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!

Cyber Security Takeaways From South By Southwest Interactive

By | March 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Cyber security was a hot topic this year at South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi), the digital, film and music festival held in our headquartered city of Austin, TX. We took part in the security discussions by sharing some mobile security tips, hosting a networking party Saturday night and participating in three SXSWi panels. Take a look at our SXSWi activities and what we learned

SXSWi PostCSID President Joe Ross and CIO Adam Tyler Shared Mobile Security Tips

Prior to the festival starting, Joe and Adam got behind the mic and in front of the camera to share mobile security tips. Joe on KLBJ radio and Adam on KXAN News, both discussed how a large event like SXSWi attracts cyber criminals as there is an onslaught of out-of-towners and a tendency for conference-goers to use public Wi-Fi. Here are a few suggestions they shared with the audiences to help protect against mobile risks during the festival:

  • Avoid using public Wi-Fi and use a VPN for added security, if possible.
  • Use a different mobile passcode during the festival and then change it back to your original code when you travel home.
  • Be cautious about downloading new apps during the festival. Always download apps from a credible app store.

We Hosted Our Annual “Protect Your Buzz” SXSWi Party

We held our annual “Protect Your Buzz” party at Star Bar on Saturday during SXSWi and had a chance to connect with security professionals, strengthen partner relationships and celebrate our hardworking employees. And as always, we enjoyed food from our favorite Tex Mex caterer– Valentina’s!

CSID CIO Adam Tyler Demonstrated the Power of a Malicious $20 Hacked Router

In his “When Good Technology Goes Bad: Mobile Technology” solo panel, CSID CIO Adam Tyler showed how inexpensive, readily available technology can be hacked into a malicious device used to create “man-in-the-middle” attacks. Here are the key takeaways from his panel:

  • If you must connect to Wi-Fi on your laptop, take a moment at the end of your session to “forget” the network. This can help you avoid man-in-the-middle attacks that allow malicious technology to connect to your device via past networks. Smartphones and tablets, however, do not have the capability to “forget” networks, so the best policy is to not connect to public Wi-Fi at all.
  • Make sure your mobile device does not automatically connect to Wi-Fi. You should always manually choose a secure Wi-Fi connection on your device.
  • While technology can be manipulated into malicious devices, you should never be afraid of using technology. In fact, the better informed you are about technology, the better armed you are to protect against the bad.

Internet Privacy Lawyer Parry Aftab Partnered with CSID to Talk Reputation

The hour-long SXSWi panel, “That Was the Old Me: Managing Online Reputation,” featured CSID’s VP of Product and Marketing Bryan Hjelm and renowned Internet privacy lawyer Parry Aftab. They discussed how personal and business digital presences have evolved in our fast-paced world and the implications of a damaged online reputation. Some crucial lessons:

  • Suppression services can help hide unwanted, and many times untrue, articles, web profiles, etc. that can hurt a reputation.
  • Hiring managers are looking at social media more than ever to determine whether a candidate is fit for a job.
  • The excessive reuse of passwords across multiple websites and the frequency with which teens share their passwords can put many at risk for identity theft, which can lead to damaged reputations as well as injured credit.

Two Child Online Safety Advocates Discussed Child ID Theft in a Roundtable Discussion

In CSID’s third security panel, “Growing Up Unprotected: Child ID Theft,” CEO of Inflection Point Global Chris Crosby and CEO of Lookout Social Clay Nichols discussed how child ID theft should be a top privacy concern for parents. Here are some lessons learned from the discussion:

  • Children have a digital footprint before they are even born! This early digital footprint can make cyber criminals aware of a fresh identity on which to prey.
  • Many parents are unaware that child identity theft is a growing problem, since there are many other frightening cyber challenges they face, such as cyber bulling.
  • To combat cyber criminals, parents can start the digital safety conversation early with children. Let kids know why they should not share their passwords with others and educate them on what is appropriate to post on social media.

August Recap: Full Steam Ahead

By | September 4th, 2013|Uncategorized|

It’s easy to lose steam in August – but here at CSID, we were full steam ahead. We announced the date and panelist lineup for our upcoming webinar, participated in the SXSW 2014 Panel Picker and even had time to squeeze in a fun Frat Games Day for our Austin office. Take a look at what we’ve been up to this past month. 

Reputation Management Webinar Announced

In September, we will be holding a cyberSAFE webinar on “Managing Online Reputation.” This August, we announced our brilliant panelists, including reputation expert Parry Aftab, Executive Director of Wired Safety; HR Consultant and Writer at Blogging4Jobs, Jessica Miller-Merrell; Professor of Law at Washington University St. Louis, Neil Richards; and CSID’s own Bryan Hjelm, VP of Product and Marketing. The free webinar will be held on September 24 at 12 PM CST. Reserve your spot now! 

Vote for CSID to Speak at SXSW 2014

The SXSW 2014 Panel Picker opened mid-August, allowing the public to vote for their favorite panel submissions on a variety of topics. We submitted three topics for consideration and were thrilled to see them appear on the SXSW 2014 Panel Picker. Take a look at our topics and vote by Friday, September 6th:

  1. When Good Technology Goes Bad: Mobile Technology – see CSID’s CIO Adam Tyler hack a $20 router into a mobile attack platform while discussing emergent threats in mobile technology. Vote here
  2. Growing Up Unprotected: Child ID Theft – CSID’s Bryan Hjelm and LookOut Social’s Clay Nichols will explore why child identity theft is on the rise, how crime affects children and families and ways to mitigate the risks of child identity theft. Vote here
  3. That Was The Old Me: Managing Online Reputation – find out the best reputation management techniques for employees and businesses to keep your personal, professional and business reputation in tact, and secure. Vote here

More from Joe Ross on Huffington Post

CSID President Joe Ross contributed a couple more pieces to the Huffington Post, including “Three Tips for Security Your Business’s Passwords” and “How to Prevent Child Identity Theft Part One: How Parents Can Help.” Take a look and let us know if you have additional tips to share or questions for Joe.

ProfilesinPowerLuncheonCFO Amanda Nevins nominated for Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power

Our Chief Financial Officer, Amanda Nevins, was recognized in the Austin Business Journal as a nominee for Profiles in Power. The Austin Business Journal recognizes women of distinction in top management positions for a Profile in Power award. CSID attended the Profiles in Power luncheon to show support for Amanda’s outstanding recognition.

Frat Games Day

In true CSID fashion, our Austin office spent an afternoon dressed in polos and bright neon shirts for our Frat Games Day. For a little bit of team bonding, we played fraternity team games, like foosball and beer pong. You can take a look at our Frat Games Day photo album on Facebook

What We’re Looking Forward to in September – Reputation Management Webinar

We’re hosting a free webinar in September that hones in on reputation management. We would love for you to join us on September 24 at 12 PM CST to discuss the challenges that businesses face today when it comes to managing their employee and business reputations and security. You can find more information about the webinar here, or let us know if you have any questions or comments on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedInReserve your spot now! 

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!

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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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