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Art Into Science & A Conference for Defense, 2019

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Dell Round Rock 5 Building

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Many conferences out there glorify the attacker, we want a conference that glorifies us!


Push the Art to a Science: Creating a Professional Discipline

To mature our practice, we need to be able to share our methodologies in a systematic and consistent way.

We have many professionals in the security industry, but do not have a professional discipline. We'd like to philosophically discuss concepts in security, push them forward, and model them.

Glorify the Defense: Tools, Techniques, and Ideas People Can Leave the Conference with and Implement

Security conferences glorify the attacker, and accept attack-oriented talks. We'd like to put defense on a pedestal and take in talks that interest us - operational talks on defense.

As a field, we need practitioners to offer implementable ideas and or reference implementations to reduce the amount of work that someone has to do to implement what they learn.


In the "Glorify the Defense" (operations) track we will have talks of interest on various investigations and case studies on the one hand, and tools and ideas used to defend our environments on the other.

The "Push the art into a science" (philosophy) track will be dedicated to working tracks, where the members introduce their own concepts, and then discuss specifics. Most importantly, finish the day with a summary that can be used to push our field into the future.

We want to get more out of ACoD:

Often, the best value we as attendees get out of a conference is personal relationships that form. We'd like to generate more of this value.

Some of us are introverts, some are shy. Regardless, it is hard to meet too many people in conferences, and see how we can help each other. We will work to address this by building more discussion into the agenda, such as networking opportunities, small working groups, and other similar ideas, into the DNA of how the conference will run.

Get to Know Our Convention!

Not sure if Art into Science is for you? Check out our Youtube channel below to view presentations from last year's conference, or follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date with the latest news from the Art into Science conference!


Art into Science Recognizes the following Code of Conduct. Additionally, a draft of the 2018 Art into Science Agenda can be found here!

Videos of our ACoD 2017 and 2018 conference presentations can be found on our Youtube Channel:


Operations Track:

We'd like to put defense on a pedestal and take in talks that interest us - operational talks on defense. As a field, we need practitioners to offer implementable ideas and or reference implementations to reduce the amount of work that someone has to do to implement what they learn.

Topics of interest include:

+ Threat Intelligence
+ Attack Profiles
+ Detection Systems
+ Case Studies, Tools, and Techniques
+ Insider Threat
+ User Behavior Analytics
+ Fraud Mitigation
+ Operationalizing Security
+ Metrics
+ Scalable Security Engineering
+ Security Response

Audience: Please think of the audience as your peers, experts in their field, who have been punching miscreants and building defense systems for at least 15 years. We are looking to see what you do, how you do it, and how others can replicate or further advance your efforts. While new material is preferred, we are very happy to see your implementation, research, investigations, and use cases, even if others have done it before, just please do not give an introductory talk.

Philosophy Track:

The Philosophy Track for Art Into Science is unlike most other conferences in that there is a high degree of interaction expected among speakers and attendees. In fact, one of the expected outputs are documents with authorship credit that include attendees that contributed during the conference.

To this end, the CFP for the Philosophy Track encourages submitters to consider the following to increase your chances of getting your submission accepted:

1. Build upon other talks given in previous years
2. Create space/opportunities for attendees to contribute to your topic
3. Orient towards a "Guide-on-the-Side" style talk over "Sage-on-the-Stage"

You can review some of the past talks and topics on our YouTube channel:

This track will run the full duration of the convention, from Jan. 30th to Feb. 1st. This track will dismiss at 2:00 PM on Friday, the 1st.

Speakers: Speakers are strongly encouraged to stay through the week to facilitate discussions on their topic.

Audience: Please think of yourselves as contributors having something to offer but needing a venue and structure to facilitate your ability to express your thoughts and experience. The speakers aren't the only ones with content. We are looking for your thinking on how we can build what we already know into a discipline or to learn of something new which we haven’t heard before.

Previous documents that were created by attendees include the following:

- Professionalization Framework:
- Product Testing Framework:
- Hazard Assessment Framework / Forecasting Framework:
- Near Misses:

Code of Conduct

The Art into Science: A Conference for Defense recognizes the following Code of Conduct: Click Here (.PDF)

Talk and Discussion Guidelines

Discussion needs to be of a nature that:

  • Identifies first principles.
  • Models the results.

But most importantly:

    • Makes sure the resulting models are useful and usable.

Some things to avoid:
  • Stay away from statements such as “we should all use Linux” or “this wouldn’t happen if people patched their systems.”
  • Mentions of Sun Tzu are not allowed in lectures, unless they are new, previously unseen 0day quotes.
  • Purely academic topics such as: “5% faster crypto!”

Other More Mundane Topics of Interest for the Philosophy Track

  • How do you hire and keep your security professionals?
  • Internal tool building. Build vs Buy. When to choose which, and why?
  • The geopolitics and legal implications of security.
  • Getting executive attention: Unlocking budget and success metrics.
  • Efficacy evaluation.


Here are some of the convention logistics for giving a talk:

  • Talks can be scheduled for either a 20 or 40 minute block. This will be specified in the CFP submission form. When selecting a 40 minute talk in the form, please elaborate further as to why your talk will benefit from being 40 minutes long, as opposed to 20 minutes long.

Classic Talks

ACoD will invite select speakers who, in our opinion, gave talks or wrote papers that defined our field, so that we can learn from their experience, as well as record them for posterity. Please submit ideas for who to invite, with contact details, if you have them, to:


We especially encourage women and members of other diverse groups to submit a talk and attend the conference.

Submit CFP

Online CFP Submissions for the 2019 convention are now open. Authors can submit their papers on Easychair via our EasyChair Conference page. Authors can also forward submissions to the ACoD staff on the Artintoscience page.

If you have any questions or other enquires please directly email, or by contacting Gadi Evron or Randal Vaughn.

Conference Staff and Reviewers:

Gadi Evron
Jeff Moss
Sounil Yu
Mike Johnson
Kimberlee Price
Kathy Wang
Joel Wilbanks
Viktor Polic
Chris Walsh
Steve Orrin
Bri Rolston
Allison Nixon
Anton Chuvakin
Bertha Marasky
Chris Roosenraad
Dan Hubbard
Jared Smith
Jay Taylor
Joel Wilbanks
John Bambenek
Richard MacVarish
Rob Fry
Stefano Zanero
Toby Kohlenberg
Tyler Jones
Viktor Polic
Vincent Weafer
Wendy Nather
William Salusky

Hotels Near the venue:

Austin Marriott North, 2600 La Frontera Blvd., Round Rock
Hyatt Place, 420 Sundance Parkway, Round Rock
Homewood Suites by Hilton, 2201 S Mays St., Round Rock
Hampton Inn, 110 Dell Way, Round Rock
Home2 Suites by Hilton, 1000 W Louis Henna Blvd., Round Rock

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