Texas Cyber Summit Call for Papers


Three Rounds, Three Chances !

CFP 1 - Closed June 25th, 2018

CFP 2 - Opens July 1st, 2018

CFP 3 - Opens August 4th, 2018

 End for all CFP - August 30th, 2018


Texas Cyber Summit Call for Papers

NOTE:  This CFP will have three acceptance phases.   This way if you get your talk submitted early.  You wont have to wait until the end to be notified.  Also,  If you don’t make the first cut.  Your talk will still be in the running for the next two, and as a bonus if we like it but feel it needs something, we will help you.  We will run each phase for +/- 27 days.  The first CFP phase will run May 28 - June 25.  The second will run July 1- July 28.  And the third and final call will run Aug 4 - Aug 28th.


“TCS [Texas Cyber Summit] does not accept product or vendor related pitches for the main conference venue.

“If your talk is a thinly-veiled advertisement for a new product or service your company is offering, please do not apply. There are plenty of "vendor" conferences that will accept that nonsense.


All presentations must be submitted by the original authors.

We currently only accept submissions by original authors of the presentations. PR firms, speaking relation firms, and all other parties who are not direct authors of submitted presentations ARE NOT ALLOWED to submit materials on behalf of speakers or presenters. 

We require direct contact with presenters to expedite questions from the reviewers and to fulfill Speaker Obligations as detailed on the Call for Papers Terms and Conditions. 

How long should the talk be?

The following time slots are available and it is expected that the presenters will budget time for audience participation and Q&A within this time frame:

  • Normal presentations: 60 minutes
  • Short presentations: 30 minutes
  • Training Class: 60 minutes to 120 minutes


Presentations will be reviewed through a voting process by the TCS CFP Review Board. Submissions get rated on a one to five scale by each of the reviewers in four areas, and the resulting scores are added up. Those submissions with the highest scores are considered first. In the case of topic overlap a lesser scoring submission may be selected to keep variety in the program. As the complexity and specialization of submissions grow more reviewers are added to the process. If your talk does not meet all four selection criteria listed below it will be automatically rejected.

  • Technical Depth
  • Technical Width
  • Technical Accuracy
  • Vetted Research, Lab Details, actual POC or exploit code details, Triggers, and live demonstrations.

People submitting a talk proposal will get email notification that the TCS review team has received the proposal generally within 30 days of receipt of the submission. Once the review and selection process has been completed you will receive an email confirmation of acceptance or rejection.

All presentations must be vendor neutral (no sales pitches for services or products are permitted). All sources of information, software, etc. should be properly cited.

What kind of talks are we looking for? 

This year’s topics are the following.  Anything that fits into or are closely related to these categories will be considered.

  -  Application and Data Security  - Critical Infrastructure/ICS  -  Email & Endpoint Security         - Women in Security
  -  Encryption        - Cyber Crime  -  GRC               - Network Security
  -  Cloud Security            - Wireless and Mobile Security  -  Professional Development         -  IoT
  -  Security Awareness        - Emerging Technologies  -  Threat Intelligence       - Malware
  -  Security and Privacy Collaboration        - Bridging the Business Gap  -  Incident Response/Forensics       - Identity Access Management
  -  Data Loss Prevention     

Things that get our attention:

“Talks that are more technical or reveal new vulnerabilities are of more interest than a review of material covered many times before. We are striving to create a high-end technical conference and any talk that helps reach this goal will be given extra attention.

“Submissions with detailed bibliographies acknowledging prior work in the space, distinguishing or highlighting how your presentation is different. We believe this is important to help move the security community to a more professional and respected position. 

“Since security is a technical field, hands-on demonstrations that visually explain the theory assist greatly for the audience to grasp and learn the content. However, there are also times when the subject is more abstract and visual demos might not be best suited to explain the topic.”

Note: By speaking at TCS you are granting us permission to distribute, advertise and show your presentation including but not limited to our website, Twitter, Facebook, printed and/or electronic ads, fliers, mailers, etc.

Logistics: The event takes place in San Antonio, Texas, starting October 12-14, please arrive early to the site. A special rate has been negotiated with the hotel, which you are welcome to take advantage of - however note TCS will not be paying for travel expenses, you will receive a ticket to the event, potential to attend sessions when your not speaking, we provide meals and entertainment, you will receive a VIP Badge that allows special access as well as access to the recruiting event.


Talk Details
You have 300 characters to sell your talk. This is known as the "elevator pitch". Make it as exciting and enticing as possible.
What format is this talk best suited for?
Who is the best target audience for this talk?
The description will be seen by reviewers during the CFP process and may eventually be seen by the attendees of the event.
Notes will only be seen by reviewers during the CFP process. This is where you should explain things such as technical requirements, why you're the best person to speak on this subject, etc...
Tag your talk to make it easier for event organizers to be able to find. Examples are "ruby, javascript, rails".
Profile Details
This CFP is NOT anonymized. The organizers will be able to see your personal information while they review your talk submissions.
Name *
Phone *
Twitter Handle should just be your handle without the "@".
What size swag fits you best?
Your bio sells you. Who are you? Why should people listen to you? This is your chance to put it all out there.
By submitting to this CFP you are accepting this event's Code of Conduct. *