Call For Proposals - 2020 Annual Workshop

The Smart Cybersecurity Network (Serene-risc) 2020 Annual Conference will take place on October 21-22, 2020, in Montréal. This event brings together researchers, professionals and decision-makers from industry, government and academia to discuss the latest advances in Canadian cybersecurity knowledge, technologies, practices and policies.
The focus this year is on human-centric cybersecurity, understood as the multiple roles played by the human-factor in cybersecurity processes and outcomes. We want to explore how innovative awareness campaigns and cybercrime prevention initiatives enhance the effectiveness of cybersecurity policies.
This conference brings together stakeholders and communities that usually understand and approach cybersecurity from very different angles, and it encourages them to develop new perspectives, connections and collaborations that they may not have considered otherwise. The Serene-risc annual conference enhances the visibility of Canadian cybersecurity research with key stakeholders in government and industry and increases collaboration opportunities.
The scientific committee seeks presentations on the latest research, innovations, practices and policies in the field of cybersecurity, understood very broadly. Presentations from diverse disciplines (computer science, criminology, law, political science, psychology, sociology, etc.) that discuss new research, both theoretical and empirical, are welcome. Companies, NGOs and government agencies are also strongly encouraged to send proposals. We seek proposals for presentations or posters.
Presentations should be 20 minutes long and include an extended discussion of their real-world impacts in order to facilitate knowledge sharing and uptake. Poster submitters will also have the opportunity to present a quick 3-minute talk in a dedicated session of the workshop.
Presentations or posters that overlap with papers or reports that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal, conference or workshop are acceptable, providing emphasis is placed on practical applications and knowledge mobilization.
Graduate students are encouraged to submit presentations or posters.  
Topics could include (but are not limited to):

  • Cybercrime
  • Critical infrastructures’ cybersecurity
  • Public health and cybersecurity
  • Fake news and disinformation
  • Awareness and prevention campaigns

  • The behavioural economics of cybersecurity
  • Usable security

  • Artificial Intelligence in cybersecurity

  • The quantum threat to cryptography and security 

  • IoT security

  • Threat intelligence and information sharing
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Statistics and metrics

  • Privacy regulations

  • Cybersecurity standards
  • Cyber-resilience 

Proposals for presentations and posters must be submitted online :

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Scientific Committee:

Sonia Chiasson, Carleton University (Chair)
Benoît Dupont, Université de Montréal (Chair)
Saeed Abu-Nimeh, Seclytics
Jean-Ian Boutin, ESET
Luc Dancause, Sapiens conseils
José Fernandez, Ecole Polytechnique Montréal 
Richard Frank, Simon Fraser University
Christian Leuprecht, Royal Military College of Canada
Helen Tang, Defence R&D Canada