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A Call for New Voices on the Security Conference Circuit
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SDiver
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SDiver,
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9/7/2017 | 9:30:42 PM
Suggestions?
Great article, Lysa,

 

I've spoken at local security conferences for the past seven years and would like to expand into the larger conferences.  Have any suggestions?  It seems that conferences come and go before I ever learn about them.
LysaMyers
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LysaMyers,
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9/16/2017 | 1:01:43 AM
Re: Suggestions?
Sorry for the delay, it appears the first version of my comment disappeared into the ether! 

As for bigger conferences, the two that come most readily to mind are RSA and BlackHat/Defcon. But between those two extremes, there are countless dozens or hundreds of options. There are conferences that focus on defense, others on offense. There are some that are more corporate, some that are more informal. There are some that focus on specific aspects of security like usability, privacy, IoT, Anti-malware, etc. There are some that are geared towards particular demographics or regions of the country. And there are even a surprising number geared towards specific business verticals like Healthcare or Education. There are a ton of different cons to check out now: Google can actually be helpful for this, as can following coverage from Dark Reading, or security folk on Twitter. 
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geriatric,
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9/15/2017 | 9:05:14 AM
Perhaps Some Tips?
I have been thinking about doing a talk for some time now. I submitted an abstract to a security conference, but it was rejected (READ: ignored). So I really don't know what I did wrong. What about some tips from those who have cracked the elite circle for us wannabes?
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LysaMyers,
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9/15/2017 | 3:25:48 PM
Re: Perhaps Some Tips?
"What you did wrong" may be as simple as "submitted to a conference with an overwhelming number of applicants".

Larry Zeltser has posted a list of tips that really sums it up for me.

https://zeltser.com/submit-security-conference-proposal/

The few times I've been on the reviewing end of the equation, the most important things I looked for in session abstracts were a topic that has some new or interesting angle/subject, and an abstract that clearly illustrated that they had a clear plan for what they would be covering.

Another thing to do is to find people who are on conference selection committees and ask for their unvarnished opinion on your submission. They may see issues that might be less intuitive to those of us who haven't had to wade through a sea of session abstracts.


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