Call for Speakers

The 2019 Retail Cyber intelligence Summit brings together more than 200 retail and hospitality cybersecurity practitioners for two days of vital presentations and discussions on pertinent and breakthrough topics. Attendees value the range of content provided for the varying structures, resources and priorities of their organizations.

Your topic and abstract should ask a question or frame a discussion on which participants can engage. Topics may cover a wide range of subject matter, including best practice discussions, current threats or cybersecurity challenges, game-changing technologies, or other top of mind issues for cybersecurity professionals.

All submissions will be reviewed and selected by a Content Committee, comprised of various RH-ISAC members who provide oversite for the Summit.

Submission Process

You may apply to speak at the Retail Cyber Intelligence Summit by submitting a proposal for either a standalone, co-presentation or a panel discussion on a topic relevant to either the strategic, operational or tactical cybersecurity practitioner attendee. Each session is 50 minutes.

In order to be considered, submissions must include:

  • Speaker(s) name, title and organization
  • Session Title (10 words or less)
  • Topic description (250 words or less)
  • Three key takeaways – name the top session objectives or takeaways for participants. These takeaways should provide a snapshot of what participants can expect to learn from your session.
  • Session audience
  • Session topic category

Solution Providers: Submissions from cybersecurity solutions companies, including those from RH-ISAC Associate members, will be considered for presenting sponsorship participation. As a solution provider, by submitting a session for consideration on the Retail Cyber Intelligence Summit agenda, you acknowledge that in order to be accepted you must agree to sponsorship participation and terms. Sponsorship details are available in the Sponsor Prospectus.

Sponsor submissions that are selected by the Content Committee must complete the corresponding sponsor agreement within seven business days of being notified of acceptance. If the sponsor agreement is not received within this timeframe, the RH-ISAC may elect to award the presenting sponsor session slot to a different company.

Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. All other submissions will be reviewed by a Content Committee, comprised of various RH-ISAC members, to determine acceptance.

Questions regarding content should be sent to events@rhisac.org.

Important Deadlines

  • Associate Member Early Bird Submissions: 3/29
  • Call for Speakers Submissions Due: 4/26
  • Notification of Speaking Submission Acceptance/Rejection: 5/24
  • Speaker Deliverables (speaker photos/bio & final session title/abstract) Due: 6/14
  • Speaker Planning Call Completed by: 8/16
  • Slide Deck Due: 9/11

Tips for Submission:

  • Approach your topic from a unique perspective to drive interest
  • Focus on a use case, partnership, or spotlight on an emerging/trending threat
  • Share real stories with actionable solutions the audience can walk away with
  • Showcase subject-matter expertise
  • Include ‘intended audience’ in session submission to increase relevancy (i.e. strategic leaders, intel analysts, fraud professionals)
  • Submit practitioner speakers with titles relevant to the sector (C-Suite, Analyst, Researcher)
  • Keep content vendor agnostic – this is not a sales pitch

Suggested Topics Include:

  • Building a Threat Intelligence Program
  • Incident Response Planning
  • Orchestration and Automation
  • The Intersection of Fraud and Security
  • Risk Management on a global scale
  • Spotlight on a trending or emerging threat to retail
  • Diversity and inclusion in cybersecurity
  • Insider Threats to security and data protection
  • Phishing and business email compromise (BEC)
  • Patch management and third-party security