Join us for a two-day symposium hosted by Cyber Florida in partnership with the University of South Florida and InfraGard to bring together academic researchers, industry practitioners, and law enforcement professionals to examine the latest intelligence on emerging cybercrime threats. The symposium will serve as a platform for connecting, information-sharing, and problem-solving as these three groups—practitioners, researchers, and law enforcement—work together to mitigate the constantly evolving cyber threat landscape.

Call for Abstracts

Academic researchers and industry practitioners and researchers are invited to submit proposals for presentations at Defense & Innovation: A Cybercrime Symposium. Undergraduate and graduate students may also submit poster abstracts for an opportunity to participate in the Student Research Gallery.

Deadline for Submission: December 12, 2022
Notification: December 16, 2022
Travel grants: Speaker travel expenses will be reimbursed as allowed by University of South Florida purchasing guidelines.

Format: Please complete the Abstract Submission Form. You will be asked for an abstract of up to 500 words and to select your preferred presentation style: a standard 45-minute presentation, a 10–15-minute lightning talk, a 60–90-minute panel discussion, or a student poster presentation. The conference will be in-person only with no virtual component and Chatham House rules will be in effect.

Suggested topic areas:

  • Seen in the Wild: New Threat Tactics and Vectors
  • Theoretical Advances in Cyber Criminology
  • Usability and Privacy
  • Critical Infrastructure Security
  • Security of IoT Systems
  • Cyberpsychology and Crime
  • AI Applications in Cyber Crime
  • Security Measurement and Assurance
  • Digital Forensics and Seizing Digital Evidence
  • Cyber Law and Public Policy
  • Open source or law enforcement tools to facilitate investigations (, whois databases, TraceRt, NDCAC, etc)
  • Common Apps, how they work, what information can be provided, what is required to get legal process, law enforcement portals)
  • Basic cyber hygiene and reducing your digital footprint
  • Cryptocurrency – how it works, how to track/investigate
  • Darkweb

Evaluation Criteria: Submissions will be evaluated based on educational value, the potential for further research, and the timeliness/novelty of the topic.

Evaluators: Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of academic experts in cybersecurity and cyber criminology.

Defense & Innovation: A Cybercrime Symposium

Date: February 14 & 15, 2023

Location: University of South Florida – Tampa, Marshall Student Center Grand Ballroom

Type: In-person only, advanced registration required

Audience: Cybersecurity scholars/researchers (both industry and academic), practitioners, law enforcement professionals, and students


Attendee registration will open soon!

Abstract Submission Form

Please complete and submit the form below to be considered for the Defense & Innovation symposium. Applicants will be notified on or before December 16, 2023.

If you are a student, please note what program you are, i.e. BS in Computer Science, MS in Cyberciminology, etc.
If you are open to presenting your topic in more than one format, you may select multiple options.