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The topic for Positive Hack Days 10 is "The Origin." In other words, developing the concept of future information security. To achieve that, we need to focus on practical aspects and issues of information security today.

This year, the topics include the following:

  • Vulnerability discovery and exploitation
  • Attack mitigation
  • Architectural issues of modern computing systems
  • Detecting and investigating attacks and incidents: practical findings
  • Threat intelligence and threat hunting
  • Investigating activities of hacker groups
  • Arranging processes for securing information infrastructures: practical findings
  • Methods and ways of developing secure software, such as serverless apps, cloud-based apps, micro-service architectures, and AI systems
  • Formal security models of applications
  • Managing security risks in software development processes
  • Security of BIOS, UEFI, and other firmware
  • Methods of assessing informational risks for businesses
  • Methods of detecting sore spots in business processes
  • Methods of developing information security strategies for businesses

We will discuss the security of embedded systems, home and industrial IoT devices, telecommunication networks, smart homes, and CCTV, as well as the security of financial technologies and tools. We will also discuss faults and vulnerabilities in blockchain, talk about reverse engineering, applied cryptography, machine learning, malware, and exploit development.

If your research touches upon other areas of information security that you think will be interesting to forum participants, you are also welcome to send a submission.

For the second year in a row, we will have separate sections for offensive and defensive security, and will create a special section for software developers. Technical tracks will include presentations of various complexity. We want to collect information that would be of interest to both beginners and experienced specialists in information security.


You can share your findings in any of the following formats::

  • Report (50 minutes)
  • Fast Track (15 minutes)
  • Hands-on Lab (up to 4 hours)

How to apply

To participate in the conference, please fill out the application form

The submission should include the following:

  • Speaker's name and country of residence
  • Contact information (email address)
  • Title and brief summary of the talk
  • Biography

We recommend that you send an abstract, presentation, additional materials, illustrations, and utilities to help us evaluate your work.

Important! If your research has already been published, specify the relevant conference, journal, or website.

If you know about similar works by other researchers, list them indicating your unique approach to the issue.

Please inform us if you can only share some slides but cannot provide the full research paper.

You can submit several applications, but each of them must be filled out separately.

The submissions will be considered by an international program committee consisting of independent researchers and leading IT experts.

Please note that we do not accept works submitted by third parties or other representatives (such as PR staff) of a potential speaker. Please avoid sending your questions to the program committee members personally.

Important dates

You can apply for participation as a speaker between February 5 and March 28. The program committee will consider all the submissions by May 1.

Transport and accommodation


  • Return economy air tickets
  • One entrance ticket per speaker
  • Hotel room for three nights per speaker

Fast Track:

  • One entrance ticket per speaker

Hands-on Lab:

  • Return economy air tickets
  • One entrance ticket per speaker
  • Hotel room for three nights per speaker
  • Expenses for special software and materials required for the lab

Every speaker (except Fast Track authors) will receive two additional tickets to the forum. High school graduates, students, and PhD candidates can use these tickets.

Presentation template

Here is the PHDays presentation template. The template usage is optional. You company's logo is allowed on the last slide of your presentation.