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BSides Manchester 2016

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 2016.




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.

The Co-operative Group is a business, but more than this, it acts together to meet the common needs and aspirations of its members, sharing ownership and making decisions democratically. Our values influence the products and services of each of our businesses, showing that quality and value do not have to come at the expense of honesty and social responsibility. We are a business that genuinely does things differently and have been providing high quality products and services for over 150 years.

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 Frankfurt (Germany).

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.

Context is an independently managed cyber security consultancy that employs some of the best in the industry, we work on prestigious projects for clients that include some of the world’s most high profile blue chip companies. Our consultants are passionate about the technical and commercial side of security services. 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 standardsn text and edit me. It's easy.

Cyber Strategy is part of Nettitude’s DNA. Through our Define-Defend-Detect-Respond and Assure services, we enable our customers to enhance their security posture, reduce risk and improve their cyber security strategy for the longer term. Our award winning teams hold some of the highest cyber security accreditations in the world from CBEST, CREST through to PCI and ISO 27001.

(UK) 0345-52-00085 (US) 212-335-2238. @Nettitude_com

Hedgehog Security is focused on bringing sustainable information security growth to businesses throughout the UK and Europe. With over 100 years’ worth of information security experience, Hibernaculum brings experience gained within different industries from new business start-ups and small medium enterprises to FTSE100 listed companies.

The key objective of Hedgehog is to provide simple, effective and affordable information security improvements that support your drive to increase productivity and profitability. What makes us different from other security consultancy firms is the passion and experience of the team. Each team member is the best in their field and are all plain speaking, results driven individuals.

Tenable Network Security transforms security technology for the business needs of tomorrow through comprehensive solutions that provide continuous visibility and critical context, enabling decisive actions to protect your organization. Tenable eliminates blind spots, prioritizes threats, and reduces exposure and loss. With more than one million users and more than 20,000 enterprise customers worldwide, organizations trust Tenable for proven security innovation. Tenable's customers range from Fortune Global 500 companies, to the U.S. Department of Defense, to mid-sized and small businesses in all sectors, including finance, government, healthcare, higher education, retail and energy. Transform security with Tenable, the creators of Nessus and leaders in continuous monitoring.

Community Supporters

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.

One nothern based InfoSec Conference just isn't enough, so checkout our friends over in Sheffield with Steelcon on 15th-17th July 2016.

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Titan is the name for the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit and is a collaboration between the six police forces in Cumbria, Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and North Wales to tackle serious organised crime that crosses county borders in the region. The Cyber Crime Unit tackles Cyber Crime and Cyber-attacks, specialising in tracking down those engaged in large-scale computer fraud, identity theft as well as tackling the most serious computer hacking investigations. They also raise awareness to business, education and the general public of the potential risk and impact of Cybercrime along with simple steps which can be taken to prevent becoming a victim..

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.

NCC Group is a FTSE 250 listed global expert in cyber security and risk mitigation, working with businesses to protect their brand, value and reputation against the ever-evolving threat landscape.

With our knowledge, experience and global footprint, we are best placed to help businesses identify, assess, mitigate & respond to the risks they face.

We are passionate about making the Internet safer and revolutionising the way in which organisations think about cyber security.

Headquartered in Manchester, UK, with over 30 offices across the world, NCC Group employs more than 1,850 people and is a trusted advisor to 15,000 clients worldwide.

Platinum Sponsors

Pentest Limited is a Manchester-based penetration testing firm, with regional offices in London and Glasgow. 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 returning sponsors of BSides Mcr and hope many of you will attempt our latest Hacking Challenge.

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