July 8

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The cyberthreat landscape has changed dramatically in the last 12 months. Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting supply chains and industrial control and IoT systems. They are also focusing on ransomware more than ever before as the value of cryptocurrency explodes. At the same time, state and local government employees are working, communicating and interacting in in ways that are different than ever before – taking advantage of remote applications and connectivity technologies that are new to many governments and are being used on a larger scale than expected.

Join Government Technology and Fortinet on July 8 at 1 p.m. Central as we explore and reveal some of the top tools, techniques, Darknet markets and DeepWeb exploits that cybercriminals are currently using to attack, exploit and breach organizations – including state, local and education institutions around the globe.


Aamir Lakhani

Aamir Lakhani

Cyber-security Researcher and Practitioner, Fortinet and FortiGuard Labs

Aamir Lakhani is a cyber-security researcher and practitioner with Fortinet and FortiGuard Labs, with over 15 years of experience in the security industry. He is responsible for providing IT security solutions to major commercial and federal enterprise organizations. Lakhani is considered an industry leader in support of detailed architectural engagements and projects on topics related to cyber defense, mobile application threats, malware and advanced persistent threat (APT) research. Previously, Lakhani designed cyber solutions for defense and intelligence agencies, and has assisted organizations in defending themselves from active strike-back attacks perpetrated by underground cyber groups. Lakhani's areas of expertise include FortiGuard, fundamentals of network protection, cyber defense, mobile application threats, malware and advanced persistent threat (APT) research.

Mark Weatherford

Mark Weatherford — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

Mark Weatherford is a globally recognized information security professional with experience at some of the world’s largest public- and private-sector organizations. He was appointed as the first deputy under secretary for cybersecurity at DHS in the Obama administration and was chief information security officer for the state of Colorado and for the state of California under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the energy industry, he was VP and chief security officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, where he worked daily with Congress and electric utilities across North America on cybersecurity standards, regulations, and policy issues. He also served as a principal at The Chertoff Group and was VP and chief cybersecurity strategist at vArmour. Most recently, he was the VP and global information security strategist at Booking Holdings, the world’s largest online travel business with offices and employees in almost every country in the world and whose major companies include Booking, Priceline, Kayak, OpenTable and Agoda.