We had really hoped to be able to host an in-person event this year, but with the situation around the global pandemic still so unpredictable we simply couldn’t guarantee that it would be possible – or safe – in October to bring people from all over the world together under one roof, or to do so in a way that wouldn’t significantly lessen the VB conference experience.
Instead, we are very excited to announce the second VB localhost conference (VB2021 localhost, 7-8 October), building on the tremendous success of VB2020 localhost, and we have extended the deadline for the call for papers until 21 April.
We believe that the virtual version of the event presents an exciting opportunity to share your research with an even wider cross section of the IT security community around the world than usual, without having to take time out of your work schedule (or budget) to travel.
We know that attending a conference like VB is often not possible for many hard working and talented security professionals, whether because personal circumstances prevent them from travelling, they don’t have the travel budget available or they simply can’t afford to be away from their busy jobs for several days. The virtual conference solves these issues and in doing so brings an even wider audience to the event.
Last year, 2,900 delegates registered from 700 different organisations in the infosecurity, banking, government, corporate, CERT and academia arenas, and the VB2020 localhost presentations were viewed more than 12,000 times by people around the world.
Once again, the event will be entirely free to attend and will feature live broadcasts, an on-demand library of presentations, a dedicated chat channel and more.
So not only do we encourage you to register your interest in the event, we also encourage you to submit a proposal for a paper: maybe you’ve analysed a recent malware campaign, or thwarted a recent attack against your organisation. Submit before 21 April for your chance to get a place on the programme (we aim to notify those whose papers have been selected no later than 1 May).
We will ask those whose papers have been selected to record their talks in advance (by 20 August), so even if you live in a place with unreliable Internet connectivity, we’ll have you covered!