July 27

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced state and local government agencies across the nation to rapidly implement remote work. Now, as the nation enters the recovery phase, government leaders are reassessing long-term workforce and workplace strategies. Many agencies expect to formalize work-from-home policies to strengthen resiliency and flexibility going forward. And they’re evaluating technology plans to ensure remote work is secure, reliable and effective.
Join experts from the Center for Digital Government and Cisco July 27 at 11am PT/2pm ET for an in-depth and interactive discussion about implementing sustainable, scalable and safe platforms for supporting remote government workforces. We’ll cover:
-- Effective tools and strategies for remote collaboration and meetings
-- Emerging best practices for managing and enabling remote government workforces
-- Technologies and techniques for protecting remote endpoints and verifying employee identity


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.

Peter Romness

Peter Romness

Cybersecurity Principal, US Public Sector CTO Office, Cisco Systems

Peter Romness is the Cybersecurity Principal in the US Public Sector CTO Office at Cisco Systems. For over 30 years, he has devoted his deep knowledge and diverse experience to help government and education organizations securely accomplish their goals. He is focused on helping leaders understand and implement the latest cyber strategies to defend against threats, maintain individuals’ privacy, protect sensitive information, and secure government intellectual property.

Peter brings Cisco’s advanced cybersecurity solutions to departments and agencies at Federal, State, and Local Governments, and Educational Institutions.  He works with NIST and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) and has contributed to their 1800-Series Special Publications. Peter helps the broader IT community understand the very latest cyber capabilities and risk mitigation methods to effectively address cyber threats. His technical background and passion for clearly conveying high-tech topics allows him to explain advanced concepts to all audiences from engineer to business leader. Prior to Cisco Systems, Peter held leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard, AT&T and Panasonic. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University.

Morgan Wright

Morgan Wright — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

Morgan is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity strategy, cyberterrorism, identity theft and privacy. Morgan's landmark testimony before Congress on Healthcare.gov changed how the government collected personally identifiable information. He is currently a contributor to TheHill.com on matters of cybersecurity, national security and intelligence in addition to his national news appearances. Previously Morgan was a Senior Advisor in the US State Department Antiterrorism Assistance Program and Senior Law Enforcement Advisor for the 2012 Republican National Convention. In addition to 18 years in state and local law enforcement as a highly decorated state trooper and detective, Morgan has developed solutions in defense, justice and intelligence for the largest technology companies in the world including Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent/Bell Labs, Unisys and SAIC.