April 28

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State and local governments today face unprecedented threats to network security. Foreign hackers, ransomware attacks and other forms of malware have skyrocketed in recent years, costing governments millions of dollars in productivity. And these attacks don’t just cost money – they can potentially sideline hospitals, cripple emergency response efforts, and even shut down vital public infrastructure such as dams, energy grids and transit systems.

The near-national lockdown in response to COVID-19 has exacerbated these threats, exposing governments to new vulnerabilities and even greater risks. Remote workers are more susceptible to phishing scams and other email hacks. And with tens of thousands of public employees suddenly working from home – often using their own devices on unsecured wireless networks – government systems are ripe for attack.

In this extremely high-pressure time, it’s never been more important for governments to get it right on cybersecurity. This critical webinar on April 28 at 10:00am PT/1:00pm ET will explore the latest emerging cyberthreats, and the strategies, best practices and technological tools that states and cities are using to meet the challenge.

Join us for an interactive forum with public officials and industry experts, on issues including:
• The biggest cybersecurity threats today – and the greatest emerging challenges for the future
• The steps you can take right now to improve your protection and preparedness for ransomware attacks
• How better analytics, monitoring and alerting can aid in threat detection and contextualization
• Best practices and real-life use cases of cybersecurity innovation


Deborah A. Snyder

Deborah A. Snyder

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).

Industry Thought-Leadership

• Nationally-recognized expert, speaker and author who has presented at countless industry conferences. Her future-leaning and compelling perspectives on leadership, organizational change, and cybersecurity make her a highly-regarded advisor and sought-after keynote speaker.

• Center for Digital Government (CDG) Senior Fellow.

• 2019 StateScoop State Cybersecurity Leader of the Year Award; 2018 SANS National Cybersecurity Innovation Awards - Difference Maker Award

• Co-Chaired the National Campaign for Cyber Hygiene, Center for Internet Security, Council on CyberSecurity, National Governors Association Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council, which provided recommendations for effective defenses against cyber-attacks mapped to the National Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.

• Graduate-level course professor, has published numerous articles, and co-authored “SECURE – Insights From The People Who Keep Information Safe” - which offers industry insights and perspective on what’s top-of-mind for executives. leadership insights and

• Serves on numerous governing/advisory boards, working groups and mentoring programs.

Lee Imrey

Lee Imrey

Cybersecurity Advisor, Splunk

Lee has been securing government and industry data for 30 years, and has taught security to worldwide audiences. He has advised corporate boards, c-suites, and legal counsel on information security, and helped companies address increasingly ubiquitous technologies and complex legal requirements in challenging business environments. He has presented at and taught for numerous federal agencies, state governments, universities, and private sector organizations.

Dan Lohrmann

Dan Lohrmann — Moderator

Chief Security Officer & Chief Strategist at Security Mentor Inc.

Dan Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist and author. Starting his career at NSA, Lohrmann has served global organizations in the public and private sectors in many leadership capacities. As a top Michigan Government technology executive for seventeen years, Dan was national CSO of the Year, Public Official of the Year and a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader. He is currently CSO & Chief Strategist at Security Mentor, where he advises global and local corporations and governments on cybersecurity and technology infrastructure strategies and security culture change. He has been a keynote speaker at security conferences from South Africa to Europe and Washington D.C. to Moscow.