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)


Gartner – Deceptioneering: Exploring How Humans are Wired for Deception

October 7, 9:00 – 11:00

William B. Travis Building, Room 1-111

NTT Data – An Assessment on the Global Threat

October 12, 2:00 – 4:00

William B. Travis Building, Room 1-111

The Denim Group – A Look at Social Engineering Attacks

October 19, 9:30 – 10:30

Capitol Building, Room E1.004


CTERA – Minimize the Threat of Ransomware by Implementing Balanced Recovery Strategies

October 26, 9:00 – 11:00

William B. Travis Building, Room 1-111

2016 Security Awareness Toolkit (Coming Soon)


Gartner – "Deceptioneering: Exploring How Humans are Wired for Deception" by Perry Carpenter    

October 7, 9:00 – 11:00 

Session Description: No matter how much security technology we purchase, we still face a fundamental security problem: people. Using examples from magic, mentalism, pick-pocketing and hypnosis, this interactive session will explore how and why humans are so susceptible to deception and manipulation. 

By providing some basic understanding into our own inclinations and predispositions, this session will provide some ideas on how human nature can be used against us. Key topics will include understanding perception vs. reality, how to create a cult (and make people believe anything) in three easy steps, and what it all implies.

Perry Carpenter

With a long career as a security professional and researcher, Mr. Carpenter has broad experience in North America and Europe, providing senior-level security consulting and advisory services for many of the world's best-known vendors and end users. His hands-on responsibilities have ranged from application development, identity and access management, privacy initiatives, data loss prevention, enterprise encryption and enterprise security program management to regulatory compliance, executive marketing of security programs, and enterprise security culture management. Prior to his current position, Mr. Carpenter served as a Leadership Partner in Gartner's Enterprise IT Leaders program, where he partnered with security and risk management executives to build, run, grow and transform security management programs. From late 2012 through early 2014, Mr. Carpenter served as Head of IT Security Communications and expert/executive adviser for Fidelity Information Services (FIS), the globe's largest technology service provider and payment processor serving the financial services market. From 2008 through 2012, Mr. Carpenter was a Research Director in Gartner's Secure Business Enablement Group, where his primary focus was on information security, security enabling technologies, security program management, and the human factors involved in security. He has also worked in InfoSec, analytics and application development roles at Alltel Telecommunications, Walmart Stores and J.B. Hunt Transportation.

NTT – "An Assessment on the Global Threat" by Rich Boyer

October 12, 2:00 – 4:00 (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER)

Session Description:  The state of today's enterprise security practices varies wildly in terms of effectiveness in warding off increasingly aggressive and technologically creative cybercriminals. Security infrastructures are under resourced and under-implemented, with little ongoing consideration being given to the alignment between holistic security and effective IT functionality.

As security experts, it is our job to stop this, but it's clear that our current processes are having little impact on the continued growth of criminal activity. This has created fertile ground for the efforts of criminals. As a result, we are seeing an explosive growth in the frequency and reach of cybercrime around the world. In this presentation, NTT will discuss what is happening with the threat today and what to expect for tomorrow and how we, as the defense against cybercrime, need to evolve and spend our limited resources and investment to meet the shifting challenge.

Rich Boyer

Chief Information Security Officer, NTT Innovation Institute, Inc.

Rich Boyer is the Chief Information Security Officer at NTT Innovation Institute Inc. (NTT i3), the prestigious Silicon Valley-based innovation center for NTT Group, one of the world's largest ICT companies. He has more than 25 years of experience in security and network technology across a variety of global organizations. Rich's responsibilities include designing and implementing the Global Threat Intelligence Platform (GTIP), contributing analyst and author to NTT's Global Threat Intelligence Report and Chief Architect for NTT's global security strategies around threat intelligence, and data analytics

The Denim Group – "A Look at Social Engineering Attacks" by Matt Snider

October 19, 9:30 – 10:30 (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER)

Session Description:  The goal of this one-hour training course is to equip participants to detect and respond appropriately to common social engineering attacks. Attendees will learn the importance of security by examining the current threat landscape.  The course will deconstruct various attack techniques, and participants will learn to recognize and handle attacks via email, web browsers, mobile devices, and other threats.  Attendees will also learn their responsibility to help identify, report, and mitigate risks from social engineering attacks.  In addition, the course will provide actionable recommendations to reduce the risk from social engineering attacks at any organization. 

Matt Snider

Matt Snider brings more than 13 years of direct experience in information security to Denim Group, including six years leading IT audits and compliance reviews for a variety of federal, state, healthcare, and commercial clients.

Matt has also performed extensive work as a hands-on technical security expert for a variety of security projects. In his role as Manager of Information Security, Matt works with clients to understand their security requirements and to design pragmatic solutions. He also leads Denim Group's information security consulting team on a day-to-day basis, providing guidance on tools, techniques, and procedures used to evaluate IT and business risk for Denim Group's clients.

CTERA – "Minimize the Threat of Ransomware by Implementing Balanced Recovery Strategies" by Jeff Denworth

October 26, 9:00 – 11:00 (Click HERE TO REGISTER)

Session Description: Ransomware attacks have grown 35X in 2016, where victims may pay as much as $1B to cyber criminals in just Q1 alone. This session will review how new approaches to event-based file protection can overcome challenges of scheduled system backups to provide an even more robust safeguard against the global threat of ransomware attacks.

 In this discussion you will learn...

• The global rise of ransomware and cryptolocker

• Traditional methods of crypto-locked data recovery

• Challenges with traditional backup-based approaches to data

• Why Legacy Software and Processes Introduce Too Large of a Recovery Point

• How real time sync technology can eliminate the blast-radius of a ransomware event

• How to Backup Devices and Roll Back to Synced Folders

Jeff Denworth

Jeff has over a decade of experience with big data and cloud storage technologies. Prior to CTERA, Jeff served as VP of Marketing at DataDirect Networks (DDN) where he oversaw marketing, business and corporate development during a time of rapid sales growth. Previous to DDN, Jeff held sales roles at Cluster File Systems, Inc. and Dataram Corporation.