February 4

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The hybrid workplace is here to stay. Whether employees are working from home, the office or anywhere else, IT teams must ensure their networks remain secure against ransomware attacks and other cyber threats.

Over the past year, the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic have exposed organizations to exponentially higher numbers of attacks and phishing attempts. State and local governments have been hit especially hard. Many of the attacks have been specifically aimed at government networks, with hackers seeking to infiltrate public systems and lock officials out until they pay up.

Join us February 4 at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific for a look at key strategies for organizations to protect and secure their environments in the hybrid workforce world.

This session will cover a lot of ground, including:

  • Lessons learned and best security practices from the past year
  • New security strategies for evolving cyber threats
  • How a multilayered security approach reduces exposure to ransomware attacks and helps organizations recover encrypted data more quickly and effectively
  • How to “kidnap-proof” your organization’s data



Ken Liska

Ken Liska

Systems Engineering Director, Citrix State and Local Government Team

Ken Liska is the Systems Engineering Director for the Citrix State and Local Government team and is based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He brings more than 15 years of engineering, consulting, and virtualization architecture experience to his current role. His current focus is on unifying apps and data into secure digital workspaces for the multitude of state and local government entities across the country to enable their employees and citizens to work more efficiently on any device, anywhere.

Prior to rejoining Citrix, Ken worked at NetApp as the Virtualization Solution Architect, on the U.S. Public Sector team, helping to design and deliver high performance storage solutions to key government and educational virtualization projects across the country. Ken holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Deborah Snyder

Deborah Snyder — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government and former CISO for the state of New York

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. She also directed the State’s comprehensive cybersecurity governance, risk management and compliance program, providing strategic leadership and vision, and assuring business-aligned, risk-based investments that maximized business opportunity and minimized cybersecurity risk. She also directed the NYS Cyber Command Center, hotline, procedures for reporting and response to cyber-threats, and digital forensics.

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).