CSides Monthly Security Meetups

CSides Monthly Security Meetups provide an opportunity to listen to and share security research within the Canberra region. The meeting occurs normally on the 3rd Friday of every month. Each meetup consists of 1-2 talks of around 30 mins each. Talks start at 6pm and are followed by some socialising at a local pub.

New attendees are welcome, just come along! (There are no entry fees, and no tickets to book)

The talks at CSides are technical. CSides welcomes new and interesting speakers to present - the topic will be on a technical or security issue. As a speaker you can be an expert, a student, someone learning a new area or maybe a regular speaker on the conference circuit, but we also love to have new and occasional speakers. Please contact one of the organisers below if you are interested in speaking.

You are very welcome to propose running activites other than talks, such as hands-on workshops, an infosec quiz or something else relevant to our techie audience!

Room N101
CSIT Building, ANU

Acton ACT 2601



Badger & Co
Joplin Lane Kambri Precinct,


Kylie McDevitt
Silvio Cesare

Future Dates:

3rd September

BYO VirusTotal for Email - Sebastian Salla

15th October

Reversing - BenS

19th November


Friday 13th August 2021

Talk 1: Immersive 3D for Network Traffic Analysis

This research covers the long, but ultimately un-successful so far, attempt to display computer network traffic in a 3D abstraction that can be more than just a gimmick for management fascination.
Daniel Clark
Daniel has been working in computer security within government since 1999 and is currently working on a part time PhD in cyber security. The software at the heart of this research, Scanmap3D, has been available open-source on Source Forge since 2003.

Talk 2: Exploiting Browsers

This talk takes a bug in a JS Engine and provides an example of the work required to develop it into a browser exploit.
Dr Silvio Cesare
Silvio is best known for his steak cooking and being Kylie's partner. He also wrote about some linux elf stuff in the 90s that is still referenced, has spoke at Blackhat a few times, has a PhD, worked in a few roles and likes to teach and share knowledge. Can you just google him? The next time he speaks at CSides he will get his abstract & bio to Kylie early so she doesn't have to write it for him. ;)

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Past Talks:

Friday 18th June 2021

Talk 1: eBPF - The coolest-newest kid in town
extended Berkeley Packet Filters (eBPF) is quickly becoming the hottest-newest addition to the Linux Kernel.
With its ability to dynamically trace code execution and efficiently route packets, it is quickly becoming the major system to replace software-defined firewalls, routers, and system tracers, thanks to investment by cloud-native giants like Google and Netflix.
This talk will give an overview of eBPF, and how it can be used for everything from packet capturing, to malware analysis, bug hunting, and even malware. eBPF is becoming a must-know system for Linux developers and security specialists, so come along to learn what eBPF is, why I think it's so dope, and how to start making and using eBPF Programs and tools. Also it's coming to Windows (sorta)!
Pat is an awesome partner to his wife, a hilarious dad to his daughter, and a dedicated ball fetcher to his dog.
When he's not spending time doing those things, he's a senior security researcher at a public cybersecurity company. Having previously worked as a developer of mission-critical systems, he now helps threat hunters uncover and stop advanced actors across the globe.
Talk 2: Cybears Present: A Review of some 2021 BSides CTF Puzzles
The Cybears returned to BSides Canberra in 2021 to run the Capture the Flag competition. This talk will include run throughs of some of our favourite challenges, discussion on how we approach puzzle design and how new players can get started playing CTFs.
_featuring_: hypersphere (MattB), cipher and special guests
Cybears can be reached at their public Discord server [0] where you are welcome to ask about specific puzzles from the 2021 competition prior to or after this talk. We might even answer your question during the talk if we have time!
Please visit the Archive for talks from past years