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Day 1: Keynote Speaker


Alissa Knight

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Alissa Knight is a business magnate, American author, screenwriter, film director and producer. In 2020, Alissa formed Knight Group with her wife, Melissa Knight, which today controls 5 companies in publishing, marketing, events, and film production as well as a television and streaming service owned and operated by the Media and Entertainment Distribution division of Knight Studios.

Best known for her "Mr. Robot" stylized cybercrime franchises, Alissa's cinematography and visuals were undoubtedly influenced by her early years prior to her arrest as a computer hacker. Some of the television series she is best known for writing, producing, and directing include Dark Ops (2023), Cloud Wars (2023), Ransom (2022), HEAT (2022), Scorched Earth (2022), and Underdog Games (2022). 

Alissa became a published author in 2019 with the release of her bestselling book Hacking Connected Cars (Wiley, 2019). Prior to her career as a film director and producer, Knight was a reformed Black hat computer hacker who was arrested at 17 years-old and later went on to work for the U.S. Intelligence Community in cyber warfare. She later started and sold 2 cybersecurity companies then became a media personality synonymous with car and API hacking when she hacked 55 banks in less than a week, published vulnerability in Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) APIs and mHealth apps, and demonstrated the ability to take remote control of law enforcement vehicles. 

Alissa sits on the boards of Brier & Thorn, Tego Cyber, Conceal, Traceable, NightDragon, Noname Security, Deepfence, Illusive, and BlastWave. Knight is also the co-founder of commercial production house Knight Studios, part of the Knight Group owned by her and her wife, Melissa Knight, which is a holding group of a family of companies -- Knight Television, Knight Publishing, Knight Events, Knight Studios, and Knight Ink.

Organized by (ISC)² Alberta Chapter, BSides Edmonton 2022 is an annual Cyber Security Conference in the City of Edmonton. It is a two-day high-calibre conference focused on all aspects of Cyber Security. You will get 16 CPE points for attending the conference.

Security BSides is a community-driven Cyber Security Conference by cybersecurity community members. The goal is to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the traditional confines of space and time. It creates opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. It is where conversations for the next-big-thing are happening.BSides events combine security expertise from a variety of platforms in search of the “next big thing” in information security.

BSides is an open platform that gives security experts and industry professionals the opportunity to share ideas, insights, and develop longstanding relationships with others in the community. It is a rare opportunity to directly connect and create trusted relationships with key members of the Edmonton community.

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