EU Summit

We are incredibly excited to announce the Call for Presentations (CFP) for the European SANS Security Awareness Summit. The Summit will be 20-21 November in London, UK and if you have a story to tell, we want to hear from you!

Speakers who are actively involved in helping organisations build, enhance, or measure security awareness and culture programs are invited to share real-world stories on propelling a program to the next level. We are also seeking industry experts in organisational change, culture, and behavioural insights. 

Our goal is for attendees to walk away with actionable lessons they can apply right away to their own program. 

Why present at the SANS European Awareness Summit?

  • Promote your speaking session and company recognition via the Security Awareness Summit website, social media, and all printed materials.
  • Gain access to a friendly, supportive environment to develop and enhance your public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Get a complimentary pass to the Summit PLUS a complimentary Summit guest pass.

While SANS does not cover travel or hotel expenses for speakers, we do reserve a block of rooms at a special rate. We also serve a light breakfast, lunch, and snacks on both Summit days.

What to present at Summit? 

We want to hear stories about what you did, the impact you had, and how attendees can apply your lessons learned to their own program. The best talks focus on a specific topic and have action items that people can implement right away. In fact, here is a short post we recommend you read first on tips to submitting a successful CFP

Looking for topics to inspire you? 

  • Changing Culture: What is culture to you, how did you change it, how did you define and measure it? Does the culture of your company not work with common approaches? 
  • Innovation: How have you changed your approach in the field of awareness/culture and what outcomes has that had? Are you seeing exciting new avenues that others should consider? 
  • Behaviour/Psychology: How are you using behavioural insights or measurements that are helping support your program or strategy? How have your leadership taken to this approach? Any useful studies that have informed your work? 
  • Strategic Plan: How did you put a strategic plan together and what did it look like? How were you able to work smarter, not harder due to prior planning? On reflection, what would you have done differently?
  • Resistance to Change: How did you deal with employees if they might violate internal rules or simply refuse to change behavior?
  • Communications / Engagement: Take time to communicate how are you effectively reaching out to and communicating to your entire company, especially when organizations are global or moving away from hard copy or email. 
  • Special Events that Work: What event did you host that had an impact that you can measure, such as hacking demos, event booths, scavenger hunts or escape rooms? Can you provide a specific roadmap or materials for people to recreate what you did? How did you scale the event or perhaps did you offer the events online?
  • Collaboration Success Stories: How did you build relationships and partner with other key departments, such as communications, human resources, legal or others?
  • Mistakes – Show Us Your Worst: People love a good success story. We want to hear and learn about the mistakes you made and key lessons you learned from them. These talks tend to be incredibly insightful and popular, as we all make mistakes. Let us know you're human.
  • Leadership Support: How do you get leadership to buy into and support your program in both the short and long term? What did you communicate to leaders, in what format, to whom and how often?
  • Metrics: What did you measure? How did you measure it and why? How were you able to tie your metrics back to the training or a specific awareness campaign?

The deadline to submit your talk is no later than Friday, 21 June at 17:00 GMT.

If you have questions, please know I'm always happy to help. Just reach out!