CALL FOR PAPERS

BE PART OF A VERY SPECIAL AGENDA: CALL FOR PAPERS COSAC & SABSA WORLD CONGRESS

You are invited to submit proposals for premium quality papers to be presented to the 21st International COSAC & SABSA World Congress. The deadline for submissions is Friday 28 March 2014. Successful applicants will be advised prior to the end of April 2014. For our 21st annual event we are looking for very special content: unique, thought-provoking, innovative strategies and methods, research or case studies that reveal real challenges and inspirational solutions.For our 20th Anniversary we are looking for very special content: unique, thought-provoking, innovative strategies and methods, research or case studies that reveal real challenges and inspirational solutions.

FORMAT OF PROPOSALS

Initial proposals should be in Microsoft Word format and consist of a session title, a session abstract of a minimum of 200 words, and a speaker biography. Papers may be proposed for Symposium Sessions (60 minutes duration) or Full Day Master Classes and Forums (duration seven hours) or post-conference Half-Day Workshops (duration three and a half hours). Sales content is strictly prohibited.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The COSAC programme is selected by regular participants. Short-listed proposals are anonymised prior to evaluation and content is assessed in four categories. Competition is fierce and ‘regular’ 40 word abstracts as required by standard conferences are unlikely to be successful. We strongly recommended that proposed abstracts contain extensive emphasis on how the session will address the four evaluation criteria of:

  • Value - the session should provide a clear value proposition for professionals exceeding fifteen years experience;
  • Uniqueness – preference is given to sessions that provide exclusive launch of new materials, research or methods and ideally the session should be unique and not previously presented at any other public forum or conference;
  • Timeliness – the proposed material should be relevant and timely;
  • Approach – the session content and style should be tailored to the expectations of the COSAC audience as discussed below.

SESSION STYLE & AUDIENCE EXPECTATIONS

COSAC is not a traditional teaching conference but has a reputation for announcing and actively discussing new ideas, research and strategies in the field of Information Security and related areas. Presenters should be aware that attendees have an average experience well in excess of 15 years, have very high expectations for content of the utmost quality, and provide a demanding challenge to all presenters. In the majority of sessions they will frequently interrupt and challenge the presenter to develop new ideas and strategies and to justify conclusions. Speakers are expected to facilitate maximum audience participation and to present material that introduces new issues, challenges current assumptions and standards, or opens potential new solutions for discussion and active development, methods, and case studies. COSAC expects that your session should attract feedback from our demanding audience that averages a score in excess of 9.5 out of 10 for content quality.

This invitation to submit proposals for papers regrettably does not guarantee selection. Please feel free to pass on this Call for Papers to any other interested party should you feel that they could make a suitable contribution to the COSAC Programme or have an interest in supporting or sponsoring COSAC 2014.

Please forward submissions to David Lynas, COSAC Chairman, chair@cosac.fsnet.co.uk



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