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Hosted by Stanford’s Information Security and Privacy Offices, the festival aims to raise awareness and understanding about how to ensure our online lives are safe and secure.

The festival, themed “Defending the Human,” will include a variety of breakout sessions and workshops from different speakers and security leaders, with an overarching focus on online safety and end user protection based on security best practices.

All Stanford University and Healthcare communities are invited and is open to the public.  RSVP now to let us know you are coming and be entered in a early bird raffle drawing.

Time and Location

The festival will be offered in two locations on two different dates with similar information. The open-house style festival will allow you to move around as you please between exploring the expo area and listening to presentations.

  • October 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the historic campus in Arrillaga Alumni Center

  • October 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stanford Redwood City (SRWC) campus in Cardinal Hall, Rooms 104 and 105

Please note, the presentations will differ in each location depending on speaker availability, and there will not be a academic village area at the SRWC event.

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What’s in it for me?

The festival will provide value for students, faculty, and staff alike, including:

  • Deepen your knowledge about the importance of cybersecurity and privacy to ensure that Stanford community have the resources to be more secure online
  • Attend talks by subject matter experts and industry leaders
  • Engage with team member’s from Stanford’s Information Security Office, University Privacy Office, security professionals from around the campus, as well as representatives from the Stanford students groups
  • Learn skills at workshops called "villages" like lockpicking
  • Prizes and raffles drawings
  • Free Snacks


The festival will include five different skill-building villages to help you hone your knowledge and skills about a variety of topics. Here's a look at what you can expect.

End User Village

  • Phishing/Secure email
  • MyDevices
  • SWDE/VLRE/Airwatch
  • Cardinal Key
  • Dashlane
  • Two Factor
  • Crash Plan
  • Laptop Loaner Program
  • Credit Union
  • Credit Monitoring

IT User Village

  • CyberFitness Test, DRA, SISA, Cloud Security
  • IoT Security
  • Hosting Services
  • Splunk/PCI
  • Qualys
  • File Storage Security
  • PAW/BigFix/Antimalware
  • Carbon Black Protection

Academic Village

  • Bug Bounty
    • Meet Jack Cable at the Bug Bounty Table
  • Research Computing (Nero)
  • Stanford Advanced Computer Security Certificate (SCPD)
  • Applied Cyber group (CTF)
  • Cyber Law (Talk only)

Privacy Village

  • Vice Provost and Dean of Research - Reseach Compliance
  • University Privacy Office
  • Office of Sponsored Research Pre Award
  • Stanford Health Care Privacy Office
  • Student Services Center
  • Vaden Health Center
  • Stanford Health Care & School of Medicine
  • SLAC (SRWC only)

Lock Picking Village

  • Lock Picking

by David Sell, Stanford Applied Physics PhD Candidate

Featured Speakers

Michael Timineri

Director of Information Security Consulting at Stanford.

Keeping Stanford’s Research Mission Secure in an Era of Increasing Cyber Threats

October 9, 2019 | 10 am - 11 am @ Alumni Center,  Historic Campus

October 31, 2019 | 10 am - 11 am @ Cardinal Hall , Stanford Redwood City


Neil Daswani

Co-founder and instructor at Stanford's Advanced Computer Security Certificate Program at Stanford Center for Professional Development.

Hacked!  Security Lessons From Big Name Breaches

October 9, 2019 | 10 am - 11 am @ Alumni Center,  Historic Campus

Riana Pfefferkorn

Associate Director of Surveillance and Cybersecurity | Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School

Compelled Device Decryption and the Fifth Amendment​

You can unlock your smartphone with a passcode, your finger, even your face. When the police demand you decrypt your phone or other device for them, can you successfully invoke your Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination? Well, it depends. Given by an attorney who researches surveillance and cybersecurity issues at the Law School's Center for Internet and Society, this talk quickly walks through the when, where, why, and how of compelled decryption and the Fifth Amendment under current case law, then ends with some practical takeaways.

October 9, 2019 | 11 am - 12 pm @ Alumni Center,  Historic Campus

Kevin Tully

Technical Specialist Supervisor, Computer Resource Consulting, University IT.

Unattended Laptops Will Be Upgraded to Windows 10 and other Windows 7 EOL strategies to avoid

Have you solidified your Windows 7 migration plans? Kevin Tully shares his team's strategy, tools, and other considerations involved in an effort to upgrade or replace more than 1000 Windows 7 devices before the January 2020 deadline.

October 9, 2019 | 11 am - 12 pm @ Alumni Center

Lilia Rodriguez

Splunk Engineer

Tips and Tricks on getting the most out of Splunk

October 9, 2019 | 11 am - 12 pm @ Alumni Center

Jay Stamps and Shilpa Pasuparthy

Jay is a Software Developer from the Endpoint Engineering and Development (EED) from University IT.

Shilpa is a Senior Software Developer from Enterprise Technology (ET) from University IT.

Device Compliance Explained

October 9, 2019 | 12 pm - 1 pm @ Alumni Center,  Historic Campus

October 31, 2019 | 12 am - 1 pm @ Cardinal Hall , Stanford Redwood City

Kortne Hiskey

Compliance and NCAA Certifying Officer at Stanford Student Services Center.

Student Privacy 101

An introduction to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA from the student perspective).

October 9, 2019 | 1 pm - 2 pm @ Alumni Center,  Historic Campus

October 31, 2019 | 1 pm - 2 pm @ Cardinal Hall , Stanford Redwood City


Michael Duff

Assistant Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Stanford University

Going Passwordless with Cardinal Key

October 9, 2019 | 1 pm - 2 pm @ Alumni Center,  Historic Campus

October 31, 2019 | 11 am - 12 pm @ Cardinal Hall , Stanford Redwood City

Jennifer King, Ph.D

Director for Consumer Privacy, Center for Internet and Society at the Stanford Law School

Presentation: TBA

October 9, 2019 | 1 pm - 2 pm @ Alumni Center,  Historic Campus

Chad Wilson

Chief Information Security Officer at Stanford Children's Health | Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

Presentation: TBA

October 9, 2019 | 12 pm - 1 pm @ Alumni Center,  Historic Campus

Alex Stamos

Director, Stanford Internet Observatory.  Former Chief Security Officer at Facebook.

Presentation: TBA

October 9, 2019 | Time: TBA @ Alumni Center,  Historic Campus

Festival Collaborators and Sponsors

Information Security Office  •  Residential and Dining Enterprises • Stanford Libraries • School of Engineering • School of Humanities and Science • Land, Buildings & Real Estate • Graduate School of Business • Stanford Medicine Technology & Digital Solutions • Graduate School of Education • University Privacy Office

Contact Us

If you want to participate in the event as a presenter, coordinator or beyond, or if you have questions or comments, reach out to either Stacy Lee at and/or Bhavya Gupta at  General questions can be sent to our mailing list