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Call for Papers - Black Hat USA 2013

Submit proposals by completing the submissions form on the CFP server at We strongly suggest that you submit earlier than later since we will close the CFP early if we receive enough quality submissions to fill the slots. All applicants should take the time to closely review the Call for Papers Terms and Conditions AND all information on this page PRIOR to making the submission so that you are clear on our expectations and deadlines.” All submissions must be received on or before April 15, 2013.


The Black Hat Briefings was created to fill the need for computer security professionals to better understand the security risks to information infrastructures and computer systems. Black Hat accomplishes this by assembling a group of vendor-neutral security professionals and having them speak candidly about the problems businesses and Governments face as well as potential solutions to those problems. No gimmicks - just straight talk by people who make it their business to know the information security space. The following timeslots are available: 25, 50 and 120 minutes (please note the 120 minute timeslots are only available for workshops).


Black Hat does not accept product or vendor related pitches. If your talk is a thinly-veiled advertisement for a new product or service your company is offering, please do not apply.


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NOTE: If you have questions about the legal implications of your security research or presentation, consider contacting Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit legal service organization, for a pro bono initial consultation by emailing

Please include Black Hat USA 2013 in the subject line.


If you have questions regarding your submission, please email them to We ask that all persons who submit to the Call for Papers DO NOT contact Review Board members individually regarding your submission.


All presentations must be vendor neutral (no sales pitches for services or products are permitted). Presentations which demonstrate proprietary tool(s) must provide a copy of the tool(s) for distribution on the Black Hat CD and web site. All sources of information, software, etc should be properly cited.

Things that get our attention:

Talks that are more technical or reveal new vulnerabilities are of more interest than a review of material covered many times before. We are striving to create a high-end technical conference and any talk that helps reach this goal will be given extra attention.

Original content or research that has been created specifically for Black Hat and has not been seen before always gets extra priority as well as demonstrations involving new material, or a new way of presenting information to the attendees.

Please ensure your submissions have detailed bibliographies acknowledging prior work in the space, distinguishing or highlighting how your presentation is different. We believe this is important to help move the security community to a more professional and respected position, as well as make all of our work easier to reference for those seeking to understand prior art.

Note: By speaking at the Black Hat Briefings you are granting Black Hat permission to reproduce, distribute, advertise and show your presentation including but not limited to, printed and/or electronic ads, fliers, mailers, etc.


To meet the goals outlined above, Black Hat expects several things from selected speakers. Full details may be found on the CFP Terms and Conditions page.


There are several categories of speakers based on the type of presentation delivered. Please review the Call for Papers Terms and Conditions to see what Category presenter you are.


The Black Hat USA 2013 Briefings will take place July 31 - August 1 immediately after the Training at Caesars Palace. Please see the Black Hat USA 2013 Briefings pages for more information on hotel, venue, schedules, etc. (coming soon).


Please visit for previous conference archives, information, and speeches. Updated announcements will be posted to newsgroups, security mailing lists, and the Black Hat web site when available.

Thank you for your time!

We reserve the right to change or modify our Terms, Dates and/or content of this page at any time without prior notice.