DeepSec 2011 – Call for Papers opened!

René Pfeiffer/ April 15, 2011/ Administrivia, Conference

For the fifth time the DeepSec In-Depth Security Conference invites security researchers and professionals to submit suggestions for talks and workshops for our conference which will take place in November 2011 in Vienna. Please visit our updated website for more details about the venue, the schedule and information about our past conferences. We’re currently migrating the old content and collect the data from the old server in order to present archives of the past conference web sites.

The DeepSec offers a mix of different topics and aspects like current threats and vulnerabilities, social engineering and psychological aspects as well as security management and philosophy. Our speakers and trainers traditionally come from the security community, companies, hacker spaces and academic organisations. We’ve updated the CfP, and you can submit content for three categories:

  • Talks for the conference (45 minute slots)
  • Two day workshops
  • U21 (a special category for young security researchers)

All content should be submitted through our brand-new CfP Manager. Priority topics include:

  • Mobile computing and communications
  • IPv6 (yes, again, because IPv4 is already totally secure 😉
  • Security management and IT governance
  • Cloud computing and virtualisation
  • Security intelligence
  • Topics that have a high impact on IT security
  • Design flaws (“defective by design”)

Talks should not endorse products, vendors or specific solutions, and discredit anyone or anything, let’s be fair. As for the workshops, we look for highest quality and most current topics. We had very good feedback for our workshops in the past and we want to keep it that way. Our audience has a very high level of technical understanding and is deeply involved with security management, implementation, operation and research. What we like to see:

  • In-depth workshops on securing the infrastructure
  • Social engineering and psychological aspects of IT security
  • IPv6 (yes, again!)
  • Mobile communications, vulnerabilities and defences
  • Web application security
  • (Anti-)forensics/exploits/penetration testing

The U21 category addresses young talents. We don’t take the age that seriously as it might sound but this category is especially for young security researchers who are not working in a professional sense yet, e.g. (full-time) students, or attending college, technical school or just interested in computer security. We will also accept submissions if you are a little bit older than 21 years. Don’t be shy if your idea is not ground-breaking or not the top vulnerability discovered in the last 5 years. There’s always room for some extra hacking. 🙂 We want to encourage you to submit your own research. We will ask some questions and evaluate your submission, so don’t cheat. What we like to see:

  • anything that is your own idea and/or implementation
  • a valuable extension to existing ideas and/or implementations
  • anything you have discovered on your own and is not discussed a lot yet or has been accepted as a CVE (common exploit and vulnerability)

Please don’t reuse something existing or implement something which has been around for long. As read on a mailing list: „You can’t claim 0-day if there’s already an RFC with recommended fixes.“ U21 candidates get a 15 minute lightning talk on the conference plus free entrance. You can also attend the Speaker’s Dinner. We will help you with your travel expenses to Vienna, but cannot cover the full speakers allowance, if in doubt talk to us we can work something out.

When in doubt consult our CfP page or send us an e-mail to cfp at deepsec dot net.

If you are around in June, maybe for the 23th annual FIRST Conference or the #BSidesVienna, then give us a call or some lines. We’ll be around, too.

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About René Pfeiffer

System administrator, lecturer, hacker, security consultant, technical writer and DeepSec organisation team member. Has done some particle physics, too. Prefers encrypted messages for the sake of admiring the mathematical algorithms at work.