June 23


State and local governments face increasing cybersecurity incidents and many of them have challenges around disaster recovery. Ideally, IT teams should test recovery and backup systems regularly but become infrequent since processes are so laborious and time intensive. This leads to security gaps, the potential for significant data loss, and financial hardship if the agency falls victim to a ransomware attack or other cybersecurity incident.

Moving disaster recovery to the cloud allows state and local governments to speed time to resolution and lower cost to recovery while ensuring mission-critical applications and services are available when constituents need them most.

Join Government Technology on June 23 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific/2:00 p.m. Eastern as we discuss how the cloud allows government to build more resilient operations and improve your ability to regain access and functionality after a major disruption.

Attendees will learn:

  • Why the traditional approach to disaster recovery doesn’t equip state and local governments with the capabilities they need to combat today’s sophisticated security threats
  • The key benefits governments gain from cloud-based disaster recovery, including the ability to take advantage of automation
  • Best practices for the transition to cloud-based disaster recovery – including establishing recovery time objectives and ensuring good data governance


Alex Berkov

Alex Berkov

Manager of Solutions Architecture for CloudEndure Disaster Recovery, Amazon Web Services

Alex is the manager of the CloudEndure Solutions Architecture team. He joined AWS in early 2019 as part of the CloudEndure acquisition. Alex is focused on helping customers shift and operate their disaster recovery strategy in AWS. A native New Englander, Alex spends his time off with his family on the slopes during the winter and at the beach during the summers.

Craig P. Orgeron, Ph.D.

Craig P. Orgeron, Ph.D.

Executive Government Advisor, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Dr. Orgeron has extensive information technology experience in both the private sector and the federal and state level of the public sector. Currently, Dr. Orgeron serves as an Executive Government Advisor with Amazon Web Services (AWS) coaching State and Local Government (SLG) Executives through strategy, policy, and governance challenges to help them accelerate their journey to the cloud. Prior to joining AWS, he served as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) and CIO for the State of Mississippi, and President of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).

James Perry

James Perry

Solution Architect Security Lead, WorldWide Public Sector, Education and State and Local Government, Amazon Web Services

James Perry serves as the SA Security Lead for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Worldwide Public Sector Education & State and Local Government team. Prior to joining AWS, he served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the University of South Carolina, and previously held IT leadership positions at the University of Tennessee System (UT), including Chief Information Officer, Executive Director of Systems, Associate CIO for Statewide Services, and Chief Information Security Officer. Before joining UT, Perry spent 13 years as an IT consultant with a focus on small- to medium-size businesses.

Perry holds an MBA from Tennessee Tech University and a B.S. in Business from Lee University. In addition, Perry has earned several industry certifications including the AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional, AWS Certified Security Specialty, Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA), and the Certified HIPAA Security Specialist (CHSS) among many others.

Garrett Pollard

Garrett Pollard

Senior Enterprise Sales Specialist for CloudEndure Disaster Recovery, Amazon Web Services

Garrett Pollard has spent nearly a decade helping organizations develop and implement disaster recovery strategies to build IT resilience and business continuity. Currently, he is a senior disaster recovery sales specialist with Amazon Web Services (AWS). He joined AWS in 2019 following its acquisition of CloudEndure, a leading developer of cloud-based disaster recovery and migration solutions. Previously, Garrett was at backup solutions provider Unitrends. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from LaSalle University.

Paul Clanton

Paul Clanton — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

Paul has devoted his career to helping local governments be on the forefront of using technology to increase value delivered to the public. He has over 30 years in various Information technology roles in both the public and private sectors including 20 years leading Information Technology departments. He now helps local governments get the most value from their significant investment in people, process, and technology.

Some of Paul’s accomplishments include leading two different IT organizations that earned Top-10 Digital Counties Survey awards for a combined 11 times. He has also earned an InformationWeek 500 Government Innovators award.

Paul holds Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Information Systems degrees as well as undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Psychology.