September 22


State and local governments already were prime targets for ransomware and other cyber attacks before the COVID-19 pandemic. And now, the rapid adoption of remote work and virtual services has dramatically altered and expanded the risk landscape for public agencies. Global threat intelligence firm Group-IB estimates that ransomware attacks worldwide grew by more than 150% in 2020.


Join Government Technology on Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern for an important live webcast that will explain how a zero trust security architecture can help your organization effectively manage these growing threats. We’ll host a panel of experts who will break down what zero trust is, why it’s increasingly relevant to state and local agencies, and how your organization can create a roadmap for implementing this vital concept.


  • Get practical advice for moving toward zero trust – it’s not as hard as you may think
  • Get insights into how cyber threats are changing and how zero trust can help
  • See how a zero trust approach improves security without frustrating users
  • Find out how evolving compliance issues, including the Biden Administration’s latest cybersecurity executive order, may impact your organization


Colin Ahern

Colin Ahern

Deputy CISO for Security Sciences, New York City Cyber Command

Colin Ahern is the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer for the City of New York and leads Security Sciences for NYC Cyber Command, where he oversees citywide defensive technology, cybersecurity architecture, software engineering, and data science.

He started his career in the US Army and was awarded the Bronze Star (Meritorious) for his service in Afghanistan, and ended his Army service as a company commander in the Army Cyber Brigade. Colin is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Colin holds degrees from Tulane University and New York University and lives with his wife and two children in Brooklyn.

 Chris Hein

Chris Hein

Head of Customer Engineering, Public Sector Google Cloud

Chris Hein runs the Customer Engineering team for Public Sector in Google Cloud. He’s been with Google for 7 years as a Solution Architect, Technical Evangelist, and now Head of Customer Engineering. During that time Chris has helped Fortune 10 companies and state governments alike work more like Google. His goal is to help public sector organizations become more efficient and effective in furthering their mission using best in breed technologies and methodologies.

  Deborah A. Snyder

Deborah A. Snyder — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

Deborah is accomplished C-level influencer, with a broad range of experience in government, policy, cyber security, privacy and information technology. An experienced and highly-respected thought-leader who has held executive roles for over two decades.

She recently retired from her position as New York State’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), after over 35 years of public service.

In that role, as part of New York State's information technology transformation and consolidation initiative, she helped redesign how the state protects its data. As State CISO, she directed the State’s comprehensive cyber security governance, risk management and compliance program, providing strategic leadership and vision, and assuring business-aligned, risk-based investments that maximized business opportunity and minimized cyber security risk. She also directed the NYS Cyber Command Center, hotline, procedures for reporting and response to cyber-threats, and digital forensics. https://www.govtech.com/blogs/lohrmann-on-cybersecurity/an-inside-look-at-new-york-state-government-cybersecurity.html

She holds multiple industry certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), SANS Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership (GSTRT) Global Information Assurance Certification, and Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional (PMP).