Our Event Sponsors
Raj PatelChief Information Security Officer
City of Palo AltoRaj 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/CIPMCTO Data Security & Privacy
IBM SecurityCindy 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 McElroyDirector 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 SinhaCTO and Executive Vice President of Engineering and Cloud Operations
ZscalerDr. Amit Sinha is a skilled entrepreneur and technology leader who has driven the research and development of disruptive security and wireless technologies
Justin DietrichChief Information Security Officer
County of Santa ClaraJustin 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 MakstmanChief Information Security Officer
City & County of San FranciscoMichael Makstman is the City Chief Information Security Officer for the City and County of San Francisco. Michael leads the cybersecurity division,
Michael ValenciaVice President, Cities & Cybersecurity
Nir GaistFounder & CTO
NyotronNir 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
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your interest!