June 12

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Smart network security involves a mix of hardware and software solutions designed to safeguard your data. But there’s another key security factor that’s just as vital, and it’s one that’s frequently neglected by technologists: the human element. Understanding the human risk factor and the role it plays in creating network vulnerabilities is vital to ensuring that your systems and your data are safely protected.

And it’s never been more important for state and local tech leaders to get it right. The shutdowns and economic turmoil of the coronavirus pandemic have created a new world that’s ripe for hackers and scammers. Ransomware and malware attacks are up, and users working from home are more susceptible to phishing attempts and other attempts to gain access to your network. If you’re not focusing on the human element, you’re ignoring a crucial part of your overall security program.

For a deep dive into the role of human risk, join Government Technology on June 12, at 12 p.m. Eastern / 9 a.m. Pacific. In this one-hour webinar, a panel of experts and thought leaders will discuss important topics including:

  • Why your users are your most important line of defense, and how you can build and empower your “human firewall”
  • How Covid-19 has reshaped the threat landscape, and how that will be affected by the economic crisis
  • What you can do now to make your organization a hard target for bad actors
  • How security awareness training can enable your employees to make smarter security decisions every day


Rosa Smothers

Rosa Smothers

SVP Cyber Operations, KnowBe4

Rosa L. Smothers has over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity. She is currently senior vice president of cyber operations at KnowBe4, responsible for leading KnowBe4’s Federal Practice efforts, including providing cybersecurity advisory services to the U.S. federal government. Ms. Smothers is also responsible for providing cybersecurity research and analysis for KnowBe4’s cyber threat intelligence efforts. Having served for over a decade in the C.I.A., Ms. Smothers is a highly decorated national security professional with extensive experience leading the planning and execution of cyber operations against adversaries as well as the adoption of cutting-edge computer technology.

Teri Takai

Teri Takai

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.