DeepSec 2012 – Call for Papers

René Pfeiffer/ February 10, 2012/ Administrivia, Conference

The Finux Tech Weekly episode containing an interview with MiKa and me beats our announcement of the Call for Papers by 4 hours, but here’s the text. Enjoy!

DeepSec 2012 “Sector 6” – Call for Papers

We are looking for talks and trainings for the DeepSec In-Depth Security Conference 2012 (“Sector 6”). We invite researchers, developers, auditors and everyone else dealing with information security to submit their work. We offer slots for talks and workshops, and we encourage everyone working on projects to present their results and findings.

Please visit our updated website for more details about the venue, the schedule and information about our past conferences:

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, journalism and academic organisations.

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)


To make it short, talks should be up-to-date, of a high quality that matches our previous years and preferably exclusive (which of course is not a hard requirement but it will be one evaluation criterion). Topics from all security disciplines are welcome but we encourage you to submit talks about emerging technologies and concepts like these (in alphabetical order):

  • Cloud computing and virtualisation
  • Design flaws (“defective by design” or even “secure by design”)
  • IPv6 (again, until protocol designers get it right)
  • Mobile computing and communications
  • Risk assessment
  • Security intelligence
  • Security management and IT governance
  • Topics that have a high impact on IT security

Talks must not:

  • Endorse products, vendors or specific solutions
  • Discredit anyone or anything, let’s be fair

Speaker privileges include:

  • Free entrance to the conference
  • Hotel accommodation for three nights (single/double room)
  • Travel expenses up to EUR 800,-
  • Invitation to our famous Speaker’s Dinner with genuine Austrian food


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:

  • Applied cryptography
  • In-depth workshops on securing infrastructure or systems therein
  • Mobile communications, vulnerabilities and defences
  • Protocol and software development/design
  •  Social engineering and psychological aspects

Workshops must not:

  •  Cover too much (two days sounds a lot, but isn’t)
  • Focus on specific vendors or products
  • Teach too much basic stuff (keep the level sufficiently high)

Trainer privileges include:

  • Free entrance to the conference
  • Invitation to our famous Speaker’s Dinner with Austrian food
  • 50% of the net profit of your class

U21 category:

We don’t take the age so serious 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 and we’d be happy to provide a basis for breakthroughs. 🙂 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:

  • Implement something which has been around for long
  • Reuse something existing

U21 privileges include:

  • A 15 minute lightning talk on the conference
  • Free entrance to the conference
  • Invitation to the Speaker’s Dinner, but no alcohol without age check 😉

We 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.

All CfP submissions must go through the form on our web site:

Please make sure that you read before submitting your ideas.

We will support anyone if you have question, need clarification whatever, just contact us for additional questions:

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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.