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“You either think you are secure or you know you are not!” BSides Puerto Rico 2016

On October 6th 2016, information security professionals and enthusiasts from the Caribbean descended on San Juan’s Centro de Convenciones Pedro Rosello for the fourth installment of Security BSides Puerto Rico.


“#BSidesPR2016 has already started! Have a nice day!”


Security BSides Puerto Rico is organized by Obsidis Consortia, a non-profit organization led by Jose Quinones, Johana Martínez-Rosario PhD, and José Arroyo Cruz.


ORGANIZERS: (from left) Jose Quinones, Johana Martínez-Rosario, José Arroyo Cruz


Full house

Hundreds of information security professionals, students, and enthusiasts gathered to attend more than a dozen presentations from infosec experts coming from all over the world, with the keynote talks coming from Black Hills Information Security’s Joff Thyer, and Tenable Security’s Carlos Perez. Both are co-hosts in the IT security news, vulnerabilities, hacking, and research-focused podcast Security Weekly.



The experience became even more hands-on with various activities such as drone hacking, 3D printing, and even lock-picking being provided.



What stole the show, however, were the badges which they handed out to all attendees.



¡La ganadora!

As a sponsor of Security BSides Puerto Rico 2016, eLearnSecurity gave away a Practical Web Defense training course in the Full Edition. The lucky winner of this hands-on course was Bianca Colón, a Computer Science student from the University of Puerto Rico.

Having been a recipient of the Cybersecurity Excellence award from ATACK-PR – a cybersecurity advancement body in Puerto Rico – and a presenter in the Women in Cybersecurity Conference (WiCyS) in the US, Bianca has begun proving her proficiency in the field, and Practical Web Defense will only add to expanding her skills in IT security.

Bianca Colón with Obsidis Consortia VP for Community Outreach and Administrative Affairs Johana Martínez

The members of the University of Puerto Rico’s Cybersecurity Club


Learn more about the Caribbean’s information security community here.

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