710 W. Cesar Chavez
5:45pm Doors Open
6:15pm Presentation, Q&A
Thanks to Austin Public Library for their partnership.
Virtually everything we do with computing technologies and devices is now possible due to connections to services on other computing systems via networks: WiFi, cellular, Ethernet, and the like. The world wide web exists solely to connect us to information over these networks, and the smartphones that have become nearly ubiquitous—and seemingly indispensable—are nearly useless without connectivity. The power and utility of our tablets, laptops and desktops, gaming consoles, Kindles and other devices - even our wristwatches - are amplified by connecting to networks of other computing devices. Our homes, schools, libraries, and governments are increasingly connected with smart devices, and our workplaces could not function without this connectivity among workers, providing sources of data and information, analytics and modeling capabilities, and storage systems.
With all this connectivity comes risk and threat as well as benefits: data and information have value, and things of value are stolen. Our devices and our networks must be secured against intrusion, hacking, and theft. Cybersecurity is paramount to maintaining our data security, personal security, financial security, and even national security.
Join us as noted threat researcher Earl Carter of Cisco Systems provides an accelerated introduction into the principles of cybersecurity, discusses the nature of common and notable hacking efforts and security breaches, and shares how you and your companies can protect yourselves in an increasingly connected world.
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Cisco Talos Group
Senior Threat Researcher
Earl Carter is a Senior Threat Researcher in Cisco’s Talos Group. Having always had a passion for solving puzzles and understanding how things operate, he quickly learned that identifying security weaknesses is just like solving puzzles. Almost 20 years ago, he was introduced to network security when he accepted a position at the Airforce Information Warfare center in San Antonio, Texas. In 1998, Earl starting working Cisco and became one of the founding members on the Security Technology Assessment Team (STAT). After spending 15 years identifying new security threats and assisting product teams in hardening their devices and software to mitigate those identified security threats, he became a Threat Researcher for Cisco Talos. Now he spends his time hunting for new threats against live customer networks by examining various intelligence feeds and data sources. Among his significant contributions to Cisco are multiple security patents and authoring three Cisco Press Security Books along with co-authoring three more Cisco Press Security Books.
Talos is a team of researchers that constantly examines the threat landscape to drive updated threat intelligence into Cisco security products as well as providing tools and information to the general security community through blogs, whitepapers and security tools.
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