Submerge is Coming Nov 12 - 14

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What is Cofense Submerge?

Cofense Submerge takes our customers on a deep dive into the latest trends in phishing threats and incident response. Join us for our 3rd Annual North American conference at the JW Marriott in Orlando, Florida on November 12-14. The Cofense Submerge Phishing Defense Summit and User Conference is set to provide attendees with both training and informative sessions across two distinct tracks and promises even deeper, more hands-on content than ever before. All attendees will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts while networking with peers and other Cofense product users from all over the world.


Registration is Now Open!

Registration is now open for Cofense Submerge 2018, our 3rd annual User Conference and Phishing Defense Summit. This year’s event will be held November 12-14 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in sunny Orlando, Florida. The sessions at Cofense Submerge will cover best practices, case studies and instruction on the most current and important aspects of the information security landscape, including the latest phishing threats, incident response, malware analysis and much more. Want to attend but need some help convincing your boss? We’ve got you covered right here.

Need more reasons to attend? We’ve got plenty to share over three days of learning, networking and fun:

Deep dives into the latest trends in phishing awareness and incident response
More than 30 training and educational sessions to choose from
A chance to earn CPE credits while becoming a security pro
PLUS, celebrity keynote speaker Brian Krebs!

Cofense Professional Services will be offering one to one sessions with our Senior Vice President and team along with our Director of Professional Services Data Analytics. If you are interested in meeting with the professional services team, please use this sign-up to choose the time that works best for you. If you would like to meet  about your reporting challenges, please sign-up here.

Submerge Speakers

Brian Krebs Named as Keynote Speaker!

Brian Krebs is a leading security journalist and investigative reporter, known often for being the first to break security news on his blog “Krebs on Security”. Hear him speak live at Cofense Submerge as he dives into security trends and what organizations need to know to improve their security position in 2018 and beyond. Other speakers will include Cofense co-founders, Aaron Higbee and Rohyt Belani, among others. The full host of speakers and agenda will be released in the coming days.


Cofense CTO and Co-founder


Security Journalist and Investigative Reporter


Cofense CEO and Co-founder

Cofense Submerge Topics and Schedule

Join us for more than 35 sessions and trainings delivering knowledge you can immediately use in your anti-phishing program. With a mix of How-To, Use Cases, Best Practices, Speed Talks, and Training across all levels, from beginner to advanced. Click below for some of the topics and sessions to be covered.


Hotel Room Block Opens for Early Arrivals
Registration and Happy Hour – 6 PM- 8 PM



7:00 AM Registrations Opens
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM – Sessions
5:00 PM – Cocktails
7:00 PM – Dinner


8:00 AM Breakfast
9:15 AM – 5:00 PM – Sessions
5:30 PM – Cocktails
7:00 PM – Dinner



8:00 AM Breakfast
9:15 AM – 4:00 PM – Sessions

Travel and Lodging Information

JW Marriott Grande Lakes, Orlando

4040 Central Parkway, Orlando, FL 32837

Architecturally stunning and unmistakably Spanish in style, the 1,000-room JW Marriott Orlando will bring you back to the genteel elegance of old-world Florida. JW Marriott Orlando is located on 500 acres of lush tropical landscaping at the Headwaters of the Everglades. The resort features an innovative 40,000-square-foot spa, a Greg Norman-designed 18-hole championship golf course, and a meandering lazy river pool where guests can cool off and float under the Florida sun all day. Indulge in our extensive resort dining options ranging from farm-to-table fare, sushi, and Italian cuisine. Guests looking to visit the nearby theme parks can take advantage of our shuttle service to Walt Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Orlando.

Conference Special room rate of $199 for a Standard Deluxe Room per night, and enhanced amenities that include:

  • Enhanced in-room wireless internet
  • Unlimited local and long distance domestic calls
  • Daily bike rental through Grande Lakes Sports
  • Transportation to Sea World, Universal Studios, and Disney theme parks
  • Driving range privileges
  • Pool floats at the JW Marriott Lazy River
  • Fitness center classes (1 per day, per room)

Reserve your room today! Deadline for reservations is November 10 or until the hotel block is filled.

Questions? Email

2018 Cofense Excellence Awards

The Cofense Excellence Awards showcase the outstanding achievements of security professionals to defend their companies against the damages of phishing. The companies and individuals recognized by the Cofense Excellence awards are industry leaders, chosen for their innovative, successful programs to combat phishing attacks and protect their enterprise from the risks of malware infiltration and fraud loss.

Nominations are now open. Prepare your submission!


Cofense Excellence Awards recognize program excellence in four categories:

  • Phishing Defense Program of the Year: The most effective all-around, top performing, defensive phishing program across a comprehensive list of components including detection, alerting, reporting, employee training, employee participation, and results.
  • Incident Response Team of the Year: The top incident response team based on either of the following:
    • Single Incident: scope of the incident, potential for damage, response strategy and cost/time saving value of the resolution; or
    • Overall Process: the incident response team with the best ongoing process, system of detecting and deflecting the incident and minimizing the overall impact of phishing in the organization on an ongoing basis.
  • Most Innovative Phishing Defense Program: The most innovative phishing program implementation across an organization which could include contests, gamification, incentives, and other fresh approaches to improve training effectiveness and boost participation throughout the company.
  • Cofense Trailblazer of the Year: An award created to recognize the Cofense user who has gone above and beyond in their phishing defense efforts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Call for Speakers

Can I submit more than one topic?

A speaker may submit more than one proposal but each proposal must be submitted individually by May 10.

If I'm selected to speak, what is the deadline to accept?

Selected speakers must accept their invitation to speak by June 20.

What is the Cofense Submerge registration fee for speakers and what does it include?

Registration for speakers is complimentary (estimated value $500), and includes entry to all sessions and keynotes along with continental breakfast, lunch and receptions.

Will speakers needed to sign a release form?

All speakers will need to sign a release form as part of their acceptance. Accepted speakers will be sent a form to complete.

What is the length of a session?

Each session will be 40 minutes long with 10-15 minutes of question time. Cofense will provide a PowerPoint template for you to use. If your submission is accepted, we will inform you of the presentation format for your presentation.

What A/V is provided for presentations?

A/V set up will include: Podium, Screens, LCD Projector, Laptop, Microphone(s), Hardwire Internet Connection, Wireless Mouse, Confidence Monitor.

Registration and Event Information

How much does it cost to attend Submerge?

  • Regular: $399 — August 11 – November 9
  • No Onsite Registration

How do I register?

Register by visiting here and filling out your information.

What is the registration deadline?

Registration is open until November 9th

What is the payment policy?

The easiest was to pay for your Submerge 2018 registrations is with a credit card through the online registration process.

Are there any group or customer discounts available?

For any situation-specific questions, please email

Do I need to attend every session?

SUBMERGE 2018 was designed to give you, the user, the most value possible within the timeframe allotted for the conference. If you feel that you need to miss a session for any particular reason, please feel free, but we encourage you to make use of the beneficial information scheduled during the conference.

Are meals provided at Submerge?

All conference attendees will be provided with the following meals:

  • Monday: breakfast, lunch, snack breaks and dinner
  • Tuesday: breakfast, lunch, snack breaks and dinner
  • Wednesday: breakfast, lunch, and snack breaks

Will there be internet access during the conference?

Yes, wi-fi will be available during the event for attendees.

Is there an Attendee Justification / Convince-Your-Boss Letter?

Yes! You can download the document here.

Travel and Hotel

Is there a preferred airline for travel?

No, we have not made specific arrangements with any airline.

How do I get from the airport to the hotel?

Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Airport Phone: +1 407-825-2118
Hotel direction: 10 miles SW

The hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  • Alternate transportation: Mears Shuttle Service; fee: 20 USD (one way); reservation required
  • Estimated taxi fare: 50 USD (one way) Visit MCO airport website

Driving directions

Exit north to SR-528 West. SR-528 is a toll road. Travel to exit 3 for John Young Parkway South/SR-423 and turn left. Follow the parkway to Whisper Lakes Boulevard and turn right. Continue on the boulevard to the resort’s main gate.

Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB)

Airport Phone: +1 407-585-4000
Hotel direction: 40 miles S

The hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  • Alternate transportation: Mears Transportation; reservation required
  • Estimated taxi fare: 100 USD (one way) Visit SFB airport website

Driving directions

Follow FL-417 North to Orlando. Portions of FL-417 are a toll road. Take exit 26 for SR-528 West toward Orlando International Airport. SR-528 is a toll road. Continue to exit 3 for John Young Parkway/SR-423 and turn left. Follow the parkway to Whisper Lakes Boulevard and turn right. Continue on the boulevard to the resort’s main gate.

When should I book my flight home?

Content on Wednesday, November 14th will conclude by 5pm, but feel free to plan based on your individual agenda.

What if I’m coming earlier or staying beyond the dates of the conference?

The room block is available pre conference based on hotel availability. If you would like to come earlier or stay later than the conference, please make your own arrangements. Bring official identification.

How do I book my hotel room?

  • Cofense has negotiated a special room rate of $199 for a standard deluxe room per night.
  • Hotel reservations must be made by November 10th or until room block is filled to secure this special rate. We recommend making your reservation for the conference dates you need as soon as possible, as hotel rooms will fill up quickly.
  • Click here to reserve a room or call toll free and reference Cofense Submerge 2018: +1 800-576-5750

Are rooms shared?

Cofense is reserving a block of rooms for the estimated number of attendees. If you wish to share a room with another attendee, please make these arrangements at your discretion.

Can I upgrade my room?

Any additional costs associated with upgrading will be incurred by the individual for upgrades.

Additional Details

What is the suggested attire at Submerge 2018?

Cofense encourages a casual dress code, so wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. You may want to bring an extra layer as session rooms can sometimes get a bit chilly.

How can I stay up to date on all things Submerge 2018 before and during the event?

Connect with us on LinkedIn and Facebook, follow @Cofense on Twitter and keep up with all things Submerge 2018 with hashtag #SUBMERGECON on social media.

Who can I contact with questions that weren’t answered here?

Email for answers to all your Cofense Submerge 2018 related questions.

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