Information Security Forum 

12th Annual DIR Information Security Forum IR Management Series

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
8:15 am – 4:30 pm
Austin, Texas

DIR thanks TASSCC for co-sponsoring this event.

Program Overview

Information security and Internet access continue to be critical considerations among IT professionals. The focus this year’s conference is Security Program Maturity, and topics include:

  • DIR Update
    Angel L. Cruz, CISSP, CISM, Chief Information Security Officer, State of Texas

  • Why Improve Security Program Maturity?
    Bob Smock, Security Executive, Gartner

  • Maturing Security Models / Layers of Security from Enterprise Risk Management to IT Configurations
    Tauseef Ghazi/Shawn Lafferty, Manager/Principle, KPMG LLP

  • Security Metrics
    Brian A. Engle, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Texas Health & Human Services Commission

  • Using Security Innovations to Improve Enterprise Security
    Jim Boxmeyer, Principal, Technology Security, AT&T

  • Cloud Services - Security, Compliance and Governance in the Cloud
    Eric Gilbreath, Director Enterprise Architecture - Networks and Security, ACS-Xerox

  • Balancing Productivity and Risk for the Unchained Workforce: The New Reality
    David O'Berry, Systems Engineer, McAfee

The conference will also feature exhibits by vendors offering products and services related to these topics.

More information will be posted as details are finalized. You may wish to view agendas from previous years for the types of sessions presented and the companies involved in this conference.

Past Agenda

Participating Exhibitors

Vendors involved in related business areas are invited to participate by having exhibit tables at the forum. Attendees can visit the exhibit area and learn more about specific products and services that are available. The exhibits will be open throughout the day.

Information for vendors interested in participating is provided below.

Registration and Logistics


This free educational presentation is intended for staff involved with information technology issues. It is open to employees of Texas state agencies and universities. Other levels of government are welcome on a space-available basis. (Pre-registration is required.)


Big Tex Auditorium (the large auditorium), Commons Learning Center
10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758
Southwest corner of Burnet Road and Braker Lane, within the main complex of the J.J. Pickle Research Campus.


Enter at the Burnet Road gate and obtain a permit from the guard. Free parking is available in the lots on the north and west sides of the building. Overflow parking is in the two lots on the east side of the building. Vehicles not displaying permits may be ticketed.


Registration is open

This event is free; however, pre-registration is required. Please notify DIR of any cancellations via the online enrollment form. Preprinted name badges will be prepared, so you may wish to notify DIR of attendee substitutions known in advance.

Note: Depending on the registration response, it may be necessary to limit the number of attendees from each agency so that the maximum number of agencies can participate.


    If you have questions, please e-mail IRM Education or call (512) 475-4700.

    For special accommodation needs or other assistance, please notify DIR at least one week in advance to allow time for an appropriate solution.


    Complimentary morning and afternoon refreshments and a luncheon will be served.

    Continuing Education

    The event will provide 6.5 contact hours of general continuing education credit (6.5 CPEs for Texas IRMs).

    Exhibit Sponsors

    Information for Vendors Interested in Participating

    Vendors involved in related business areas and in good standing with the State of Texas are invited to participate by having exhibit tables at the forum. See information about exhibitor opportunities - PDF (125 KB).


    To register as an exhibitor: Complete this Exhibitor Registration form - (DOC) and submit it to DIR by emailing the Word file to DIR.

    Important – if registered as an exhibitor, your contact person should receive regular e-mail communications from DIR staff.

    Call for Presentations

    Presentation offers are no longer being accepted. The proposal period ended February 15, 2012. See the topics listed in the Program Overview section above. There will be approximately six 50-60 minute slots. All sessions must be purely educational and may not promote a particular product or service.