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CyberTexas 2019 Speaking Proposals Now Being Accepted

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SAN ANTONIO, TX – May 3, 2019 – Speaking proposals are now being accepted for the 9th Annual CyberTexas Conference held August 20 – 21, 2019 at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Downtown Campus. The deadline to submit a proposal is June 21.

This year’s theme, Cybersecurity Communities Throughout Texas, exemplifies San Antonio and the entire state of Texas’ unrelenting effort to be at the forefront of cybersecurity new product creation, information sharing, threat intelligence, education, training and business development. Hosted by the CyberTexas Foundation in partnership with the UTSA Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security’s (CIAS) International Information Sharing Conference, the conference is designed to educate cybersecurity professionals, industry leaders, and next generation cyber warriors about the assets, capabilities, threats, and current and future cyber efforts found throughout Texas.CT LOGOII

The conference provides a platform for industry juggernauts to discuss cyber policy, emerging threats and risk mitigation with a concentrated interest in encouraging dialogue on protecting Texas infrastructure, training the state’s future cyber warriors and inspiring new cyber technology development. Attendees can participate in the CyberTexas Speaker’s Series, Exhibit Showcase, Cyber Job Fair and San Antonio Cyber Hall of Honor (HOH) Induction Ceremony.

In addition to a request for speakers experienced in cybersecurity, CyberTexas is seeking speakers who have experience with or are from federal, state and local governments from cities large and small, industry leaders, K-12 school systems, and higher education involved in the cyber ecosystem in their Texas community (or U.S. communities) on a broad scope of topics, including:

  • Protecting Texas Growth Industries & Infrastructure (ex. Oil and Gas, Healthcare, Energy, Water, Food Distribution, Transportation, Banking, IT, Internet and Agriculture)
  • Cybersecurity & The Protection of our Borders
  • Election Security
  • Preparing the Next Generation of Cyber Warriors
  • Cyber Workforce Development
  • Cybersecurity Threats & Risk Mitigation
  • Cyber Business Acquisitions
  • Combating Cyber Adversaries

Past iterations of the conference have focused on such diverse topics as promoting cybersecurity careers to K-12 students, the 300-year history of cybersecurity in Texas, and the future of cybersecurity in the Air Force with speakers such as 24th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber Command) Executive Director Robert Cole; 67th Cyberspace Wing Deputy Director, Robert J. Kaufman III and CyberTexas Hall of Honor Inductees; Brigadier General & CyberPatriot National Commissioner Bernie Skoch; McAfee Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Vice President, Grant Bourzikas; and UTSA President Dr. Taylor Eighmy.

The deadline for speaking proposals is June 21st. To submit a proposal, go here. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Michelle Jackson at mjackson@cybertexas.org. To register for the event, visit the UTSA-CIAS website.

About CyberTexas

Started in 2001, following the 1999 first meeting of area leaders, CyberTexas in San Antonio has been an industry pillar, championing the development of cyber careers within the Lone Star state. In that time, the CyberTexas Foundation has had an enormous impact on San Antonio’s Cyber ecosystem development. Under CTF’s leadership, in 2012, San Antonio was designated as a CyberPatriot Center of Excellence. The Conference serves as an annual meeting point for all those involved in the day-to-day development of the cyber ecosystem within the area. With 700+ attendees, spanning the scope of private industry, academia and government, the conference is supported by CyberTexas Foundation supporters: Air Force STEM, Rackspace, SecureLogix, IPSecure, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Cybersecurity San Antonio, Alamo Chapter of AFCEA, Alamo-ISSA, SA TecoSystem, TecBloc, UTSA-CIAS, UTSA-NSCC, SASTEMIC as well as a myriad of colleges (five of which have earned a designation as NSA/DHS Centers of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance Education). For more information, please visit  www.cybertexas.org.