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Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021

Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.

Cybersecurity Month 2021 is over, but we have posted accessible recordings of our two guest speakers for you to enjoy below.


Your Digital Fingerprint

 John Hammond, Senior Cybersecurity Researcher at Huntress Cybersecurity

 Every day on the internet people are trying to profile you, to know who you are, where you are, and what you are buying. John Hammond, Senior Cybersecurity Researcher at Huntress Cybersecurity, will talk about how your information is gathered and how to research like a hacker to defend against attacks.


Identity Theft and Cybercrimes

EVA VELASQUEZ, CEO, ITRC

For Cyber Security Awareness Month and National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Eva Velasquez, CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) will present virtually on identity crimes and what you can do to help yourself, your family and your workplace. Eva will discuss the different types of identity theft and related crimes, common methods used by scammers and bad actors, including different types of scams, what they look like, and of course, how you can minimize your risk. Eva will also provide an overview of victim remediation tools and recovery steps. Q&A at the end.


Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021 Event Schedule

October 1 is the kick-off for Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the Texas State Information Security Office invites you to join us as we host cybersecurity and information security experts all month long, see the full list below. Virtual events require pre-registration, some events have limited space. All events happen at 2 p.m.

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Live Incident Response Game!

Backdoors and Breaches 

with Jason Blanchard and TXST ISO

Backdoors and Breaches is an incident response game developed by Black Hills Security to assist organizations in refining their incident response practices, develop new procedures, and deal with incidents holistically, all based on the roll of a dice! The TXST Information Security Office will play a live game with Jason Blanchard, from Black Hills Security. Register early. Space is limited.

Tuesday, October 12 at 2 p.m.


John Hammond, headshot

Your Digital Fingerprint

with John Hammond, Huntress 

Every day on the internet people are trying to profile you, to know who you are, where you are, and what you are buying. John Hammond, Senior Cybersecurity Researcher at Huntress Cybersecurity, will talk about how your information is gathered and how to research like a hacker to defend against attacks.

Thursday, October 14 at 2 p.m.


Identity Theft and Cyber Crimes

with Eva Velasquez, CEO, ITRC 

For Cyber Security Awareness Month and National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Eva Velasquez, CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) will present virtually on identity crimes and what you can do to help yourself, your family and your workplace. Eva will discuss the different types of identity theft and related crimes, common methods used by scammers and bad actors, including different types of scams, what they look like, and of course, how you can minimize your risk. Eva will also provide an overview of victim remediation tools and recovery steps. Q&A at the end.

Wednesday, October 21 at 2 p.m.


Cybersecurity Career Talk

The field of cybersecurity and information security is vast and encompasses more than you might think. Join the ISO for a talk on careers in the field and get insight on what is in demand for students coming out of college, looking for work in the field.

Tuesday, October 19 at 2 p.m.

TXST Security Advances

The Information Security Office has rolled out new features and technology that offer extra protection and features for Bobcats. We will discuss what these new features and tools do, and how you can leverage them to benefit your personal security posture.

Tuesday, October 26 at 2 p.m.


Speaker Bios

John Hammond
Senior Cybersecurity Researcher
Huntress

John is a cybersecurity researcher, red teamer, and Capture the Flag enthusiast. As a member of the Threat Operations team at Huntress, John spends his days reverse engineering malware and making hackers earn their access. Previously, as a Department of Defense Cyber Training Academy instructor, he taught the Cyber Threat Emulation course, educating both civilian and military members on offensive Python, PowerShell, other scripting languages and the adversarial mindset. He is an online YouTube personality showcasing programming tutorials, CTF video walkthroughs and other cyber security content.

Eva Velasquez
CEO
Identity Theft Resources Center (ITRC)

Eva Velasquez is the President/CEO at the Identity Theft Resource Center. She is a recognized expert and has been featured on such outlets as the CNBC, Forbes, Bloomberg, and more. Eva is a published author and Eva is a recipient of the National Crime Victim Service Award from the Department of Justice and OVC, the National Consumer League’s Florence Kelley Consumer Leadership Award.

Jason Blanchard
Content and Community Director
Black Hills Information Security

Sometimes called the “Director of Excitement” at BHIS, he is formally known as the Content and Community Director. The Content and Community Team is constantly creating content to build and foster the BHIS community. Jason loves that he gets to share as much of his knowledge as possible and gets to give lots of stuff away. Jason enjoys helping others and loves the people who do it alongside him. In his free time, Jason enjoys hosting a job-hunting live stream twice a week on Twitch, spending time with his wife and daughter, writing short stories, and doing stand-up comedy.