September 24


All too often, state and local governments are poorly prepared for system outages triggered by ransomware attacks or other disruptive events. Multiple data protection tools and management consoles make ransomware protection more complex and time-consuming than it should be. And multiple generations of systems across a patchwork of compute and storage platforms creates complexity and data sprawl that slows down recovery and increases vulnerability to cyberattacks.


On Sept. 24 Government Technology will host experts from Commvault and AWS for a conversation on strengthening disaster recovery. Join us to learn:


-- Why effective data backup and recovery is an essential element of your ransomware protection strategy

-- How to create and implement a roadmap for improving your disaster recovery capabilities

-- How ransomware and disaster recovery are evolving -- and what these changes mean for your organization



Dave DeVries

Dave DeVries

Sr Director, Strategic Initiatives – SLED, Commvault

David DeVries leads Strategic Initiatives for State, Local Government and Higher Education Industries, in close concert with US Federal agencies, for Commvault Systems - a global leader in data and information management. A former Department of Defense Deputy CIO and State of Michigan CIO, Dave has decades of experience leading and driving strategic innovation and outcomes in complex environments. A retired military officer with deep information technology and executive management experience in commercial, industry and government service, he’s led many organizations through major change while ensuring mission-critical operations. Dave’s leadership success is well-renowned with his ability to rapidly build high-performing, close-knit, military, civilian, and contractor teams.
His career unique experiences make him exceptionally qualified to share his passion at bringing strategies and best practices to government and educational organizations in this time of uncertain budgets, workforce challenges and the need to simplify management of data in government organizations.

Sean Phuphanich

Sean Phuphanich

Sr. Solutions Architect, AWS

Sean Phuphanich leads storage partner SA engagements in the AWS world wide public sector. A former Vice President of eCommerce & IT, Sean has over a decade of leadership and hands on experience transforming organizations through people, technology and culture. Now, he works with AWS storage partners and government at federal, state and local levels to help them understand the opportunities they have and the path to get there in the cloud.

Dan Lohrmann

Dan Lohrmann — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist, keynote speaker and author. He led Michigan government’s cybersecurity and technology infrastructure teams from May 2002 to August 2014, including as enterprise-wide chief security officer (CSO), chief technology officer (CTO) and chief information security officer (CISO). During his distinguished career, he has served both the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities including advising senior leaders at the White House, National Governors Association (NGA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Throughout his career he has received numerous national awards including CSO of the Year, Public Official of the Year and Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.