Each week, we’ll highlight a major city in the US and cover the places and events you can go to in that area to get your security information fix. This post is part of the information security communities.

Nashville is know as the home of country music but its industry actually revolves around healthcare, with the Vanderbilt University and Medical Center leading the way. Is any of this relevant to infosec? Maybe, but it points out that there is a lot of talent in Music City so you’ll find a few local professional groups plying their trade here as well.

Of course, there are also local meetings for the non-suit wearing crowd.

  • DC615 – While the DefCon site lists this group, the webpage seems to be inactive (or yet to be uploaded). Better get in touch with Skydog is you want to know more.
  • Nashville 2600 – This group meets every first Friday at J&J’s, where you not only get the latest infosec scoop but some good 0ld-fashioned camaraderie as well.

Working with actual machines is more fulfilling for some so here are some hackerspaces in the Nashville area.

  • Hacker Consortium – This hackerspace is headed by none other than Skydog and boasts a medium-sided space with 30 members strong. View the gallery and guestcams, and be part of the collective. Look forward to weekly events like Monday Madness and Saturday Super-fun.
  • HackNash – This startup group has lots going for it and has even sponsored a Circuit Bending Ball! Check out past events or contact the owner on how to get in.
  • CoLab Nashville – If you need a workspace, CoLab offers office suites and a coworking area with plenty of desk space.

Lastly, we wouldn’t say goodbye without adding up a security event you can look forward too in the mix.

  • PhreakNIC – More like a tech convention, PhreakNIC does still keep to its roots. I’ve been looking for more info beyond the website of the latest event last October 17 but there seems to be a distinct lack of information.

There might be a few groups and events we missed. If so, feel free to chime in at the comments.