State of Ransomware in State and Local Government

Wednesday, December 11

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Keep it Safe

Tim Femister
Practice Director-Cybersecurity, ConvergeOne, Inc.

Robert Redd
National Director, Public Sector

Government agencies have quickly become a primary target of opportunity for attackers who are continuously increasing their levels of sophistication, coordination, and frequency.  Join us for an expert session detailing how prior ransomware attacks have been successful, including an in-depth look at ransomware variants, such as SamSam and Ryuk.  In addition, the session will cover how to build a ransomware resistant environment along with how to effectively respond, when necessary.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define Zero Threat and how it relates to their environment.
  2. Actually see how a hack is accomplished to be able to explain its simplicity to business units.
  3. Engage in conversations about Zero Threat and the existing security strategy.

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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