Battling Cyber Hackers: The Next Generation of War Games

In 2017, society experienced more data security breaches than any year prior. “The final number of data breaches reported was 1,579, a 45 percent increase over 2016’s number of data breaches. Businesses continued to suffer the majority of breaches and more than eight times the number of Social Security numbers were exposed in 2017 than in 2016,” according to a report by the Identity Resource Center.

Unfortunately, more people and businesses will continue to be victims of hackers who seek out information for profit or political gain. But there are steps you can take to protect your data against potential threats.

At South by Southwest (SXSW) 2018, one of the must-see talks is a panel of cyber experts who will discuss their business’ or agency’s approach to the war on hackers and cyber criminals, and the latest strategies in cyber security to help businesses and individuals protect data against threats.

The War Games: From Battlefield to Ballot Box panel, composed by Arlington Economic Development, include: Ann Cox, Program Manager/Mathematician of Department of Homeland Security: Cyber Security Division, Jennifer O’Daniel, Investment Director and Cofounder CIT GAP Funds of Center for Innovative Technology, Robert Johnson, President and CEO of Adlumin, and Jason Chen, Managing Director, Operations of MACH37.

These panelists will also be on the hunt for new startups to help our government and other agencies win the war on cyber crime and discuss how founders can find capital to build their business.

Check out the panel on March 9, 2018 at the Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon G  from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You can even “favorite” this must-see talk to your SXSW schedule here.

The Arlington Economic Development will also be on site to discuss their strong network that connect startups to government agencies as well as their tech ecosystem and award-winning Startup Arlington program.

llow the SXSW cyber security discussion on Twitter using hashtag: #wargames

Follow more SXSW startup activity on Twitter: @startupofyear, #StartupNightSXSW and #StartupofYear

The article was brought to you in partnership with Arlington Economic Development. Learn more about the Startup Arlington program.

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Tishin is a technology journalist and correspondent. She has written for TechCrunch, Demand Studios and Fitness, and has regular network segments on local Phoenix affiliate stations. She holds a Master's degree in Clinical and Sport psychology, and has covered many areas of technology ranging from 3D printing and game development to neurotech and funding for over 15 years.
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