Art into Science - 2018

A Conference for Defense


January 30th - February 2nd (2018)
Talks will begin at roughly 9:00am.


311 E 5th St, Austin, TX - 78701
Trinity Hall

Free but Limited to 200 Seats Only

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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.

Get to Know Our Convention!

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Additional Information and Agenda

Art into Science Recognizes the following Code of Conduct. Additionally, a draft of the 2018 Art into Science Agenda can be found here!

Conference Staff


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


This track will run for three of the four days, beginning on Jan. 30th and ending on Feb. 1st.

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

Audience: Please think of the audience as your peers, experts in their field, who have been punching miscreants and building defence systems for at least 15 years, and are looking to see what you do, how you do it, and how they can replicate your efforts. While new material is preferred, we are very happy to see your implementation, research, investigations, and use cases, even if others have done it before, just please do not give an introductory talk.

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

This track will run the full duration of the convention, from Jan. 30th to Feb. 2nd. This track will dismiss at 11:30 on Friday, the 2nd.

As well as: Information operations, perception, influence, and fake news.

Audience: Please think of the audience as people who have been modelling security for quite some time. We have “seen it all before” and are looking for your thinking on how we can build what we already know into a discipline, or to learn of something new which we haven’t heard before.

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.


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

  • Talks can be scheduled for either a 20 or 40 minute block. This will be specified in the CFP submission form. When selecting a 40 minute talk in the form, please elaborate further as to why your talk will benefit from being 40 minutes long, as opposed to 20 minutes long.

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: [email protected]


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


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Submit CFP

Online CFP Submissions for the 2018 convention are now closed. Last minute CFP attempts can now only be made by directly emailing [email protected], or by contacting Gadi Evron or Randal Vaughn directly.

Code of Conduct

The Art into Science: A Conference for Defense recognizes the following Code of Conduct: Click Here (.PDF)

Pricing & Registration

Entry is free but limited to 200 seats only.

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Call for Papers (Closed, for 2018)

Online CFP Submissions for the 2018 convention are now closed. Last minute CFP attempts can now only be made by directly emailing [email protected], or by contacting Gadi Evron or Randal Vaughn directly.


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Location and Venue


Trinity Hall (Austin)

311 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

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Additional details

Once again, ACoD, will be held in Trinity Hall in downtown Austin. Trinity Hall ( is located on 311 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701 that is near the Austin Convention Center and in easy walking distance to several hotels in the area. To help in your travel plans, the majority, if not all, of the talks in the Philosophy track will be held on Day 1. Not to ignore the Ops track, We have some special afternoon sessions, such as a Hackathon, in the planning stages as well. For mort information, contact us at: [email protected]