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PHDays Young School — for Young Scientists

2016 will once again see Positive Hack Days welcoming young scientists and their security research to this year’s event.

One of the key objectives of PHDays is to give talented young scientists the opportunity to access the world of practical security. Young School introduces students and postgraduates in academic studies to this world, enabling them to expand their knowledge of practical security. To participate, applicants need to submit details of their research.


Young School is for students, graduate students, and young scientists who conduct research in the area of information security with a focus on the following:

  • Hackers' new targets. Internet of Things: refrigerator botnets, smart bracelets, and remote car control
  • Computer forensics focused on targeted APT attacks and cyber spying
  • Attacks on payment and online banking systems; payWave, PayPass, and Apple Pay security
  • Running a security operations center: cases, methods, and tools
  • Ways to counter DDoS attacks
  • ERP system and business application security. Counteracting attacks against web applications
  • New vectors and techniques of attacks on mobile devices
  • Protection of cloud computing. Security of government information systems and E-government
  • Applied cryptography
  • Techniques and tools for physical security
  • Protection of ICS/SCADA. Securing industrial systems and modern cities
  • Zero-day vulnerabilities and new exploit deliveries
  • Insecure secure development. SSDL and vulnerabilities in infosec solutions

Authors should demonstrate the practical value of their research; the research methods should be described and substantiated. We do not accept papers that include ideas (even if they are genius) without research results.


To participate in this section, you need to submit an application. This year, you only need to provide talking points, either in English or in Russian. You are expected to explain the goal of your research, prove its novelty, and describe your solution and its advantages. Your work should specify the goal and procedure of the experiment and include experimental results and their interpretation. Remember that our review board needs access to the full research. The review board consists of infosec experts from the academic sector.

Authors of the best works will share their findings with hackers and security specialists at Positive Hack Days VI, an information security forum held in Moscow, May 17 and 18, 2016. Authors will be reimbursed for all travel and accommodation expenses; co-authors will receive tickets to the forum.

Авторы лучших исследований получат возможность выступить перед хакерами и специалистами по безопасности на международном форуме Positive Hack Days VI, который состоится в Москве 17 и 18 мая. Для каждой работы, прошедшей отбор, организаторы возместят одному из авторов расходы на дорогу и проживание, а соавторы получат билеты на форум.

Prior to submitting your proposal, you can discuss it with the organizers. Please contact Andrew Petukhov ( for any question.

Abstract submission deadline is on April 1, 2016.

PHDays Young School History

Finalists 2015

Finalists 2014

Finalists 2013

Finalists 2012