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CanSecWest 2020

The 21st annual CanSecWest conference will be held March 18-20, 2020 at the Sheraton Wall Centre hotel in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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Registration is available: here.

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CanSecWest, the world's most advanced conference focusing on applied digital security, is about bringing the industry luminaries together in a relaxed environment which promotes collaboration and social networking. The conference lasts for three days and features a single track of thought provoking presentations, each prepared by an experienced professional and talented educator who is at the cutting edge of his or her field. We give preference to new and innovative material, highlighting important, emergent technologies, techniques, or best industry practices.

The conference is single track, with one hour presentations over the duration beginning at 9:00 a.m. The registration fee includes the catered meals, and there will be a vendor display and lounge/eating area, where wireless internet access will be available (as well as in the speaking theater).

2019-12-06-08:00:00 Danger Will Robinson Danger

Heads up for our conference attendees, sponsors, and for other infosec conferences in general:

Some scammers have targeted our CanSecWest sponsors and are calling them at their company contact numbers identifying themselves as "Trade Show Planners" an independent "booking agency" for accomodations. Their pitch goes something like "We have our own block of rooms at the conference hotel for half the price of the official block of rooms" just enter your credit card number on our extremely sketchy phishing page and we can "save you money."

They are claiming to offer $175 / night rates "at half the official rate of the conference rooms!" if you just give them your credit card number, and info.

...BTW our offficial rates are $185/night and here is the official Sheraton hotel booking link: https://book.passkey.com/event/50010159/owner/7720/home

(It's also unfortunate that the Sheraton has outsourced their group bookings this year, which makes them a little more vulnerable to this kind of scam since it's not hanging off a Sheraton.com domain anymore.)

We, however, are very fortunate that we have a tight knit and very security savvy community at CanSecWest, and one of our sponsors just reported this to me live as he was on the phone with this scammer, he immediately detected that something was off about this and reported it to me as he was on the phone - but I can see this approach working with other conferences with more porous and less savvy groups.

(Upon further consideration, this group targeting a group of professionally paranoid security folks at the CanSecWest conference may not have been their brightest moment.)