Cybersecurity Symposium 2018 NorCal

Strength Through Community

Date: September 5, 2018

8:00am - 5:00pm

Location: DoubleTree By Hilton 2050 Gateway Pl, San Jose, CA 95110

Registration Closed - Register Onsite See the Agenda! Get Directions


Sponsorship Opportunities


Speaker Highlights

  • Raj Patel

    Chief Information Security Officer
    City of Palo Alto
    Raj Patel is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the City of Palo Alto. As CISO since early 2012, Raj has established an Information Security Steering Committee comprised of
  • Cindy Compert, CIPT/CIPM

    CTO Data Security & Privacy
    IBM Security
    Cindy is a technical visionary driven by wanting to make a difference around the world, advancing the health, safety, and well-being of others. She believes that Data
  • Deron McElroy

    Director of Regional Partnerships
    DHS Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C)
    Deron McElroy is Director of Regional Partnerships for the DHS Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C) and serves as the DHS Cyber Security Advisor for the Southwest
  • Dr. Amit Sinha

    CTO and Executive Vice President of Engineering and Cloud Operations
    Dr. Amit Sinha is a skilled entrepreneur and technology leader who has driven the research and development of disruptive security and wireless technologies
  • Justin Dietrich

    Chief Information Security Officer
    County of Santa Clara
    Justin Dietrich joined the County of Santa Clara in 2015 and currently serves as the Chief Information Security Officer. He started his career at NASA Ames Research
  • Michael Makstman

    Chief Information Security Officer
    City & County of San Francisco
    Michael Makstman is the City Chief Information Security Officer for the City and County of San Francisco. Michael leads the cybersecurity division,
  • Michael Valencia

    Vice President, Cities & Cybersecurity
    Michael Valencia is the Vice President of Cities and Cybersecurity for DPP Tech.Michael has over 20 years’ experience in the public sector with the City and County
  • Nir Gaist

    Founder & CTO
    Nir Gaist, Founder and CTO of Nyotron, is a recognized information security expert and ethical hacker. He started programming at age 6 and began his studies at

Event Description

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:

  • Securing Smart Cities: Cybersecurity approach for cities of today and tomorrow.
  • Cybersecurity Governance: Policies and processes to manage and monitor regulatory, legal, risk, environmental, and operational requirements, Regional Purchase Agreements, and Mutual Aid Agreements
  • Awareness and Training: Providing personnel and partners cybersecurity awareness education and credentials as well as training for Leaders and Elected Officials.
  • Incorporating New Technologies and Best Practices like Blockchain, Multi-factor Authentication, Securing Multi-Cloud Environments, and FedRamp
  • Information and Privacy Protection: Manage information and records (data) consistent with the risk strategy to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information.
  • Recovery Planning: Execute recovery processes and procedures to ensure timely restoration of systems or assets affected by cybersecurity events.
  • Process Improvement – NIST CSF Assessment and Roadmap, SANS Training, Vendor Risk Management, Managing BYOD environments, Augment and Co-Management Resources and Strategies
  • Risk Management: Establish priorities, constraints, risk tolerances, and assumptions to support operational risk decisions.

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.

If you are a Vendor Partner that would like more information, please contact Russ Hicks @ 916-204-1123 or

Thank you for your interest!

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DoubleTree By Hilton
2050 Gateway Pl, San Jose, CA 95110

Government Partners

City of Palo Alto

City of San Francisco

County of Santa Clara

State of California


Doubletree by Hilton

2050 Gateway Place

San Jose, CA 95110, US

$235.00 USD per night

  Deadline to reserve at the discounted rate: August 24, 2018


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