Call for papers

is closed

Please send your proposals to

Given the background Industry of Threats, we invite original, high quality talks. Here is an open list of related topics:

  • Security of computers, computing devices, networks, and cloud/edge/fog services
  • Research about malware and unwanted software
  • Reverse engineering and vulnerability analysis
  • Cybercrime and underground economies
  • Web security
  • Mobile & IoT security
  • Embedded security, hardware security
  • AI/ML both in security and as a threat
  • Usable security and privacy
  • Threat intelligence and information sharing
  • New attack vectors e.g. based on emerging technologies like AI, 3D printers, language and speech, etc.


Please send a proposal that outlines the content of your talk and your major claims with max. 4 pages (including references). Also indicate the preferred duration of your talk (20, 30, 45 mins) and its TLP status. If you apply, at least one author must present the work, if it is accepted. Make sure you apply for visa in time. Please also indicate if you need an invitation letter.

Send your proposal to

Important dates

Deadline for proposals is March, 1st 2020. 

Notification of acceptance will be done by March, 23rd 2020


We are also open for other related topics.  

Corona situation

As the situation about Corona COVID-19 is demanding severe restrictions in travel and summits, we don’t see us in the position to run a regular conference on the foreseen date. So we made – heavy-heartedly  -the decision to postpone the CARO 2020 Workshop to May 2021. We will do our best to make the CARO 2021 workshop the outstanding gathering that we had prepared for this year. 

There are some discussions about alternative solutions and payment. As soon as decisions are made we will get you posted. 


Industry of Threats

Throughout the last decades a vivid cybercrime ecosystem emerged which is constantly changing. Computing devices are no longer restricted to desktops. More and more connected devices are used in both emerging technologies and traditional industrial environments. New technologies bring up new and unforeseen threat vectors. The usage of computing devices has been increasing and so has the responsibility of the security industry to provide adequate countermeasures for cyber criminals and more dedicated attackers.

The CARO workshop is about combining forces to counter the Industry of Threats. This has at least three interpretations: 

  1. Malware and other threats are produced in a highly automated way, often supported or based on machine learning and artificial intelligence
  2. Industrial environments, emerging industries, embedded devices in smart environments pose new risks 
  3. IoT usually stands for Internet of Things. IoT devices are more and more commonly abused by cyber criminals


Vitali Kremez 

Vitali Kremez leads the SentinelLabs and specializes in researching and investigating complex cyberattacks, network intrusions, and data breaches. Over his government and private sector career, Kremez has made numerous groundbreaking findings into Eastern Europe’s cybercrime underworld and has earned virtually every major certification available in the fields of IT, security, and digital forensics.

Vitali is a strong believer in responsible disclosure and has helped enterprises and government agencies deliver indictments of many high-profile investigations involving data breaches, network intrusions, ransomware, computer hacking, intellectual property theft, credit card fraud, money laundering, and identity theft. Previously, Vitali enjoyed a rewarding career as a Cybercrime Investigative Analyst for the New York County District Attorney’s Office.

He has earned the majority of certifications available in the information technology, information security, digital forensics, and fraud intelligence fields. A renowned expert, speaker, blogger, and columnist, Vitali has contributed articles to Dark Reading, BusinessReview, and Infosecurity Magazine and is a frequent commentator on cybercrime, hacking incidents, policy, and security. Vitali is also a malware analysis course author titled “From Zero to Hero Course” with over 4,000 students worldwide. He was named as “Influential Malware Research Professional”  and helps with vetting VirusBay submissions.


Marion Marschalek

Marion Marschalek is a Security Engineer within Intel’s STORM team in Portland, Oregon. Prior to that she held different positions in the threat detection industry, as a malware reverse engineer and incident responder. Her most noteworthy contribution at the time was her analysis work on the malware ‘Babar’ and other representatives of a collection of French nation state malware, which was cited by a number of international news outlets and also got her listed as one of Forbes’ “30under30” talents in the Technology Europe division in 2016. Marschalek is a review board member of Blackhat, and frequent speaker at major security conferences, including Blackhat, Defcon, HITB, RSA, and SyScan, among others. In 2015 she started a hacker bootcamp for women titled BlackHoodie, which over the years established itself as a global initiative to attract more diverse talent to the security industry.


Aug 26, 2020

Early registration & icebreaker event

Everyone who is already in Bochum is invited for the icebreaker event, with early registration 🙂


17:30 – 22:00Early registration & Icebreaker Event
Aug 27-28, 2020

Workshop & Networking Event

CARO workshop is
a) a conference, which covers the most important issues of cyber security in general and especially anti-virus research and
b) a great place for networking, meetinging people, establishing partnerships etc.

Both is reflected in the programme. 


Preliminary program day 1

09:00 Welcome coffee & breakfast
09:15 Conference opening
09:30 Keynotes
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Presentations
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Presentations
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Presentations
17:30 Wrap Up

19:30 DINNER

Preliminary program day 2

09:00 Welcome coffee & breakfast
09:15 Presentations
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Presentations
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Presentations
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Keynotes
17:00 Wrap Up

19:30 Farewell Party & Jam Session

Fees & Registration

Registration is open. The fees range from 650 EUR (early bird ends when the program is officially announced. Due to the unclear situation with Corona we are not able to announce an exact date. We are still in early bird mode) to 800 EUR. 

Access to the CARO workshop 2020 is restricted. Please send an email with your name, your affiliation and few sentences about your motivation to attend CARO workshop to (LINK). You will receive a link to the registration page with more detailed info in your notification of acceptance.



The CARO workshop 2020 will take place at G DATA

G DATA Campus
Königsallee 178
44799 Bochum


Learn more about visa regulations on the website of the German Federal Foreign Office (LINK)

British citizens may consider the new regulations of the German Missions in UK (LINK)

Mail us if you need a letter of invitation to CARO registration


Corona (aka COVID-19) is spreading around the world and it affects travelling and the conditions for meetings including the CARO Workshop 2020. It is currently not possible to run an event like CARO under these circumstances. That’s why we postponed it to August 26 (pre-conference), 27 (day 1), and 28 (day 2)

Find an overview of the current situation and information about activities and countermeasures by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The WHO is putting information in daily situation reports, and gives general advice about Corona in an emergency section. It also has a separate site with travel advice


The reserved rooms in the following hotels around Bochum main station are no longer valid: 

Mercure Hotel Bochum City
Massenbergstraße 19-21, 44787 Bochum
Links: EN | DE 

acora Hotel Bochum
Nordring 44-50, 44787 Bochum
Links: EN | DE

IBIS Styles Bochum Hauptbahnhof
Kurt- Schumacher- Platz 13-15, 44787 Bochum
Link: DE  

We will make arrangements with the hotels for reduced rates for CARO workshop participants. You will receive details with your registration.

More info to follow.

CARO 2020

G DATA Campus, Königsallee 178
44799 Bochum, Germany