Protecting Citizens through Vigilant Threat Prevention
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
July 10, 2019
History of Colorado Center
Panel: Identifying and Responding to Cyber Threats
As cyber threats evolve, government agencies must remain vigilant in securing the data
and platforms on which both citizens and the public workforce are dependent. The 2018 ransomware attacks on the Colorado Department of Transportation offered a stark reminder on the consequences of a vulnerable cyber infrastructure, costing the state more than $1 million in and involving upward of 100 government employees in the response. What lessons were learned? This panel will convene public-sector leaders to discuss how other offices can create a strong cyber posture to ensure uninterrupted secure service delivery.
The Impact of Market Forces on Cyber Security in State and Local Governments
The behaviors of cyber criminals are subject to the same market forces that affect Main Street and Wall Street. Attackers will avoid markets that are more constricted and move to those with greater opportunity and lower barriers to access. Similar to stock brokers, cyber criminals look to maximize their return on investments and will move capital and core investments in response to changing market conditions. This session will explore current and emerging trends in cyber security and what these changing dynamics mean for state and local governments.
Thomas MacLellan, Director, Policy & Government Affairs, Symantec
Fireside Chat: Securing 2020 Elections
Colorado’s election system consistently ranks among the most secure in the nation—in the 2016 election, it was the only of more than 20 targeted states to report Russian interest interference to the Department of Homeland Security. Hear how the Colorado government has cultivated a nationwide reputation for election security, what strategies and best practices the Centennial State election commissions have created to combat malicious threats and how the state is preparing for 2020.