Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The State of Texas is joining with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its partners across the country to highlight the importance of cybersecurity and online safety.

This year in addition to the security toolkit offered by DHS and MS-ISAC, DIR joined forces with some of our partners to host a few sessions regarding various information security topics.  These presentations are open to ALL agency and higher education staff (not only security personnel).


October 11 – Game of Threats ™

Join DIR and Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) for a Cybersecurity Awareness Month event to experience what really happens in the midst of a cyberattack. These short sessions will shed light on incident response and management, and are geared towards business area and IT leaders.

Registration for this event is closed.

What tools are the hackers using to break in and steal data?  What weapons do the good guys have in their arsenals?

Game of Threats™ is a digital game designed to simulate the speed and complexity of an actual cyber breach. The game environment creates a realistic experience where both sides are required to make quick, high impact decisions with minimal information. At its core, Game of Threats™ is a critical decision-making game that has been designed to reward good decisions by the players, and to penalize teams for making poor decisions. Players walk away with a better understanding of the steps they need to take to better secure their organizations.

DIR will be hosting four sessions for up to 30 people per session in the REJ Conference Center.  Each session will have two 10-people teams with a few observers.  Halfway through, players get to switch sides and play from the other viewpoint. We hope to see you there!

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October 18 – Verizon Webinar

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT

2017 Data Breach Investigation Trends
For the tenth year, the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) delves into the murky world of cybersecurity. It brings together the collective experience of 65 organizations to give you the full picture on cybercrime. If you haven't suffered a data breach you've either been incredibly well prepared, or very, very lucky. Are you incredibly well prepared? Attend our next session and find out about cybercrime trends seen in this year's DBIR.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

October 24 – Denim Group Application Development Security Presentation

Adapting to a World of Breathtaking Change – Presented by John Dickson, Principal
External threats and security breaches drive headlines, but put our security organizations in a reactive posture like never before. Internal changes, including the fragmentation of IT, DevOps, SecOps, and ever constant changing environment, leave teams struggling to maintain the latest security trends and resources.  

The goal of this session is to provide key insights into the rapidly changing environment in which security leaders operate, and strategies that can be used to capitalize on these changes.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Brown-Heatly Building, Room 1410
4900 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78751



MS-ISAC Posters (PDF File)