fwd:cloudsec is an independent, non-profit-backed cloud security conference for and by cloud security practitioners. Growing out of the Cloud Security Forum Slack, and building on the success of our first conference in 2020, which, despite COVID, was virtually attended by over 900 people, we’re looking to expand in 2021. This year, we plan to run a hybrid in-person and virtual event that includes even more of the cloud security community, showcasing research applicable to multiple public clouds, sharing practical technical work and ways to work more effectively with developers, users, business partners, and auditors.

To make the experience great for speakers, community leaders, and attendees, we’re looking to add volunteers and organizing committee members. We won’t sugarcoat it: running a nonprofit, practitioner-led conference is hard work — but it’s also rewarding, connecting you to some of the leading researchers, practitioners, companies, and individual leaders in the field. Several papers presented in 2020’s conference wouldn’t have happened without the engagement in our volunteer community.

We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested! In particular, we’re looking for individuals who:

Remote participation is very much encouraged - our current organizers are spread across the American continent, and our planning activities are typically a mix of private Slack channels, Zoom, Google Docs, and Github.

Specific departments where we know we need help this year:

If this sounds like something you're interested in and willing to put in the work, please apply by filling out the survey here.