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A Bishop Fox Recap - Hacker Summer Camp 2023

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Alas, it is the third week of August, and our favorite week of the year has come and gone again. However, there was no shortage of excitement during Hacker Summer Camp 2023. We had a blast during the nine-day lineup of cybersecurity events and enjoyed watching several of our security experts present some of their latest insights and findings at BSidesLV 2023, Black Hat 2023, and DEF CON 31. We are already looking forward to all of these events and more in 2024.

We’ve put together a recap of Bishop Fox happenings to enjoy if you didn’t make it to Las Vegas this year or if you did and want to relive some of the fun!

BSides Las Vegas 2023

Tom Eston, VP of Consulting and Cosmos, and Barry MacLaughlin, Senior Director of Recruiting, represented the Fox Den at the 14th BSides Las Vegas on Wednesday with the presentations below. You can also catch Tom’s Management Hacking 101 session from DEFCON 30.

Management Hacking 102: Personalities, Empathy, and Difficult Conversations (Begin watching at 15min 44sec)

It’s All About Talent (Begin watching at 2hr 15min)

Black Hat USA 2023

Dan Petro, Senior Security Engineer, and David Vargas, Senior Security Consultant, presented their Black Hat session about the vulnerabilities in the Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) standard and explained how they were able to exploit them. They also shared their findings on real-world attacks they carried out using OSDP. Check out the blog to learn more and see if encryption will solve physical security problems and prevent MitM attacks.


Go big or go home as they say, and we went big at DEF CON this year! A livestream event, a speaking session presented by two Foxes, and Red Team village sponsorship.

We hosted our second annual livestream from DEF CON, called "The Art of Hacking." During the livestream, our resident Foxes Tom Eston, Alethe Denis, and Lindsay Von Tish interviewed security experts from across the community that showcased some of their techniques and tools for hacking and shared their insights on AI, Red Teaming, application and cloud security, and more. This is a great opportunity for those who couldn't make it to DEF CON in person to still experience some of the excitement and learn from the best in the industry. 

Dan Petro and David Vargas delighted the DEF CON main stage audience with another round of their "Badge of Shame: Breaking into Secure Facilities with OSDP” presentation.

Finally, we were thrilled to be Gold Sponsor of The Red Team Village at the Flamingo Las Vegas, Twilight Ballroom. The Red Team Village is one of the largest communities of red teamers, pen testers, and security professionals, and we are always excited to be part of it.

Dry Bar Las Vegas

On Thursday, we were excited to bring back one of our favorite events - Drybar takeover! Our guests took time out of their jam-packed schedules to swing by DryBar in the Cosmopolitan for a fabulous hair appointment, food, drinks, and a one-of-a-kind networking opportunity. We were honored to host many cybersecurity experts from across the industry, including Jon Hammond (also a livestream guest!) and Phillip Swaim, pictured below:

Dry Bar Las Vegas Bishop Fox DEF CON 31
Phillip Swaim LinkedIn Profile Highlighting Bishop Fox Dry Bar Event Las Vegas DEF CON 31

We were also excited to host Tanya Janca and several of her peers. Check out her blog, Trip Report – Hacker Summer Camp 2023, to see more fun from the Drybar takeover. 

Bird Bar

We painted the night away at our “Art of Cyber” Bishop Fox party at Bird Bar on Friday evening. We had a record-shattering 800+ registrants! Attendees enjoyed digital caricature artists; custom-designed, airbrush hats; and two lucky winners of our “Be the Top Bird” guessing game took home an LED backpack.

That's A Wrap!

In conclusion, Hacker Summer Camp 2023 was an unforgettable experience for The Fox Den. The events throughout the week provided an opportunity for cybersecurity enthusiasts to learn from each other, share ideas, and bond. We can't wait for next year's Hacker Summer Camp and the opportunity to learn and engage with the cybersecurity community once again. Happy hacking and see you in 2024!

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About the author, Beth Robinson

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Beth Robinson is a Senior Content Writer at Bishop Fox. She joins Bishop Fox with nearly 20 years of experience focused on technical intelligence issues.

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