UT INFOSEC Summer Conference held at UTSA

August 26, 2016

by Danicia Steele at 2:14 PM in Campus Community,Interesting, Events


(UT INFOSEC members during a presentation by Marge Knox with UT System)

UTSA's Office of Information Technology (OIT) hosted the University of Texas Information Security (UT InfoSec) Summer 2016 Conference at UTSA. Over seventy security, internal audit, risk management, and IT professionals attended the conference in the Denman Ballroom on August 10-11, 2016. The conference was sponsored by OPTIV Security, Palo Alto Networks, and Tanium.

UT InfoSec is a semi-annual meeting of information security officers and professionals from all UT institutions. The conference has existed for 14 years and gives participants an opportunity to share best practices and receive updates from the UT System. During the conference solution providers are also given the chance to share research on emerging threats along with new innovations to counter them. UTSA Information Security Operations Officer Kevin Kjosa stated, "It has been a long time since UT InfoSec has been hosted at UTSA and I'm excited it's returning to our campus."


(A presentation by Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) Dr. Greg White)  

On opening day, UTSA's Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) Dr. Greg White gave a keynote presentation.  Dr. White presented the new online Cyber Security degree program coming to UTSA in the fall of 2017.  Dr. White also detailed methods through which UTSA is aiming to provide certification programs so that students with other majors can still receive credit and experience with cyber security.

The UT InfoSec agenda included presentations on a wide-range of topics. Attendees were able to discuss current trends, present new products, and receive practical advice for their organizations from industry leaders and other security professionals.

A few presentation topics included:

  • "System Wide IT Updates" by Marg Knox with UT System
  • "Ransomware Protection" by Deepthi Menon and JR Ramirez with UT Health
  • "Incident Response Best Practices" by Shawn Scott and Brian Wrozek with OPTIV Security
  • "Strategies for Addressing Cloud Systems" by Joshua Spencer with UT Southwestern



(Information Security Operations Officer Kevin Kjosa introducing Deepthi Menon and JR Ramirez with UT Health)

On the second day of the conference the group reunited at the Denman Ballroom and Kjosa introduced Sr. Vulnerability Analyst Dalton Brown with UT Dallas. Brown presented, "Holding Mac Computers Accountable for Disk Encryption". Afterwards, Dan Parelskin, from Tanium, presented "Know your Network Better than your Adversary." Brown elaborated on the fact that you can't fix an IT issue until you know your own system first.

At the end of the day, participants were able to converse during an open discussion about presentations, policies, and technical issues at their institutions.  The UT InfoSec is a great opportunity for cohesion within the UT information security community.  IT continues to provide a forum for the community to share experiences and learn about the latest trends in information security.