Issue No. 18-6
June 2018
As the months flip on, so too do we say goodbye to another Information Security Forum. This year's ISF, held May 23-24, saw an estimated 500 attendees and approximately 100 vendors and exhibitors. This wonderful turnout doesn't even include the fantastic panelists and keynotes who were in attendance this year.

DIR's Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (OCISO) prides itself on the many events we hold each year with ISF being the largest and most robust educational conference that is held. Opening with a legislative update featuring Texas Rep. Giovanni Capriglione and state Chief Information Officer (CIO) Todd Kimbriel, ISF featured two full days of panels from five separate tracks.

The tracks (Engagement, Tooling, Staffing, Response, and Outreach) aligned panels with the topics they fit best with in order to offer attendees opportunities to learn new tools, tips and best practices facing the future of the cybersecurity profession. Preparation for next year's ISF is already underway and future panels will likely have similar topics, dependent on attendee feedback that was provided via evaluation forms for each panel.

Without all of the hard working security professionals across Texas in government, higher education and in the private sector, events such as ISF wouldn't be possible and we look forward to improving upon ISF in 2019 so make sure you come back to see what we have in store then.
Working alongside the Office of the Attorney General, DIR and the office of the Statewide Data Coordinator, have created the RedFlag app at the recent ATX Hack4Change event. RedFlag originated from a project submission generated by OAG to address Human Trafficking identification and notification.

RedFlag allows concerned citizens a platform to combat human trafficking by anonymously contacting 911 via the app in order to inform authorities about possible human trafficking activities, victims, and perpatrators.

Citizens can use the app overtly or covertly, as there is an option to allow 911 submission discretely in the event the citizen is in immediate danger and wants to avoid being detected by those who would do them harm. The app can track location, contact 911, upload images and guide citizens to look for and provide key information in both emergency and non-emergency situations.

Statewide Data Coordinator Ed Kelly and Data Analyst Juliana Dierker worked alongside OAG staff and Austin-area "hackers" to develop the prototype app. The app developers, passionate about donating their time toward a public good, have also put forth a good faith effort to continue to follow a path of public good via technology solutions.

ATX Hack4Change is a civic hackathon sponsored by St. Edward's University and was held June 1-3, 2018 and each accepted project falls under one of the 17 U.N. Global Goals Initiatives.


Modern Business Intelligence: Data Visualization and Analytics with Tableau
June 19 at 8:30 a.m.

Workshop: DAR! The Darling of the Data World
June 20 at 9 a.m.

Texas Government Data Forum 2018
June 21 at 8 a.m.

Interagency Training Expo
June 22 at 8 am

DCS Environment: Services Overview and Eligible Customers
June 26 at 10 am

DIR Tech Showcase: Technology-based Conferencing Services
June 27 at 8 am


Predictive Analytics

An area of statistics that deals with  extracting information from data and using it to predict trends  and behavior patterns. Often the unknown event of interest is in the future, but predictive analytics can be applied to any type of unknown whether it be in the past, present or future. 
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