Art into Science - 2018

A Conference for Defense

When

January 30th - February 2nd (2018)
Talks will begin at roughly 8:30am.

Where

To Be Announced
Austin, Texas

Free but Limited to 200 Seats Only

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ART INTO SCIENCE IS A CONFERENCE FOR DEFENSE, ORGANIZED BY DEFENDERS.

Many conferences out there glorify the attacker, we want a conference that glorifies us!

ACoD goals:

Push the Art to a Science: Creating a Professional Discipline

To mature our practice, we need to be able to share our methodologies in a systematic and consistent way.

We have many professionals in the security industry, but do not have a professional discipline. We'd like to philosophically discuss concepts in security, push them forward, and model them.

Glorify the Defense: Tools, Techniques, and Ideas People Can Leave the Conference with and Implement

Security conferences glorify the attacker, and accept attack-oriented talks. We'd like to put defense on a pedestal and take in talks that interest us - operational talks on defense.

As a field, we need practitioners to offer implementable ideas and or reference implementations to reduce the amount of work that someone has to do to implement what they learn.

ACoD is a working conference

In the "Glorify the Defense" (operations) track we will have talks of interest on various investigations and case studies on the one hand, and tools and ideas used to defend our environments on the other.

The "Push the art into a science" (philosophy) track will be dedicated to working tracks, where the members introduce their own concepts, and then discuss specifics. Most importantly, finish the day with a summary that can be used to push our field into the future.

We want to get more out of ACoD:

Often, the best value we as attendees get out of a conference is personal relationships that form. We'd like to generate more of this value.

Some of us are introverts, some are shy. Regardless, it is hard to meet too many people in conferences, and see how we can help each other. We will work to address this by building more discussion into the agenda, such as networking opportunities, small working groups, and other similar ideas, into the DNA of how the conference will run.

Conference Staff

CFP

Example Topics of Interest for Submission

We invite you to participate in Art into Science and submit a talk to one of the two conference tracks.


Operational/Hunting Track:
Topics of interest:

  • Threat Intelligence
  • Attack Profiles
  • Detection Systems
  • Case Studies
  • Tools and Techniques
  • Insider Threat
  • User Behavior Analytics
  • Fraud Mitigation
  • Security Operations
  • Metrics
  • Security Operation Tooling

 

Regarding AI: Avoid it, unless it is cruel AI that will take over the world and kill all humans, of course.


Philosophical/Art into Science Track:
Anything that can be converted into a model or methodology, including but not limited to:

  • Risk Models
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Economics
  • First Principles
  • Changing Landscape

Talk and Discussion Guidelines

Discussion needs to be of a nature that:

  • Identifies first principles.
  • Models the results.

But most importantly:

  • Makes sure the resulting models are useful and usable.

Some things to avoid:

  • Stays away from statements such as “we should all use Linux” or “this wouldn’t happen if people patched their systems.”
  • Mentions of Sun Tzu are not allowed in lectures, unless they are new, previously unseen 0day quotes.
  • Purely academic topics such as: “5% faster crypto!”

Other More Mundane Topics of Interest for the Philosophy Track

  • How do you hire and keep your security professionals?
  • Internal tool building. Build vs Buy. When to choose which, and why?
  • The geopolitics and legal implications of security.
  • Getting executive attention: Unlocking budget and success metrics.
  • Efficacy evaluation.

Logistics

Here are some of the convention logistics for giving a talk:

  • Standard talks are 30 minutes long, with the last 10 minutes reserved for questions.
  • Longer talks are possible, if a valid reason is given.

Classic Talks

ACoD will invite select speakers who, in our opinion, gave talks or wrote papers that defined our field, so that we can learn from their experience, as well as record them for posterity. Please submit ideas for who to invite, with contact details, if you have them, to: contact@artintoscience.com.

Diversity

We especially encourage women and members of other diverse groups to submit a talk and attend the conference.

P.S.

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Pricing & Registration

Entry is free but limited to 200 seats only.

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Additional details

Contact us: contact@artintoscience.com