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VB 2014 : The 24th Virus Bulletin International Conference


When Sep 24, 2014 - Sep 26, 2014
Where Seattle, USA
Submission Deadline Mar 7, 2014
Final Version Due Mar 7, 2014
Categories    MALWARE   anti-malware tools   hacking & vulnerabilities   network security

Call For Papers

VB2014 call for papers
VB2014 Seattle: Covering the global threat landscape 24-26 September 2014
Virus Bulletin is seeking submissions from those wishing to present papers at VB2014, the 24th Virus Bulletin International Conference, which will take place 24-26 September 2014 at the Westin Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA, USA.

The conference will include a programme of 30-minute presentations running in two concurrent streams. Unlike in previous years, the streams will not be distinguished as 'corporate' and 'technical'. Instead, the two streams will be split into themed sessions covering both traditional AV issues and some slightly broader aspects of security:

Malware & botnets
Anti-malware tools & methods
Mobile devices
Spam & social networks
Hacking & vulnerabilities
Network security
Submissions are invited on topics that fall into any of the subject areas listed above, some suggestions are listed below - but please note that the suggestions are not exhaustive - the selection committee will consider papers on any subjects that fall within the relevant areas.

Malware & botnets
APTs and targeted attacks
Banking malware
Linux threats
Adobe threats/security
Botnet analysis, infrastructure & takedowns
DGA algorithms
Exploit kits
Malware that targets specific AV products & their vulnerabilities
Web/browser attacks
Low-level attacks, such as UEFI, BIOS, DMA
Nation-sponsored attacks & espionage
Big Data challenges & capabilities
Anti-malware tools & methods
Cloud/real-time blocking of malware
Testing trends/approaches
Multi-engine scanning
Automatic malware analysis
Custom malware signature creation
Telemetry for classification
Reputation-based cloud services
Law enforcement work, view, focus
Security in multinational companies
Mobile devices
Android threats & security
Apple iOS threats & security
Windows mobile threats & security
Automated analysis systems for mobile platforms
Geolocated threats
Mobile botnets
Mobile anti-malware
Malicious mobile ads
'Feudal security'
Spam & social networks
Anti-spam techniques
Targeted social engineering
SMS spam
Spam (campaign) analysis
Spam trends and statistics
Social network scams
Social networks and privacy
DNS-based blacklists
Social network spam
Hacking & vulnerabilities
Bug bounties
SCADA/ICS vulnerabilities
Penetration testing techniques
XSS/CSRF vulnerabilities
Medical device vulnerabilities
Hacking ethics
Password cracking
Data breaches
Responsible disclosure
Network security
Network-level defences
DDoS attacks
SDN Openflow Sflow related topics
Network encryption
DNS security
Network layer security and defence
In particular, VB welcomes the submission of papers that will provide delegates with ideas, advice and/or practical techniques and papers exploring new technologies. VB encourages presentations that include practical demonstrations of techniques or new technologies.

How to submit a proposal
Please use our online abstract submission form to submit a proposal for VB2014. You will need to include:

- an abstract of approximately 200 words outlining the proposed paper and including five key points that you intend the paper to cover
- full contact details with each submission
- Note: deadline for submissions 7 March 2014. Submissions received later than 7 March 2014 will not be considered.
The abstract submission form can be found here(

Following the close of the call for papers all submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee; authors will be notified of the status of their paper by email.

One presenter per selected paper will be offered a complimentary conference registration, while co-authors will be offered registration at a 50% reduced rate (up to a maximum of two co-authors). VB regrets that it is not able to assist with speakers' travel and accommodation costs.

Authors are advised that, should their paper be selected for the conference programme, they will be expected to provide a full paper that will be included in the VB2014 Conference Proceedings as well as a 30-minute presentation at VB2014 in Seattle. The deadline for submission of the completed papers will be Tuesday, 10 June 2014, and potential speakers must be available to present their papers in Seattle between 24 and 26 September 2014.

Any queries relating to the call for papers should be addressed to

Last-minute presentations
In addition to the scheduled presentations, a portion of the technical stream will be set aside for 'last-minute' technical presentations, the aim of which is to present up-to-the-minute material.

Proposals for the last-minute presentations need not be submitted until three weeks before the start of the conference - a call for papers will be announced in early August. Presenting a full paper will not preclude an individual from being selected to present a last-minute presentation.

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