City of Palo Alto
Cindy Compert, CIPT/CIPM
DHS Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C)
Dr. Amit Sinha
County of Santa Clara
City & County of San Francisco
Protecting Local Government from Cyber Attacks
Cyber Security is becoming the most critical issue in the Information Technology environment. The sophistication and determination with which bad actors are employing Ransomware, Denial of Service Attacks, Phishing Attacks as well as efforts to infiltrate Government Systems and steal Citizen Data is at a level never seen before.
This year’s Cybersecurity event will focus on the unique challenges that face Local Governments, while advancing cybersecurity awareness and delivering the educational curriculum for which the Cybersecurity Symposium is known. Attendees will return to their organizations better equipped to take action and be more effective in the following areas:
This overview presents the vision for the event but, as in past years, the actual content will be driven by the various entities through an advisory board that will begin meeting in mid-April to identify the issues that are most pressing, as well as the areas of excellence that can be shared and leveraged. To that end, we are looking for representatives within California Government (and beyond) to come together to identify the areas of focus and interest to help ensure that this forum is valid, timely, and relevant. We invite you to join this effort to make YOUR Government better and more secure.
Improving Operational Functionality Through Future Innovation
Technology Innovation is moving at a relentless pace as breakthroughs occur almost daily in fields like Robotics, Nano Technology, Communications, and the Internet of Things.New methods of using these discoveries are showing up in Applications like Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, Virtual Reality, Cloud Computing, and Data Analytics. New methods of combatting Cyber Attacks using Machine Learning and increasing the speed of Operational Decision making using Artificial Intelligence are accelerating the pace in which the World works, and that Government needs to react.
This forum will focus on understanding the benefits, the applicability, the challenge of adoption, and the effective management of these disrupting technologies and the change that comes with them. By bringing together thought leaders from all facets of the Private and the Public Sector, this forum will create an opportunity for idea sharing, collaborative strategy development, and the creation of Communities of Interest. The goal will be to demonstrate these new ideas and capabilities, so Government can prepare to leverage them to better serve the People of California.
This Forum’s Areas of Focus will include: