5 Important Security Lessons from 2019

Thursday, December 12

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Keep it Safe

Craig Stork
Design Architect, ConvergeOne, Inc

Since the earliest instances of ransomware in the public sector (2013), there have been 169 publicly-reported ransomware events affecting state and local governments. That number is expected to increase by almost 50% this year alone! In this security session, our team depicts the top security considerations of the year, including the rapid consumerization of hacking, dark web marketplaces, the ease of access to attack tools, and how an evasive threat landscape is fueling the explosive expansion of security offerings.

With hundreds of products existing across a big, big world of Infrastructure, application, and endpoint security, threat intelligence, and compliance, how should government IT teams evaluate the right tools for the task? Our team will showcase how recent ransomware attacks have become so successful at breaking down the barriers of even the largest organizations–and what you can do to help keep your staff from becoming victims.

Attendees will be able to receive a non-sales and non-obligatory Ransomware Readiness Self-Assessment Guide to help determine their organization’s current state of security preparedness, and what to do next.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define the basics of securing the data for the organization.
  2. Engage in the conversation about the basic activities needed to secure data with users.
  3. Review ransomware assessment to determine applicability to the organization.


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Steering Committee

Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Bill Bleckwehl, Cisco
Dave Andrews, DEED
Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services
Jim Hall, Ramsey County
Matt Bailey, IBM
Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
Nathan Beran, City of New Ulm
Sue Wallace, IT Futures Foundation
Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
Justin Kaufman, Minnesota IT Services
Renee Heinbuch, Washington County/MNCITLA
Jerine Rosato, Ramsey County
David Berthiaume, Minnesota IT Services
Cory Tramm, Sourcewell Tech 

Content Committee

Tomas Alvarez, Federal Reserve
Tom Ammons, MN.IT – Central
Dave Andrews, MN State Services for the Blind
Susan Bousquet, MN.IT – DOT
Robert Granvin, Metro State
Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Shawntan Howell, Ramsey County
Jenny Johnson, Metropolitan Council
Millicent Kasal, MN.IT – Central
Ping Li, MN.IT – MMB
Chibuzor Nnaji, MN.IT – DHS
Mehrdad Shabestari, MN.IT – Central