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Cyber Security Awareness Day 2013

This year's Cyber Security Awareness Day was a great success! Participants included Texas State students, staff and faculty as well as community members; students and teachers from local and neighboring high schools. We would like to thank everyone who was part of Cyber Security Awareness Day and hope to see you all again next year!

Recap Cyber Security Awareness Day:

You can still win!

If you were not selected as a winner in our CSAD Raffle, you still have a chance to win a $25 TxState Bookstore giftcard! We will be giving three away, one for each of the contest quizzes below. Answer the questions to the best of your ability - winners will be selected randomly. One winner per quiz!


"The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is our responsibility."

This is the motto for the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) campaign which is conducted every October. This year marks the tenth annual public awareness campaign to encourage everyone to take action towards protecting their information and the computers where it resides. Our shared responsibility means each of us must do our part—whether it’s using stronger security practices in our day-to-day online activities or helping raise community awareness, we can all contribute towards this common goal.


To fulfill our part in National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Texas State University will host a full Cyber Security Awareness Day – an annual conference on methods and practices for safe computing and information security. Our audience is diverse in their knowledge of computing including everyone from experts in the field to the novice who wants to learn more on how to keep their computer and sensitive information more secure. The conference will be held Tuesday, October 8th, from 10 am to 3 pm in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom.

We will have a variety of professional speakers and industry experts presenting over 10 breakout sessions. An interactive vendor expo will provide the opportunity for participants to meet and talk with vendors and community sponsors. If you believe you are up to the challege, get your team together for the first ever Capture the Flag security challenge! 

During the event, there will be raffle drawings for cool prizes and you can even test your skills at IT Security Pong to win even more great giveaways! ´╗┐Free coffee, pizza and snacks will be provided´╗┐We hope to see you there!


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Speaker Schedule

During the event, we will have a variety of professional speakers and industry experts presenting over 10 breakout sessions. There will be two separate tracks of presentations running throughout the day:

  • The general track will take place in the LBJ Student Center ballroom and will adhear to the general audiance. The general track will cover topics such as general computer threats, social media, privacy, and mobile device security.
  • The research-technical track will take place just down the hall in LBJ Student Center Room 3-14.1. The research-technical track will include tops such as malicious coding, IT Security careers, discussion of our security contest, and other technical discussions.
General Track - LBJ Student Center Ballroom
10:15 AM 
Brian Engle, Chief Information Security Officer, State of Texas
Securing the Chair to Keyboard Interface
Brian Engle Speaker Bio
11:00 AM 
Jeb Linton, Chief Technology Officer for Security, IBM
Ahead of the Threat   Watch Presentation Online
Jeb Linton Speaker Bio
12:00 PM 
Elizabeth Rogers, Chief Privacy Officer, Texas State Comptroller
Privacy and Social Media
Elizabeth Rogers Speaker Bio
12:45 PM 
Ronnie Killough, Southwest Research Institute
Car Hacking
Ronnie Killough Speaker Bio
1:30 PM 
Det. Joel Pridgeon, Austin Police Department, Child Abuse/ Child Exploitation Unit
The Social Network Phenomenon
No Image Speaker Bio
2:30 PM 
Brian Beason, Industry Solutions Practice Manager (ISPM)
Mobile Device Security
Brian Beason Speaker Bio
Research-Technical Track - LBJ Student Center Room 3-14.1
10:00 AM 
Frank Williams, Senior Information Security Analyst, Texas State Univ.
Capture the Flag - a Security Contest
Frank Williams Speaker Bio
10:30 AM 
Royce Davis, Sr. Consultant, Accuvant Labs Attack and Penetration Team
So, You Want to be a Security Expert?
Royce Davis Speaker Bio
11:30 AM 
Ricky Lawshae, HP Security Research
Malicious Intent: Adventures in JavaScript Obfuscation and De-obfuscation
Ricky Lawshae Speaker Bio
12:30 PM 
Brad Garbade, Dell
IT Security Careers - What You Need to Know
No Image Speaker Bio
1:30 PM 
Brandon Niemczyk, HP Security Research
Machine Learning and its Impact on the Future of Network Security
Brandon Niemczyk Speaker Bio

Capture the Flag

IT Security Capture the Flag

This year, the IT Security department will be partnering with Computer Science to bring the first ever "Capture the Flag" security challenge to Texas State University! Challengers will have their security skills tested against a variety of "obstacles" each of which will reveal a "flag" passcode. The team who recovers the most flags in the shortest amount of time will be declared the champion. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place. 

Competition is open to public; however, students of the University will take priority. You are allowed up to three members per team and there will be a maximum of twelve teams allowed to participate. 

If you would like to register for this challenge, please sign up below:
Capture the Flag Team Registration

Exhibitors and Sponsors

Vendor Sponsors:

  • Accuvant
  • Dell
  • Fortinet
  • HP
  • IBM
  • ManTech Security & Mission Assurance
  • Microsoft
  • ProofPoint
  • Ricoh
  • Southwest Research Institute
  • Critical Defence LLC
  • T-Mobile
  • ...more to come!

Community Sponsors:

  • Target
  • Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union
  • Austin Police Department - Child Exploitation Unit
  • ...more to come! 

Donation Items

  • HP SlateBook 10-h010nr x2 PC
  • Astro3 External Battery
  • $100 Gift Card
  • $40 Target Gift Card
  • (4) $25 Texas State Bookstore Gift Cards
  • More to come... check back for updates!

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If you need special assistance please contact itsecurity@txstate.edu or call 512.245.4225, atleast 72 hours prior to the event.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a consortium of government agencies and private industry sponsors, brings you National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) every October. 


National Cyber Security Awareness Month is a national campaign designed to increase the public’s awareness of cyber security and crime issues, so that users can take precaution to avoid these threats on the Internet.  The month will feature public relations activities, educational programs, events and initiatives throughout October that targets home users, small businesses, education audiences (K-12 and higher education), and child safety online.

Resources made available by the NCSA