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Huge THANK YOU to the Pen Testing Community, SecDSM and BSides Iowa for helping bring awareness and supporting this event.

BHIS hosted a one-day Awareness Conference in Adel, IA on November 20th to highlight the importance and effectiveness of Penetration Testing. The situation with Coalfire has demonstrated the need to better educate the community on methods used to improve security and keep people safe.  Numerous presenters spoke to the current situation, how we can improve and what the community should know about Pen Tests.

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John Strand

Owner & Security Analyst, Black Hills Information Security

John has both consulted and taught hundreds of organizations in the areas of security, regulatory compliance, and penetration testing.   John is a contributor to the industry shaping Penetration Testing Execution Standard and 20 Critical Controls frameworks.



Sherri Davidoff

CEO of LMG Security

Sherri Davidoff is the CEO of LMG Security and BrightWise, and the author of “Data Breaches.” As a recognized expert in cybersecurity and data breach response, Sherri has been called a “security badass” by The New York Times. She has conducted cybersecurity training for many distinguished organizations, including the Department of Defense, the American Bar Association, FFIEC/FDIC, and many more.

Aaron R. Warner

Founder of ProCircular InfoSec

Aaron R. Warner is the former CIO/CTO of Integrated DNA Technologies and the founder of ProCircular InfoSec – a full-service information security firm providing analysis, strategy and implementation of small and medium sized security and risk solutions.


Deviant Ollam

The CORE Group

While paying the bills as a security auditor and penetration testing consultant with The CORE Group, Deviant Ollam is also a member of the Board of Directors of the US division of TOOOL, The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers. His books Practical Lock Picking and Keys to the Kingdom are among Syngress Publishing’s best-selling pen testing titles. In addition to being a lockpicker, Deviant is also a GSA certified safe and vault technician and inspector.

Dave Kennedy

Dave Kennedy

Founder, Senior Principal Security Consultant, Trusted Sec

Prior to starting TrustedSec, David was the Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Diebold Incorporated, a Fortune 1000 company, with locations in over 80 countries. He developed a global security program that tackled all aspects of information security and risk management.


David A. Nelson

Founder and CEO, Pratum

Dave is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with over 25 years of cybersecurity and technology experience. He is a Fellow with the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and has led cybersecurity and technology organizations in both the public and private sector.






Antoinette Stevens

Security Detection & Response Engineer for Cisco Meraki

In the community, Antoinette serves on the board for SecSM and dsmHack and is also an organizer for the BSides Iowa Security conference. In 2018, Antoinette was honored to be named as the youngest honoree on the Business Record’s Forty Under 40 list in recognition of her continued passion to create a more tech savvy Iowa. In 2016, Antoinette founded Reboot Iowa, a non profit dedicated to bridging the technical gap in Iowa through education. Reboot Iowa has since ceased operations but her passion for tech education continues on through her continued involvement in the community.


Benjamin Wright

Attorney Specialized In Data Security

Benjamin Wright is a practicing attorney based in Dallas, Texas, focusing on technology law. He serves as a Senior Instructor at the SANS Institute, and is the author and sole instructor of its 5-day course titled LEG523: Law of Data Security and Investigations.



Greg Hetrick

Global Head Red Team Operations Zurich Insurance 

Greg is currently the Global Head for Red Team Operations at Zurich Insurance Group. Greg has also held roles in both blue and red teams for large and small companies in financial services, education and healthcare. Greg is very active in the community in Iowa, as the lead organizer and president of BSidesIowa and co-founder of SecIC a local security meetup group in Iowa City. Greg also serves as Vice President for the West Branch CSD Board of Education. 


Jay Beale

CTO, Principal Security Consultant & Chairman, InGuardians

Jay Beale is Chief Operating Officer and a Principal Security Analyst for InGuardians. He is known for his work on mitigation technology, specifically in the form of operating system and application hardening. He’s written two of the most popular tools in this space which are used worldwide throughout government and private industry: Bastille Linux, a lockdown tool that introduced a vital security-training component, and the Center for Internet Security’s Unix Scoring Tool.


Jake Williams 

Founder & President, Rendition Security

Jake runs a successful Infosec consultancy. He’s been involved in high-profile public sector cases including the malware analysis for the 2015 cyber attack on the Ukraine power grid. He’s also tackled a variety of cases in the private sector.


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Trenton Ivey

Offensive Research and Development, Secureworks

Trenton has had the privilege of working with teams of skilled hackers to compromise some of the largest companies in the world. However, none of these potentially devastating breaches are public; they were all performed with the targeted organizations to help improve their security and prepare them for malicious attacks. Trenton has also worked on several high-profile incident-response engagements to provide the adversarial mindset as organizations respond and recover.


Chris Nickerson

Co-Founder of The Lares Team

Chris has spent 20 years in InfoSec, fighting to make customers more secure and dispelling the snake-oil services/products of other vendors. When Chris isn’t knee-deep in shoveling InfoSec FUD he is out on the ski slopes, playing with his dogs, or doing whatever his wife tells him to do.