Co-located with the ACM CCS

Location: Dallas, Texas, USA

Workshop Date: October 30th, 2017 (Monday, Pre-conference Workshop)

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Workshop description: We hope this workshop can attract all underrepresented cybersecurity professionals, students, and researchers to attend top security and privacy conferences and engage in cutting-edge security and privacy research. In addition, it will provide opportunities for the participants to network, as well as sharing career development experiences.

We welcome everyone to attend the workshop. We believe this workshop experience will be beneficial to everyone, regardless of the gender and race.

Motivation: The workshop is motivated by the significant gender imbalance in all security conferences, in terms of the number of publishing authors, PC members, organizers, and attendees. What causes this gender imbalance remains unclear. However, multiple research studies have shown that a diverse group is more creative, diligent, and productive than a homogeneous group*. In order to maintain a sustainable and creative workforce, substantial efforts need to be made by our security community to broaden the participation from all underrepresented groups in cyber security research conferences.

Program: This inaugural workshop will consist of invited talks by leading researchers, a panel, lightening talks, and social events. Details TBA.

Travel Grant: Details on how to apply for travel grants are to be announced.


* K. Phillips. How Diversity Makes Us Smarter: Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working. Scientific American. October 1, 2014.