Call for Papers

The PHDays program is packed with dozens of talks, roundtables, and hands-on labs. Priority topics for this year's forum include the security of digital infrastructure for cities, healthcare, and industry; e-government; the Internet of Things for consumers and businesses; blockchain technology; and biometric authentication.

Key topics:

  • The role of government and regulators in the e-economy
  • The digital wave in finance
  • Security of critical digital infrastructure
  • Security risk management
  • Physical security in IT

Speak up

Speaking at PHDays is a chance to present your research to an interested audience, win the admiration of your colleagues, and network with the movers and shakers of the security world. There are several ways in which to present your work: a traditional talk, Fast Track, or Hands-on Lab. If you've got something to say, we look forward to you saying it at PHDays 8.


Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as unaffiliated young scientists active in security research, can take part in Young School. Authors of the best works will be provided tickets to attend PHDays.

Tell us about your research

Young School is the perfect chance for up-and-coming specialists to perform independent research in information security and present the results to the international security community.


The highlight of PHDays is The Standoff, a pitched 30-hour cyberbattle between teams of hackers, defenders, and security operations centers (SOCs). Conditions replicate the real world as closely as possible: with minimal restrictions, attackers can try almost every trick in the book to take down infrastructure. As always, the purpose is to demonstrate how real security threats are handled by professionals in practice. Taking part in The Standoff is the perfect way to demonstrate your team's skills and capabilities in live-fire conditions.

Show what you're made of

Prove your skills at probing digital systems and solving tricky puzzles as part of our pre-event competitions, currently scheduled for the first week of May. The winners will receive exciting prizes and free tickets to PHDays.

Buy ticket

Tickets to PHDays are already available for purchase. Like last year, an early-bird discount applies for anyone who buys a ticket before December 31: attend both days of the forum for just 7,337 rubles. On January 1, the price will increase to 7,337 rubles for one day and 9,600 rubles for two days. Starting March 1, one day will cost 9,600 rubles and two days will cost 14,400 rubles. Don't wait until the last minute — quantities are limited.