IT security has grown into a cornerstone of our modern society. We rely on data integrity, availability, and we do not wish our personal or business data to be mirrored on pastebin.com or other web sites. 2011 has been full of high-profile security-related incidents. 2012 will most certainly continue in this fashion. This cannot go on forever. Therefore we decided to address the lack of IT security conferences and boost their number considerably. Starting with 1 January 2013 we start the DeepSec 365 Conference Track – 365 DeepSec security conferences in 2013, one every day!
We are currently finalising the deal with our conference venue. Even the tourism industry has acknowledged that there really is nothing besides hosting IT security events. Forget skiing, spas, clubbing, museums, sightseeing and all that, you want to see exploits, risks and mitigations, right? Yesterday we got the confirmation from the hotel. Having 365 DeepSec conferences per year is a great opportunity for speakers. If you miss the deadline of a CfP, then there’s always a next deadline tomorrow. You can submit your content every day, even on a Sunday. If your proposal is rejected for DeepSec 2013/178 you might be luckier for DeepSec 2013/227, who knows. That’s a great stimulus for security researchers and lessens the impact of stress due to missing deadlines. This also means that we can have 365 Security B-Sides! How cool is that?
There will be some administrative changes, too. We will redirect from our web site to our Twitter feed. With 365 conferences going on, everything is in motion, so Twitter is a much better way to publish the schedule, changes and everything else related to the conference of the day. Conferences will be numbered for your convenience (i.e. DeepSec YYYY/NNN). Of course there will be workshops, too, but we haven’t figured out how to number them yet. Keep in mind that there will be no 365 conferences in leap years. We propose to use every 29 February as a memorial day for all those who neglected to take IT security seriously. Parliaments around the world should adopt this day as national holiday.
See you soon in 2013 – every day!