Optiv Announces SXSW Cyber House Featuring Cyber Experts and Defense Industry Leaders

Events Include Live Panel Discussions on Critical Infrastructure, Navigating Hyper-connection and Security Risks Within the Metaverse


AUSTIN, Texas — March 1, 2023 — Optiv, the cyber advisory and solutions leader, will host the Optiv Cyber House as part of its presence at this year’s SXSW. The two-day activation will feature expert panel discussions on the important issues regarding cybersecurity as well the constantly evolving threat landscape.


Optiv’s Cyber House will take over Shakespeare’s Pub (314 E 6th St.) March 12-13, offering engaging and insightful programming with a robust lineup of live panels featuring industry leaders and cyber experts from the public and private sectors. Sponsored panels include discussions on security risks within the Metaverse, commercial and Federal protection of critical infrastructure, and predictions about the future of our connected world.


Programming details, panel descriptions, speaker bios and more are available at: https://go.optiv.com/OptivSXSW.html.


Optiv will host a cyber lounge where visitors can engage with subject matter experts from the cyber industry and glean insights into their toughest cyber challenges. There will also be an interactive holographic experience and networking throughout the day. The Cyber House programming includes:


March 12


  • The Optiv Cyber Lounge: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Engage in conversations with cyber subject matter experts.

  • Official SXSW Panel — Rise of the Metaverse: A Web3 Wild West: Main Stage, 1-2 p.m.
    Emily Herrick, co-founder, FoolProof Labs; and John Tsangaris, technical manager, threat, Optiv.

    • This panel examines the unique challenges to data privacy and asset management within the Metaverse, such as: protecting assets, the role of cyber insurance to protect a user from identity theft, securely working in the Metaverse, social engineering trends, and gaming as a vehicle for data mining and tracking of minors.

  • Official SXSW Panel — Power Up: Keeping Critical Infrastructure Safe: Main Stage, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    Sean Tufts, OT/IoT practice director, Optiv; Dr. Alyse Taylor-Anyikire, senior policy advisor and engineer, U.S. DOE; the Honorable Patrick J. Murphy, former under secretary, U.S. Army; and Steve Granda, cybersecurity researcher, National Renewable Energy Lab.

    • Critical infrastructure — including pipelines, fiberoptic cables and power grids — underpin the intricate, interconnected system on which we all rely. As these systems proliferate, their vulnerability has grown as well. This panel discusses what businesses and governments need to know to protect themselves.


March 13


  • Official SXSW Panel — 2050: Thriving in the Age of Hyper-Connection: Main Stage, 4-5 p.m.
    Kevin Lynch, CEO, Optiv; Dave DeWalt, founder and managing director, NightDragon; retired Army Maj. Gen. Barbara Fast; and retired Lt. Gen. Ed Cardon, founding partner and co-CEO, Touchstone Futures.

    • During this panel, world-leading experts across industry, cyber defense, and the cyber investment landscape will share their unique insights on what is needed from a policy, innovation, industry and protection (PIIP) standpoint to navigate a new normal and thrive in 2050.


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