In 2016, we started with a simple idea: we wanted to create a non-profit conference with outstanding talks about the latest discoveries and developments in IT security. Moreover, it should feel like a reunion with old friends.
The result was our first RuhrSec conference in April 2016. With talks about well-known security vulnerabilities, such as Rowhammer and DROWN, an awesome social event, and an amazing community, the conference was a complete success. Thanks to our 140 attendees we were able to donate more than 1,100€ to Gänseblümchen NRW e.V. for assistance to support children with cancer.
Based on these results, we decided to host another edition in 2017. We evaluated our attendees’ feedback for RuhrSec 2016 and tried to improve the conference without changing its general character. Due to your feedback, we introduced workshops from well-known security experts before the main conference. In 2017, RuhrSec had more attendees than in its first edition and we were able to raise our donation.
After two successful conference editions, we decided to host RuhrSec annually. What followed was the largest RuhrSec yet. More than 210 attendees enjoyed talks about Meltdown and Spectre and ROBOT in 2018; the conference was sold out. As a highlight, the world's first presentation about EFAIL which was disclosed to the public just one day before the conference was given.
On our mission to make small improvements to RuhrSec every year, we decided to start an open Call for Presentations (CfP) for the 2019 edition. We did not know whether anyone would be interested in our CfP and if the submitted talks would be interesting to our audience and fit the ideas of RuhrSec. At the end of the CfP, we were astonished by the participation: a total of 57 submissions. Thanks to the CfP we were able to craft an interesting conference program with a large variety of different areas of IT security including social engineering, automotive security, and artificial intelligence.
In this year’s CfP, we received 80 submissions. Due to the huge number of submissions, we decided to establish a program committee that should help us to review all submissions and select the talks that suit you, our audience, and the RuhrSec conference best. After the thorough review process was finished we are finally able to present the program for this year. It once again offers talks about cutting-edge topics by international experts from both the academic field and the industry. In the past years, the optional security workshops have been well received by you. This year's program is complemented by the following in-depth workshops:
- Advanced Client-Side Web Security by Marcus Niemietz (Hackmanit)
- Kubernetes Security by Thomas Fricke (Endocode)
- ChameleonMini and NFC Security by Kasper & Oswald GmbH (KAOS)
We look back at four great conferences in the past years and look forward to future editions. This year we are especially excited because we are already celebrating the fifth birthday of RuhrSec. As a new characteristic, we offer free child care for RuhrSec 2020 attendees.
Thank you for making RuhrSec such an awesome event every year. In the long-term, we are sure the next five years will be just as great as the first five years.
Update: We regret to inform you that we have decided to cancel RuhrSec 2020 in May. You have probably heard about other conferences and events being canceled due to the coronavirus. We have decided to take this action out of an abundance of caution for everyone's safety. While we deeply regret this decision had to be made, we do not see any alternative within the given time frame. The health and safety of everyone attending RuhrSec is our top priority. We apologize to everyone who was looking forward to the conference and hope for your understanding of this difficult decision.