May 18

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Budgeting for cybersecurity is always a challenge for state and local governments. It can be difficult for IT leaders to articulate to budget officials and legislatures what funding is needed and how it will be used. The most difficult question for IT and cybersecurity leaders to answer is often, “How secure will this make our jurisdiction?”

However, as cybersecurity threats increase and governments encounter more target and sophisticated attacks, it’s critical they get the right technologies and strategies in place to reduce risk.

Join Government Technology and Governing on May 18 at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern as our experts help answer some key questions around what cybersecurity technology should be on your wishlist – and how to get it.

Register now and get answers to questions including:
• How do state and local government CIOs and CISOs prioritize what technology to spend limited funds on?
• What challenges do leaders face around procurement for cybersecurity tools and services?
• What federal funds are available and how can you best use them?


Maria Thompson

Maria Thompson

State Chief Risk Officer, North Carolina Department of Information Technology

With a precipitous rise in ransomware attacks against North Carolina governments last year, state Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson has helped shore up communities’ defenses with a focus on statewide coordination and investment in new tech.
Thompson, who spent over 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and was in one of the first waves in the corps to get cybersecurity training, has also enjoyed success in both the private and now public sectors — a fact she attributes to her focus on leadership and strategic thinking.

Dan Lohrmann

Dan Lohrmann — Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist, keynote speaker and author. He led Michigan government’s cybersecurity and technology infrastructure teams from May 2002 to August 2014, including as enterprise-wide chief security officer (CSO), chief technology officer (CTO) and chief information security officer (CISO). During his distinguished career, he has served both the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities including advising senior leaders at the White House, National Governors Association (NGA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Throughout his career he has received numerous national awards including CSO of the Year, Public Official of the Year and Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.

Teri Takai

Teri Takai — Moderator

Vice President, e.Republic

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.