Cybersecurity Symposium 2018 NorCal

Strength Through Community

Date: Fall 2018

Time: TBD

Location: Bay Area, Northern CA TBD

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Our Event Sponsors

Executive Sponsors

Raj Patel

Raj Patel
City of Palo Alto



Justin Dietrich

Justin Dietrich
County of Santa Clara

Michael Makstman

Michael Makstman
City & County of San Francisco

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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City of San Francisco

County of Santa Clara

State of California

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