Public sector agencies are facing an array of challenges that are shaping the future of our local, state, and federal government organizations. From cybersecurity threats including ransomware to constituent relations, agencies are dealing with pressure from all sides. Representatives from the Department of Energy, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Department and Defense, and more, will be joined by state leaders to discuss how public sector agencies can overcome these challenges at RSA Public Sector Day.
RSA Public Sector day is bringing together the brightest minds in cyber, defense, and IT modernization to collaborate and explore solutions to many agency’s current challenges. With an engaging agenda and powerful speaker lineup, public sector employees are sure to leave with valuable information that can be used to better their organization. Here are three topics you won’t want to miss.
Prepping for the 2020 Election
Meagan Wolfe, Administrator, Wisconsin Elections Commission, Dr. Keyanna Conner, Secretary of Administration, Commonwealth of Virginia, and Solomon Adote, Chief Security Officer, State of Delaware will discuss the nation’s progress since 2016. They’ll explore the accuracy, security, and publicity that is sure to occur and discuss how collaboration between state and federal agencies will be paramount.
This is a timely topic – the Government Accountability Office released a letter earlier this month expressing concern for election security as the Department of Homeland Security is behind on election security preparations. “Election primaries begin in February. However, CISA has not yet completed its strategic and operations plans to help state and local officials safeguard the 2020 elections or documented how it will address prior challenges,” the GAO said.
Collaboration Driving Innovation
It’s easy to become siloed. How can local, state, and federal agencies collaborate to propel innovation? Bradford Willke, U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Stakeholder Engagement, will be speaking on “The Human Element in the Public Sector.” For success in today’s digital age, collaboration is needed, according to a recent report by Ernst & Young.
“The value of collaboration cannot be overstated, yet it is an area where the government struggles,” the report stated. The report suggested that to deliver on the mission, agencies must work together, share data, analytics, and personnel, and embrace private sector input.
Cyber, Risk, and Opportunities
In 2018, federal agencies faced over 30,000 security incidents. That number grew in 2019 with ransomware, insider threats, and phishing emails plaguing government organizations. Cyber and risk experts from the DoD, NASA, Defense Intelligence Agency, and Department of Homeland Security will come together and address how agencies at all levels can bolster security, evaluate risk, and stay ahead of threats.
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