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Big changes are in store for the 2018 BSides Charm con! This four-year-old Baltimore-area event has grown exponentially in a short span. The hard-working organizers are building off the tremendous success of the 2017 con and will raise the bar in 2018.

You can still expect the high-quality content Charm is known for when the event will happen: April 28-29, 2018. It will be the blue crab in an ocean of infosec cons as it will focus on defense for its two session tracks and three training tracks.

Making a return appearance will be the popular CTF, WCTF and Lockpick Village programs. The Hiring Village has been upgraded, too! Sponsor companies and job seekers will now have a separate space available for those important getting-to-know-you talks.

The scheduling process has been improved for attendees to take advantage of the free mentoring and resume review offerings, as well.

What will be different about BSides Charm 2018? The venue! The con organizers are excited to host next year’s event at the Sheraton Baltimore North to house all activities under one roof.

Located approximately 15 minutes from Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor, this new venue in Towson, Maryland, will be your weekend getaway location for all the Charm events, including a party with live music. Check the con website for information about discount room block rates.

Con organizers are expecting to welcome approximately 1,200 people to the 2018 event. Last year, this event sold out in two hours. Stay in the know and follow @BSidesCharm on Twitter or check their website for updates at

BSides Charm 2018 CFP will open on October 31, 2017. Whether you have infosec tricks or treats, submit your best work for consideration.

BSides Charm – now in Towson – April 28-29, 2018. Don’t miss it!

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About the Author: Tracy Z. Maleeff (@InfoSecSherpa on Twitter) is a librarian turned SOC Cyber Analyst. She is a frequent presenter about best practices of data mining from social media, professional networking, and introduction to information security topics. Tracy has 15 years of experience as a librarian/researcher in academia, corporate, and law firm industries and earned a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

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