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CanSecWest 2021

The 22nd annual CanSecWest conference will be held online during the month of April, with sessions detailed at

For info about PWN2OWN, please check here.

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).

2021-01-27-11:00:00 CanSecWest2021 Online

So today, I'm happy to announce this year's CanSecWest and PWN2OWN plans.

CanSecWest will be the entire month of April.

(dramatic pause)

However that will be a month of (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)'s.

It will be online only (cheering orderly fast distribution of vaccines, but it won't be there for a while), so the rules for conference dynamics are different, as we keep refining our technology, and establishing new patterns for on-line interaction.

We use what is the currently best toolset (in our opinion) available from outside services and conferencing applications, and provide a multiplatform experience with hopefully seamless background technology "magic." Unfortunately in this field, at this time that seems to be a fluid target with the rapid pace of development by so many players.

Our Discord is a long term piece of that community platform, (join at We will also have Zoom webinars and meetings.

But we are adding new pieces to our community interaction technology base as we learn and as the technology develops at such a frenetic pace. Already the toolset landscape is different than what we were working with in September-November for PacSec. So for CanSecWest this year we are adding two new facets to our community interaction. We are adding VR interaction, including a new BusinessVR pass that includes a bundled Oculus Quest2 VR headset (along with our well loved conference jackets, and more about this later).

We are also adding an ad hoc mingling and interaction area, where attendees can visit sponsor booths (videos, marketing material, videoconf with representatives), as well as browse connections with other attendee profiles and check out smaller individual meetings that attendees can set up ad-hoc on demand with one click. It's a new technology platform that is currently our best solution analogous to the lobby, vendor area at our conferences.

The three weekly sessions will be scheduled at different times on each of the three weekdays to accommodate access from different time zones around the world, and each day's session will be from 2-5 hours.

The first week April 6,7,8 will be the PWN2OWN focused competition streams and associated content.

The next week (April 13,14,15) will feature the more traditional presentation technology tutorial focused content. Along with our new platform twist, we will be doing multiplatform engagement settings on multiple technologies with an ad-hoc videoconferencing area outside the presentation where you may network with attendees with individual one on one and small ad hoc group video meets, visit the virtual sponsor booths, and browse past session recordings and discussions about them included in the media mix.

The third week (April 20, ,21, 22) will be more focused on interactive panel discussions, which will also be live streamed, and involve group interaction with attendees, and at this time I can't guarantee the platform it will be on yet. Because this stuff moves that fast.

The VR content will be in weeks 2/3 (April 13,14,15. April 20,21,22).

The Dojos trainings begin April 26th, with a cool lineup of Dojo courses to be announced shortly.

The conference pass structure will be as follows (the lowest prices to purchase passes will be February, as the prices will go up by 10%/month after):

So this is effectively the CFP for CanSecWest2021. Please send us your presentation proposals, panel session, workshop, and training proposals. Join our Discord or our mailing list at and look for more details and submission form shortly at

Send content/workshop/training proposals to and sponsorship and general inquiries to

The registration system will appear along with all the other details over the next few days. This will be our sixth virtual conference, and we’ve improved with each one as we stay at the bleeding edge of on-line interactivity - do you expect anything less from a technology conference? It will be a grand old (on-line) infosec circus, join us...

The recently announced PWN2OWN details are at:

If you are interested in more involved participation, email us and book a 30 minute technology demo and sponsorship meeting starting next week.