Positive Hack Days VII — Call for Papers

We invite you to speak at Positive Hack Days VII, which will take place on May 23–24, 2017, in Moscow, Russia. Join us and contribute to two days of non-stop discussion of the most burning topics in digital security. Both established experts and up-and-coming specialists are encouraged to apply.


Positive Hack Days is an annual forum on applied information security held by Positive Technologies since 2011. The packed conference program includes presentations, roundtables, workshops, and hacking competitions under near-real-world conditions.

The overall theme of the upcoming PHDays is “The Standoff: Enemy Inside.” While futurologists were scaring us with visions of Big Brother and The Terminator, our enemies have taken a most unexpected form: an enormous number of digital devices omnipresent in our homes, pockets, streets, and offices. Cars, payment terminals, smart home sensors, children's toys, and even surveillance cameras which were supposed to keep us safe—all these are now weapons in the hands of hackers. We are, quite literally, surrounded. How can we fight an enemy when there is no front line and even our coffee machine may stab us in the back? We will try to find the answer at PHDays VII.

Over 14,000 people have visited the forum over the last six years, and approximately 10,000 people every year watch live broadcasts of the conference and take part in online competitions. In 2017, we expect to see over 4,000 participants coming together from all over the planet—world-class hackers, cybersecurity experts, business executives, law enforcement, journalists, and young researchers.

Speaking at PHDays gives you a chance to showcase your research to an interested audience, win the admiration of your colleagues, and meet cybersecurity movers and shakers in an informal setting.


Real-world experience and original research regarding any aspect of security are welcome: defense, offense, deep analysis of IoT device firmware, attacks on social networks, physical security, social engineering... Anything that can help to make digital technologies safer for humanity is eligible to be presented at the conference.

The spotlight at this PHDays will go to the Internet of Things, and to threats and opportunities for making it safer.

Topics will include (but are in no way limited to) the following aspects of IT security:

  • New methods for offense and defense. Real-world experience of researchers and security staff.
  • Novel objectives of hacker attacks. Security of the Internet of Things. IoT-enabled DDoS attacks are already in the wild, what do we do now?
  • Forensic investigation against targeted APTs and cyberespionage. Surviving in a world where APTs are a commonplace occurrence.
  • Attacks on payment and e-banking systems. Security of payWave, PayPass, and Apple Pay. Risks created by integration of multiple technologies.
  • SOC organization and operation: methods, tools, case studies.
  • Security of ERP systems and business applications. Resisting attacks on web applications.
  • New vectors and techniques for attacking mobile devices.
  • Security for corporate and individual clouds. Securing e-government and other official systems.
  • Applied cryptography.
  • Physical security: methods and devices.
  • Protection for SCADA. Keeping industrial control systems and modern cities safe.
  • Zero-day vulnerabilities and new ways of exploiting them.
  • Secure software development: SSDL and vulnerabilities in security products.


Three types of presentations may be made at the conference:

  • Full-length (50 minutes)
  • Fast Track (15 minutes)
  • Hands-on Lab (up to 4 hours)

If you have something out of the ordinary to offer, even if it doesn't fit one of the types listed above, please go ahead and apply—we will look at how to make it work.


Apply via our website:

Information needed to apply:

1) Presenter name, city and country

2) Contact information (email, phone number)

3) Education, professional accomplishments, list of key talks and publications

4) Title and summary of proposed presentation

5) Language of the presentation (English or Russian)

Please note:

  • If you have published your research previously, indicate the relevant conference, journal, or website.
  • If you are aware of existing works by others on a similar topic, indicate these and say how yours is different.
  • If you are not ready to provide the full text of your research, but only a slideshow instead, let us know.
  • Enclose additional materials that will help to evaluate and understand your work: illustrations, utilities, etc.
  • Feel free to submit multiple applications, but each application must be sent separately.

Each application will be considered by our program committee, which consists of security experts from several countries, to identify the best of the best.

We do not accept works submitted by third parties or other representatives (such as PR staff) of a potential speaker. For more information, write to cfp@phdays.com.

Please do not send questions directly to members of the program committee.


Speaker applications will be accepted in two rounds:

  • First round—November 15, 2016 until January 30, 2017
  • Second round—February 1, 2017 until March 15, 2017

Results announced—March 30, 2017

PHDays VII—May 23–24, 2017

Applying early is strongly encouraged. By applying before the end of the first round, applicants leave time for the program committee to provide recommendations necessary for accepting the proposal or making it even more interesting.

Within two weeks of the end of each round, all applicants will be informed of the results.


Full-length presentation:

  • Roundtrip airfare (economy class)
  • Conference pass (for one speaker)
  • Hotel accommodation for three nights (for one speaker)

Fast Track: conference pass (for one speaker)

Hands-on Lab:

  • Roundtrip airfare (economy class)
  • Conference pass (for one speaker)
  • Hotel accommodation for three nights (for one speaker)
  • Expenses for special software and materials necessary for the session

In addition, each speaker (other than Fast Track speakers) receives two complimentary conference passes that can be given to undergraduate or graduate students.

Speakers can look forward to an exciting two days filled with fun, interesting company, and new experiences.

We hope you'll apply!