The Call for Participation for 2020 Women in CyberSecurity Conference (WiCyS ’20) is now open!!

WiCyS aims to impact cyber workforce diversity through inspiring, recruiting, advancing, educating, retaining and investing in women.

Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS 2020):

Dates: March 12-14 Location: Denver (Aurora), CO

Host: WiCyS Organization

Submission Link:

Important Dates:

Submissions Open: Sunday, August 18, 2019

Submissions Close: Saturday, October 19, 2019

Notification of status: Saturday, November 16, 2019

Student Research Poster Submissions Open: Sunday, November 17, 2019

Student Research Poster Submissions Close: Sunday, December 15, 2019

WiCyS 2020 Program Committee Leads

General Chair

  • Dr. Ambareen Siraj, Founder WiCyS

Program Co-Chairs

  • Celeste Matarazzo, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

  • Dr. Ashley Podhradsky, Dakota State University


The 2020 WiCyS annual conference will have four different tracks:

  • Today's Technology and Challenges: Current issues and challenges, Advances in research and development (R&D), experimental findings

  • Looking Ahead: Important technology/R&D trends, challenges on the horizon, upcoming solutions, tomorrow's vision

  • Best Practices: Institutional/Operational/Academic best practices, tools, techniques, approaches

  • Career Development: Leadership, advancement

The different types of sessions are:



Technical presentations highlight innovations, research & development projects, internships/co-ops experiences, service-learning and outreach projects, or other interesting experience related to cybersecurity. This is an opportunity to share that experience with others and perhaps inspire them to pursue similar opportunities. Technical Presentations are 45 minutes long, including time for Q&A.




Workshops are free hands-on sessions (technical/professional development) on any topic related to cybersecurity. Hands-on workshops in any cybersecurity area are welcome. The audience is can be students, educators, professionals and researchers (in any combination or by category). Workshops are 2 hours long.



Birds-of-a-Feather (BOAF) Sessions

Birds of a Feather are informal discussion sessions on just about any topic related to cybersecurity, that elicit participant discussions. Presenters lead the discussion from audience. These sessions can be a great way to share ideas and be introduced to current issues or trends in this area. BoaF sessions are 45 minutes long.



Lightning Talks

Lightning talks highlight fresh ideas, unique perspectives, valuable experiences, and emerging trends in cybersecurity. Lightning Talks are five-minute presentations (with or without formal presentations) that seek to jump-start discussions and collaborations while soliciting feedback from the community.




Panels provide opportunities to discuss a current relevant topic in cybersecurity. Panel organizers are responsible for selecting appropriate panelists to participate. In addition to the moderator, there can be up to 4 panelists and each panel is 45 minutes long. Submit all names and their affiliation info along with the abstract.




Poster Proposals for Student Research Poster Submission Nov 17, 2019 -Dec 15, 2019

Posters provide opportunities for students to present their work for the audience at WiCyS in poster format. Winners in both Undergrad and grad category receive travel support for future security conference of choice. Runner Ups receive Tech prizes. If you wish to submit a proposal but would like to see examples of past accepted submissions, visit and click on Archive to see the programs from the last five years. Send any questions to

Submission Format

Authors can submit multiple proposals in different categories and tracks. Submission will be peer reviewed and all accepted proposals will be notified by December 1st.

Accepted proposals will receive ONE complimentary registration per accepted proposal. All accepted proposals will have access to early registration and lodging reservations. Accepted Technical presentations and Workshops will receive complimentary lodging for first listed participant for Thursday and Friday night. Complimentary lodging will not be offered for additional listed speakers. Complimentary lodging will not be offered to accepted proposals in birds of feather, panels, or lightening talks. Student Research Posters selected for inclusion will receive complimentary shared lodging and will register as a student with a scholarship.

All submissions need to be submitted through EasyChair. Authors have to create an account in EasyChair to submit an abstract of their proposal. Authors need to identify what type of submission they are applying to (Lightning Talk, Technical Presentation, Birds of a Feather, Workshop or Panel) AND which track (Today’s Technology, Looking ahead, Best practices, Career development). An abstract should be a few paragraphs (limited to 500 words) that highlight the proposed session.

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