The 9th International Conference on Passwords
7, 8, 9 December 2015
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
The Passwords conference was launched in 2010 as a response to the lack of robustness and usability of current personal authentication practices and solutions. Annual participation has doubled over the past three years. Since 2014, the conference accepts peer-reviewed papers.
Passwords are the most prevalent form of authentication in the digital age, and are the first line of defense against unauthorized access in most systems. Even if you are using some other form of authentication for a particular service, there’s still a password in the chain somewhere — it all comes back to relying on something somewhere being password-protected. But after 50 years of computing evolution, 123456 and password still top the list of most frequently used passwords. And nearly a half billion passwords have been compromised over the last five years alone, including breaches from companies such as Adobe, Twitter, Forbes, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Ashley Madison and LivingSocial. Clearly, we have a systemic problem with password authentication – and it's not going away any time soon.
Passwords is the first and only conference of its kind, where leading researchers, password crackers, and experts in password security from around the globe gather in order to better understand the challenges surrounding digital authentication, and how to adequately address them. While large mainstream conferences tend to focus on current hot topics in the information security industry, Passwords events explore fringe conversations on everything from analysis and education to creating, securing, cracking, and exploiting authentication solutions. And unlike other events where the speaker is rushed in and out, Passwords provides an intimate environment for participants to directly engage speakers before, during, and after their presentations.
Passwords was launched in Bergen, Norway in 2010, motivated by dissatisfaction with the robustness and usability of current authentication solutions. Now in its sixth year, Passwords is held twice a year on two continents, and Passwords 2015 at Cambridge marks the 9th global event.
Official Twitter hashtag for 2015: #passwords15
Official IRC channel: #passwordscon on Freenode
Price is NOK 3125, which is approximately GBP 250, USD 384, EUR 340. (Oct 10, 2015). The price includes 1 dinner, lunch 3 days, coffee/tea & snacks.
For local employees & students at the university we have a price of NOK 60 (approx GBP 5,-) for participation only (no food or drinks). ID required at the conference.
We ask for the following information for all participants:
Name, E-mail address, mobile phone number, title and company / organization.
You can opt in to share this information with our sponsors, if you are interested in being contacted by any of them after the conference. If you do not wish to opt in for this, we will provide anonymous information to our sponsors on what type of roles/organizations we have with us at the conference. You may choose to talk to any of our sponsors onsite at the conference of course.
Without the generous support of sponsors PasswordsCon wouldn't exist. By sharing your personal information with our sponsors you are supporting us in keeping the conference running. If you are willing to share your personal information please check the appropriate box in the registration form.