Co-located with the ACM Conference on 

Computer and Communications Security (CCS) 2017

Location: Dallas, Texas, USA

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

Workshop description: We hope this workshop can attract more female cybersecurity professionals and female students (including both graduate and undergraduate students) to attend top security conferences such as ACM CCS. In addition, it will provide opportunities for female researchers to network, as well as sharing career development experiences.

Everyone can attend! The workshop strongly encourages everyone including those from other underrepresented groups to attend. We believe the knowledge and information disseminated in the workshop will greatly benefit everyone.

Motivation: The workshop is motivated by the significant gender imbalance in all security conferences, in terms of both the number of publishing authors 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 women and other underrepresented groups in cyber security research conferences.

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