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Poster Competition

We invite full-time undergraduate and graduate students to submit poster presentations on emerging topics in the field of cyber security, information assurance and forensics, which include but not limited to Internet of Things (IoT) security, Cloud security, mobile security, e-commerce security, secure coding etc.

The goal of the poster session is to raise awareness among the fair’s audience on the topic that you choose to present.  Thanks to the Los Angeles Chapter of ISACA, poster competition winners will receive:

         First place        $500
         Second place   $250
         Third place      $125
         Fourth place     $ 75
         Fifth place        $ 50

Submission Deadline:  October 11, 2016 at 11:59 PM Pacific

Inquiries: Mohammad Husain (

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible?

Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible and will be required to show a valid student ID, a government issued ID, and evidence of full-time status when checking-in at the fair.

What is the abstract deadline and when will I be notified?

The deadline for your poster abstract submission is October 11, 2016 at 11:59 PM Pacific. Students will be notified about acceptance by October 18, 2016.

Are there any fees to enter the contest?

There is no registration fee. However, students are responsible for the cost of travel and accommodations.

Do I need a faculty supervisor?

We encourage students to submit faculty supervised work;  however, this is not a requirement.

How do I submit my work?

Students need to upload an A4 size pdf document with a short 150 word abstract and one or two major graphics (figures/diagrams) describing their poster content using the following link: .  Please complete the online submission by October 11, 2016 at 11:59 PM Pacific. Two students (maximum) may partner on one poster but a student may submit only one abstract.  

What is the selection criteria?

The organizing committee will be reviewing submissions based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the field of cyber security, information assurance and forensics
  • Potential for practical impact
  • Degree of originality
  • Technical depth
  • The overall quality of the submission

Do I need to stay with my poster if accepted?

You will be required to be with your poster during the fair on October 25, 2016 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Can I change the content of the poster after my abstract proposal is accepted?

You may not change the accepted abstract without the approval of the organizing committee. The committee reserves the rights to reject any poster that does not reflect consistency with the submitted and accepted abstract.

How will the winner of the Student Poster Presentation be determined?

The fair attendees will vote for the winning poster presentations. Ballots will be distributed to the fair attendees at the beginning of the conference. The committee will collect the ballots until 2:00 PM on October 25, 2016.

When will the winner of the Student Poster Presentation be announced?

The winning presentations will be formally announced after fair prize drawings at 2:30 PM during the fair on October 25, 2016.

If my proposal is accepted, what guidelines should I follow to create my presentation?

See the Poster Session Guidelines that immediately follow.

Poster Session Guidelines

  • Posters shall consist of a standard 36" high x 48" wide poster board, or equivalent (center panel shall be 24" wide with 12" side panels on either side of the center panel).
  • Poster boards shall be of standard student presentation quality and shall stand on their own when opened.
  • Participants may use tape, glue, or pushpins to make attachments to the poster.
  • All supporting display material must fit on the poster in the space provided.
  • Students may use a laptop; however, electrical power will NOT be supplied.
  • Use graphics where possible.
  • Include an identification sign - title of presentation and student(s) name (this is very important)
  • Use a large enough font to be visible by someone standing up to 6 feet away from the poster (minimum of 18 point).
  • Be sure to leave enough white space to allow people to focus on what is most important for them to see.
  • When using graphics, do not put too much information in one figure or chart.
  • When using text, avoid long sentences; instead use bulleted statements.
  • If using acronyms, provide definitions.

Poster Session Set Up Times

You may assemble your poster presentation at the venue between 9:00 am to 10:30 am on October 25, 2016. Please follow the instruction of the fair volunteers for the exact location of your poster.

Please review the above guidelines carefully and prepare your poster and materials to take maximum advantage of presenting in a poster session.  In particular, please note that poster sessions differ in these important ways from traditional sessions:

  • Visual materials must be limited to those that can be displayed on a 3' x 4' poster board and read at a distance of a few feet (usually 6 feet).
  • Presentations should be discussed, rather than simply read.
  • Poster displays frequently require more planning and preparation and can include more complex figures.

The Conference Will Furnish The Following

  • Table
  • Pushpins and scotch tape


Consider the following tips for this presentation:

  • Dress professionally.
  • Stand next to your poster so viewers can easily identify its author.
  • Establish eye contact to let them know you are eager to answer their questions.
  • Prepare a short statement to walk the viewers through your figures to discuss your project.
  • Be prepared to briefly discuss your hypothesis, point out your work, address key pieces of data, and summarize your conclusions.
  • Point to specific parts of your poster as you explain your project.
  • Speak to the viewers, not your poster.
  • Keep in mind that you likely know much more about your project than the viewers. Don’t assume knowledge on their part.
  • Check out as many posters as you can. It is often helpful to visit several posters to see how the other students are presenting their work.

Teardown Instructions

Please remove all of your materials immediately after the end of the presentation period.



Special thanks to the ISACA Los Angeles Chapter for donating the prize awards for our CSAF poster contest.

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