October 7

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When the COVID-19 pandemic forced much of the world to stay at home overnight, state and local government leaders swiftly pivoted their workforces remote so they could continue to deliver critical citizen services. But this rapid shift opened new cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Suddenly, attack surfaces expanded and endpoints became widely distributed, leading to an increase in cyber threats.

In this first webcast in a three-part series, Government Technology will be joined by the city chief cybersecurity architect from San Francisco to discuss how his department improved IT operations and security in this new environment. Register now to learn:

• How they reduced time and complexity around endpoint management for IT staff
• How they gained critical business information to improve asset performance issues
• How they were able to address their most immediate security vulnerabilities with speed


Eddie Gardner, CISSP, C|CISO, CISM

Eddie Gardner, CISSP, C|CISO, CISM

City Chief Cybersecurity Architect for the City and County of San Francisco

Eddie is a U.S. Army Veteran, and has 25+ years working in IT security, 20+ of which have been employed with the city and county of San Francisco. He is currently the Chief Cybersecurity Architect for CCSF, reporting directly to City CISO, Mike Makstman. Mr. Gardner manages the City Cybersecurity Architecture & Assurance Team. His team is responsible for managing the City’s Vulnerability Management Program, providing architectural reviews of technology solutions, risk assessments, and defining the city’s cybersecurity requirements and standards, as well as providing guidance and recommendations.

Teri Takai

Teri Takai — Moderator

Co-executive Director, Center for Digital Government

Teri Takai is the Co-executive Director of the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. She worked for Ford Motor Company for 30 years in global application development and information technology strategic planning. From Ford, she moved to EDS in support of General Motors.

A long-time interest in public service led her to the government sector, first as CIO of the State of Michigan, then as CIO of the State of California, and subsequently the CIO of the U.S. Department of Defense, the first woman appointed to this role. She then served as the CIO for Meridian Health Plan. She is a member of several industry advisory boards.

Teri has won numerous awards including Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year, CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame, Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers, the Women in Defense Excellence in Leadership Award, and the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.