September 25

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Opportunistic cybercriminals are targeting distracted employees who are working from home in the COVID-19 era. Phishing that relies on social engineering is a favorite tactic to launch increasingly popular ransomware attacks.

And the public sector, in particular, is a prime target.

According to analysis by Barracuda Networks, municipal governments were subject to 45 percent of all ransomware attacks in the past 12 months. Part of the reason is that cybercriminals can hit governments with a one-two punch. First they demand one ransom to secure a digital key to unlock files encrypted by the hackers’ malware, and then another to stop the hackers from publishing stolen information – a situation no government CIO or CISO wants to be in.

Join Government Technology on September 25 at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern as Mark Weatherford, former deputy undersecretary for the Department of Homeland Security and CISO for the states of Colorado and California, talks with Rosa Smothers, senior of vice president of cyber operations at KnowBe4, about how organizations can keep their employees a step ahead of increasingly emboldened and savvy cybercriminals.

Register now and you’ll hear:

  • How cybercriminals can successfully attack your agency with ransomware
  • Why employees can be the weakest link
  • Why security awareness training is no longer optional, but imperative


Mark Weatherford

Mark Weatherford — Moderator

Former Deputy Undersecretary for the Department of Homeland Security and CISO for the States of Colorado and California

Rosa Smothers

Rosa Smothers

Senior VP, Cyber Operations, KnowBe4