Sponsors & Supporters

BSides Manchester would not be possible without the help and support of the fantastic sponsors and supporters, so a big thank you to all our sponsors in 2015, and to our 2014 sponsors please come back and support us again this year.  The 2015 conference is going to be even better.


2015 Platinum Sponsors

NCC Group’s security consulting division assures the protection of your information against malicious attacks and data loss. Through expert security and penetration testing, managed security services, forensic services, incident response, compliance advice, vulnerability research and logical and physical audits we will help you to strengthen your position in the cyber arms race.


With the UK’s largest penetration testing team and top-level accreditations from bodies ranging from the government’s CESG CHECK scheme to the PCI Security Standards Council, we are a trusted advisor to over 15000 clients worldwide.

Pentest Limited is a Manchester-based penetration testing firm specialising in Application Security. Formed in 2001, Pentest focused on Application Security from the start and now employ one of the largest teams of Application Security specialists. As experts in our field, we are in the very fortunate position of working with a wide range of clients, from multi-national blue-chips to niche technology pioneers, allowing our testers to work on interesting, varied and challenging projects, for clients who genuinely care about security.

Pentest are delighted to be sponsoring BSides Manchester 2015 and hope many of you will attempt our latest Hacking Challenge.

2015 Gold Sponsors

PortSwigger Web Security is the creator of Burp Suite, the leading toolkit for web security testing. For over a decade, Burp has pushed the boundaries of web security testing tools, and is the product against which any imitator must be judged. Based in Knutsford, Cheshire, we are right on the doorstep of BSides Manchester, and we are very happy to be supporting the local infosec community.

2015 Siver Sponsors

IOActive is the only security consultancy with a global presence and deep expertise that spans the hardware, software, and wetware realms. We secure the Global 1000 in all facets of their enterprise and product portfolios in an era when vulnerabilities are mounting and threats evolve daily. Our team of internationally recognized experts partner with you to solve your toughest security challenges. IOActive core competencies include penetration testing, reverse engineering, code review, social engineering, and hardware security assessments. With expertise far beyond off-the-shelf tools, IOActive conducts in-depth analysis of information systems, software/hardware architecture, and source code using leading information risk management security frameworks and carefully focused threat models.

Avecto is a global software company specializing in endpoint security. Its revolutionary Defendpoint software offers proactive protection against advanced threats. Uniquely combining the technologies of Privilege Management, Application Control and Sandboxing in an integrated suite, you achieve security strength and depth without compromising user experience. This mantra of security + freedom underpins Avecto’s philosophy to unite IT departments and their end users.


Avecto’s experience is proven, with implementations of over 5 million endpoints at many of the world’s most recognizable brands. Established in 2008, Avecto is headquartered in Manchester (UK) with offices in Boston, (US) and Melbourne, (Australia).

One of Europe’s leading and most respected IT Consultancies, ZeroDayLab takes a unique 360° approach to Total Security Management helping make our clients’ infrastructure, applications and data more secure in the face of continually evolving Advanced Persistent Threats.

We apply world-class expertise via our 4 Cornerstone approach of Ethical Hacking; Consultancy; Governance, Risk & Compliance and Education & Training; alongside leading-edge security technologies.  From penetration testing to next generation SOC and dark web analysis to incident response we enable our clients to implement an effective Total IT Security Strategy. Our broad range of clients includes some of Europe’s leading organisations across many verticals including Retail, Telecommunications, BFSI, E-commerce, Travel and Defence. www.zerodaylab.com.

Context is an independently managed cyber security consultancy, founded in 1998. Our broad service portfolio covers the areas of security penetration testing and assurance, incident response and investigations, and technical security research.

We are certified by CESG and CPNI for the Cyber Incident Response scheme and we helped to establish CREST and its associated standards.

Our consultants are regularly invited to present at global events such as BSides, BlackHat Vegas, Hack in the Box and 44CON.

2015 Bronze Sponsors & After Party Sponsors

MWR is a global research-led information security consultancy. As a company we invest heavily in knowledge sharing and believe that events such as BSIDES Manchester are invaluable to the community, providing a platform for discussion on the latest thinking and research in the InfoSec arena. MWR is pleased to be sponsoring BSIDES Manchester 2015 and we will also be hosting the MWR after party this year!


2015 Community Sponsors

OWASP is a not-for-profit, open community dedicated to enabling organisations to conceive, develop, acquire, operate, and maintain applications that can be trusted. All of the OWASP tools, documents, forums, and chapters are free and open to anyone interested in improving application security. The Manchester chapter was formed in 2011 and hosts quarterly meetings featuring presentations from industry speakers.

CREST is a not for profit organisation that serves the needs of a technical information security marketplace that requires the services of a regulated professional services industry.


The Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) is a not-for-profit organisation, owned by its members and dedicated to raising the standard of professionalism in information security and the industry as a whole. The IISP does this through accrediting skills and competence, by sharing best practice and by providing a network of support and guidance on individual skill development. It speaks with an authoritative voice and its competency based memberships are widely recognised in the information security industry. 

Manchester Metroplitian University (MMU) is our host venue for 2015 and a university which offers Computer Forensics and Security degrees.  The degrees focuses on the four key elements of forensic computing: file-based forensics, internet-based forensics, network-based forensics and the legal and ethical issues involved in any digital investigation.

Security Lancaster is Lancaster University’s interdisciplinary research centre on Security and Protection Science. It was amongst the first 8 Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research in the UK. It is one of the few inter-disciplinary centres to tackle human and technological challenges to cyber security by integrating computer science and communication systems researchers with expertise from sociology, international relations, behavioural science and law. Involving over 90 researchers, the centre is internationally renowned for its cyber security research on network resilience, security of communications, securing mobile and cyber-physical systems, intelligent tools for tackling cyber crime and studies of user behaviours leading to cyber security threats. This research constitutes a multi-million pounds grant portfolio funded from a variety of sources including research councils (EPSRC, ESRC), the European Commission and direct investment from industry and government organisations.


White Hat Rally – Way Out West


Our amazing action packed fun filled motoring adventure “Way Out West” goes to Wales with a wild west theme, 18-20 September 2015, to raise funds to support Barnardo’s in their work with vulnerable children. No special vehicle or advanced driving skills are required, just a sense of humour and an adventurous spirit to endure the weekend and enjoy the fun!

A fantastic social experience and an excellent opportunity for business networking – help make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children. Get involved; enter or join a team, make a donation or sponsor the event today!



It's not just Manchester that has the BSides thing.  The UK has two BSides events.  Our friends down south host BSides London every year - find out more at www.securitybsides.org.uk

Want to Sponsor or Support?

BSides Manchester would not be possible without the help and support of the fantastic sponsors, so a big thank you to all our sponsors in 2015, and to our 2014 sponsors please come back and support us again this year.  The 2015 conference is going to be even better.


If you own, manage, run, or work for a company who should be involved, then please contact us.  Without the support of the industry we wouldn't be able to put this event on which is free to the attendees.


There will be loads of great opportunities to market your organisation to the information security community, so please don't miss out or leave it too long.


Sponsor Pack

We'd love to speak to you about becoming a sponsor.  As a starting point please download our sponsor pack (below) and then contact us on elves@bsidesmcr.org.uk to discuss futher.







We have multiple levels of sponsorship which will hopefully provide oppertunites for every company, big or small.  We are also keen to engage with the wider InfoSec community, so if you are an organisation, group, club, society, academia, etc which is non-commercial and involved in the InfoSec, cyber security, hacker space, coding space, or just geek space, then we would be interested in hearing from you and getting you involved.  Remember BSides Manchester is by the Community for the Community :)


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