The BSides Exeter directors are thrilled that the team at Optimising IT have seized the opportunity to join forces with their fellow professionals in the Exeter area and further afield from Cornwall to Dorset for the first-ever BSides event in Devon. Optimising IT will be sponsoring the Platinum headline slot and the after-party for those who want to continue the conversation. 


BSides Exeter originally joined the international BSides community in 2019, with an aim for the first conference in 2020 but due to the pandemic was put on hold. After Stuart and Peter participated at BSides Leeds in June 2023, the idea was reinvigorated with many keen cyber security individuals from the southwest. BSides is a specially crafted conference catering for professionals to learn and network at a different level from your typical midweek commercial conference.

Todd Gifford, Managing Director at Optimising IT, “As soon as we heard that BSides Exeter had come into being, we knew we must get involved.  Having known Peter for many years via the Southwest Cyber Cluster, and the international presence of BSides, and what it’s about, a really short conversation and a coffee later, it was clear we could get involved and help make a difference.  It’s certainly something we are very much aligned to values-wise, and we are looking forward to this year, and the years to come.”


Peter Jones, one of the co-founders, “When you start a project into the unknown like BSides, it is difficult to know who else believes in the same vision as you. I was lucky to have three other directors with the same madness and joy for cyber. However, when you are looking for sponsors, Optimising IT more than matches our enthusiasm for cyber security. After meeting Todd and Emma, we knew that the partnership was going to be a fun one as well as educational”.


We can’t wait to see Optimising IT across our very loud event shirts and their unwavering support to make BSides Exeter a success for everyone.