Vote for CSID: SXSW 2015 Panel Picker

By | August 11th, 2014|Uncategorized|

SXSW 2015While it seems like South by Southwest Interactive 2014 was just yesterday, it’s already time to start voting for the 2015 SXSW panels. This year, CSID is up for four panel sessions and we could use your support to get these topics chosen for next year’s event.

How it works: check out the panel descriptions below. Vote for your favorites (or all) by clicking the thumbs up sign in the upper left-hand corner of the official Panel Picker page.

Take a look at what we’d like to talk about in 2015 and get your voting on!

Hacker to InfoSec Pro: New Rock Star Generation
Hackers today tend to be young, smart and on the hunt for power and financial gain. Many of them perceive hacking like being a rock star – they jump into the action and start reaping the rewards. But what if we could change the perception of hacking as a means to fame and glory and make information security, white hat hacking and working for the government the new platform for rock stardom? Join CSID’s Kent Bloomstrand, Secret Service agent Ben Bass and attorney and computer security analyst Tiffany Rad for an interesting discussion on how we can make InfoSec and IT professions more appealing to young people, including hackers of all types. Read more and vote for Kent’s panel.

Wi-Fi Privacy: When Sniffing becomes Snooping
Location-based marketing is a growing industry, but is it an ethical one? Today, companies have the ability to record and collect your daily activities based on signals emitted from Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones to better understand your habits. Using this Wi-Fi sniffing behavior, they can construct a profile of your favorite places, how long you typically stay and what time you generally visit to use for marketing purposes. During this session, CSID’s Adam Tyler will explore the legal, ethical and privacy issues around this practice and teach you how to opt out. Read more and vote for Adam’s talk.

Follow the Money: Cyber Crime and the Black Market
Our next panel explores what exactly happens when a cyber criminal steals your credit card number. Believe it or not, in a matter of hours, your stolen credit card number could have taken a trip to multiple countries before being sold on the Black Market. Award-winning investigative journalist Byron Acohido and CSID’s Joel Lang will follow the lifecycle of a stolen credential to see how cyber crime truly is a global phenomenon and share how businesses and governments can better protect against global cyber crime. Read more and vote for Joel’s panel.

Going All In: Placing Bets on Payment Security
Our final panel is on the hot topic of payment security. The U.S. is currently shifting from magnetic stripe to EMV chip cards and on the horizon for payment security is tokenization and point-to-point encryption. While these steps are headed toward better protecting retailers, issuers and consumers against potential fraud, what are the hurdles we’ll face before widespread adoption occurs? Join Encap’s Adam Dolby and CSID’s Bryan Hjelm to learn more about the future of payment security by reading more and voting for their panel.

We’d love the chance to talk about these topics at SXSW, we encourage you to vote if you’d like to learn more about them too. Any questions or comments about voting or the panel topics? You can post in the SXSW Panel Picker comments section or get in touch with us via Twitter and Facebook. Voting ends September 5, so go ahead and place your votes!

And the SXSW Giveaway Winner is…

By | March 6th, 2013|Uncategorized|

sxsw_colorCSID just wrapped up our hotel room giveaway for SXSW and we’d like to send out a big congrats to Adrian B. – be sure to check your email so we can coordinate your prize!

This lucky winner won one room for the duration of SXSWi (3/8 – 3/12) at the convenient Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Austin. This hotel is within walking distance of all SXSW events, and boasts (among other amenities), complimentary WiFi, in-room coffee-maker and a 24-hour fitness center to stay connected and energized throughout the festival – just what one needs to power through all SXSW has to offer.

We had over 150 entries and we’d like to thank everyone who entered the SXSW giveaway contest and became a CSID “fan” on Facebook.

We look forward to the SXSW festivities throughout the week and weekend and hope to see you there. Here’s a look at our SX Panel Picks.

Be sure to keep in touch with our Twitter and Facebook pages to review our takeaways from the SXSW Interactive Festival.

CSID is hooking you up for SXSWi!

By | March 1st, 2013|Uncategorized|

It’s almost time for one of our favorite hometown events – the SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Festival. We’re a little partial to SXSWi, and can’t wait to check out some of the fantastic panels that are slated for this year.

Because we know finding a place to stay during this ever-popular event can be tough, we’re giving away one room for the duration of SXSWi (3/8 – 3/12) at the convenient Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Austin. This hotel is within walking distance of SXSW events, and boasts (among other amenities), complimentary WiFi, in-room coffee-maker and a 24-hour fitness center so you can stay connected and energized throughout the festival. We’ll also throw in an invite to our exclusive Protect Your Buzz Happy Hour event on Sunday, 3/10, because we’d love to introduce ourselves.

All you have to do to enter is Like us on Facebook. You can boost your chance of winning by following us on Twitter, and tweeting about the giveaway, too. And, don’t forget to submit your official entry via the Rafflecopter widget below. We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook page next Wednesday, 3/6. Good luck, and hope to see you at SXSWi!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Our SXSWi Panel Picks

By | March 1st, 2013|Uncategorized|

sxsw2013Austin is a-buzz with preparations for the 2013 SXSW Interactive Festival, and we’re so excited for it to kick off! For those of you attending this year’s events, here is a list of panels covering biometrics, identity, big data including healthcare, reputation management and privacy. And if you’re still in search of a place to stay, don’t forget to enter our giveaway before 3/6! See you at SXSWi!

Friday, March 8

I Know Where You’re Going: Location as Biometric

  • Summary: This session will discuss location data as the ultimate biometric identifier, including the legal and technical aspects of location information as biometrics, what this means for privacy and civil liberties and what consumers can do about it.
  • Speakers: Jennifer Lynch, attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Jeff Jonas, IBM
  • Date/Location: Friday, March 8, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Radisson Town Lake

The New Nature vs Nurture: Big Data & Identity

  • Summary: Increasing availability of data changes how we are able to know and define ourselves – at the risk of being defined by algorithms that we can’t control
  • Speakers: Jen Lowe, Assoc Research Scholar, Columbia University Spatial Information Design Lab and Molly Steenson, Asst. professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Date/Location: Friday, March 8, 5 – 6 pm, Radisson Town Lake


Saturday, March 9

Who Owns the Data? Self-Tracking to Health 2.0

  • Summary: While the healthcare system is in the midst of reform, what must we do to put the massive quantities of data it holds to more efficient use for the community?
  • Speakers: John Wilbanks, chief common officer, Sage Bionetworks and Martha Wofford, vp consumer platform, Aetna
  • Date/Location: Saturday, March 9, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, Sheraton Austin


Monday, March 11

Privacy in a Location-Based World

  • Summary: A discussion on the boundaries of privacy and location-based services
  • Speaker: Damien Patton, Founder/CEO, Banjo
  • Date/Location: Monday, March 11, 5 – 6 pm, Sheraton Austin


Tuesday, March 12

Privacy in the Age of Augment Reality

  • Summary: What will privacy and anonymity mean in the coming age of augmented reality – a future where online and offline data will seamlessly blend?
  • Speaker: Alessandro Acquisti, professor at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Date/Location: Tuesday, March 12, 9:30 – 10:30 am, Radisson Town Lake

What’s in a name? Anonymity, Then and Now

  • Summary: A legal and historical look at the anonymity and anonymous speech on the internet
  • Speakers: Nabiha Syed, a First Amendment lawyer, and Katie Engelhart, a historian and author
  • Date/Location: Tuesday, March 12, 3:30 – 4:30 PM, Austin Convention Center

Reputation as Currency: Is the Resume Extinct?

  • Summary: What happens when online trust and social reputation move beyond the commerce space? Could online reputation replace traditional validation engines?
  • Speaker: Leah Busque, TaskRabbit, Founder and CEO
  • Date/Location: Tuesday, March 12, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, Austin Convention Center
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