WICYS 2022

Call for Participation

Call for participation for the WiCyS 2022 annual conference is closed.


Join WiCyS to showcase the wide variety of talents of a diverse group of cybersecurity professionals on a global stage and impact more women to join or advance in the field.

Dates: March 17-19, 2022

Location: Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

Host: WiCyS Organization

Important Dates:

Submissions Open:  September 15, 2021

Submissions Close: October 18, 2021

Notification of status:  November 21, 2021 (Except student research posters, which were notified on January 4th)

Send any questions to [email protected]

WiCyS 2022 Program Committee Leads 

Program Chair: 
Dr. Ambareen Siraj

Program Co-Chairs: 
Chutima Boonthum-Denecke
Jennifer Cheung
Meg Layton
Celeste Matarazzo
Kelley Misata

Program Theme: Being Smart about Security and Privacy of All “Smart” Things

As today’s modern technological world continues to connect any and all physical things around us with cyberspace for enhanced functionality, convenience and efficiency, it unduly increases security and privacy challenges associated with these cyber-physical things.  From smart transportation to industry to home, as we advance use of technology, we have to keep making strides on preventing misuse of technology. This year at WiCyS 2022, let us talk about issues or concerns that we need to tackle and technologies and practices that keep us safe now and those that light up the path for tomorrow’s safe, smart and connected world.


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 November 21, 2021.

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 lightning 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, Panel or Student Research Poster) AND which track (Today’s Technology, Looking ahead, Best practices, Career development).  No track required for Student Poster.  An abstract should be a few paragraphs (limited to 300 words) that highlight the proposed session.


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




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. Runners-up also receive prizes. Only the first listed student will receive automatic scholarship. Send any questions to [email protected]



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. A maximum of two listed presenters.



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. A maximum of four listed presenters.


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. A maximum of two listed presenters.


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.

Send any questions to [email protected]