years in Security, with an emphasis on Blue Teams, (former Purple), DevSecOps, IR.

Based in Chicago and a natural creature of winter, you can typically find her sipping Casa Noblé Añejo whilst simultaneously defending systems using OSS, magic spells and Dancing Flamingos.

Honeypots, Refrigerators (WiFi enabled of course) and IoT (Internet of Threats) are a few of her favorite things!


BSidesChicago volunteers and staff are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for our speakers and participants. BSidesChicago is a working conference intended for professional collaboration and networking within the security community. This conference exists to encourage the open exchange of ideas and expression and requires an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group.

While at the BSidesChicago conference or related social events harassment of any form should not be engaged in by any participants, to include attendees, members, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, and anyone else. The terms of this Code of Conduct are non-negotiable. This Code of Conduct may be revised at any time by BSidesChicago. Your agreement to abide by this policy and its terms is indicated by registration for or attendance at BSidesChicago.