DeepSec 2013 “Seven Seas” – Call for Papers! Submit! Now!

René Pfeiffer/ April 11, 2013/ Administrivia

DeepSec 2013 “Seven Seas” – Call for Papers

Dear Researchers, Hackers, Developers, dear Members of the IT-Security Community: This is our call for papers for DeepSec 2013, the seventh DeepSec In-Depth Security Conference. Our annual event will take place from November 19th to 22th at the Imperial Riding School Renaissance Hotel in Vienna. It consists of two days of workshops followed by a two day long conference. Our speakers and trainers traditionally come from the security community, companies, hacker spaces, journalism and academic organisations, talking about different topics and aspects of IT-Security: current threats and vulnerabilities, social engineering and psychological aspects as well as security management and philosophy.


For DeepSec 2013 we’re not looking for talks about the latest trending technologies, gadgets and behaviours, no, DeepSec 2013 is all about secrets, failures and visions! We are looking for talks that will enable us to see things from another perspective and hopefully give us a lot to think about. We still talk about technology, exploits, bug, vulnerabilities, defence (hopefully in-depth), software, hardware, infrastructure, procedures and everything. We just think it’s important to put your findings into perspective with the real world – which in turn consists of secrets, failures and vision on a daily basis.


Every person, every group, every enterprise and every government has them. Secrets are the very reason why information security uses encryption, access control, even doors and locks (physical and otherwise). You wouldn’t need all of this if it wasn’t for safeguarding these secrets. How do you protect your secrets? And are secrets still secret once they escape?


Sometimes things go wrong. Often not only by malicious action, but by bad design or bad implementation. Human error contributes as well to major and minor catastrophes. All it takes is a missed state (or states or bugs or anything) during quality assurance or changes to an already “perfect” system to start the chain reaction. Failures are always an option. So how do you deal with failures? How do you detect them? Do you dare to talk about them? And what do you (not) learn from them?


In an ideal world nothing stays bad forever. While sometimes it can get worse, there are lots of ideas for improvement. That’s what upgrades and changes in behavior are for (learning helps too). If you have ideas how to improve the current state of affairs, then visions are for you. We want to hear them!


You can put all hot topics of IT security into either one of these categories. Really good lessons touch all three. You can submit content for three formats.

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

Please submit all your proposals by using our CfP form on our web site.


Talks should be up-to-date, of high quality and preferably exclusive. We’re looking for the vanguard and lateral thinkers – no rock stars, no marketing, no panic creating, no 2nd hand opinions – we want you to introduce us to new ideas and we do like a bit of controversy: We’re keen on unconventional thoughts that challenge the mainstream.


Again: It’s quality that counts. We’re looking for novel, challenging lectures for a sophisticated audience with a very high level of technical understanding, deeply involved with security management, implementation, operation and research. There’s no need to keep it simple but we like you to be precise. Don’t try to cover too much ground, focus! Two days may sound a lot but it isn’t.


DeepSec will sponsor young security researchers by providing an opportunity to attend the conference for free. In order to take advantage of this offer your have to submit a description of your own security research project. Please don’t copy & paste, be creative! Be original! There’s no need to be shy: Viennese people may look grumpy, but they don’t bite and we’re really looking forward to introduce some brand new faces to the IT security community. If you get accepted your work will be an exhibit during the breaks at the conference, optionally you can do a lightning talk about your work (roughly 5 minutes). The offer is intended for everyone with a maximum age of 21 (or slightly more, depending on your social engineering skills).

Formal Requirements

All CfP submissions must go through the form on our web site. Yes, all.

Please make sure that you read our tips for conference speakers before submitting your ideas. Practice is never a bad thing. 🙂

We will support anyone if you have question, need clarification or whatever comes to your mind, just contact us for additional questions by e-mail:

We invite you to send us your submissions for talks and trainings and we’re looking forward to it!  Keep secrets, failures and visions in mind!

Yours truly,

the DeepSec Organisation Team.



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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.


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