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Call For Papers

The CanSecWest 2020 CFP:

First Deadline is Friday, November 29th, 2019.

Second Deadline is Monday, January 6th, 2020.

Nova Speaker Competition (<=25) deadline is Monday, February 10th, 2020.

CanSecWest Nova Competition(*)

A note from conference organizer Dragos Ruiu (@dragosr):

A statement from my friend Kevin Johnson got me thinking about submissions and trainings we have at CanSecWest. His assertion was that the submissions for CanSecWest are intimidating. We do get some really bright folks presenting, and typically you need something new and significant, but at the same time as I pondered this, I was being vaguely irritated that companies don't allocate training budgets for more advanced courses like we have in our Dojo trainings on younger more junior employees, saving the trip for the training course as a perk for the more senior employees. Most of the folks we get in our courses are more experienced folks. And I think that companies should be allowing employees with promise to expand their skills and support even their more junior staffers going to expand their security knowledge through training.

So here is my little nod to both of those in one, I'm going to reserve a talk slot for the best paper by a new presenter, age 25 or under, in a special separate selection, judged by our talk committee. I'm also going to give a free course admission to a dojo course for the top four submission proposals (including the winner and presenter). So if you have a bright promising new researcher at your company who has been working on something cool, maybe be a mentor, and point out this opportunity for them.

Submit proposals and entries by February 10th to

(and cc:

The bonus will be that everyone who submits will also get a discount code for a 10% discount on a CanSecWest registration.

(Fine print, limit one per course, selection in order of ranking)

(*)Nova was a term coined by astronomer Tycho Brahe for a "new star" after he observed a supernova in 1752


VANCOUVER, Canada -- The twenty-first annual CanSecWest applied technical security conference - where the eminent figures in the international security industry will get together share best practices and technology - will be held in downtown Vancouver at the the Sheraton Wall Centre on March 18-20, 2020. The most significant new discoveries about computer network hack attacks and defenses, commercial security solutions, and pragmatic real world security experience will be presented in a series of informative tutorials.

The CanSecWest meeting provides international researchers a relaxed, comfortable environment to learn from informative tutorials on key developments in security technology, and collaborate and socialize with their peers in one of the world's most scenic cities - a short drive away from one of North America's top skiing areas.

The CanSecWest conference will also feature the availability of the Security Masters Dojo expert network security sensei instructors, and their advanced, and intermediate, hands-on training courses - featuring small class sizes and practical application excercises to maximize information transfer.

We would like to announce the opportunity to submit papers, and/or lightning talk proposals for selection by the CanSecWest technical review committee. This year we will be doing one hour talks, and some shorter talk sessions.

Please make your paper proposal submissions before Friday, November 29th, 2020, for greatest chance of acceptance, there is a second deadline of January 6th, 2020 for a smaller number of paper slots.

Some invited papers have been confirmed, but a limited number of speaking slots are still available. The conference is responsible for travel and accomodations for the speakers. If you have a proposal for a tutorial session then please email a synopsis of the material and your biography, papers and, speaking background to secwest20 [at] Only slides will be needed for the March paper deadline, full text does not have to be submitted - but will be accepted if available. This year we will be opening up the presentation guidelines to include talks not in English (particularly Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Australian :) which we will offer to translate for the speaker if they are not a native English speaker.

The CanSecWest 2020 conference consists of tutorials on technical details about current issues, innovative techniques and best practices in the information security realm. The audiences are a multi-national mix of professionals involved on a daily basis with security work: security product vendors, programmers, security officers, and network administrators. We give preference to technical details and new education for a technical audience.

The conference itself is a single track series of presentations in a lecture theater environment. The presentations offer speakers the opportunity to showcase on-going research and collaborate with peers while educating and highlighting advancements in security products and techniques. The focus is on innovation, tutorials, and education instead of product pitches. Some commercial content is tolerated, but it needs to be backed up by a technical presenter - either giving a valuable tutorial and best practices instruction or detailing significant new technology in the products.

Paper proposals should consist of the following information:

  1. Presenter, and geographical location (country of origin/passport) and contact info (e-mail, postal address, phone, fax).
  2. Employer and/or affiliations.
  3. Brief biography, list of publications and papers.
  4. Any significant presentation and educational experience/background.
  5. Topic synopsis, Proposed paper title, and a one paragraph description.
  6. Reason why this material is innovative or significant or an important tutorial.
  7. Optionally, any samples of prepared material or outlines ready.
  8. Will you have full text available or only slides?
  9. Language of preference for submission.
  10. Please list any other publications or conferences where this material has been or will be published/submitted.

Please include the plain text version of this information in your email as well as any file, pdf, sxw, ppt, or html attachments.

Please forward the above information to secwest20 [at] to be considered for placement on the speaker roster, or have your lightning talk scheduled. If you contact anyone else at our organization please ensure you also cc the submission address with your proposal or else it may be ommitted from the review process.