The Cyber Revolution, 2019


Wed, 04/09/2019 - 11:00 to Thu, 05/09/2019 - 11:00


SECREV, a contraction from the words “cybersecurity” and “revolution”, starts in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 4 at 9 a.m. local time and will feature successively live coordinated cybersecurity presentations from universities and organizations following the sun for over 24 hours.

The revolution will go: Edinburgh: 9am, 4 Sept 2019 (BST); Canada: 10am (PDT), 4 Sept 2019; and end-up back in Edinburgh on 5 Sept 2019.

Our Amir Cahane is Participating This Year:

This unique event aims to:

  • Provide a near-zero cost event to reduce barriers to international collaborations between researchers.
  • Promote the exchange of cybersecurity findings and perspectives.
  • Reach out to and engage new audiences curious about cybersecurity.

SECREV which will be held for the second time in 2019, is an annual event created by SERENE-RISC’s knowledge mobilization coordinator Michael Joyce. “The more decision-makers and researchers around the world know about the breadth of research that is happening, the better we are able to make decisions for a safer online space.” explains Michael Joyce. “With SECREV, we hope to make use of new technologies and empower research groups to share their insights in streamed online presentations.”

SECREV 2019 is set to include presentations from:

  • The CyberAcademy at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland
  • NSCR and the Hague University in the Netherlands
  • The Université de Montréal; Seneca College
  • The Montreal campus of the University of Quebec (UQAM)
  • The University of British Colombia, in Canada; and the Cybersecurity Research Centre
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, among others.

Topics with year will include Security and Blockchain technologies, Human Factors related to cybercrime and more.


Across the world, there are researchers and professionals dedicating themselves to understanding and reducing the risk in our digitally connected lives. Online safety is a multi-dimensional, multi-faceted problem made more complicated by its technical and practical consolidation. Put simply, this is a problem that is unique to each of us but any long-term solution must work for all of us. Thankfully, there are cybersecurity practitioners and researchers spread across the world tackling this problem from a multitude of perspectives and disciplines. The more these researchers know about each other’s work and the more we understand about all of their findings, the better we are able to make decisions for a safer online space. Unfortunately, bringing everyone together is time-consuming and costly. The reality of modern academia locks important discoveries away. Those seeking knowledge from research can be blocked by:

  • Geography, as conferences can be costly to attend,
  • Commercial interests, as access to peer-reviewed documents can be prohibitively expensive
  • Jargon, as increasingly specialised fields require complex terminology and methods
  • Noise, as it becomes more difficult to recognise strong proofs and
  • Scientific consensus in the research churn

The Cybersecurity Revolution is an event conceived to openly encourage sharing and interaction among the wider cybersecurity research community.

This event has been established with the goals of:

  • Providing a near-zero cost event to enable groups to contribute and collaborate
  • Increasing the volume of accessible video content available online
  • Creating opportunities for interactions between groups around the World that are working on cybersecurity.

The event will unite researchers around the world in a combined effort to produce and make available video content, and have discussions around their research over a period of 24 hours. A coordinated series of live-streamed presentations, uploaded videos and hosted discussions and will take place, primarily leveraging YouTube and Twitter.

It is an event focused around research, education, science and learning and not the furthering of commercial interests. The presentations can include information about research centres and their objectives, achievements, agendas and roadmaps; overviews and deep dives into past and present research themes and studies; graduate students and their research; discussions related to the theme. Presentations must promote education and sharing across the research community and commit to elevating accuracy, precision, and specificity in sciences related to cybersecurity.

Presentations which promote a commercial product, company, entity or service or formulated for commercial benefit will not be included as part of the event. We are very much aware of the research that is done within companies for the greater good but we are at this stage focused on helping groups without a promotions budget. If you are with a for-profit organisation and you would like to take part please contact us to see how you can assist us with this goal, such as by partnering with a researcher for an event. We welcome researchers and practitioners working on any aspect of cybersecurity to contact us to be a part of this event. You can take part by organising presentations for uploading or streaming and by organising viewing groups to watch and ask questions. We are happy to provide advice and support to enable you to take part as easily as possible.