Developing and Connecting Information Security Leaders in Central Texas

The ISSA Capitol of Texas Chapter (Austin ISSA) is the community of choice for Central Texas information security professionals to advance individual growth, manage technology risk, and protect critical information and infrastructure.

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Next Events

August 14 Austin Security Professionals Happy Hour

August 20 Chapter Meeting - Rajneesh Chopra

Austin Security Professionals Happy Hour sponsored by Trustwave

When: Thursday, August 14th, 5-7PM

Where: Sherlocks Street Pub and Grill 9012 Research Blvd

Sponsor: Trustwave

RSVP: https://aus-sec-happy-hour-2014-08.eventbrite.com

What is the real face of Shadow IT? Presented by Rajneesh Chopra, Vice President of Product Management at Netskope

Our next chapter meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 20, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, at the Norris Conference Center. Please sign up to attend:

  • Members: $5 for members who sign up by Monday, August 18— - this amount is refunded in full if you attend the meeting
  • Non-members: $15 for non-members who sign up by Monday, August 18
  • Late registration for members & non-members: $20 for anyone who signs up after the 18th or at the door 
  • Sign up online to reserve your seat because we do occasionally sell out

The presentation

Shadow IT is on the rise. Users are going rogue. Scary? Maybe. But what is the real face of Shadow IT? And should you suss it out so you can block it, or is there another approach? Hear from Netskope VP Product Management Rajneesh Chopra about how organizations are starting to think about Shadow IT and learn best practices from Netskope customers about how to eliminate the catch-22 between enabling cloud apps and protecting the business.

3 key takeaways
  1. Adopt the cloud with confidence
  2. Measure what matters to you
  3. Build the expertise and right tools to manage the “Cloud First” apps

About the Speaker

Rajneesh Chopra, a recognized thought leader in the Internet security industry, joined Netskope as vice president of product management after leading in strategic and product lead roles at Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks. He led marketing and product management teams for network security during a time of massive growth at Cisco. Prior to that he was a key part of the corporate development team responsible for strategic investments and M&A at Juniper. He holds an MBA from University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra in India.


Data Management and Data Loss Prevention by Alan Daines, Executive Director, CISO of Dell

Our July Chapter Meeting will be on July 16 (Wednesday) from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Norris Conference Center. $5 for Members, refunded for those who attend (deadline Monday, July 14) and $15 for Non-Members (deadline Monday, July 14) and $20 At the Door (lunch provided). All are welcome! Please RSVP with Eventbrite to reserve your seat.

This presentation will provide an overview of data loss prevention within the enterprise.

3 key takeaways:

1 - Keep your DLP program simple, don't try to have too many categories

2 - Engage the business unit stakeholders as part of your policy and enforcement process

3 - Educate your users (what, when, why, how) well in advance of launch


About the Speaker

Alan Daines serves as Executive Director and Chief Information Security Officer of Dell’s Compliance and Information Security organization. Alan and his Compliance and Information Security team empower the business by managing risk, maintaining compliance and securing the enterprise environment. Compliance and Information Security are major contributors to the successful execution of Dell’s strategic objectives.

Alan has been with Dell since 1999 and has over 20 years of experience in IT Security and Infrastructure roles. His experiences include working in the many facets of information security, including incident management, forensics, compliance, policy risk, identity management, vulnerability management and security infrastructure.

Furthermore Alan has also practiced many other aspects of IT and led several infrastructure practices, in the large enterprise, throughout his career. These have included IT outsourcing, engineering, IT architecture, support and program/project management roles.

Alan was born and educated in the UK and spent the first half of his career in roles across EMEA. More recently Alan is based in Dell’s headquarter in Round Rock, Texas, bringing a broad perspective to his leadership roles.

Alan is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc (ISC2).

 About the Sponsor

Netskope™ is the leader in cloud app analytics and policy enforcement. Only Netskope eliminates the catch-22 between being agile and being secure and compliant by providing complete visibility, enforcing sophisticated policies, and protecting data in cloud apps. The Netskope Active Platform™ performs deep analytics and lets decision-makers create policies in a few clicks that prevent the loss of sensitive data and optimize cloud app usage in real-time and at scale, whether IT manages the app or not. With Netskope, people get their favorite cloud apps and the business can move fast, with confidence.

Serving a broad customer base including leading healthcare, financial services, high technology, and retail enterprises, Netskope has been named to CIO Magazine’s top 10 cloud security startups and featured in such business media as CBS News, Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. Netskope is headquartered in Los Altos, California. 

Austin Security Professionals Happy Hour Sponsored by iSEC Partners, July 10th

When: Thursday, July 10th, 5-7PM

Where: Sherlocks Street Pub and Grill 9012 Research Blvd

 What: The Austin Security Professionals Happy Hour is a monthly event coordinated by the Austin OWASP and Capital of Texas ISSA Chapters and sponsored by various companies. We try to meet every second Thursday of the month from January to September (but occasionally we make schedule adjustments when needed). The event is an informal social gathering of local information security professionals. If you're involved with InfoSec or even if you have an interest, come on out for drinks, good food and conversation.  (No chapter or organization membership is needed to attend.)


iSEC Partners is an information security firm specializing in the assessment of application and network security. Founded in 2004, with offices in San Francisco, New York, Seattle, and Austin, iSEC Partners provides tailored security services to many Fortune 500 clients. iSEC consultants are published authors in the information security field and regular speakers at events including the RSA Conference, Black Hat, FS-ISAC, CanSecWest, SOURCE, InfoSecurity Europe, and the FIRST annual conference. Details of presentations delivered by iSEC Partners in recent years are available from our website at https://www.isecpartners.com/research/white-papers.aspx.


-- no RSVP required, but it helps to get it on a calendar. 

3rd Annual ISSA - HIMSS Healthcare Information Security Seminar

Open Access? How private (and secure) are your medical records?
Friday, June 27, 2014 - DSHS Lecture Hall
Free for chapter members, but tickets are required! Sign up on Eventbrite!

Healthcare consumers currently do not have the ability to review remote electronic requests on the NwHIN (Nationwide Health Information Network) Exchange for their Protected Health Information (PHI) or learn the outcome of those requests. The DS4P Jericho-UT Austin Pilot (finished in October 2013) was designed to add transparency to the exchange of PHI released by the consumer's provider organization to requesting organizations. Further, the Pilot explored how subsequent requests made to requesting organizations (3rd party requests) can be reported to consumers. Currently there is no standardized way consumers can review the effect of their PCD on requests for their EHR. The goal of the pilot was to present a secure, scalable solution that allows consumers to evaluate if their PCD is operating as they planned.
In addition, transparency in access requests may allow consumers to identify possible medical identity theft or cases of mistaken identity that could impact their subsequent treatment. The outcome of the Pilot process will provide a much-needed solution that will protect consumers from possible financial loss and improve patient safety. The Pilot will also provide technical solutions that could be used to meet increasing privacy demands by patients and applicable laws.
David Staggs and Nora Belcher will present unique perspectives about this pilot, including the ramifications under HB300. This will be the first presentation about what they found. 
David Staggs, JD, CISSP - CTO, Jericho Systems (Biography)
Nora Belcher, Executive Director, Texas e-Health Alliance (Biography)