​2014 NA​Co National Cyber Symposium

The 2014 NACo National Cyber Symposium took place in Omaha, Nebraska April 9th-11th. It offered county elected officials and IT staff an opportunity to collaborate with their peers on best practices, policy development, and cybersecurity awareness.


Symposium Speakers and Moderators

2014 CYBER Symposium Speakers (download PDF version)

2014 NACo Cyber Symposium Speakers

Greg Andersen
Manager, IT Security and Change Management
Douglas Omaha Technology Commission (DOT.Comm), Douglas County, Nebraska and the City of Omaha

A lifelong Omaha metro resident, Greg is a graduate from the University of Nebraska at Omaha; obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Management Information Systems back in 2005.

Greg has been in IT for the last 10 years working various positions, most recently datacenter / system engineering management at Sitel and his current security role at DOT.Comm. His favorite IT topics include desktop/server virtualization, enabling collaboration and mobility in the workforce, and finding the balance between hosted and managed solutions.

The Honorable Mary Ann Borgeson

Commissioner, Douglas County, Nebraska
Chair, Cyber Security Task Force 

Commissioner Borgeson was first elected in 1994. She became the first female to Chair the Douglas County Board in 1997 and has held a leadership position on the Board 12 of her 19 years of serving. She currently chairs the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Borgeson also chairs the Douglas County Human Resources Committee, Government Awareness Committee and the Region 6 Governing Board.

Commissioner Borgeson is on the Board of Directors for the Nebraska Association of Counties. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Counties, Chairs the Cyber Security Task Force, is Vice Chair of the Health Services Steering Committee and a Member of the Healthy Counties Advisory Board.

Gary A. Blackburn
Senior Technical Advisor, United States Strategic Command

Mr. Blackburn serves as the Senior Technical Advisor to the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Designated Approval Authority. He serves as the principle Cyberspace Assurance Division’s technical expert and is responsible for knowing the security posture of USSTRATCOM Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Systems for all mission and non-mission essential networks.

In this role, Mr. Blackburn routinely advises the highest organizational levels within USSTRATCOM and serves as a liaison with Services, Agencies, Combatant Commands, and Non-DoD entities. He represents the command at numerous governmental and professional associations including the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS), the Defense Information Systems Network (DISN) Security Accreditation Working Group (DSAWG), and the Network Security Information Exchange (NSIE).

Mr. Blackburn holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Information Operations from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Additionally, He is a certified Forensics Examiner, evaluated in National Security Agency's INFOSEC Assessment & Evaluation Methodologies, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and is rated as a Master Instructor with a full background in Instructional Systems Development Methodologies. He has significant component level knowledge of electronics, integrated circuits, micro-controllers, programmable logic controllers, and diverse programming experience in various computer languages and across several platforms including multiple versions of UNIX, Linux, and Windows operating environments.

Throughout his professional career he has held the positions of Electronics Technician, Instructor, Programmer, Project and Program Manager, Network Security Penetration Test Team Principle Member, and Senior Technical Advisor. 

Brenda Decker
Chief Information Officer, State of Nebraska

Brenda Decker was appointed as the Chief Information Officer for the State of Nebraska by Governor Dave Heineman on February 4, 2005.  Prior to this appointment, Brenda held various IT positions within Nebraska state government for several years. Brenda received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Doane College in 1989 where she majored in Business Administration.  She received her Master’s degree in Management from the same institution in May 2001.

Brenda holds membership in numerous professional organizations and has a national certification as a Professional Manager from the Institute of Certified Professional Managers.  As a member of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, Brenda currently serves as the 2012-2013 President of the organization. In the past, she has served as the Co-Chair of the Awards Committee and the Security and Privacy Committee and has been an Executive Board member.  In 2012, through Governor Heineman’s nomination, Federal Communications Commission Chair Julius Genachowski appointed Brenda to serve on the FCC Technical Advisory Board for First Responder Interoperability.

In 2003, Government Technology magazine recognized Brenda nationally as one of the top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of Information Technology, and in 2007 as one of the “5 Most Influential Women CIOs”  Brenda was selected as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2008 by Computerworld Magazine.  

Andrew Dolan
Director of Government Affairs, Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center

Andrew is responsible for managing all aspects of member relations and fostering relationships with all MS-ISAC and CIS stakeholders in an effort to enhance collaboration and information sharing for the collective benefit of all members. 

Andrew directed the successful 50 State Capitals Initiative, which focused on engaging each of the nation’s capital cities to involve them in the MS-ISAC and join as members.  Andrew has engaged with hundreds of other state and local government entities to educate them about MS-ISAC, resulting in a substantial increase in participation. 

Andrew has worked in the homeland security field for eight years and brings his knowledge of both the physical and cyber security challenges facing SLLT governments to his current role.

 He has presented to numerous state and local government associations, educational groups and other communities across the nation.  Andrew is passionate about cyber security, and when he is not busy working to help SLTT governments improve their collective cyber security, he enjoys speaking to local high school students about cyber risks, including cyber bullying and social media in an effort to educate the future generations of IT professionals and elected officials.

Dr. Robin A. Gandhi
Associate Professor of Information Assurance at Nebraska University Center on Information Assurance, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Dr. Gandhi received his Bachelor’s degree from Sardar Patel University, Gujarat, India and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

Dr. Gandhi’s research interests include information assurance, regulatory requirements modeling and analysis, software engineering, knowledge-intensive software systems, software assurance, certification and accreditation, software metrics and measures, and risk assessment. He is a member of IEEE and ACM professional communities and the DHS Software Assurance Workforce Education and Training Group.

Karon M. Harden
Director of Professional Development, Education and Training, National Association of Counties

Karon Harden currently serves as the Director of Professional Development, Education and Training with the National Association of Counties in Washington, DC. A seasoned, well-respected expert in adult learning and continuing education, Karon has dedicated her career to helping empower leaders. Spending her day’s just steps away from Capitol Hill, Karon develops education and leadership programs for local elected officials across the nation. 

Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Karon spent the past decade working with medical societies and universities around the nation. Being an expert in educational assessment and evaluation, Karon had the privilege of working with some of the top learning institutions in this country.  In her past experiences she has worked with the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Council on Education for Public Health and the American Public Health Association. 

A native North Carolinian, Karon graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education from North Carolina Central University. After earning her Bachelor’s degree, Karon enrolled at Howard University School of Medicine, Physician Assistant program.  She later completed a Master’s in Public Health degree.  Additionally, she has a Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership and Management from the University of Maryland. In addition to her academic accomplishments, Karon is a certified health education specialist (CHES), has a certificate in project management and in 2012, was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel. Most recently, she was recognized as a finalist in her alma mater’s top 40 under 40 distinguished alumni (NCCU).

Ken Harth
Regional Vice President, Emerging Technologies, AT&T

Ken Harth has over 20 years of telecommunications experience with AT&T, including numerous sales leadership roles. Ken is the Regional Vice President of Emerging Technologies for the Government and Education market. In this role, Ken is responsible for all sales and technical support for the Western United States. Ken attended the University of Texas where he received his degree in Business Administration. 

Lucie F. Huger, Esquire
Officer, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale P.C.

Lucie Huger is the leader of the Data Breach, Privacy/Security practice at the law firm of Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. She is also a member of the Health Care and Educational, Religious & Tax Exempt Organizations practice groups. Lucie provides counsel regarding data breaches, including breaches involving health information privacy and security matters relating to HIPAA, as well as state privacy laws. Her work in these matters includes developing compliance programs, providing education, negotiating contracts with third party vendors who may have access to sensitive information, coordinating an organized approach in addressing data breaches and representing clients involved in government investigations.  Lucie has spoken and authored articles on the subjects of data breach, privacy and security.  She received her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law and her B.S.N from Georgetown University.  

Steven Hurst
Director of Security Services and Technology, AT&T
NACo Cybersecurity Task Force Vice Chair

Mr. Hurst has over 20 years of Information Security experience, of which 15 years have been with AT&T. Steven Hurst leads a cross functional security team that is part of the AT&T Global Customer Security Services Organization.

The team provides AT&T global customers with comprehensive security services such as: security architecture and engineering for outsourcing and complex opportunities. In addition, his team supports compliance, certification and contract negotiation across the entire AT&T Commercial portfolio.

Steven holds degrees in Criminal Science, Communication and Theater and Educational Media from Temple University. He holds a Certified Information System Security Professional certification and is an active member of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). 

Dr. Bert Jarreau
Chief Innovation Officer, National Association of Counties

Bert is responsible for all aspects of NACo's information technology outreach and education to county officials. He provides technology vision and leadership for developing and implementing IT initiatives to county governments that leverage technology to help drive forward NACo’s goals. In addition, Bert is responsible for all corporate fundraising which provides sustainable support for NACo. 

Before joining NACo, Bert was Director of Systems and Programming at NVR, a holding company with subsidiaries that build and market single-family homes, town homes, and condominiums and provide mortgage banking services. There, he was responsible for implementing strategic technology, including financial systems and analytical technologies. 

As Information Technology Manager at Ford Motor Land Services Corporation, Bert was responsible for providing global IT solutions for all Ford Land employees in North America, Europe and South America. He also held system analyst and project manager positions with Ford Motor Company, and technical positions at Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS). 

For much of his career Bert also served in the Air Force Reserve having served as a computer systems officer and a personnel officer. Bert earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (formerly the University of Southwestern Louisiana), a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland University College and a Doctor of Management (DM) from the University of Maryland University College

Mark Johnson
Director, Government Cloud and Big Data Programs

Mark Johnson works on the Oracle North America Public Sector team and is responsible for helping customers in all segments of the public sector understand the Oracle strategic vision for Engineered Systems, Big Data and the Cloud.  He joined Oracle after serving as a United States Navy Aviator and Test Pilot and has worked in and co-founded several information technology businesses.  Mark speaks often to government and industry audiences to help them realize more value from their data and information technology.

Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer, King County, Washington

Ralph Johnson is the Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer for King County, Washington and President of the Holistic Information Security Practitioners Institute (HISPI) Governance Board. Mr. Johnson’s has been with King County for 25 years serving in multiple IT and management roles.

For the past 9 years Mr. Johnson has held the position of Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer in which he oversees information security and privacy issues for the entire county infrastructure. In this capacity he established the information assurance program from policy development to controls selection, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

He has held the position of HISPI Governance Board President since April of 2012 and served as Governance Board Secretary for three years prior to assuming his current role.

Mr. Johnson also serves on the Product Review Board for the Trusted Purchasing Alliance of the Multi State – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and is a member of the MS-ISAC’s Education and Awareness Committee, the National Association of Counties (NACo) Cyber-Security Task Force and the Program Advisory Committee for ITT Technical Institute - Seattle.

Mr. Johnson has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Oregon University and an Associate’s degree in Mortuary Science form San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. He also holds multiple certifications in information security, information privacy, network administration and project management.

Gopal Khanna, MBA
Managing Partner, The Khanna Group, LLC

Gopal Khanna is Co-Founder and Chair of the Cyber Security Summit, and is a member of the Board of Advisors from 2011-2013. He frequently consults, writes and speaks on Cyber Security, C-Suite strategies for information risk management and CIO strategies for securing IT Platform by drawing upon his unique expertise at the intersection of technology, government and business. Khanna is Managing Partner of The Khanna Group LLC, President & Chair of the Minnesota Innovation Lab and a Senior Fellow at the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota. Earlier, Khanna served as CIO and CFO of the United States Peace Corp., and CFO for the Executive Branch of the Office of the President and Office of Administration; and was most recently a member of Tim Pawlenty’s Cabinet was the first CIO for the State of Minnesota elected by his peers. Khanna was the 2008-2009 President of the National Association of State CIOs  (NASCIO). Khanna was a recipient of the 2009 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers award given by Government Technology Magazine for being a "new kind of public CIO -- one who adroitly blends public- and private-sector service, IT know-how and modern business management skills to create a more dynamic role within government” and InformationWeek’s 2010 Global Top 50 CIOs.

Khanna earned his B.A. in economics, mathematics and political science from Christ Church College in Kampur, India, and holds an MBA from University of Maine.

Mark Little
Chief Information Officer, Peoria County, Illinois

Mark Little currently serves as the Chief Information Officer for the County of Peoria, IL. He leads a team of 20 information technology and office services professionals and has oversight of all information and telecommunications systems for the County.  In addition to administering a new integrated Civil and Criminal Justice System, Mark is responsible for executing e-filing, maintaining the County's Geographic Information System, and implementing a complete overhaul of the County's cumbersome website.  Mark currently operates Information Technology with a $4.2 million budget.

Mark has over 20 years’ experience in the information technology field, including six years as the Director of Information Systems at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, where he worked for nearly a decade prior to his hire at Peoria County in August 2013. Mark's extensive experience includes planning, designing, implementing, and maintaining strategic IT and telecommunications objectives in healthcare, manufacturing, and public accounting.

Mark earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Computer Systems at Bradley University in Peoria, IL, and his Executive MBA at the same alma mater in 2004.

Bill Mahoney
Associate Professor of Information Assurance
Director of Nebraska University Center for Information Assurance

William R. Mahoney received his B.A. and B.S. degrees from Southern Illinois University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Nebraska. He is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Peter Kiewit Institute. He is also the Director of NUCIA. His primary research interests include language compilers, hardware and instruction set design, and code generation and optimization. Prior to the Kiewit Institute Dr. Mahoney worked for 20+ years in the computer design industry, specifically in the areas of embedded computing and real-time operating systems. During this time he was also on the part time faculty of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. 

Erin Meehan

Program Lead for State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Cybersecurity Engagement Program, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Erin Meehan is the Program Lead of the State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Cybersecurity Engagement Program within the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C). In her role, Ms. Meehan has worked to build strong partnerships with associations such as the National Association of Counties, state chief information officers and chief information security officers, as well as governor’s homeland security advisors to help state and local governments strengthen their cybersecurity postures. To this end, Ms. Meehan’s program brings to bear all of the programs and resources CS&C has to offer. 

Joel Merriman
Senior Vice President, Constellationwest

Joel joined Constellation West in 2008 as a Director of Business Development and was promoted to Vice President in April 2009 and Senior Vice President in 2012. He led a team of business development professionals who grew the company 171% over a three-year period. Responsibilities include capture and proposal determination, management of a dozen senior directors, directors, and associate directors and support staff associated with business development, as well as marketing, customer and teammate interface, and training.

With the rapid growth of Constellation West, additional duties include account and program management for Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and certain federal civilian agencies. Program management and account management responsibilities include contracting officer and contracting officer representative engagement, product and service deliverables, financial profit, and management of personnel. He oversees the efforts of nearly 100 personnel across the nation. As a member of the executive team, he reports directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer and sets strategy and direction of the future of the company.

Prior to joining Constellation West, Joel was an Executive Advisor and a Director of Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance for TASC, Inc., and Northrop Grumman. He helped grow TASC’s Omaha office from three people to over 150 employees in five years. Areas of concentration included United States Strategic Command, where he was part of the new command development, and technology development as the Principal Investigator of the Task Synchronization Matrix.

Joel brings a complete range and depth of business acumen in government, private, and personal commerce; business development and operations for multi-million dollar business unit in numerous industry domains; created multiple company teams resulting in successful business pursuits; designed business campaign demonstrations, authored business capture processes and methods, led strategic initiatives; developed company relationships with federal, state, and academia leadership.

Shehzad Mirza, CISSP

Director of Security Operations Center, Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Shehzad Mirza, CISSP, is the Senior Director of Security Operations at the nonprofit Center for Internet Security (CIS), where he manages a 24-hour cyber security watch and warning operations center that serves the nation’s state, local, tribal and territorial governments and other critical infrastructure partners. Prior to his work with CIS, Shehzad served as a principal consultant with Symantec Corporation managing various cyber security projects. He also served as a technical trainer for New Horizons Computer Learning Center.  Shehzad has worked in the security field for more than ten years with experience in both the public and private sectors. His core expertise is in network security infrastructure and assessment, firewall configuration, IDS/IPS configuration, and vulnerability assessments.

The Honorable Chris Rodgers
Commissioner, Douglas County, Nebraska
NACo Immediate Past President

First elected as Douglas County Commissioner in 2004 and reelected in 2008, Rodgers has been active in NACo since 2005. He has served in various leadership positions, including Chair of NACo’s Finance Committee, Vice Chair of the Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee, and Executive Committee Liaison to the Audit Committee, Membership Committee, the Information Technology Committee, and the Rural Action Caucus Steering Committee. 

In addition, Rodgers is a member of the NACo Cybersecurity Task Force and Next Generation NACo. Rodgers also has served as a member of NACo’s Financial Services Center Advisory Committee, the Financial Services Corporation Board of Directors, and the Large Urban County Caucus. 

In Douglas County, Rodgers’ priorities include improving the local public health system, strengthening community corrections programs and reforming the juvenile justice system. He is a past Chair of the Board of Commissioners, and serves as Chair of its Child and Youth Services Committee. He is a member of the County Board of Health and the appointed county commissioner representative on the Nebraska Juvenile Justice Coalition. 

Rodgers is director of Community and Government Relations for Creighton University and previously worked as a Senior Community Service Associate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and director of its Transportation Project. In addition, he served as an assistant to Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey and as an elected member of the Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors. 

Born and raised in East St. Louis, Illinois, Rodgers graduated from Creighton University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and earned his Master’s of Business Administration degree from Creighton University in 1999. In 2002 he received his Master’s of Public Administration degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. 

Jeffrey Rinehart
Assistant to the Special Agent-in-Charge, United States Secret Service (USSS), U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Jeff Rinehart serves as the supervisor of the Kansas City Electronic Crimes Task Force (ECTF).  His ECTF is responsible for developing and sustaining critical cyber expertise for law enforcement, conducting forensic examinations of computers used for criminal acts, responding to network intrusions, and fostering working-level relationships with the cyber divisions of the banking industry, state and local government and federal agencies who share jurisdiction in protecting financial sector interests. Mr. Rinehart has been intimately involved in the management and completion of several national level programs designed to assist in protecting the nation’s critical financial infrastructure.   

Mr. Rinehart joined the USSS in 1998, having previously worked as a professional firefighter/paramedic for 5 years in Columbus, Ohio. During his tenure at the USSS, Mr. Rinehart has served in prior assignments at the Columbus Resident Office, the Presidential Protective Division, the Criminal Investigations Division, and the Omaha Resident Office.  Throughout his career, Mr. Rinehart has been actively involved in the investigation of financial and cyber crimes, as well as the protection of our world leaders on a global scale.   

Mr. Rinehart is a graduate of Cedarville University, and has completed the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Criminal Investigator Training Program, the United States Secret Service Special Agent Training Program, the United States Secret Service Protective Detail Training, and United States Secret Service Counter-Surveillance Training.  He also holds certifications as a USSS Fitness Specialist, and as a Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic.

Joel Rohne
IT/GIS Director, Worth County, Iowa

Joel Rohne is the IT/GIS Director at Worth County, Northwood, Iowa.  During his eight years in county government, he has served on the Iowa Counties Information Technology (ICIT) board as district rep, vice president, president and currently as Technology Advocate.  Rohne serves on the COSTAR board and has been a contributor to the Iowa County Magazine. He is also a member of Iowa Geographic Information Council (IGIC) and has presented at the Mid-American Geographic Information Council (MAGIC).  

Mr. Rohne has also been providing digital forensic investigations for local law enforcement for the past 7 years. In his position as ICIT Technology Advocate, he is project manager for the ICIT "Paying IT Forward" initiatives that involve ICIT members volunteering to provide technology education and assessments to counties across Iowa.  The "Paying IT Forward" program was recognized with the Iowa State Association of Counties Excellence in Action Award in 2013.

Peter Romness
Business Development Manager, Public Sector Cybersecurity, Cisco

Peter Romness is a Business Development Manager at Cisco Systems Inc., focusing on cybersecurity in the U.S. Public Sector. He has been helping Government customers achieve their missions for almost 30 years at companies such as Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, AT&T and Panasonic. He is now focused on helping protect Government networks from cybersecurity threats. His responsibilities include promoting Cisco's thought leadership within the Cybersecurity and IT communities. He is also responsible for bringing cybersecurity solutions to market and developing new cybersecurity solutions for US governments. Though Peter has an engineering degree, his main goal is to make cybersecurity easier to understand and take action upon for non-technical business leaders.

Dr. Scott Snyder
Executive Director, The Peter Kiewit Institute

Dr. Scott Snyder has served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity at the University of Nebraska at Omaha since September 2010.  Dr. Snyder was appointed Interim Executive Director of the Peter Kiewit Institute in October 2013.  

Prior to rejoining UNO, Dr. Snyder served as a Program Director in the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. Scott first joined UNO in 2001 as a faculty member in Biology, previously held a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and was an NSF/Alfred P. Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Evolution at the University of New Mexico. Scott earned the Ph.D. in parasitology at UNL, where he also earned his B.S. in biology. His M.S., also in parasitology, comes from Wake Forest University. 

Scott’s research interests lie in parasite biodiversity and in exploring the evolutionary relationships of parasites, particularly those that live in and on reptiles and amphibians. He has conducted field research around the world, with a special focus in Australia, where he has spent considerable time in the Outback, collecting turtles, crocodiles and their parasites. Scott enjoys travelling, cooking, and a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and gardening.

Robert Wigley
irector, Cybersecurity Consulting, U.S. Public Sector, Enterprise Services, Hewlett-Packard Company

Robert Wigley is the Director, Cybersecurity Consulting U.S. Public Sector at HP Enterprise Services (HPES). In this capacity, Wigley is responsible for the development and delivery of a broad set of cybersecurity consulting services across federal, state, local and selected international markets. Wigley has held a number of leadership and management positions including executive functions in enterprise organizations.

A career information technology professional, Wigley has more than 30 years of experience with leadership, IT operations and many disciplines within cybersecurity including strategy, consulting, architecture, risk management and operations. Wigley has developed policies, standards and frameworks in these disciplines to help clients manage risk to their mission.

Joining the HP team in 1995, Wigley now serves as a key leader responsible for client interaction and oversight of HPES U.S. Public Sector business and investment strategies, supporting broader development of HP cybersecurity consulting services and capabilities.

Wigley has a Bachelor’s degree from Oakland University and holds numerous certifications including CISSP, CISA, ISO 2700 Lead Auditor, CIPP and PMP. He remains active in the IT and cybersecurity community as a member of ISACA, Project Management Institute and the Great Lakes Business Recovery Group. His recent projects include designing and developing reference architectures for high-risk areas of cybersecurity.

David Stern
State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Cybersecurity Engagement Program, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

David Stern works in the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Cybersecurity Engagement Program within the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C). David works closely with associations such as the National Association of Counties, state chief information officers and chief information security officers, as well as governor’s homeland security advisors to help state and local governments strengthen their cybersecurity postures.

Scott Williams
Information Technology Director, Marshall County, Iowa

Scott Williams is the Director of Information Technology for Marshall County, Iowa.  He has been with Marshall County since 1995, and has worked in the Information Technology field for more than 25 years.  Marshall County is recognized in Iowa as a leader when it comes to Information Technology and was the recipient of a NACo Achievement Award in 2008.  A founding member of Iowa Counties Information Technology (ICIT), Scott has been very active in that organization since it was formed in 2001.  One of his greatest honors was being recognized by his ICIT peers in 2005 for "Outstanding Contributions to Information Technology for Iowa County Government".  He currently serves as the chair of the the ICIT On-line Services Committee, represents ICIT on the governing board for, and is an active participant in ICIT's "Paying 'IT' Forward" information technology and cyber security assessment teams.  A member of ICIT's Information Security Committee, Mr. Williams is a regular contributor to their blog: Cyber Security in Iowa Counties (  Other Cyber Security specific activities he is actively involved in include serving as a member of Iowa's InfraGard chapter and as a member of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

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